Leeds United were pipped to promotion by their Yorkshire rivals, Sheffield United, last season.
Leeds United fans are reacting after the Sheffield United co-owner, Kevin McCabe, claimed his team’s city was a bigger footballing one than the Whites’, the Blades unveiled their new shirt sponsor on Monday.
Sheffield United, who beat Leeds to second place in the Championship last season, have agreed a three-year deal with the financial brokers, Union Standard Group (USG), which is the largest in the club’s history.
And speaking at the event, McCabe said via The Star: “(Sheffield is) a bigger football city than Leeds and we have the fortune of being Yorkshire’s only Premier League club. (It was) a horrible day in 2007 when we got relegated (from the top-flight), and (it has) taken 12 bloody long years to get us back.”
Understandably, many Whites fans have taken exception to McCabe’s comments, although others accept that while Leeds United are alone one of the country’s biggest clubs, there is a case for arguing Sheffield’s superiority as a footballing city.
This is what they’re saying on Twitter…
These lot haven’t stopped talking about us since getting promoted. Change the subject lads— Stu Dalgleish (@StuDalgleish) June 24, 2019
The fact he’s even talking about Leeds kind of shows his comment to be false.— Frainy_180 (@frainy_180) June 24, 2019
Obsessed. Go on and enjoy your season in the premier league and stop talking about us ♂️— carl smith (@carlsmith_88) June 24, 2019
kevin mccabe talking how sheffield is bigger than leeds by saying its bigger than leeds for the coverage https://t.co/rSCU8JYRD9— BINKY_TALKINGSHUTT (@BinksLeeds) June 24, 2019
Obsessed much mentioning Leeds again— Stephen Maher (@stevemaher34) June 24, 2019
Fully obsessed. Clubs now taking more pleasure in getting to the PL before us, rather than just celebrating the fact they’re in the PL at all.— – (@elyouefsey) June 24, 2019
Well they do have two teams but the obsession is still weird, why can’t they just enjoy promotion— adam (@y12ajg) June 24, 2019
As a lifelong Leeds fan who’s lived in Sheffield since 1976, football is huge here. Modern football was born here, and tbf both Sheffield clubs had won leagues and cups long before we became Yorkshire’s biggest club. LUFC bigger than either Sheffield club, but huge footy city.— Christopher Ward (@bretwalda1958) June 24, 2019
Gets promoted and all he can think of is leeds……— Ian Gregory (pek) (@lufcpek) June 24, 2019
McCabe always been a no nothing fool. What is it with blades and always comparing themselves with Leeds? They’re not even the biggest club in their own city— Craig Bolton (@its_boly) June 24, 2019
I agree. The sum of two big football clubs means Sheffield is a bigger footballing city than Leeds. It does not mean though that either the Blunts or Wendies are bigger than Leeds.— David Thornton (@DigglerBarnes) June 24, 2019
Entitled to his opinion ..Even though it`s wrong— Paul Turner (@st07pat) June 24, 2019
If ya class big as tinpot. Yes there the biggest tinpot city in England.— James whitehurst (@Jammerlufc1919) June 24, 2019
And best thing is Blades aren’t even biggest club in Sheffield.
Always is and always will be Wendy’s
Lufc>>>>>>blades— PABLO IS THE GOAT (@lufchrw06) June 24, 2019
Sheffield’s two professional clubs, Wednesday (eight) and United (five) have won 13 major honours to Leeds’ seven – although they have both been around for longer – and averaged home crowds of close to 48,000 in the Championship last season, compared to the Whites‘ 32,700.
Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday will lock horns in Sheffield United’s absence this coming campaign.
Sheffield or Leeds – which is the bigger footballing city?