It came as a surprise to many that famous Australian and Hollywood actor, Russell Crowe is a supporter of Championship outfit Leeds United after his tweet about Leeds’s hard fought win over Middlesbrough back in February hit the headlines.
The 51-year-old revealed that his love for Leeds came from watching episodes of the BBC's Match of the Day when he was a schoolboy with his brother. A few days later after Leeds’s 1-0 win away to Middlesbrough, Crowe surprised many people again after tweeting to his 1.8 million Twitter followers that he would seriously consider taking over the West Yorkshire club, if he had the fans backing. The tweet received somewhere in the region of 3,000 favourites and was met with jubilation by anyof the Leeds United faithful.
As time progressed there were several reports of Russell Crowe meeting with current Leeds chairman, Massimo Cellino. A few of the Leeds fans believed that Cellino was going to sell the club after his trouble with the Italian legal system and a few rumours were starting to fly around Elland Road that Red Bull might also be a potential bidder for the club.
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As the months rolled on and the hype died down, a lot of fans came to the realisation that Crowe would not have the time or money to invest in such a roller-coaster ride of a club such as Leeds United. Fans considered this a shame as Crowe has a passion for the club, something severely lacking in former owners Ken Bates and GFH Capital.
This then consequently prompted supporters to create a group called Leeds Fans LLP which called on passionate supporters to donate any where between £100 and £10,000 in a bid to raise enough money to buy a 50% share of the club with Russell Crowe owning the other half.
As well as his passion for the club, Crowe also has a track record of being the successful owner of a sports outfit after taking over 50% of his favourite Rugby League team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2006 and winning the Premiership just eight years later, ending a 43 year absence of being champions.
This then got Leeds fans excited given the Rabbithos had a similar fall from grace to Leeds, going from winning four Premiership titles in five years to only being able to win the wooden spoon from time to time.
As Leeds sailed on into the start of a new season, takeover talk almost ceased. It seemed that Cellino wanted to stay at the club now that he finally was in the driving seat. The Russell Crowe takeover had seemed more and more unlikely as time progressed and inevitably even Crowe himself ruled out the takeover.
On 25th August 2015, Crowe tweeted a few reasons why he wouldn't be buying the club. His reasons included being with his children more and the fact that Leeds would take a big personal toll on him. Amongst the ten tweet summary, Crowe also had some words for the Leeds faithful, telling them to 'Stand up and be counted' and he also made sure that the fans knew even though he wasn't going to take over the club, his passion for it wouldn't change.