Says John Boocock:
"Oystein, the intrepid Leeds song collector, tells us: I reckon both songs and chants must find their way to this sheet
.....and not all of them are up to date, not the songs for 1997, but why not let the good memories glimpse through our
heads while waiting for the Arse to come to SOTG?
Finally, credit where credit is due, most of the words below are collected from the Leeds e-mail list postings during
the past few years, so I think that some of you might recognize your comments!"
I'd like to add:
Some chants have a wording that shouldn't be put to paper nor a computer display. For a long time I was doubtful about
publishing these chants. I have reached the conclusion to publish it all, even with a lot of words not found in any dictionary,
or with a message to the foes that not exactly is part of fair-play. When I do so, it is to bring forward the real atmosphere
that could be found, and still can be found, on the terracces. With the complete mix of intencity, effort, humour and hate.
Many of these "hard" chants arised in the working-class of Yorkshire in the mid 1970's; in a time when Leeds were among the
biggest football clubs in the world.
The Elland Road history and development:
(This could make it easier to understand some of the chants.)
The fans of Liverpool will claim that Amfield Road is the only English ground that had "the Kop". This indeed is not true,
there were 5-6 grounds with such stand.
The Kop at Elland road was the North stand, the stand now known as the Revie stand, in the Gelderd (Road) end of the ground
(named after the road which runs parallel to it, Geldard Road). British football grounds often have stands/terracing
etc. named after the area immediately behind them - so to do other sporting arena.
The Magnificent New East Stand (MNES) was always known as "the Lowfields Road". The West Stand is just that - a stand on
the west side of the ground.
There were other landmarks at Elland Road, such as "the Paddock" and "the Scratchin' Shed". The main body of Leeds most
vocal support located itself at the south end of the ground (where the current South stand is now) in "the Scratchin'
Shed" which ran along Elland Rd itself, and was quite cramped. The turnstiles were in the wall on the narrow roadside
pavement along Elland Rd and you passed through the turnstile directly (and we mean directly) into the shed itself. It was
a dark and dingy hole of a place and the supporters loved/hated it. When the old open kop was removed the pitch was moved
away from Elland Rd to allow a bigger south stand to be built there (later) to replace the shed. In the meantime the new
roofed Kop was built and the vocal fans relocated themselves from the Shed into the kop end of the ground, more recently
renamed the Revie stand. This was then the Gelderd end (from Gelderd road) and the home of the original "gelderd end boot
boys" when that was the fashion.
This movement of the pitch northwards left a gap to be filled in between the new kop and both west stand and Lowfield Rd
stand. The shed was eventually replaced by the current south stand and the Lowfields Road stand replaced by the MNES.
"The Paddock" was originally a standing area in the west stand, actually the full length of the stand, at the front and at
the shed end. The corners were completed
as you see today leaving the West Stand much needing replacement.
Walking down the memory lane together with some mates from the Leeds United email list, I'm told there was a guy nicknamed
King of the Kop who used to be held up by his mates 10 minutes before every game to lead the chanting. It would always start
"Are you ready?" YEEEEEESS!