Andrea Radrizzani has sent an emotional message to the Leeds United supporters ahead of their return to Elland Road.
The club’s chairman took to Twitter this morning to issue a rousing statement for the match-going Whites fans.
The Italian was keen to remind his followers that the Leeds family have “lost too many” members since the stadium was last allowed to be full, claiming that they must remember them during today’s game.
The tweet was attached to an inspiring video posted by the club’s official account this morning which documented the supporters’ long-awaited return to watch top-flight football at Elland Road.
Unlike many chairmen that have taken over English clubs during the last decade or so, Radrizzani has managed to build a positive rapport with the fans and the response to his tweet epitomised that.
Plenty of Leeds supporters replied thanking him for the work he has done alongside Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear to get the club back where they belong.
It has been 532 days since the full allocation of Whites fans were allowed to watch a home game and they have missed some truly memorable days and nights since that 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town.
While promotion and the return to the Premier League were still exciting times for the fans who had endured some of the lowest lows following the club, watching them on a television wasn’t the same.
Those draws against five of the so-called big six last season might have been turned into wins had the players had over 34,000 fans roaring them on from the terraces.
The eight home wins throughout the season would have been hailed like the lifting of trophies. A real push for the European places could have been mounted had Marcelo Bielsa’s side had the backing from the ever-passionate Leeds fans both home and away.
They won’t have needed any more encouragement to make their voices heard today, but Radrizzani’s message will have been received loud and clear by each and every one of the home supporters travelling to Elland Road this afternoon.