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July 2004 News Archive - scroll through the month's news and opinion as it happened. This was the month we lost the last of the O'Leary team and a later addition or two. Kevin Blackwell tried to build a team for nothing.


Ex-Fox On Trial At Thorpe Arch

1st July, 2004

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ormer Leicester City midfielder Craig Hignett has joined Leeds United on trial.

Leeds United manager Kevin Blackwell told the club's official website: "Craig rang me and asked if he could train with me at the club. He had a couple of offers elsewhere but said he would like to give it a go here. I could not promise him anything but I agreed to let him train with us for six weeks pre-season training, I am fine with that because I still need more options and if he can offer us one of them then that's great. I want to be able to look at the bench this year and know I can change games. That was a luxury that wasn't afforded to Peter Reid or Eddie Gray last year and many times you'd look at the bench and there was no option to change it. This year I am determined to make sure I have the option to change things."

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Clarets Reject Leeds Bid

2nd July, 2004

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urnley have rejected two six-figure bids from Championship rivals Leeds United for Richard Chaplow. Who? More later. Lancashire papers are reporting that an initial £250,000 offer for the England U21 midfielder was instantly dismissed. Perhaps they've heard we've sold Milner?
 

Richard Chaplow
Unhappy Chappy?

 

Leeds United, who have last season's Clarets' assistant manager Sam Ellis working for Kevin Blackwell, have confirmed making a second, improved bid believed to be over £500,000.

However, Burnley seem determined (don't they all?) to resist attempts to prise the 19-year-old away from Turf Moor, where he enjoyed an excellent campaign last season. They were even trying to persuade the Accrington-born midfield star to sign a new long term deal, despite having two years remaining on a current deal signed only last year. Sadly for Burnley 'persuade' and 'persuaded' are different tenses and mean a world of difference in football. As we have learnt with Milner, money speaks as does, in this case, the lure of playing for a much bigger club.

Sam Ellis, now assistant manager at Leeds United, confirmed: "Yes, we have made a bid for Richard, but that is as much as we are saying. We do our business in private and try to be discreet as we can. We don't like going public on these things."

Richard 'Chappy' Chaplow's rise in stature is phenomenal considering he was not even a first team regular at Turf Moor just twelve months ago. But after forcing his way into the Burnley first team he became a lynchpin of former manager Stan Ternent's midfield.

After the loss of Milner the Leeds Board will need to splash out to assuage the anger of the fans and even more importantly convince the new Leeds manager that they are prepared to invest in the team not just harvest the profits at the first opportunity from any kid that does well in the reserves. It is annoying from Burnley's point of view but they would do well to note the player's wishes in the current climate. Port Vale ignored McPhee's wishes and Leeds' bid and they ended up with nothing but egg on Chairman Bratt's face. £75,000 in the bank would have been better. A half-a-million bid from Leeds is a serious matter and represents the first major purchase attempt since the joke signing of Nicky Barmby by Cockney Tel two years ago.

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Satan Entraps
McPhail-ure

Friday, 2nd July, 2004

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arnsley, now controlled by Peter 'Satan' Ridsdale, have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland international Stephen McPhail from Leeds United on a free transfer. Owing to the mismanagement of Leeds United by the very same Ridsdale and his cronies we cannot afford to keep McPhail, (or Viduka, Mills, Smith, Seth Johnson, Duberry, Harte etc) The 24-year-old midfielder, who has earned 10 caps for his country, signed a two-year deal at Oakwell on today after passing a medical on Thursday.
 

We are Leeds
The badge on which McFailure is turning his back

 

McPhail will hardly be missed as he only made 107 appearances for Leeds United after joining the club as a trainee in 1997. His most memorable occasion was probably a double strike against Chelsea in a game that saw Le Boeuf sent off for stamping on Harry 'Cruel' Kewell. He turned out 12 times for Leeds last season and made very little impression when he did, and he also spent a period on loan at Nottingham Forest under the previous manager Paul Hart. Leeds will get much better value for money from the replacements that Kevin Blackwell is bringing into the Leeds. McPhail is another example of the huge wages wasted on a batch of youth players at Leeds that failed to deliver the goods after being brought on by David O'Leary.

I won't be hypocritical and wish him well at Barnsley. If he had any feeling for the club that nurtured him or its fans he would not contemplate a move to a club run by the despicable Ridsdale. Ridsdale should be banned from running any football club, and so for any club run by that scumbag I wish nothing more than financial and footballing oblivion.

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Leeds Confirm Another Milner Bid

2nd July, 2004 11am

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eeds United's Board have confirmed that they are considering an offer for the highly-rated James Milner from a Premiership club, however, not they have not disclosed the identity of the bidder.
 

James Milner
James Milner: Soon to be an ex-white?.

 

Speculation has been rife over the past few days that the player is set for a move to Newcastle United.The Magpies are believed to have offered £3.6million for the 18-year-old with the final transfer fee expected to rise to £5million depending on appearances.

Leeds chairman Gerald Krasner told the club's official website: "The board is not going to be rushed into a final decision because decisions are irreversible and it needs to be carefully considered." So that James gone then!

James Milner turned down a move to Spurs so whether he moves this time may still be down to the player himself and the identity of the Premiership club that has made the bid. Clearly, having enjoyed an extended run in the first-team last season he does not want to become a squad player spending his time on the bench again. At a young age more is to be gained playing in Championship matches than warming the bench in the Premiership (A fact that Alan Smith may become aware of next season). Plus the quality of the coaching at Leeds, under the highly qualified Kevin Blackwell, is second to none.

Milner made his debut for Leeds in the 4-3 win at West Ham United in November 2002 and scored five Premiership goals for the club. He enjoyed a brief loan spell at Swindon Town last season scoring two goals in six appearances for the Robins.

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Future is Milner
- Milner is Sold!
Will It Never End?

2nd July, 2004 3pm

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espite assurances from the Leeds Board that he was the future of the club, James Milner completed his move to Newcastle today; but it was with a "heavy heart" that he left our club.
 

