By Craig Scott

22nd Mar, 2020 | 3:30pm

'Leeds have very passionate fans but I’d had enough' - Mother of ex-Whites star makes admission

Chris Wood’s mother Julie has admitted that she once snapped at a Leeds United fan who was criticising her son during his spell at Elland Road.

Wood, 28, scored 44 goals in 88 appearances for Leeds between 2015 and his eventual move to Burnley in 2017.

The New Zealand international is one of the best centre-forwards that Leeds have had in the last decade – but that didn’t make him immune from criticism in the stands.

Wood’s mother has revealed that there was one moment at The Valley when Leeds were playing Charlton that she had enough of a fan moaning about the striker’s performance.

“I have heard some absolutely horrible things said about my son,” Julie told The Athletic. “I learnt very quickly that I should try and keep my mouth shut, no matter what is being said. Chris would be devastated if he heard I’d said anything back.

“Only twice did I break and lose my temper. One was at Birmingham with that woman behind me, and the other came when Leeds were playing at Charlton. The traffic had been horrendous and we got stuck in the Blackwall Tunnel so missed kick-off.

“Once at my seat, this guy nearby moaned constantly about Chris — he couldn’t do this, he couldn’t do that… I know Leeds have very passionate fans but I’d had enough.

“I turned to this fan and said, ‘Don’t you think he goes out there and tries his best? And if not for Leeds, surely he would do that for himself?’ He started saying he was a semi-pro footballer so knew what he was talking about. What he probably meant is he had a trial once as a child for Blackpool and they rejected him.”

It must be tough for the friends and family of certain players when they’re sat in the stands, watching someone they’ve known at a personal level have a bad game.

You hear some vile stuff tossed around by supporters, even towards their own players at times and while sometimes the criticism is fair, it must have been tough for Julie Wood in that instance she discussed.

No player should ever be immune from criticism but that fan is likely to have had the shock of his life if he’s hitting out at Chris Wood and then a woman with a Kiwi accent turns around to give him a piece of her mind.

He must have put two and two together.

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