We Are Leeds
Feature by Kevin Markey
Updated Thursday, 26th November 2009
This book, which took three years to put together, is written with great passion that oozes out of the pages from a genuine lifelong Leeds United supporter.
This virtual tour around the world is a unique look at supporters' stories ranging from the scary, to the funny and fascinating. It features author PR, review coverage in local and national press and radio; and POS is available. "We are Leeds" focuses on Leeds United supporters scattered around the world and their own personal stories of their experiences following the West Yorkshire club. The stories are completely varied and range from comical, unusual, interesting, scary and fascinating. All the supporters feature in the book speak with equal passion about the club they all clearly adore. The book is a virtual tour around the world, tracking down Leeds followers along the way. It starts with supporters' tales in Leeds itself and then goes around the west side of England, into Wales, across to Southern and Northern Ireland, over to America and Canada, down to the Caribbean, further south to Brazil and Argentina, and continues around the globe to places such as South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Azerbaijan, Russia, Norway, Iceland and many more. It ends up going up the east side of England and back into Leeds again where more home grown supporters tell their stories. Throughout the book there are tales of the author's experiences following the club and there are three chapters where 'super-fan' Gary Edwards, who has missed one Leeds match, including all pre-season friendlies anywhere in the world since 1968, gives his views on various aspects of the club throughout its history. The book is a very passionate read that every Leeds fan will relate to.
About the Author
First and foremost 46-year old Andy Starmore is a massive Leeds United supporter and has been since a little boy. Over the past four years Andy has been a contributor to the official Leeds United magazine Leeds, Leeds, Leeds. He has been a freelance football writer since 1991, has covered some rugby union matches for the Bournemouth Daily Echo and has submitted articles for the newspaper covering the World Superbikes at Brands Hatch and the Motor GP at Donnington Park. Andy has interviewed some high profile footballers, including ex-Leeds players. He has also produced articles for the football magazine FourFourTwo, as well as write ups for national newspapers. During the 1991/92 season, Andy also did live reports for all the AFC Bournemouth home games for the local radio station 2CR, followed by post-match interviews with their then manager Tony Pulis (now manager of Premier League Stoke City). Andy's passion for Leeds led him to track down Leeds fans from all over the world, culminating in this publication of their stories.