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Superfan receives award for watching Leeds United play 2,000 consecutive league games

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Leeds United's future may be uncertain but for one Leeds fan, it won't change his devotion to the Championship club.

Leeds United superfan Phil Beeton has been rewarded by Football League sponsor Sky Bet after watching his club play 2,000 consecutive league games.

Beeton, 61, has not missed a league match for over 47 years and became the Supporter of the Year at the Football League Awards 2014.

The die-hard supporter was presented with a limited edition man of the match ball signed by the Leeds first team squad ahead of the club's 4-1 defeat at Bournemouth. He also received a one-off Leeds Sky Bet Superfan T-shirt while the club plan to honour him with a five-year season ticket at Elland Road as a mark of his loyalty.

He said: “I can’t express my gratitude enough - to the Football League, to Sky Bet and of course Leeds. I’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction.

“It’s the end of a long road, and I don’t know where it’s going to go, but certainly 2000 games is a big milestone.

“You start off as a young kid at a very impressionable age. My father dragged me down to Elland Road and it’s just taken off from there.

“The people that you meet and see every week – it’s a great feeling.”

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