James Milner
So long and thanks for all the fish!

 

The 18-year-old signed a five-year deal which could be worth up to £5million to Leeds, and said he hoped the transfer would help safeguard the future of the club.

Milner only signed a new five-year contract at Elland Road last year and was due to renegotiate his salary next week. However, it was clear to him that cash-starved Leeds needed the money his move would generate so he agreed to talk to Newcastle after the clubs decided a fee.

Milner's agent, Professional Footballers Association deputy chief executive Mick McGuire, told the Press Association: "There has never been a more committed player to Leeds United than James and he will always be a huge fan of the club.

"He signed a five-year deal last year, he bought a house in the area and his mum and dad have already renewed their season tickets for the coming season. [Presumably they, like hundreds of others will be asking for a refund under the Trade Descriptions Act 1969]

"However, it is common knowledge that, as part of Leeds' survival plans, they need to generate income from transfers, so we appreciate their dilemma and understand their decision to let James go because the money this raises helps safeguard the future of the club.

"However, things have moved on since then and once Leeds agreed a fee with Newcastle and gave him permission to speak to Sir Bobby Robson [Sir Robbly Bobson, get it right!], he felt that it was only fair and proper to talk to a club of that magnitude. ["Magnitude" - Yeah!, top club in a one-club city which can't even get through the qualifying rounds of the Champions League!]

"James is excited about joining one of the premier clubs, who can offer him a major stage and European football.
 
“...he will always be a huge fan of the club.”

 

"However, he leaves with a heavy heart and is glad that the money his move has generated will help Leeds in the longer term."

In a move reminiscent of Alan Smith and his infamous departure to Scumchester United, James Milner has forfeited some of his financial entitlements from Leeds in a bid to further help the club. Brings a lump to your throat doesn't it? Pity the useless lumps like Harte, Duberry and Mills haven't the grace to do the same.

Well, there it is, new Board, same incompetent, stinking, liars as before. Short of an airliner ploughing into the Boardroom during a Board meeting we are stuck with these pusillanimous, mendacious, recidivists for the foreseeable future. To misquote Rt. Hon. David Steel MP, PC,

"Return to your stand seats and prepare to watch a decade of non-Premiership football"

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Leeds target McPhee: It was Leeds or Portugal

3rd July, 2004

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eeds United target Steve McPhee has spoken about his failed move to Elland Road. The 23 year-old who netted 27 times for Port Vale last season was a free agent but was prevented from joining Leeds when his Chairman would not agree compensation that due because of his age. McPhee, has now signed a pre-contract agreement with Beira Mar, a Portugese side that means it is a free transfer because it is outside the UK and it means the Valiants have also missed out on the £175,000 they were offered for the player by Division Two rivals Bristol City. However, Steve McPhee says his desire to play at a higher level meant the Portuguese Premier League side were his only option after Vale rejected a £75,000 bid from Championship Leeds United. His agent labelled Port Vale a "two-bob operation".
 

Steve McPhee
Missed target Steve McPhee off to sunnier climes

 

Steve McPhee added, "My agent was pretty much saying either take the Leeds offer or I was off to Portugal. That might look like blackmail, but it was just the reality, because Leeds were the only Division One club to have made an offer."

"I wanted to help Vale out, but the only way I could do that was if a Division One club came in, because I didn't want to play in Division Two. It doesn't matter how much Bristol City would have offered me. It is not about the money it is about bettering myself."

So the player and his agent wanted him to come here but he is forced to play abroad because of the petulance of a football Chairman who neeeds to wake up and smell the coffee. Refusing to face reality is no way to run any business. So whilst the British game continues to suck in sub-standard but cheap imports from Eastern Europe a true British talent is forced abroad and the English game doesn't get a penny. Well done Port Vale, you must be so proud of your Chairman.

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Leeds Utd To Kick-Off
The Championship!

3rd July, 2004

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he inaugural Coca-Cola Championship season will kick off in style after Sky Sports announced they will be providing live coverage of five massive games in the opening four days. And to Leeds United and Elland Road goes the honour of kicking of the whole football season at lunchtime Saturday, August 7, as we welcome long-time rivals Derby County to Elland Road (ko 12:15pm).
 

Watch Whites On Sky

Watch Whites On Sky
Follow The Whites from the comfort of your local!

 

Live TV interest doesn't finish there for Leeds fans because at 5:35pm ex-Leeds and new Coventry City boss Peter Reid will welcome his former club Sunderland to Highfield Road! A chance to see Mick McCarthy's undoubted promotion rivals in action hours after the "Blackwell Revolution" has seen action for the first time!

On Sunday, August 8 the Sky cameras move to the Britannia Stadium as Stoke City host fellow relegated Premiership team Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ex-Captain of Wolves, Paul Butler is one of the new faces at Elland Road and a key part of the "Blackwell Revolution".

And the action continues as first newly promoted Queens Park Rangers (ex-QPR defender Clark Carlisle was the second Blackwell signing) travel to Watford on Monday, kick off 7:45pm, before beaten Play Off Finalists West Ham United look to begin another promotion challenge as they welcome Reading to Upton Park on Tuesday, kick off 8:00pm. Leeds United fans will want to see both The Hammers and Reading in action as soon as possible to judge their potential as serious promotion candidates.

Here's a summary of the live coverage:
Date   Kick Off
Sat, Aug 7 Leeds Utd v Derby County 12.15 pm
Sat, Aug 7 Coventry City v Sunderland 5.35 pm
Sun, Aug 8 Stoke City v Wolves to be confirmed
Mon, Aug 9 Watford v QPR 7.45pm
Tue, Aug 10 West Ham Utd v Reading 8.00 pm

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New Goalie in the Frame

4th July, 2004

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oalkeeper Steve Simonsen has been in talks with Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell over a potential move to Elland Road. Simonsen, who is just 25, was released by Everton at the end of last season. Simonsen played just 37 times for Everton during his six-year spell with the club and there must be some concern over his lack of experience. After all, we have a good young keeper in Carson already on the books what we need in an experienced old campaigner like another Everton Keeper, Nigel Martyn!
 

