The day Leeds United tackled a different challenge

The had spent months with their sights firmly fixed on winning promotion.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 4:30 pm
Enjoy these photo memories from the day the Leeds United squad took on an army assault course. PIC: Gerard Binks
Enjoy these photo memories from the day the Leeds United squad took on an army assault course. PIC: Gerard Binks

And back in March 2010 the Leeds United squad spend the day tackling a very different kind of challenge - an Army assault course. Jonny Howson and Bradley Johnson were among the stars put through their paces by the Yorkshire Regiment in a team-bonding away day at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Strensall, near York. They also tested their marksmanship on a hi-tech shooting range and got to grips with an array of military problem-solving tasks. The players were joined at the barracks by United coaches Glynn Snodin and Ian Miller. "The reason (for being here] is to get away from football. We've had a long hard season and this is different. It's interesting speaking to (the soldiers]. These guys put their lives on the line - we play 90 minutes football," reflected coach Ian Miller. "There are similarities in terms of communication and teamwork and that's what you look at from days like this. We think we're in a pressurised situation (but] these lads are in Afghanistan and that puts things into perspective." The visit wasn't the first unusual bonding exercise undertaken by a United squad - Don Revie's all-conquering side of the 1960s and 1970s famously used to unwind on away trips with games of carpet bowls. READ MORE: 16 of the most iconic Leeds United photos of all time

Jonny Howson and Ben Parker do stretches after the assault course.
Striker Jermaine Beckford didn't take part in the assault course due to an injury niggle.

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Jonny Howson and Lubomír Michalík lead from the front.
Max Gradel salutes wearing the Yorkshire Regiment cap.
Midfielder Bradley Johnson leads from the front on the assault course.
Jonny Howson leads from the front with Jason Crowe, Tony Capaldi and Lubomír Michalík in pursuit.
Striker Jermaine Beckford tries on the Yorkshire Regiment cap for size.
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