A Freshers Guide to Sport in Leeds
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Leeds United are one of England’s historic football clubs, enjoying trophy-laden success in the 1960s and 70s under Don Revie. In recent times, the Whites have suffered a well-documented decline – falling out of the top-flight in 2004 amid significant turmoil on and off the pitch. Nonetheless, the Championship side remain the best supported team in the division, with attendances of over 30,000 every week – more than a number of Premier League teams. They have enjoyed a storming start to the season, winning plaudits for their high-pressing, attacking style of play under the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa. It is therefore a great time to get down and watch a game at Elland Road, with a long overdue promotion charge very much on the cards. Concession tickets start at £21.
Upcoming Fixtures: Brentford 6/10
The Rhinos are one of the best Rugby League teams in the country. 2017 was a fantastic year for the team, as Leeds won a record-breaking eighth Super League crown, beating Castleford Tigers at Old Trafford in the Grand Final. This success was all the more remarkable after a disastrous campaign the year before, where the Rhinos struggled to repeat previous treble success, losing 18 games. Playing their games at Headingley Stadium, they are just a stone’s throw away from student accommodation and often have great student deals, with concession tickets starting at £13.
Upcoming fixtures: Toronto Wolfpack 28/09
Yorkshire County Cricket ClubAdjacent to Leeds Rhinos is the home of the country’s most successful cricket club: Yorkshire C.C.C. With 33 top division titles to their name and legends such as Sir Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Vaughan and Sachin Tendulkar once donning the White Rose, Yorkshire have an incredible history. Unfortunately, as the cricket season has drawn to a close you will be unable to see the likes of England Test Captain Joe Root live at Headingley this Freshers’. Nonetheless, Yorkshire are an important sporting team in Leeds and when the season rolls around again, a trip to Headingley is a must.