Leeds United: Stadiums of hate - Ormsby

ARM OF THE LAW: Police escort Millwall fans into Elland Road.

ARM OF THE LAW: Police escort Millwall fans into Elland Road.

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

HI Brendan. Leeds play at Millwall this weekend. What is the most hostile place you have played at?

e wHITELEY, via e-mail

ONE of them is definitely Millwall. I played at the old Den with Villa in a “friendly”. Some friendly, I remember coming down the tunnel and the home fans were threatening to rip your ears off...it was a horrible place.

Another one I remember at Villa was when we played at Besiktas in Turkey.

Molotov cocktails were coming over the dug-outs, landing in the track in front of us and exploding.

I was 17 or 18 and I think it was my first time in European football.

But Millwall was probably worse and the thing with Millwall and Leeds is that they hate each other!

From a player’s point of view, those sort of games do give you a buzz. When you play for Leeds and you are at home, having the fans behind you is terrific and it will be the same for Millwall.

As an opposing player, it’s part of the game; you either bottle it or it makes you play better.

Millwall was a great atmosphere, if a hostile one and the Leeds players have got to think: ‘Let’s put one over them’.

You know what the reception is going to be like. Very hostile, both on the pitch and in the stands and you’ve got to be mentally strong.

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