You can read Leadbitter’s interview with iNews in full HERE.Let me tell you, it’s an experience, I can tell you that. Sometimes I get caught up in it all, but now sometimes I also can laugh. Yeah, it’s an experience.
My Dad used to go to all the games, took me as a two year-old to Roker Park, the Fulwell End. I kept going all the way through, up until I became a professional. He kept going.
After Saturday’s game, I’d to do something upstairs for the club and when I looked over I saw a friend of my Dad’s who he used to go with – Stu. I’d not seen him for years. It was nice, strange. I stopped my speech to go over and say hello.
My Dad used to love [Marco] Gabbiadini, Gatesy [Eric Gates]. He used to speak about Jimmy Montgomery, Bobby Kerr. When he passed away I got in touch with a few of his favourite players and they carried his coffin. Monty was one. I saw Monty on Saturday. Every time I see him I’m grateful.
So the connection is deep, deep in the family. It will always be. That’s what my Dad wanted, where he wanted to be.
Saturday was the first time my Mum’s been back. At the beginning it was too painful to go and my Mum felt that. It was the first time my sisters had been back. There were times when you felt like going but you’ve to respect the football club. You can’t knock on the door.
It’s taken a few years but I’ve got my head around it. The situation is the situation and everyone knows it here.
Now I’ve to look at it as a job. It’s a challenge and if we succeed it’ll be even better for me because my Dad’s there. But if we don’t succeed, there’s no point going on about it.
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Awwww - I am always one who says you should never go back but I really hope Grant is the exception that proves the rule
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