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LeedsUtd365.co.uk

 

However, Kevin Blackwell is a former goalkeeper and should be a good judge of goalies!

"Steve Simonsen is one of three or four goalkeepers that I'm actually speaking to at present," Blackwell told the Everton website. Blackwell is looking for a goalkeeper before the new season begins to replace England international Paul Robinson, who has joined Tottenham.

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Alan Smith in shock
Theatre of Prawns Exit?

4th July, 2004

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t's summer and the silly season is with us already.The Sunday Mirror reports that Sir Alex Ferguson may sacrifice Alan Smith for Wayne Rooney because the Old Trafford board are not willing to sanction a deal for the £50m asking price because they know Rooney wants to play for them and no one else. (Situation is similar to the Liverpool-Kewell rip-off last summer).
 

ALAN SH*T

Oh God, what have I done? Leeds fans don't want me, Ferguson doesn't want me, and Everton DO want me!
I'm not a Division 1 player but I'm CERTAINLY not an Everton player!

 
They also know that with debts of £40m, the pressure will increase on Everton to sell at any price.

The key to this story appears to be the fact that Alan Smith, 23, who only deserted Leeds United six weeks ago in a £6m deal was courted by Everton before Sir Alex Ferguson secured his signature. Smith has yet to debut for the Old Trafford club and the Sunday Mirror would have us believe he never will, as he journeys down the East Lancs Road to become a Toffeeman with Rooney going in the other direction in a £30m cash plus player deal.

There is a similarity between the players, except that Rooney can score. So why didn't Ferguson buy him before Euro 2004 in Portugal? Well he's done it before hasn't he? He could have had Rio for £10m but waited until after the World Cup 2002 performances before shelling out £30m for the part-timer. (If only he and the Scum Board had known they could have had him for peanuts, 'Ripper' Ridsdale was that desperate). Rooney has come on in leaps and bounds at international level in Euro 2004 and Ferguson covets him. There is just the slight problem of Alan Smith now being surplus to requirements. Everton would doubtless want Smith and are resigned to losing Rooney.
 
“...Everton is about as enticing as a bout of dysentry...”

 
The only fly in the ointment is Alan Smith himself who is not prepared to move to Everton. Apart from looking incredibly foolish in his utterances about the move to the Theatre of Queens, who on earth would he want to move to Everton, a club once again on the slide and one that finished in the next-to-relegation spot last season, again! Everton is about as enticing as a bout of dysentry to a player who was courted by several teams before his move to Old Trafford.

The Sunday Mirror scenario is unbelievable, Alan Smith and his agent wouldn't stand for it. But what if Ferguson signs Rooney anyway? That would change matters. Alan Smith would be warming the bench all season exept when Rooney's thugishness comes to the fore and he is banned for reckless challenges on goalkeepers! But as a Man Utd player the referees will go easy on him anyway, so that's less likely to happen next season. In those circumstances Smith would be looking for a move away to get first-team football, after all he moved from Leeds to further his international career and that is unlikely to happen whilst he sits on the bench (though it didn't do Nicky Butt any harm but even he has had enough). Maybe Smith's move has become one to the 'Theatre of Nightmares' rather than dreams but it is not a clear cut as the Sunday Mirror would have us believe.

Presumably, we should stand-by for a bid from Sir Robbly Bobson and NewLeeds United as he pursues his only strategy of turning the Toon Barmy into David O'Leary's Leeds Utd team.

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Turf War?

5th July, 2004

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t hasn't taken long for the media to begin spending the sale proceeds from James Milner's move to NewLeeds United. Moreover, several other clubs suddenly feel they are entitled to a slice of it too!
 

Richard Chaplow
Lancashire Hot-Shot?

 

Take rivals Burnley for example. We made a bid of £250K last week for Richard Chaplow, the 19 year-old midfielder who has had one good season in Division 1, (now The Championship). Considering our recent financial past some may think that excessive. It now turns out that Burnley have rejected a further bid of £500K (rising to over £1 million!) and are doubtless awaiting a bigger share of the "Milner Millions". Well, Port Vale Chairman Bratt tried to turn the screw on Leeds United and he ended up with nothing but egg on his face and, indeed, lost the player for nothing. Hopefully Kevin Blackwell will treat the Turf Moor club with equal disdain and refuse to be taken into a bidding war.

Frankly, Kevin Blackwell has secured the services of some interesting and potentially exciting players without spending a penny and there is no need to go silly now.

"I am delighted with the players we have managed to bring in so far, they all have past Premiership experience or are proven in this division, and having this money now will help us get a better calibre of player," said Blackwell

We didn't want Milner sold but that is now water under the bridge. It is important not to waste the money we gained on other lesser players whose prices have been hyped-up just because clubs think we a). loaded again and b). rubbish at transfer deals. One of those statements is true, guess which one? Anyway, the sooner the debt is paid off the sooner we are no longer a selling club and the £3.5million down-payment on James represents 10 % of the outstanding debt of the club. We need Kevin Blackwell to continue to be a modern-day Autolycus to get us out of this trouble, and not to be profligate with the only cash we'll see in a long-time. Remember, even after the high profile sales, the likes of Ian Harte and Michael Duberry remaining with us means that our wage bill will still be a staggering £20 million for our first season out of the Premiership!

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Latest Transfer Rumours

5th July, 2004

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urther transfer news involving Leeds: The Sun is linking us to David Unsworth who is a free agent having failed to agree a new contract with Everton. Rumours still circulate that Leeds-born, ex-Leeds striker, Brian Deane may return; but the Blackwell Revolution already has three new strikers and there is a limit as to how many players Blackwell can afford
 

We are Leeds
Forever Leeds

 

On his way out of Leeds may be Norwegian international Eirik Bakke to Premiership new boys Crystal Palace or West Brom The fee mentioned is £1.5 million which would represent a rare profit on a purchase from the David O'Leary days. Leeds were interested in West Ham winger Matt Etherington, but the Hammers are reluctant sellers and our interest is cooling. Incrediby, talks to shed the dead wood that is Nicky Barmby are still on-going, but there is lttle doubt that he's off to his home town club of Hull City as soon as his agent has pried as much of the James Milner transfer fee from our coffers as he can. You'd really think he'd already had enough wouldn't you?

