Leeds United U23s will play host to the very best teams youth football has to offer in this country this coming season.
The junior Whites secured promotion from Premier League 2 Division 2 last term with a triumphant title-winning finish to their campaign.
Leeds were only awarded Category One status last summer, permitting the club to play in Premier League 2, but already the Whites will face off against the best the division has to offer.
That will mean bumper away trips to the best academies in the country, such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and many others.
It will see returns to Arsenal’s U23 setup for Sam Greenwood, two trips to Joe Gelhardt’s native Merseyside to play Liverpool and Everton, while Lewis Bate will go up against his former Chelsea teammates.
While Leeds U23s played each of their home games at the club’s Thorp Arch training base last season, this year the team will have three ‘homes’: Thorp Arch, Elland Road and York City’s LNER Stadium.
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Here is a full breakdown of Leeds U23’s fixture list for the upcoming 2021/22 campaign:
Crystal Palace (A) – Monday 16th August, 19:00 – Selhurst Park
Tottenham Hotspur (H) – Monday 23rd August, 16:00 – Thorp Arch
Derby County (A) – Friday 27th August, 19:00 – Loughborough University
West Ham United (H) – Saturday 11th September, 13:00 – Thorp Arch
Tranmere (A) (EFL Trophy) – Tuesday 14th September, 19:00 – Prenton Park
Liverpool (A) – Sunday 19th September, 14:00 – LFC Academy
Blackburn Rovers (H) – Friday 24th September, 19:00 – LNER York Stadium
Oldham (A) (EFL Trophy) – Tuesday 28th September, 19:00 – Boundary Park
Leicester City (A) – Friday 1st October, 19:00 – LCFC Training Ground
Everton (A) – Monday 18th October, 19:00 – Pure Stadium, Southport
Lewis Bate in action for Chelsea’s U23s
(Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Brighton & HA (H) – Monday 25th October, 19:00 – LNER York Stadium
Arsenal (H) – Friday 29th October, 19:00 – Elland Road
Salford (A) (EFL Trophy) – Tuesday 2nd November, 19:00 – Peninsula Stadium
Manchester United (A) – Friday 5th November, TBC – TBC
Chelsea (H) – Friday 19th November, 13:00 – Thorp Arch
Manchester City (A) – Saturday 27th November, 15:00 – TBC
Leicester City (H) – Monday 6th December, 19:00 – LNER York Stadium
Everton (H) – Monday 20th December, 19:00 – LNER York Stadium
West Ham United (A) – Monday 10th January, 19:00 – Rush Green
Derby County (H) – Monday 17th January, 19:00 – LNER York Stadium
Blackburn Rovers (A) – Monday 24th January, 19:00 – Lancashire FA
Liverpool (H) – Monday 7th February, 19:00 – Elland Road
Brighton & HA (A) – Friday 18th February, 14:00 – BHAFC Training Ground
Tottenham Hotspur (A) – Monday 28th February, 19:00 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Manchester United (H) – Monday 14th March, 19:00 – Elland Road
Chelsea (A) – Friday 18th March – 19:00, Kingsmeadow Stadium
Crystal Palace (H) – Monday 4th April, 19:00 – Elland Road
Manchester City (H) – Monday 25th April, 19:00 – Elland Road
Arsenal (A) – Friday 29th April, 19:00 – Emirates Stadium