Leeds United fanzine in running for title glory

Jermaine Beckford scores Leeds United's famous winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2010.

Jermaine Beckford scores Leeds United's famous winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2010.

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Leeds United and Manchester United have been involved in some feisty encounters on the pitch over the years.

Now they are about to go head-to-head again – for the honour of being named the country’s best football fanzine.

Leeds’s Square Ball is one of six titles that have been shortlisted in the fanzine of the year category in the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) Awards 2014.

Its rivals for the crown include Manchester United’s United We Stand as well as A Love Supreme (Sunderland) and Popular Stand (Doncaster Rovers).

And the Square Ball team are hoping Leeds supporters everywhere will back them in the online vote that will decide the competition winner.

The fanzine’s Michael Normanton told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s great to be nominated – but it would be even better to win!

“We could be Leeds’s best hope of lifting a trophy this season, so it will be much appreciated if people get behind us.”

The Square Ball is hoping to repeat its victory in the same category of the FSF Awards in 2011.

Another triumph would also be perfectly timed, with the title currently celebrating its 25th anniversary year.

Fanzine of the year isn’t the only category of the awards that could have a Leeds-linked winner.

The Warm Up, which goes out on talkSPORT, has been nominated in the best podcast/radio show category.

It is co-hosted by James Brown, the Leeds-born publisher and journalist who created Loaded magazine.

Leeds fan James ensures the show is graced by a steady stream of ex-Whites players, with its roll-call of guests having included Gary McAllister, John Sheridan and Ian Snodin.

To vote in the FSF Awards, visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/fsf-awards-2014

The deadline for votes is midday on November 24. Winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place in London on December 1.

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