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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

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