BUBBLY Leeds United TV presenter Emma Louise Jones never used to be a football fan – but now she’s set to follow the team to the Premier League… finally.
The Elland Road side have endured 16 years in the Football League, desperate to break back into the promised land.
But bright blonde Emma has given fans plenty of reason to cheer with her appearances on LUTV since her 2017 debut.
And with Marcelo Bielsa finally finding the secret formula to Leeds’ success, the Premier League is set to see much more of Jones.
Emma conducts post and pre-match interviews for LUTV – while also working for BBC Radio 5 Live and the Netball Nation podcast.
She famously stole the show during England’s 2018 World Cup warm-up win over Costa Rica – with the TV camera operator clearly more interested in her than the match.
Photos on Emma’s social media through the years have shown her alongside Leeds legend Eddie Gray and a crop of stars including Pontus Jansson and Stuart Dallas.
Her success in the role is all the more remarkable considering she never used to watch the beautiful game before getting the job.
Speaking to Ourtown magazine, Emma said: “I never used to be a football fan – but since doing Leeds I’ve become one!
“The atmosphere, passion and buzz rubbed off on me very quickly and now I’m the noisiest spectator watching from the gallery.”
Emma has a background in news but admits she found it hard asking people difficult questions.
She says she once ended up crying with an interviewee – but there have been no such problems with Leeds… especially this season.
Jones said: “Whilst in Hull, I managed to get a job on Leeds United TV, presenting their matchday shows.
“Again, I couldn’t believe my luck as TV had been another dream of mine.”
It has not all been plain sailing though.
In 2016 she found people had used her photos to set up fake accounts on dating app Tinder – including one saying her name was Anna and she worked at Morrisons.
People pretending to be air stewardesses and shop assistants used her photo to try to get dates.
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