Leeds band Apollo Junction on Leeds United promotion: We are Leeds and we're back where we belong

To celebrate Leeds United's momentous return to the Premier League, the Yorkshire Evening Post has spoken to Leeds band Apollo Junction about what it means to them to see the club back in the top flight.

By Alex Evans
Sunday, 26th July 2020, 6:00 am
Apollo Junction spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post about Leeds United's return to the Premier League. Photo: Yorkshire Folk
Apollo Junction spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post about Leeds United's return to the Premier League. Photo: Yorkshire Folk

The Leeds born and bred band recently put pen to paper on a record deal for their debut album, Mystery. They released their first single in May which they described as 'a love letter to the city.'

It's been a pretty good time for Leeds United too, as Marcelo Bielsa's men secured a return to the Premier League as champions.

Front man Jamie told the Yorkshire Evening Post that seeing the club return to the top flight has been massive, not just for the band but for his family too, like hjs 90-year-old granddad - who's still rocking a season ticket.

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He said: "Watching Leeds this season has been something special, it’s like the whole cities united together as one. A passion and belief as the thing we’ve all wanted for so long, finally happened. You could see it in the players, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a set of players play for Leeds that fully understand what is it to be Leeds.

"The fact that we just couldn’t be anything but Leeds. It’s in our bones. This city of ours.

"I’ve grown up in a Leeds supporting family, it’s always been part of the family. Some have season tickets, granddad’s still got a season ticket and he’s 90!

"And discussing the Leeds game is always a main focus of the usual Sunday family visits. Ace when we’ve won but dreaded when we’ve lost.

"My first proper memory is of the 91/92 year and that season, that team; Strachan, Mcallister, Batty and Speed and Chapman and Wallace up front, you couldn’t help but fall in love with it.

"I had the Yorkshire Evening Post weekly poster pull outs on my wall! I then remember holding my mum and dad’s hands in Leeds centre when Leeds paraded through the city with the Division One Trophy and Howard Wilkinson lifting the cup on the town Hall steps. Beautiful memories.

"It’s been a weird 16 years, not a single one of us expected it to be such a long time and I don’t think any of us can believe 16 years has passed by.

"Time flies, as they say when you’ve got the Stokes, Cardiffs and Lutons to play.

"There’s been highs since then and lows, including, the longest journey home ever to happen from The Millennium Stadium in 2006... but nothing stops us.

"We are Leeds and Leeds is us. This city. Our home. This club. We live and breath it. We always knew this day would come and here we are. All Leeds aren’t we and we’re going home back where we belong."

The Yorkshire Evening Post also caught up with LUTV presenter Emma Jones to find out her views on the big Premier League return.

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