Former Sheffield United midfielder Curtis Woodhouse has claimed Leeds United fans are “probably the best supporters in England”.
The 39-year-old made more than 100 appearances for the Blades between 1997 and 2001, in a career that also included spells at a number of other English clubs including Birmingham City, Hull City, and Peterborough United.
Woodhouse was born in Yorkshire and will know the rivalry between the Blades and the Whites well.
The Englishman took to Twitter to express his view on the Leeds fan base.
Leeds United are probably the best supporters in England, yea I said it ????????♂️⚽️
— Curtis Woodhouse (@curtiswoodhous8) August 13, 2019
He claimed: Leeds United are probably the best supporters in England, yea I said it”.
Woodhouse will know the reaction this is likely to cause, especially given his history with Sheffield United.
The 39-year-old’s comments are backed up by some numbers from the 2017/18 season, with Twitter account EFL Stats suggesting that Leeds had the highest away –an average of 800 more per game last season.
Average away attendances – 17-18 Top teams
1. Leeds United – 2970
2. Aston Villa – 2780
3. Wolves – 2730
4. Sheffield Wednesday – 2470
5. Middlesbrough – 2190
6. Sheffield United – 2170
7. Birmingham City – 1920#lufc #avfc #wwfc #swfc #mfc #sufc #bcfc #eflstats pic.twitter.com/XSQOTCBLRo
— EFL Stats (@EFLStats) May 11, 2018
Woodhouse’s former club got one over on their rivals last season, winning the battle for the second automatic promotion spot, which forced the Whites into the play-off places and a subsequent semi-final loss to Derby County.
These comments will likely be very well-received by Leeds fans, who take a lot of pride in their football club and fan base.
It will probably mean even more to them that the claim has come from a former Blade.
The Whites will be looking to emulate their Yorkshire rivals this season as they push for promotion to the Premier League.
They look well set to end their 15-year absence from the top flight, with Marcelo Bielsa having returned for a second year in charge and after some smart business over the summer.