By Joe Ellis

23rd Apr, 2022 | 5:10pm

Manchester City U23 manager 'astounded' by Leeds United crowd

Leeds United broke a Premier League 2 attendance record last night as 21,321 fans packed into Elland Road for a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City.

The Whites surpassed the previous attendance record, held by Everton, by roughly 4,000 as the youthful Whites battled hard against the league leaders.

Mateo Joseph Fernandez gave the Elland Road crowd the perfect start after six minutes but Kayky and Cole Palmer quickly turned the game around with Liam Delap completing the scoring in the final moments.

Manchester City Under-23s manager Brian Barry-Murphy couldn’t believe the attendance at LS11 as Andy Taylor revealed after the game.

“I was speaking to their manager before the game, he said ‘Tayls, why’s there so many fans here, what’s the occasion?'” Taylor said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I said ‘just because we’ve put it out there and we’ve said ‘yeah, come along”.

“I said we’ve had big crowds for a lot of the other U23 games and we sort of said, ‘alright, how many can we get for the last home game?’ We end up getting this many.

“He’s astounded. And that’s the manager of the Man City 23s. He’d been a manager in the Football League before that.”

Keep it up

There is no way we can break records every single week because there are only so many seats within Elland Road but there is no reason why we can’t get five figures in for games played at the senior team’s stadium.

Not every game can be played at the big stadium of course with scheduling conflicts and all that jazz and there is no way that many could pack into Thorp Arch instead.

But whenever the Under-23s or even Under-18s play at Elland Road, the club have got to do whatever they can to publicise it and keep the punters coming back for whatever football they can feast their eyes upon.

When you see someone from Manchester City, the Premier League champions, be left gobsmacked at the attendance of last night’s game, you know you’re doing something right.

It will also allow these youngsters to have the chance to get used to a big crowd before they are promoted to the senior team.

In other Leeds United news, Elland Road might be set for a new development after successful Premier League trials.