Leeds United fan set to score yet another literary hit

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Leeds United superfan Gary Edwards is top of the league for dedication to the Whites – and he’s no slouch when it comes to writing about them either.

His new book, Fanatical, tells the story of Gary’s exploits following Leeds since he attended his first game way back in the 1965-66 season.

It’s the fourth book that the Kippax painter and decorator has penned about the club and he reckons he has at least one more in him before he calls a halt to his literary career.

Gary, who co-wrote Fanatical with fellow Leeds supporter Andy Starmore, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The reaction so far has been great so I’m not going to stop just yet!

“This one has been fairly easy for me – all I had to do was remember the stories and Andy tied it all together.”

Former United manager Brian McDermott has supplied the foreword to Fanatical.

In it, he says the book “encapsulates the loyalty, the dedication, the passion for the cause, and of course the humour, sometimes gallows, that all form part of following this club to all corners of the globe”.

Gary has famously been present at each and every competitive game played by United since January 1968.

His devotion to Leeds is such that he refuses to paint anything for his customers in the red colours of the club’s arch-rivals, Manchester United.

A play based on his first book, Paint It White, had a successful run in Leeds in 2010 and subsequently went out on a nationwide tour.

Fanatical is published by Pitch Publishing, priced £15.99 paperback.

For further information, visit the www.pitchpublishing.co.uk website.

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