Leeds fans pay price

Leeds fans Chris Bennett, left, and Albion landlord Mick Ward, right, who sponsored Huddersfield fan Richard Bedford, centre, to wear a Leeds shirt for a day.
Leeds fans Chris Bennett, left, and Albion landlord Mick Ward, right, who sponsored Huddersfield fan Richard Bedford, centre, to wear a Leeds shirt for a day.
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THE last thing any self-respecting Huddersfield Town fan would want to be spotted in, would be the whites of arch rivals Leeds United.

But that’s exactly what ardent Terriers fan Richard Bedford did – while taking part in the third Pedals for Pounds challenge.

Richard, of Liversedge, agreed to swap the blue and white of his beloved club for a Leeds shirt – in return for £300 sponsorship.

The challenge was to cycle the 280 miles from Yeovil to Huddersfield for the last home game of the season, raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Richard was one of 270 riders, and among his sponsors were Mick Ward, landlord of the Albion in Knowler Hill, Littletown, and regular Chris Bennett.

“I went into the pub and asked a few of the guys there for sponsorship,” said Richard.

“Because the ride was arranged through Huddersfield Town and Mick and the majority of the customers are Leeds fans, he and Chris proposed to put £100 each in if I would wear a Leeds shirt for one full day.

“This was a very tough ask as there is obviously a huge rivalry between the two sets of supporters. On the Thursday of the ride I turned up at the meeting point for the 100 mile leg to Solihull to jeers and boos, but as word got round why I was wearing the shirt it was received well, as it was money for a good cause.

“The day was horrendously bad weather and I felt like the Leeds shirt had sapped all my strength but managed to make the journey. Some Town fans even managed a brief rendition of ‘marching on together’ as I cycled into the third rest stop.

“I have now collected the sponsorship from the pub, more than £300 from Leeds supporters who I thank wholeheartedly.”

Richard, who has raised a total of £1,470, is heading to Wembley tomorrow to see his team take on Sheffield United in the play-off finals – minus the Leeds shirt.

“I will be proudly wearing my Pedal for Pounds cycling top instead,” he said.