favourite sport is association football (soccer), and he
has always followed his hometown club, Leeds United. The
team was one of England's best and most famous in the 60s
and 70s, when they were considered almost invincible. Leeds
Utd in fact played their best football during the years
when Christie were charting round the world, so whenever
Jeff played in various countries, he must have grabbed a
paper at every opportunity to check on scores back home.
After a spell in the lower divisions,
the team is now exciting fans in the Premier League, led
by the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa, who hails from Argentina,
where Christie had a massive following.
Like all true football fans, Jeff
still holds a soft spot for the team. He has met many of
the legendary Leeds Utd players, and today even lives on
the same street as some of them.
The demise of the successful 60s-70s
team was sparked by the disappointment of the final of the
European Cup in 1975, when Leeds lost 2-0 to German team
Bayern Munich, despite controlling the game, having a legitimate
goal ruled out, and a blatant penalty disallowed. Bayern
only had two shots in the game and scored from both. After
the match, many players retired or moved on to other clubs.
Jeff was one of thousands of Leeds
fans who travelled to Paris to watch that 1975 final. He's
pictured at the bottom, with brother Lester on the far left.