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New Away Kit Announced

7th July, 2004

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eeds will launch the second of three new 2004-05 kits on Thursday 29th July. The shirt will cost a wallet ripping £ 39.99 from club shops, though a small discount should be available in the high street. (Click here for my review of the new home shirt).
 

Leeds Utd New Away Kits?
New Away Kits?

 

The second strip being launced at the end of July 2004 is a new light blue away strip. This is reminiscent of the best selling 'Lazio' away kit of the 1999/2000 season. Judging by the photos from the training sessions this week the third strip will be the ugly dark blue of last season, but thankfully without the naff pinstripe. Personally I cannot understand why the club would want two blue away strips.

Strangely, it would seem there is no yellow/gold strip which of course is part of the traditional two colours of Leeds United. Sales, not tradition, govern strips these days though it is unusual not to have a yellow strip. Light blue has only a vague connection with Leeds United in that the club played in blue and white striped shirts during the formation 1919-20 season, probably borrowed from Huddersfield Town given the connection at Board level between the clubs at that time.

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Arrivederci Matteo

7th July, 2004

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ominic Matteo has completed his move to Blackburn Rovers today. The 30-year-old passed a medical at Ewood Park and has now agreed personal terms on a three-year contract. Although the move has been rumoured for some time, it does come as a surprise as most Leeds fans were waiting for confirmation of Mark Viduka's exit to Middlesborough which was due sometime today.
 

Dom Matteo
Leeds Captain Matteo

 

Dom's departure will be one of the few truly regretted by the majority of Leeds United fans. Leeds Chief Operating Officer Shaun Harvey said: "I would like to thank him on behalf of everyone at Leeds United for his efforts whilst at the club and we wish him every success in the future." For what it is worth Dom you have the thanks of leedsutd365.co.uk as well. One disappointing aspect of the transfer is that it is a FREE one! It had been suggested Rovers would part with £1 million for his services. However, with Ridsdale-inspired wages to match it is no surprise Rovers declined the invitation to cough up some dosh!

Dominic Matteo was an inspirational figure during his time at Elland Road, having played through considerable pain, because of knee problems, for the club over the past two seasons to try to save the club from relegation.

Dominic was handed the captain's armband by former boss Terry Venables following Rio Ferdinand's treacherous departure for the Theatre of Queens in the summer of 2002.

He made 146 appearances in all competitions for Leeds, scoring twice in Europe including a memorable goal against AC Milan, and twice in the Premiership - both goals coming last season.

Thanks and good luck to Dom in his new role at Blackburn.

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Blackwell Misses The Target

7th July, 2004 :: by Autolycus

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evin Blackwell faced more frustration today as another target slipped from his grasp. As we revealed at the weekend Kevin Blackwell, himself a former keeper, had been in talks with Steve Simonsen over his future. However, today those talks have shown to be fruitless as the former Everton keeper has rejected Leeds United's Blackwell Revolution to sign a 2 year contract with Championship rivals Stoke City!
 

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Forever Leeds

 

The former Tranmere shot-stopper attracted interest from a number of clubs this summer, but has opted to join the Britannia Stadium outfit. Steve Simonsen made a controversial move to Goodison Park for £3.3 million in the summer of 1997, but failed to make an impact.

The 25-year-old is now hoping a change of clubs can resurrect his career and the remote chance he has to force his way back into Sven Goran Eriksson's England fold.

"Steve's delighted to have sorted his future. He was looking for a fresh start, that's why he turned down Everton's offer," said Simonsen's agent Lee Payne.

"There were a number of clubs interested in signing him, but once he saw the set-up at Stoke he knew that's where he wanted to go." (I find it hard to believe it is better than Thorp Arch)

"He's only 25 and he hopes that he can prove himself again and get back into the England set-up as he is very ambitious."

I don't want to pour cold water on the lad's prospects but he would have been far better off at Leeds United as a showcase for his talents than at Stoke where he will go unnoticed. The Sky schedule already shows three Leeds matches due to be shown in the first months of the season with doubtless many more to follow. Besides look at the recent international goalies that have developed at Leeds; Nigel Martyn, Paul Robinson and the current U-21 goalie, unless of course he couldn't handle the competition from Scott Carson? After just 37 games in seven years you could understand him having a fragile ego.

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Carling Cup, Transfers & The Magic Roundabout?

7th July, 2004 :: by Autolycus

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ith so much going on at Leeds here's an attempt to bring everything up-to-date as at Wednesday afternoon. Of course it'll be out-of-date by the time I finish the article as the Leeds Board is acting as though it is on steroids at the moment.
 
We are Leeds

 

First of all, note that tomorrow, Thursday is the draw for the Carling Cup and Leeds are in the first round for the first time in er.. eons! The draw is regionalised and seeded so that Northern seeded teams meet fellow Northern non-seeded teams, and we're seeded! (for some unknown reason given our history in the competition). Actually it is to keep apart Championship sides in the first round. Also each tie must also be settled on the night, no second legs or replays; it's definitely the Carling Cup not the League Cup nowadays!

Northern Seeds
Leeds United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunderland
Wigan Athletic
Sheffield United
Stoke City
Nottingham Forest
Preston North End
Rotherham United
Crewe Alexandra
Burnley
Derby County
Walsall
Bradford City
Hartlepool United
Port Vale
Tranmere Rovers
Barnsley
Wrexham
Northern Non-Seeds
Blackpool
Oldham Athletic
Sheffield Wednesday
Stockport County
Chesterfield
Grimsby Town
Notts County
Doncaster Rovers
Hull City
Huddersfield Town
Mansfield Town
Lincoln City
Bury
Darlington
Macclesfield Town
Rochdale
Scunthorpe United
Chester City

GONE: Stand-by for a draw against Hull City and their new boy Nicky 'The Leech' Barmby? Cup draws are infamous for such coincidences and Leeds fans would enjoy seeing a few goals put past Barmby and his new
 
“...he signed for Hull City showing a rare turn of speed not seen before when wearing a Leeds shirt! ..”

 
team Hull. Barmby reached agreement with Leeds Utd over termination of his contract yesterday and reportedly walked away with a million pounds pay-off. Nice work if you can get it. The same afternoon he signed for Hull City showing a rare turn of speed not seen before when wearing a Leeds shirt!

