Debbie Jevans: “Leeds United is a special club”
EFL Executive Chair Debbie Jevans has said that it is very special to have Leeds United competing in the English Football League.
Earlier this week, Leeds United celebrated 100 years since the club was formed and its centenary was commemorated with a series of special events throughout the week involving some of Leeds United’s biggest names from the years, culminating at the fixture against Birmingham City this afternoon.
Andrea Radrizzani was presented with a special trophy to mark the occasion by the EFL and, speaking at Elland Road, Executive Chair Debbie Jevans said: “It’s very, very special to be a part of today and it’s another full house at Elland Road.
“The atmosphere outside the ground and around the whole place today is simply amazing. Everyone’s been talking about this week and the celebrations and how great it is to have all the old players back reliving the history of this club. It’s very special to be a part of it and Leeds are just one of many great clubs we have in the EFL.”
A number of special guests were in attendance at Elland Road for the club’s fixture against Birmingham City, including Jermain Beckford, David O’Leary and Paul Robinson. On-off centenary programmes, scarves and shirts were on sale around the ground as fans gathered to be a part of the celebrations.
“When I was on my way in for the game today it was clear to see how important this club is to the people of the city,” Jevans continued.
“There were so many scarves and shirts on show, everyone is proud to be a part of this football club. You can see the impact football and this club has on the city. We’ve got people from all over the city here with us today and hearing them all speak about the football club in such a positive way is just fantastic.”
“It’s very special to have a club like Leeds United competing in the EFL. When you look at the competitiveness of the Championship, Leeds United are up there, they’ve come so close to promotion the last couple of seasons and of course with their history they want to get back to the Premier League.”
Following today’s win over Birmingham City, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are currently second in the Sky Bet Championship, behind West Bromwich Albion