A guide dog joined in with the jubilant celebrations as Leeds United continued their push towards promotion to the Premier League .
Leeds took one step closer to securing an automatic spot as they moved to second in the Championship with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, while Sheffield United dropped to third after being held at home to a 1-1 draw against Millwall.
Jack Harrison scored the winner for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the 65th minute and that goal triggered one of the most heartwarming moments seen in the stands this season.
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Nikki Allen began attending Leeds’ games at Elland Road after losing her sight and is aided by her guide dog Rita.
But it was Rita who was making more noise after Harrison’s goal went in as she barked and wagged her tail alongside Nikki and the cheering Leeds fans.
Probably the best thing I’ve ever seen at the match. This woman’s guide dog going mental for Jack Harrison’s winner @TheSquareBall @NothingButLUFC @LeedsUnitedHQ @PhilHayYEP #lufc pic.twitter.com/SQ0QhXSt5u
— Sean Clare (@Sean__Clare)
Speaking on the short documentary Blind Faith, Nikki explained how attending Leeds’ matches helped her overcome the ‘isolation’ she felt after losing her sight.
‘I could sit at home and feel sorry for myself, frustrated, but I don’t need to,’ she said.
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‘My friend who was an ardent Leeds supporter said you’ve got to go to a football game, but the point was I couldn’t see the football.
‘I really wanted to but I couldn’t see the point.
‘But the atmosphere changed from one minute to the next, it was like being on a wave of emotion, I just enjoyed myself so much I knew I was back then.
‘Disability is isolating in its own way, you have to get through that.
‘You have to get through that, you have to realise that you either live with a disability or you let the disability live with you.
‘I’m not going to give up now, I’ll be there until they carry me out.’