Barmby was brought in by Venables and was the last player Leeds paid money for, £2.75 million in the summer of 2002. And despite scoring a marvellous goal in his home debut game against Man City he went on to start a miserable total of just 31 games in 2 full seasons. Indeed such was his showing in pre-season training last summer he was famously dropped from the first-team along with Danny Mills. Mills went out on loan and won the Carling Cup whereas Barmby stayed to fight for his place, It wasn't a hard-fought battle though and Leeds were relegated without a whimper from Barmby, comfortable in his Ridsdale-negotiated £30,000 per week contract.

GONE: Dominic Matteo is no longer club Captain after succesfully completing a medical yesterday and joining Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer today. Full story.

GOING: Bomber, The Duke, Pieman, Vidooks, whatever - Mark Viduka is closing in on an entry in the Guiness Book of Records for the slowest ever transfer. Viduka was training with the Middlesborough squad yesterday. During a Middlesborough news conference the Chairman of Middlesborough confirmed the deal was done from their point of view but that there remained some loose ends to the cleared up between Leeds Utd and Mark Viduka, These may be the widely-reported payments that Leeds Utd stopped paying to a Viduka-owned offshore company regarding his "image rights". It was probably a legal tax avoidance scheme but Leeds Utd felt they were getting nothing for this money and it seems to have been a bone of contention between the two parties for over a year. The way this usually goes is for a Leeds Board to back down, the player and assorted agents get millions of pounds and for Leeds United basically to get naff-all for a 20 goal a season striker! Shades of the Kewell deal anyone?

NEARLY GONE: Ian Harte has been given permission (or is that pushed?) to speak to newly promoted Spanish Primera Liga side Levante. The
 
“...he wanted to stay and fight for his Ridsdale-contract"...”

 
26-year-old old Republic of Ireland international has been in discussions with Leeds over his departure but he recently said he wanted to stay and fight for his place. The cynical amongst us see that as sub-text for, "fighting for my Ridsdale-contract". But it seems to have been made clear to Harte that he is not wanted by the new regime and indeed a replacement, Danny Pugh, was the first signing of the Blackwell Revolution.

Leeds' new chief operating officer Shaun Harvey said: "Ian Harte's agent has discussed the matter of the opportunity that could be available for Ian in Spain and he has permission to speak to them.

"We believe his agent will be continuing these discussions during this week. He has promised to keep us informed all the way.''

We may miss his free-kicks but his sloppy, tortoise-speed defending we will not. Another O'Leary babe gone sour who needs a new challenge to prevent his career from going down the toilet.

WON'T GO: Michael Duberry's proposed move to Wolves has been as protracted as Viduka's move to Boro. It seemed recently that the deal
 
“...he's an overpaid donkey who got lucky by negotiating with a Director who was as good at football finance as Duberry was a defender!...”

 
was off when Leeds Utd refused a deal to keep paying Duberry whilst he played for our Championship rivals Wolves. Duberry, it seems, can't get used to the idea that he's an overpaid donkey who got lucky by negotiating with a Director who was as good at football finance as Duberry was a defender! Now, if he's any self pride, it is time to move on and find a club that wants him to actually play a few games before his retirement from professional football. You can't be a reserve all your life Michael. The fact that the manager has already signed two central defenders should be a broad hint that he is not wanted at Elland Road. Presumably he is waiting to "do a Barmby".

Leeds' new chief operating officer Shaun Harvey said: "With regard to Michael Duberry, I think he still remains keen to join Wolves, but one of the issues to be resolved is the terms on which he leaves Leeds. Those discussions are ongoing".

And so Wednesday draws to a close with the doors at Elland Road revolving like the Magic Roundabout with exiting players spinning off in all directions. But what of new singings? Blackwell still wants to add another three or four to the squad, possibly more depending on which players are yet to leave Elland Road, but he will not be rushed. He has had to hold fire until he is certain which players are leaving.

Nonetheless he said: "We've done our homework on all the players we have shown an interest in and the groundwork has been prepared for some of those to come in. But at the moment I am prepared to wait to get the players I want."

"I don't think it's a secret that I can only really move players in when players move out, but there has been some progress on both sides and as I have said, at this stage a bit of patience is required.

Blackwell is thought to be looking to add another striker, a left sided midfielder and another central midfielder.

The Nottingham Evening Post is linking Blackwell with West Ham striker, Marlon Harewood, however, he is also being pursued by Premiership clubs. Richard Chaplow seems a non-starter as Burnley have turned done a million pounds for a one-season wonder.

Blackwell currently has midfielder Craig Hignett training with the squad and he is keen to join The Whites. "I cannot believe the facilities at this club, they're nothing short of superb and it would be a fantastic opportunity for me if I was given a chance here," he said. How sad a few of the wasters wearing the white shirt last season didn't express those sentiments?

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More Sky Games & Fixture Changes

7th July, 2004

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eeds have had two more games selected for Sky and consequently the dates have been moved. Both are home games against what should prove difficult opposition.
 

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Forever Leeds

 

The home game against Sunderland has been brought forward from Saturday 25th September to the Friday night, with a 7.45pm kick-off. Mick McCarthy's Black Cats were unlucky to miss out on promotion last season and have to be favourites against an untried Leeds. The season before last Peter Reid's Black Cats, in their relegation season, won at Elland Road for the first time in 41 years of trying!

