Leeds fan got tattoo saying '2019 Championship play-off winners' before Derby defeat

One Leeds fans got a tattoo saying: '2019 Champions play-off winners'

Leeds United had their best chance in years to end their Premier League hiatus.

Marcelo Bielsa's side looked odds on to be promoted automatically throughout the season.

However, shaky form towards the end of the season saw them finish third behind Norwich and Sheffield United.

They were favourites to secure their passage to the Premier League through the play-offs.

And they looked like they would make it to Wembley after defeating Derby County 1-0 in their semi-final first leg.

But they crumbled spectacularly to get knocked out by Frank Lampard's side.

Derby won 4-2 on the night at Elland Road meaning Leeds will have to wait yet another season for promotion.

Leeds fans will be extremely down after the defeat and one supporter in particular of the Yorkshire club has even more reason to be upset.

Marcelo Bielsa's side were knocked out of the play-offs by Derby

Jamie Richardson was so certain his beloved Leeds would get promoted that he got a tattoo saying 'Leeds: 2019 Championship play-off winners' before their first leg against Derby.

In an interview with BBC Yorskhire, he said: "My name's Jamie, I'm that confident Leeds are getting promoted I've been and had this done.

"I jut felt like the team needed a bit of a boost. The fans needed a little bit of a boost. So I went and got that tattoo done."

He may have some regrets when he wakes up on Thursday morning.

Jamie also got a tattoo saying 'England 2018 World Cup winners' last summer.

"It's not the first one, no," he continued. "This time last year I went and got England World Cup winners tattoo done.

"It's still getting me drinks today that one."

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He went on to say that he isn't too fussed about what people think of his tattoo.

"To be honest, I'm not too fussed people's reactions," he said. "It's a bit of fun, if you're a Leeds United fan, we're all Leeds aren't we. We're all going up together."

He concluded: "Next year it'll say 'Leeds United: Premier League champions. This time next year you'll see."

You can't knock the man's optimism.

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