Guys, Leeds fan in peace. The guy on the other thread is obviously a wind up merchant, and a complete idiot. In my opinion what makes a club a big club is always subjective.
I always put it down to:
Fanbase (including global)
Leeds United as a club have the above (as do you), and are a club recognised globally, having a number or fan bases nationally and internationally.
So in my opinion Leeds are a big club, not the biggest of the lot and certainly not at the moment due to our current predicament, but we are still classed as a so called bigger club, as are the likes of Derby, Notts Forrest and Sheffield Wednesday among others who have been in the Championship with us for years also.
This year we are adding yourself and Villa to the mix, so although I think we were the biggest club in the Championship, adding you and Villa to the mix opens the debate again somewhat, but I'll let other people decide that!
I suppose if we weren't a big club we would not be on TV so much. The smaller teams complain the amount of times we are on Sky (as we do due to fixture changes) but broadcasters will always show us due to the high viewership. Especially on a lunch time when BT Sport are showing a Premiership match. See article: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/football/barnsley-fc/why-leeds-united-s-big-tv-ratings-are-bad-news-for-fans-1-7564322
It will however, be interesting what the above numbers will be show at the end of the season now that Villa and Newcastle are in the mix.
For the record I think you are a big club, albeit you haven't won anything (important) for years, but your fan base alone makes you a big club as well as your stadium and crowd/gates. Your attendances have always been good (excluding the 80s), but you can't really compare your attendances to ours in recent times because 1. Your ground holds more than ours (39,460) and 2. We have also been out of the top flight for 12 years, where we have been run by crooks, and cocaine addicted mad chairman who have fleeced our club.
Plus our match day ticket/season ticket prices for a club in the Championship are the highest in the Championship (excluding Brighton and Fulham I think - I'd have to look it up) and more than the majority of Premiership clubs. Try going year after year watching crap, a lack of investment in the team, and selling your prized assets and spending that amount of money on a ticket. It's enough to turn even the loyal of fans away.
Would your team have survived this for 12 years of this crap - I don't think so. yet we take the largest Football League away following in the country, (
We still have a lot of loyal supporters regardless and the core of them will always be there. We just need to see a bit of hope for the future (can't see it at the moment) and the attendances will increase again, no matter the price. It's a sad state of affairs and the feeling of the majority of Leeds fans is that while Cellino is in charge, we will not progress, so fans have started voting with their feet.
Am I wrong your attendances went down last year didn't they and you were in the Premiership? I'm assuming that is due to how the club has been run and who by. Try dealing with that for 12 years, but to be honest even if Ashley left your club is more attractive than ours to investors. Unfortunately investors don't deal with crooks (ours), unless they're a billionaire like Abramovich that don't give a shit.
I'll always have respect for your fans, as I will always remember the Newcastle United fans visiting Elland Road and laying Newcastle shirts down in respect at our Billy Bremner Statue, when our two fans were killed in Istanbul. I'll always remember that and thank you for it.
Anyway, the big club debate will always bring about a passionate discussion, but to say we have been out of the Premiership for 12 years, we are 13th in the list of the All Time Premier League table. No mean feat for a team only there for 12 seasons! I'm just wondering if we'd be above you (8th after 24 seasons) if we'd managed to bounce straight back up after relegation from the Prem.
Good luck for the season. I think you will finish in the top 2, probably first, but it will be a long hard slog, so don't be surprised if you finished in the Play Offs like West Ham did a few years back when they should have gone up automatically! Meanwhile, Leeds will be struggling to finish in the top half of the table.
Oh and if you want a reasoned intelligent discussion (with the odd derogatory insult thrown in) try The Square Ball: http://forum.thesquareball.net/viewforum.php?f=1 and our Square Ball mag named the country's best fanzine: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/leeds-united-fanzine-aims-for-another-champion-season-1-7396607 It's all we have that is good at the moment, so forgive the sell.
Really surprised that you never came to us with your survey. We'd have responded to your recent survey that you posted on the other sites!