BUCKY’S BLOG: I’m looking forward to Leeds reunion

10th August 1986''John Buckley
10th August 1986''John Buckley

Facing Leeds United this weekend evokes plenty of memories from my playing days.

I’d followed then-Rovers manager Billy Bremner to Elland Road in 1986 and had made my Leeds debut as a substitute against Huddersfield.

I’d then come on against Reading and managed to score a late winner in front of the Elland Road Kop, I was up on the cage and everything celebrating with the fans.

But then, after making my full debut against Bradford City, I didn’t play again for a month.

It was a strange time for me at United, I enjoyed my time there but I always thought I didn’t play enough.

I had my injuries but I felt that when I had played, I performed well. I’d spoken to Billy Bremner about not getting a game, we had a good relationship, but I do feel I should have played more. I just wish I got the chance to show the Leeds fans what I could do, but that’s football and you move on.

This Saturday will see my old teams come together at Elland Road and it should be a fantastic game. It’s one I’m really looking forward to. Of course, it’s another derby like the one last Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday.

I thought we were the better team against the Owls and we deserved all three points.

I thought Paul Keegan was outstanding once again, he’s proving to be a revelation in the centre this season.

We shouldn’t be too downhearted about the Burnley result, I think getting a point at Turf Moor would have been a brilliant result against a superb team but it wasn’t meant to be.

We’re still eight points clear of the relegation zone and I do really believe we’re too good to go down.

Paul Dickov has done a super job this season considering all the injury problems and I think we have more quality than the other teams around us.

Any other day I’d hope Leeds get a win but Saturday afternoon I’ll be disappointed if Rovers don’t come away with a point, if not all three.