It's been a busy offseason week at Elland Road, with the ridiculous Scott Wootton situation, the new Red-tinted shirt sponsorship, and of course, more stupid Cellino news. But our fans are always the greatest, and Anthony Linley's tribute this week tried to remind us that at least we have that going for us... while Leicester City win the Premier League and Crystal Palace and Manure play for the FA Cup.
On that super-positive note, we bring back the Through it All Together staff for a depressing roundtable! This week, the staff answers the all-important question: What was your least favorite moment of the 2015/16 season?
Oh man. Last week's positivity was well-received, let's see how this goes. Sorry in advance.
Back with you this week: Anthony Linley is from Yorkshire, Ben Mallis is from Perth, Australia, and Johnny Wakefield and John Horne are from Charlotte, North Carolina in the States. All are "all Leeds," all have brought you coverage throughout the season, and all will try to answer the questions we present every Wednesday to the best of their ability. It's not a quiz show, but it should give you some insight into them as fans and writers alike.
And at the end, in the comments, let us know how you'd answer the question of the week.
The Weekly Wednesday Roundtable... begins now.
What was your lowlight of the 2015/16 season?
Anthony Linley: It was always going to be a tough ask to progress passed a Premiership side into the next round of the FA Cup but it may have been possible using the tactics of forcing a replay back at Elland Road. Those tactics seemed to be working until my low point of the season, Scott Wootton's own goal. Let's be fair, it could happen to any one of us, but I would’ve preferred he simply left the ball alone.
Still, at least he didn’t attempt a bicycle kick and get his keeper sent off....
Ben Mallis: Time To Go, Massimo.
Let me preface this by stating that I 100% want Massimo Cellino out, and I want him out immediately. But how have things gotten this bad?
Instead of talking about the promising aspects of United's last 12 months, of which there are many, we are forced to consume daily updates of the Cellino family and their laundry list of scandals. It just really sucks that fan protests dominate a season in which the football club overachieved on the paddock.
Lewis Cook is the best young footballer in England, Steve Evans is finally a manager who lives and breathes this club, Charlie Taylor is a revelation.
The list goes on and on, but we all have to focus on an owner who cannot properly manage an organisation, let alone this football club. Since falling out of the Premier League we have slowly become a circus with every passing year. And this season it reached a crescendo.
Here's hoping change is just around the corner.
John Horne III: It seems that every club I follow has drama unraveling between the front office and fans. I guess it was only natural that I start to follow and cover Leeds United this season. I'm so sick of off-the-field issues either overshadowing or affecting on-the-field play. If I wanted teenage drama between ownership and fans, I would watch WWE. Looking forward to dawn rising over Elland Road once more.
Johnny Wakefield: I listed about a dozen highlights last week in the roundtable, but I won't punish everybody with a dozen lowlights this time. Maybe just two or three (or four).
I really hated when Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood fought over the PK in the season finale. That hurt, I had such love for The Beard, and that all disappeared in the season's dying moments. I didn't like Giuseppe Bellusci being a baby in the last few weeks of the season, or the repeated mistakes from the back four all... season... long.
And like Anthony said, the Scott Wootton disaster in the FA Cup was a huge downer. I went from being incredibly hopeful in the FA Cup after the win at Bolton to despondent after Watford... and then Wootton continued to make mistake after mistake until he was eventually mysteriously no longer at Leeds.
But the biggest disappointment had to be that first half at Brighton to close out February. Here at Through It All Together, we couldn't even bring ourselves to write a regular recap of that game, instead going to full-on autopsy mode. It was my first real taste of ridiculously-embarrassing, disheartening defeat as a blogger, knowing we had to keep on covering the team anyway even though we all wanted to throw in the towel and throw our computers out the window. I can't imagine what it felt like in the locker room. I was as depressed as Paul Raynor, and I wanted to be as absent as Steve Evans.
We kept on covering the team obviously, as fans do. And the team went on to bounce back and play decently in March and April, but that game on the 29th of February was one I'd like to forget... and I sadly never will.
So what was your lowlight of the season, Leeds fan? Vote in the poll, and leave yours in the comments below. We'll be sure to share it on social media as well if you do. Thanks for reading, and come back next Wednesday for our next (more uplifting) Summer Roundtable question. #MOT