Leeds United are football’s equivalent of The Sex Pistols.
And if — or rather when — we welcome them back to the Premier League in the next couple of weeks, it’ll be a bit like saying, ‘Hello Sid, hello Johnny, we haven’t half missed you’.
Like the Pistols, they bucked all the rules and regulations back in the day.
In the Sixties and Seventies, when Don Revie led Leeds to two Division One titles, they were a leader among those clubs who revelled in employing the dark arts.
Elland Road has long been a home for the likes of big, strong characters such as Jack Charlton, Billy Bremner and, later, mavericks like Eric Cantona.
They have always bucked the system but have added to our game significantly in doing so with their attitude, ‘We are Leeds, we don’t care’.
I draw the line at calling them a monster club because they are just a monster, and I’m delighted they look like being back because they will be a very welcome addition to the Premier League.
We already know next season will be an odd one, so arguably more than ever we need as many historical rivalries as ever.
And there is absolutely no doubt that Leeds versus Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City or Liverpool will bring in more viewers, eyeballs and revenue than, say, Bournemouth against any of those clubs.
The fact is that Leeds have 40,000-odd through their gates under normal circumstances and many of them remember players like Charlton, Johnny Giles, Bremner, Peter Lorimer.
Even more know what Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Rio Ferdinand gave for the club and brought to the club, and so are more likely to put pressure on the XI who go out and wear the shirt, reminding them of their responsibility to the club.
What I hope is that they don’t make the same mistake Aston Villa made this season, spending £100million-plus on potential, as they already have the nucleus of an exceptional young team.
They are good enough to have a successful season with the right couple of additions and by that I mean a mid-table finish.
What will also be interesting is how Marcelo Bielsa copes with the Premier League and it may well be his work ethic works better over 38 games than 46.
Elland Road is a great stadium to play at.
I made my away debut for Liverpool there but got injured after 20 minutes — that was the game Tony Yeboah scored his fantastic goal.
I also played there for Bradford in a West Yorkshire derby, scoring an overhead kick I’m sure plenty of Leeds fans will remember.
As a pundit, it’s the noisiest stadium I have been to in England and second only in the UK to Parkhead.
It’s intimidating, they’re together, and I hope when fans are allowed back that doesn’t change.
It’s old and it’s a little frayed but we still need a little bit of that soul in the game and I hope Leeds can bring that back to the Premier League.
The day UEFA died
Monday was the day UEFA died, because the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn Manchester City’s Champions League ban means they can’t even uphold their own rules these days.
All the ruling has done is send a message to every club in UEFA’s 53 countries that, if they have a wealthy owner, they can pump in as much money as they like and the only punishment will be a 10 million euros fine every now and then.
Owners of clubs such as City, Liverpool, Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich could find such an amount down the backs of their sofas.
But yesterday was a good day for Pep Guardiola’s club and a bad day for football.
In defence of Leicester
A lot of people have been queuing up to criticise Leicester’s form since the restart but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact they have had a cracking season, whether they qualify for the Champions League or not.
They are being squeezed now by clubs with much bigger squads and resources and if they do lose out to one of them, then we shouldn’t condemn the Foxes for that.
But if they do hang on we need to salute an incredible achievement — one I’d put up there with the miracle of them winning the Premier League in 2015-16.
Like Wilfried Zaha, I have found myself on the wrong end of racist abuse on social media.
Four people have been convicted as a result of the abuse I’ve received — one didn’t go to court because it was from a 15-year-old boy.
Zaha’s alleged abuser was three years younger than that and usually what comes back to me is along the lines of, ‘he was just trying to be clever in front of friends’.
The fact abusers can be so young says we need to do much more in schools to educate children on issues of race, because week-long campaigns and T-shirts are having little to no effect.
Thrilling fight to beat drop
Bournemouth's win over Leicester and Aston Villa’s over Crystal Palace were big for both clubs but I fear they were death rattles rather than the start of great escapes.
Norwich are gone and it’s between four clubs now for the other two relegation spots — Villa, Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham.
It could be an exciting race that goes to the wire, just like the 2011-12 season when Wolves, Blackburn, Birmingham, Blackpool and Wigan were battling it out on the final day to avoid the two remaining relegation spots and were all in the bottom three in the ‘as it stands’ table that afternoon.
Villa and Bournemouth are still the most likely but they have at least given themselves a little hope to cling to.
Spurs' strange season
How the mighty have fallen.
Not so long ago, there were plenty of Tottenham fans having a pop at Mauricio Pochettino for failing to win the Champions League, yet some of those same supporters were delirious and hailing Jose Mourinho after they beat Arsenal in a battle for eighth and ninth.
If you were one of them, you need to give your head a wobble.
In memory of Jack
Jack Charlton was a lovely man, a legend in England and Ireland – and there haven’t been many of those.
He probably did more for Anglo-Irish relations in recent years than anyone else on either side of the Irish sea.
Rest in peace, Big Jack.