This is not a drill, Lucas Radebe will come out of the Elland Road tunnel on May 19th. He will be coming out with Josh Warrington as he takes on his title fight against Lee Selby. Radebe is one of the biggest icons in Leeds history and certainly in recent history and it will be a wonderful sight to see him back at Elland Road.
Josh Warrington has the fight of his life and he is probably the underdog for a change but the Elland Road crowd will create one of the best atmospheres boxing will have seen for a while. The fights so far have created a great atmosphere but the fact this one is at Elland Road makes it that much more special. When the fight was announced it was only ever going to be in one place and it seems like this is Warrington’s big chance to really announce himself of the world stage. He is often the favourite in fights and he doesn’t often get put under pressure but Selby is sure to come knowing that he has to try to get at Warrington early and try to quiet the crowd, something which he probably can’t do.
Radebe just tops of what is sure to be a very special occasion. The ex-Leeds captain is one of the most popular players in Leeds United history and in my lifetime he is the most popular. In terms of remembering players when you grow up many got to watch Billy Bremner and Eddie Gray among others grace the turf at Elland Road, I was one who grew up watching Lucas Radebe. A player who represented everything I loved in Leeds United and the feeling is the same among many other fans. He doesn’t often appear back at Elland Road, he did briefly when his book was released a few years ago now and many fans met him in the club shop as Leeds took on Sheffield United at Elland Road. This time he’ll be coming back out of the tunnel.