Feeling Leeds gazes into the curious world of the dislocated supporter, the football fan not born and bred in the shadow of their club’s ground.
Raiford Guins is one such fan. His book recounts the highs and lows of supporting a team from afar – from paying $20 to watch Leeds United matches in Florida via dodgy satellite feeds in the early 1990s, to ringing Elland Road when it was the only way to get midweek results before the internet, to working out league tables with out-of-date copies of Shoot!, to celebrating madly while fuelling his car and watching Leeds clinch a late winner against Villa in December 2018 on his iPhone. Trivial to the supporter who can easily walk to their ground, such moments form the backbone of belonging for those with an ocean between themselves and the turnstiles.
Feeling Leeds is the story of one supporter’s commitment to cultivating an emotional connection to Leeds United for nearly 40 years. It is written by and for supporters worldwide for whom every day is an away day.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. September 2022. Hardcover: 192 pages)
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