MOT View: Leeds live rent-free in heads of EFL rivals, as shown in Sunderland 'Til I Die series
Leeds United are one of the biggest clubs in the country – there is no denying that. But it doesn’t stop other clubs from trying to challenge that.
As seen in the second season of Netflix’s Sunderland Til I Die, Leeds are clearly on the mind of those high up at the Stadium of Light as a whole episode is dedicated to trying to beat a record set by the Whites.
In May 2008, 38,256 fans attended Elland Road to watch Leeds United versus Gillingham.
It was a modern-day record attendance for League One and one that stood until last season when 46,039 fans packed the Stadium of Light for Sunderland’s win against Bradford on Boxing Day.
In episode three of season two of Sunderland ‘Til I Die, it is documented that the Black Cats tried to beat that record just to show that they are “bigger than Leeds”.
Around 25 minutes into the episode, you see a meeting held between Sunderland’s director Charlie Methven and managing director Tony Davison about trying to sell more tickets for the Boxing Day clash against Bradford as the North-East club looks to ease its financial concerns.
Methven comes up with a plan to have “League One’s biggest crowd”.
Davison tells Methven he wants it to be “bigger than Leeds” and explains that “Leeds currently have the record for the biggest attendance since the 70s”.
Methven then says: “The record, modern-day, third division attendance is Leeds United in their promotion game 10 years ago: 38,250. Broadly speaking, 38,500 and we’re the new record, modern-day attendance. But I would like to put a marker down for 40 [thousand].
“No team has ever got 40,000 in the third division. That will show them that we’ve finally started to get that oil tanker headed in the right direction that people believe in it.”
Leeds really do live rent-free in the heads of their EFL rivals.
Everyone is always trying to one-up the Whites’ fanbase, especially when it comes to attendances simply because they’re jealous that we have the highest average attendance in in the EFL on a consistent basis. Away allocations are always sold out – everywhere in the country.
Sunderland wish they were as big as Leeds and if you watch the third episode of season two of Sunderland ‘Til I Die, you will see how desperate the League One club is to beat the Yorkshire giants.
If Leeds had a stadium that was too big for them – like Sunderland – then they would sell it out without half the effort Methven’s marketing team went to in the Netflix show.
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