Elland Road

Noel Whelan has taken radio commentary to a level rarely seen in England.

Whelan is truly the epitome of local-boy who lived the dream, progressing from the Elland Road terraces to the pitch, and is now working as an academy coach at Derby County.

However, his switched allegiances have not changed his loved for the Whites, and he is found commentating on Leeds games for local radio.

In this country, we love impartiality when it comes to commentary. No one team should be favoured above others in the national scene, but when it comes to local radio, you almost want the impartial ties to creep through.

The commentators should love the club they are talking about, and Whelan goes one step further than most in his love for Leeds - a love that he shows regularly.

Aside from the occasional chorus of Marching on Together, and an obvious love for the club which has endeared him to fans, the most frequent occurrence is Whelans’s cry of pleasure whenever the Whites find the back of the net.

Rather than assessing the situation and giving praise and criticism when due, Whelan forgets all need to commentate the game he is viewing, and gives a cry of ‘GET IIINNNNNN’ when the ball crosses the line.

He is the true essence of local-boy come good, and his love for the club he has always supported will long go down in folklore. He may not have been a great success for the Whites on the pitch, but his work off it means he will always be a favourite of those involved at Elland Road.

Watch the video below to see a compilation of Whelan’s best commentary of Leeds games.

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