Leeds United: Ladies are relishing their return to Elland Road

Leeds United Ladies at Elland Road.
Leeds United Ladies at Elland Road.
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LEEDS United Ladies are calling for the backing of the city ahead of their second date at Elland Road tomorrow.

LEEDS United Ladies are calling for the backing of the city ahead of their second date at Elland Road tomorrow.

Leeds, who ply their trade in the Premier League North, will take on Blackburn Rovers Ladies at the Beeston fortress tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 2pm).

It will be the second time the Whites have appeared at the ground with a clash against Manchester City last season having attracted a crowd of one thousand. And United ladies ace Emma Coates knows her side needs the support of the city’s public more than ever amidst an epic battle at the bottom of the Premier Division North table.

Leeds sit second bottom in the Premier League North table with three games left to play. Tomorrow’s visitors Blackburn sit one place above Leeds on goal difference but they have three games in hand.

Also involved in the scrap are Wolverhampton Wanderers who sit bottom of the pile and three points below Leeds but they also have two games in hand on Leeds. Fourth-bottom Newcastle United are three points above Leeds but having played the same amount of games.

It all means a Whites win is crucial tomorrow and excited Coates is hoping her side can shine in front of a big crowd at Elland Road.

The side had a recent Elland Road taster when enjoying a behind the scenes tour and photoshoot with first-team boss Brian McDermott as part of Leeds United’s ‘Ladies Day’ prior to the Championship clash with Doncaster Rovers.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to see the level of support Leeds United are showing to the Ladies club,” said Coates.

“To have the opportunity to play a game at Elland Road for only the second time in the club’s 25-year history was great news for everyone associated with the club but to then follow it up by inviting us down to be a part of ‘Ladies Day’ and help us raise awareness and interest for that game was just absolutely fantastic. We’re hoping that our game at Elland Road against Blackburn will be a fantastic showpiece for women’s football in the city.

“We had nearly a thousand people come to our game against Manchester City at Elland Road last season and we’re hopeful that with the extra promotion and support from Leeds United that we’ll have a chance to push past that figure this time round.”

Team-mate Fiona Berry is equally excited. Berry beamed: “The entire squad is extremely excited to have the opportunity to play at Elland Road.

“As a kid growing up in Leeds you dream of having an opportunity to play at Elland Road so we’re determined to make the most of it and not only make it a day to remember for ourselves but also a great showpiece occasion for women’s football in general.”

After tomorrow’s game, Leeds entertain fifth-paced Preston North End next Sunday at Farsley. Their season finishes on Sunday, May 11 against Derby County Ladies at Borrowash Victoria. Tickets for tomorrow’s game are priced at £2 for concessions and £4 for adult, with a special family ticket (admission for two adults and two concessions) priced at £10.

Tickets are available to buy in advance through the Leeds United ticket office, online via the Leeds United website and will also be available for cash purchase on the day.

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