Leeds United: I’m speaking out for the boo-boys - Ormsby

DOWN IN THE DUMPS: The United fans show their dismay after Reading get the early goal in their 1-0 win at Elland Road last weekend.
DOWN IN THE DUMPS: The United fans show their dismay after Reading get the early goal in their 1-0 win at Elland Road last weekend.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hello Brendan.

Leeds were loudly booed off against Reading last weekend and Blackburn boss Steve Kean has been getting some hammer as well. Is it right to boo and did you ever get any stick?

Jez, Scarcroft

I’ve got to be honest and say while I know people are saying that they can’t be supporters if they are booing, I think they are entitled to do it. And I would never knock that and say “why do you do it?”

I know it’s not great for players to hear your supporters booing you and I have been involved in games myself where we were booed.

I played at Villa Park against Arsenal and we got beaten 6-2.

But you can’t walk off the pitch and think “flipping heck, I have had a good game, I’ve done my job”, after you have just been hammered by the visiting team.

You’ve got to stand up to it and face it. we got booed off then and rightly so.

I know when I wasn’t in the team we went to Stoke and got beaten 6-1 or something like that and again we got booed.

But people don’t want to go and see a team get hammered like that and Leeds supporters don’t want to see a performance like they saw last weekend against Reading.

No disrespect to Reading as they are not a bad team, but they are coming to us, we’ve had a decent run and from what I hear we were very poor.

From the supporters’ point of view, they have worked hard all week and I know what it’s like now to work hard to pay for the travel and the expense of seeing your side at the weekend.

If they don’t see the effort going in then they have a right to complain and I have never had a problem with that. I think they are entitled to express their opinions.


If you’ve been bad as a player you have to accept the boos.

That’s my opinion and while it might not be good for the players, hopefully they come off that pitch realising how bad they had been. This was the case at Leeds last weekend and hopefully the players got a rollicking off Simon Grayson and his backroom staff.

It must also be terrible for Steve Kean at the moment. You see him on TV and he has done well to keep his composure.

He is under a lot of pressure at Blackburn, but the fans who have paid their money are entitled to give their opinion.

They now won’t let up until he gets the sack.

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