Darts ace Luke Humphries was named after Leeds United by football-mad father

Darts’ man of the moment Luke Humphries is a brainwashed Leeds United fan – and is even named after the Elland Road club.

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As well as focusing on his darts at Ally Pally, Humphries will also be keeping close tabs on Leeds’ festive results as they look to regain their Premier League status. Humphries is actually from Berkshire, but supports Leeds thanks to his father – and his Tottenham-supporting granddad.

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“It was the 1972 FA Cup final,” he said in an interview during a visit to Elland Road. “My granddad supported Tottenham and he made my dad and my uncle choose between either Leeds or Arsenal. My uncle was older so he got first pick and chose Arsenal, my dad got Leeds and here I am now.”

His dad became such a big Leeds fan that Humphries was even named after the club, with the initials of ‘Leeds United Kings of Europe’ spelling out Luke.

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“I was going to be called Liam,” he said. “Then he saw someone had named their son the same, ‘Leeds United Kings of Europe’. What better way to be associated with your football club than to be named after them. It’d be nice if we could both win a Premier League title one day, that would be great.”

The ‘Kings of Europe’ moniker is slightly questionable given Leeds have never won the European Cup/Champions League, although they did lift the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (the forerunner to the UEFA Cup) in 1968 and 1971.

Humphries surprisingly missed out on Premier League selection last year but will certainly be part of the annual darting roadshow in 2024, and he can expect plenty of support at the Leeds night on May 9.

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