The home game against Wigan Athletic has been put back to Sunday 31st October from the Saturday, and the game will kick off at 1.00pm. Wigan doesn't draw huge support but has money to spend. A chance to see if Leeds target, striker David Graham, made the right choice in moving to Athletic rather than Leeds.

Other non-Sky related fixture changes see the Reading away game kick-off time changed from a 7.45pm kick-off to a 8.00pm kick-off.

Also the Sheffield United away fixture at Bramall Lane will now kick-off at the ridiculous time of 11.30am. Perhaps the South Yorkshire Constabularly have to be home in time for lunch or down the pub for 2pm?

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Carling Cup Draw - Terriers At Home

8th July, 2004

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arling Cup draw Round 1 is as follows: (all ties played week commencing 23 August 2004)
 

We are Leeds
Round 1 draw

 

Lincoln City v Derby County
Sunderland v Chester City
Darlington v Barnsley
Hull City v Wrexham
Nottingham Forest v Scunthorpe United
Rochdale v Wolves
Bradford City v Notts County
Bury v Burnley
Tranmere Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Crewe Alexandra v Blackpool
Mansfield Town v Preston North End
Sheffield Wednesday v Walsall
Sheffield United v Stockport County
Hartlepool United v Macclesfield Town
Doncaster Rovers v Port Vale
Oldham Athletic v Stoke City
Grimsby Town v Wigan Athletic
Rotherham United v Chesterfield
Leeds United v Huddersfield Town
Colchester United v Cheltenham Town
Peterborough United v Milton Keynes Dons
Gillingham v Northampton Town
Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol Rovers
Leyton Orient v AFC Bournemouth
Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol City
Boston United v Luton Town
Watford v Cambridge United
Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City
Kidderminster Harriers v Cardiff City
West Ham United v Southend United
Ipswich Town v Brentford
Rushden & Diamonds v Swindon Town
Oxford United v Reading
Yeovil Town v Plymouth Argyle
Coventry City v Torquay United

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A butler? No, He's the Captain!

Saturday, 10th July, 2004 :: by Badalemente

Paul Butler has been handed the captain's armband, for the forthcoming season, to lead the Blackwell Revolution. Paul succeeds Dominic Matteo who completed his move to Blackburn Rovers earlier this week.

The former Wolves man has the qualities that Kevin Blackwell believes are vital for the role. Paul Butler, who has played over 500 senior games was the obvious choice from the day he signed.

Kevin Blackwell told the YEP: "Paul has shown leadership qualities at every club he's been at. He's captained Wolves, Sunderland and Bury and he's a great leader of men.

"One of the reasons I was so keen to bring him was because of his experience and the fact that he sets a good example to others.

"He's already shown those qualities in the six days we've been working and I think he is a fitting choice to take over from Dom."

Aside from his responsibilities on the field Kevin also thinks he has a lot to offer off the pitch as well.

"I think he will be a great addition to the management team," said Blackwell. "I want him to work closely with us and he will have a big role to play both on an off the pitch."

Paul responded to the appointment in an interview on Leeds United Television. "I am overwhelmed with by it. The boss offered it to me on Wednesday when Dominic left, he approached me straight away and he didn't need to offer it to me twice.

"It's a great honour and he told the rest of the players this morning and they are right behind me and I am looking forward to it and am very excited about the job."

"I shared the duties with Paul Ince at Wolves and at Sunderland when Kevin Ball was there, but this is the biggest job I have had as skipper to get the club back to where they belong.

"I just go along with my own job, I am vocal out there so that helps, and that's what Kevin Blackwell saw in us. He wants leaders out there, but from what I can see he has a team of leaders. [Oh God, all Chiefs and no injuns!]

"The players were happy with the choice as well, they all backed me and said they were right behind me.

"It's not just me that will be shouting out there, there's Kelly and Duberry who are very vocal. [Kelly: "Were da hell's me nephew gone?" , Duberry: "What colour are we?"]

"I am my own captain though and I will go about things in my own way and the players will get to know me and find I am fair with it.

"I am the middle man to go from the players back to the gaffer and vice-versa. If they have any problems I am the man who has to face the boss and the board.

"It's added pressure on me but I am going to thrive on it."

I'm sure we all wish Paul the best of luck in the job during the forthcoming season. He may need it!

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Leeds Kibosh Wolves Move
Blackwell wants Dubes to stay!

Saturday, 10th July, 2004 :: by Querpo

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e have pulled out of the deal that would have seen defender Michael Duberry move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Pause for collective sigh). Such were the terms of the proposed move that Kevin Blackwell has now decided he may as well hold onto the former Chelsea man particularly following the loss of central defender Dom Matteo. As such the club now have four experienced centre-halves and an exciting prospect in youngster Matthew Kilgallon.
 

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Duberry had been set to depart after a contract termination had been agreed in principle although it had not been finalized as his advisors are still waiting on confirmation that any unpaid settlement would be protected as a "football creditor" under Football League Rules.

Blackwell and Leeds used the delay for a re-think and were then were not willing to pay off Duberry and pay over £15K per week of his wages while he's playing for our Championship rivals, Wolves. Wolves wanted the player but expected us to make up the vast bulk of his Ridsdale-inflated wages! Wolves must now be bitterly regretting trying to have their cake and eat it as Blackwell realized the paltry saving in wages meant the exercise wasn't worth it.

"What we were saving on wages was negligible," said Blackwell. "It was going to cost us as much to replace him.

"Michael expressed a desire to stay and I know he can do a very good job." said Blackwell somewhat optimistically. "I would have hated to see him playing for one of our rivals next season," Blackwell added contrary to the aspirations of every Leeds fan!

As for Duberry, following the signing of two new central defenders and the emergence of Kilgallon, the reality is that he will now sit out the remainder of the best years of his football career on the Leeds subs bench, in Ridsdale-luxury, whilst Leeds Utd allow his ridiculous contract to run-out, preferably before we go bankrupt!

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Harte-felt Goodbye
Harte Leaves after 9 years

Saturday, 10th July, 2004 :: by Querpo

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ong-term Leeds defender Ian Harte signed a four-year deal with Spanish La Liga side Levante on Friday morning. The international move for the 26-year-old International left-back had been widely telegraphed for several days.
 


