Long-suffering Leeds United fans have suffered another blow – after a US baseball team hijacked their song.
Leeds fans are used to disappointment after eight years out of the top flight but still proudly sing Leeds! Leeds! Leeds! (Marching on Together) at every game.
Unlike most football songs, it’s an original composition which first appeared in 1972 as the B-side of a record released to mark the team reaching the 1972 FA Cup Final.
The song is played before kick-off at every home game at Elland Road and it is a ritual for Leeds fans to stand up and sing when it is played.
But many have been stunned to discover that the Minnesota Twins have stolen the song and tweaked the lyrics to make it their own.
Most comments on Leeds United fan forums are unprintable but one supporter commented: “Hearing ‘Stand up and sing for Minnesota’ and ‘We love you Twins, Twins, Twins’ is just so wrong.”
The Minnesota Twins are a professional baseball team based in Minneapolis and would seem to be a world away from Yorkshire.
But there are parallels. Both teams have enjoyed periods of success but also endured long bouts of mediocrity.
The Twins have won three World Series championships, but none since 1991, while Leeds have three league titles, the last of them in 1991/2.
by The Punjapit Alliance