Leeds folk fear Friday the 13th could be unlucky for some

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PEOPLE in Leeds will be steering well clear of ladders and black cats today, if a new survey is to be believed.

The city was named as the third most superstitious place in the UK and Ireland in the survey, carried out by betting experts Ladbrokes Games to coincide with Friday the 13th.

Nearly 70 per cent of Leeds residents quizzed for the poll said they gave credence to superstitions and other old wives’ tales.

The only cities classed as more superstitious than Yorkshire’s unofficial capital were Southampton and Bristol.

Dublin, Birmingham and Edinburgh are the country’s least superstitious places, according to the survey.

The most commonly-cited superstitions, meanwhile, included touching wood for good luck and avoiding walking under a ladder.

According to experts, Friday the 13th’s notorious reputation can be traced back to the early years of Christianity and the 13 people at Christ’s Last Supper and His crucifixion on a Friday.

Studies show that each year millions of pounds are lost because of absenteeism and changes in travel plans on the date.

Legendary Leeds United manager Don Revie was famously superstitious, wearing the same blue suit on match days and slapping a ban on people taking photos of his side prior to kick-off.

He also used to leave Elland Road before home games and stroll to a lamppost near the stadium before walking round it twice and heading back.

At one stage Revie even became convinced there was a gipsy’s curse on United’s ground and tried to have it lifted.

Even his down-to-earth centre-half Jack Charlton had his own unshakeable ritual, coming out of the tunnel last as the team ran out onto the pitch.