Spain-bound Harte

 

Understandably Ian was looking forward rather than backwards when he spoke to the press; "I am joining an ambitious club and I want to make my mark and remain here for several years," said Harte.

The Valencia-based club face their first season in the Spanish Primera Liga for 39 years after comfortably winning the Second Division last season and have signed Celtic's Johan Mjallby to join him in defence.

"It's good for my career to come to the best league in the world and to form part of a Levante side that has just been promoted to the Primera Liga."

"I know they are a team who have only recently been promoted from the second division, but I have a lot of confidence in them," said the Republic of Ireland international.

Ian did reflect on the past when he admitted it had been a difficult choice for him to leave Leeds, "I am sad to have left Leeds, because I have left some good friends there."

"But I think I have made a positive step in my career coming to Levante, I was surprised by the reception I received at the airport and I hope to give the fans something to be happy about on the pitch," Harte added.

Ian was at Leeds for nine seasons and also won 56 caps for the Republic of Ireland. Despite figures presented by Reuters and others, Ian Harte actually appeared nearly 300 times in a Leeds shirt and scored an impressive 39 times. Like many others he came to the fore under O'Leary and was known for a devastating free kick and as a reliable penalty taker. He probably had his best season during our run to the Champions League Semi-Final, indeed, he played a staggering 45 times for Leeds in Europe, the tenth highest all-time total for a Leeds player. But the turmoil of the last two season's seemed to affect him more than most and a loss of confidence and form saw him looking slow and out of touch in subsequent seasons. Perhaps the moment which summed up his final seasons at Leeds United was on the afternoon when we were relegated from the Premiership at Bolton, when Harte scored... an own goal and Bolton's third of the afternoon. It wasn't his fault really, Viduka's dismissal set the disaster in motion and the whole team was rubbish that afternoon but his goal somehow summed up a difference in class between Leeds and Bolton and here was a defender from our CL days helpless to stop the rot. Leeds and Ian need a fresh start. Good luck to both of them!

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Hodge Aims to 'Keep' Us Out of Trouble
Saturday, 10th July, 2004 :: by Badalemente

Former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Martin Hodge has been appointed as Leeds's new goalkeeping coach. Hodge, who was also in charge of the reserve side at Hillsborough prior to being released two seasons ago, replaces the departed Steve Sutton.

Blackwell said: "Martin knows the League and knows how to develop a keeper. Steve has left and he did a great job over the six years he was here but it was part of the cost-cutting that went on and Martin's now come in. His role is to make sure the goalkeepers develop well," he added.


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Mills Feeling Blue
Danny To Join Freebie Exodus

Saturday, 10th July, 2004 :: by Badalemente

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evin Keegan's Manchester City have agreed a deal with Leeds United and are set to conclude the signing of Danny Mills. The former England international is now in talks with City and a deal is expected to be completed within the next few days.
 

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Mills Breaking the Leeds Bank

 

Mills - who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough where he won the Carling Cup - is looking to quit Leeds on a free despite costing £ 4.1 million from Charlton 5 years ago. This is because he is on silly Ridsdale wages that no one else can match. He was expected to join Middlesbrough permanently, but had a public spat with them when they did not move fast enough for him and they dropped him like a stone.

The former Charlton and Norwich star is ready to sign a five-year deal at The City of Manchester Stadium.

His agent, Neil Featherby, told BBC Radio Leeds: "Negotiations are at a delicate stage but we have been speaking since the middle of the week.

"There has been a lot of interest in Danny with clubs knowing he is available on a free transfer."

"A lot of interest!" C'mon Neil, the guy is available on a free and there has been less interest than in Duberry! Something is wrong that is not being made public. Whether Mills won't drop his wages and is settled in the Leeds area and consequently won't drop his wages to move to the frozen north and join NewLeeds United, or whether he is happy to play in The Championship on the high wages, like Duberry we can only guess, but for a cup-winning, England international to not be snapped up on a free is indicative of a severe problem. The probability is that Leeds will not agree to a Fowler-like wage subsidy and no one wants to pay Mills what is no longer the going rate for an average defender.

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Viduka of the North
Press Conference Reveals Secrets

Saturday, 10th July, 2004 :: by Querpo
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ark Viduka's protracted move to Middlesbrough was finally completed on Thursday for a transfer fee of £4.5 million. The 28-year-old former Celtic forward was unveiled by the League Cup holders at a news conference after signing a three-year contract with a one-year option. Viduka, who underwent a medical last week, scored 59 goals in 126 league starts for Leeds following his six-million-pound transfer from the Glasgow side in 2000.
 

Viduka
It's Over Mark

 

Middlesbrough, who will play in the UEFA Cup next season, unveiled Dutch international defender Michael Reiziger on Tuesday and rumours were strong that Jimmy Floyd Piggybank (Hasselbaink) would be joining on Friday. This encouraged Viduka to be in (overly) optimistic mood when he said, "I really want to win something and I'm very excited to be part of this. I think Middlesbrough should be pushing for the Champions League." This was typical Viduka. The notoriously moody Aussie is always over-optimistic at the start of a campaign or when a new manager joins, but soon reality will get a hold. Anyway the Aussie went on to say, "Hopefully I'll repay everybody with what I'm here for, which is goals... I would love for us to achieve something over the next three years and I think we're going to turn a few heads this year."

Mark Viduka finished his Leeds career with two red cards which meant he was missing when he was needed most, a poor thank-you to a club that despite a relegation threat allowed him considerable time off to see his sick father in Australia. A gesture that also meant he missed the Man Utd game after the self-important Socceroos invoked a ban on him playing as the tired player decided to miss a meaningless friendly in South America and repay Leeds by playing one of the top sides in Europe. Thank God Kewell and Viduka gone: it is to be hoped that Leeds never sign another Australian so we can ignore Frank 'We ARE important" Farina and his self-important Soccer-poos (best team in Oceania - wow!) In light of the above plus over-extended absences for the Sydney Olympics, World Cup campaigns and fall-outs with managers, it is no wonder his reported £65,000-a-week pay packet has been a source of constant criticism since Leeds got rid of Ridsdale and his profligate spending and the club's finances hit the buffers at full speed.

Furthermore, despite some websites reporting that Viduka has waived around half of £2million he was allegedly owed by cash-strapped Leeds. there is no public evidence that he was indeed owed such a sum by Leeds United plc or the successor company or that he waived it. Sounds like an over zealous PR spin on a situation where Leeds said "Get Lost!'. However, we're big enough to correct this statement if any hard evidence of this alleged generosity comes to light.

Notwithstanding the above, Mark was a class act on the field and he has left Leeds Utd fans with memories of many fine goals and exquisite foot-work and ball control in the box. I still have a video of his four goals in the 4-3 win over Liverpool. He was a guaranteed 20 goals-a-season striker and it may be many seasons before we see another at Elland Road. Mark has insisted that he will look back on his time with Leeds with great fondness despite the sourness with which it ended.

"That's the sort of thing that happens when you're involved in a club that's going through that sort of period

"The thing is for me, I gave my best for the whole four years I've been there - the four years there, I was top goalscorer every year - and those sort of things go out of the window when times are tough.

"But I had a great time at Leeds. I enjoyed my time there and made a lot of friends, and I was proud to be a Leeds player.

"There's an element of relief - there's also an element of disappointment because it was very disappointing that Leeds went down last year and the way that the club has been over the last couple of years.

"But it's good to turn over a new leaf and start afresh, and I think there's no better club for me to do that than Middlesbrough.''

Leeds Utd fans will be interested to here the comments of Middlesbrough Chief Executive Keith Lamb who said, "I spoke to Mark's advisors in January and we were very close to doing a deal in January. In fact, I think it's fair to say that when Mark left Australia to come back to England, he thought he might be getting off the plane and coming to Middlesbrough.

"It was only halfway through that we just ran out of time - it was transfer deadline day. But we've kept our interest alive since then and picked it up again as soon as the season ended."

"Mark was very keen to come to Middlesbrough because of our ambition, and once Steve McClaren got the chance to speak to Mark directly, Steve was then convinced that Mark was certainly the striker he wanted.''

What the hell, you could be a moody bugger and it was a bumpy ride at times but it's over now, so thanks for great goals Mark and good luck at Boro. At least you didn't sign for the Scum or NewLeeds United!

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Forget the Crown Jewels; they're selling the Tower!
ER = Emergency Room?

Saturday, 10th July, 2004 :: by Badalemente

Forget Captain Blood and the Crown Jewels, the Leeds United Board and chairman Gerald Krasner have gone a step further and put Elland Road up for sale! Although the thought will immediately outrage many Leeds fans Mr Krasner claims the board will insist on an option to buy back Elland Road in any sale and leaseback of the ground. It should also be borne in mind that 'The Demon formerly known as' Ridsdale received the overwhelming backing of Leeds supporters and shareholders in vote to leave Elland Road only three years ago. [I was a shareholder and never received a voting form! Anyone else? - Chris] The Board hope to raise £8 million by becoming tenants at Elland Road a bid to reduce the staggeringly immense debts inherited from the Peter Ridsdale and Alan Leighton regime of the now defunct Leeds United plc.

Acknowledged insolvency expert Gerald Krasner said: "Whatever happens football stays at Elland Road. It is not in the club's interests to accept a shorter lease than 25 years, that is the minimum.

"In the talks we're having there is also a clause to buy back the ground. That's at any point during the lease, not necessarily at the end of it."

There is bound to be a lot of speculation in coming weeks as Krasner said about potential buyers: "The details will not be released until we have reached an agreement."

In the 80s the City Council bought the ground for £2.5m and saved the club. It wasn't altruism as the Council sold it back to the club for four-times that amount in 1996. This time Leeds City Council have not been approached, and nor have the Council contacted the club with a view to purchasing the ground.

Krasner hasn't forgotten the supporters saying: "I fully sympathize with the fans, a few years ago we were in the Champions League and next season we're in the First Division, but they have to understand that the financial realities mean that we have to get the financial model right for Leeds to have a long-term, viable future.

"If they look back to the statements made at the time we saved the club from liquidation we had two options - one was to remortgage the ground, one was to do a sale and lease back.

"Whoever buys Elland Road would get an annual rent. It's the difference between renting your house and paying a mortgage, sometimes paying rent is cheaper than paying a mortgage."

The Board has been rightly criticized over the Milner sale or the lack of openness about it at least. But the sale of the ground has happened before, was clearly contemplated during the take-over of the club and is one way to use the remaining asset of the club. Krasner is the experienced insolvency expert and the only commentator on the current financial situation will a full view of the current debt and income of the club and so it is difficult to question the Board's decision. There is of course a certain rent-a-quote quality about some of the fans' reported reactions to the move mainly because the media ask the same people in the same organizations everytime something happens! Perhaps they should get the view of other professional insolvency experts on the move rather than some know-nothing who happens to be Leeds fan. The bottom line is that there is no point having ground if there is no club to play there. If Leeds Utd is wound up it would take at the last calculation something line a dozen successive promotions to get back to the level of football we are playing at today.

Krasner defended the actions of his board and maintained that they were slowly bringing the debts down to more manageable levels.

"There were 18 players earning over £1million when we came in, the wage bill was over £40million. The wage bill is down to an £18million maximum this season and we're nearly there. The debts were over £130 million, we're nowhere near that position now." It's hard to believe the previous Directors are still allowed to earn a living as Company Directors isn't it?

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Terry On ER Return

Carling Cup Chez Leeds for old-boy

Saturday, 10th July, 2004 :: by Querpo

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uddersfield Town Assistant manager and Revie old-boy, Terry Yorath is in confident mood following the Terriers being drawn against Leeds in the tie of the 1st round of the Carling Cup.

The newly-promoted Coca-Cola League 1 side, Huddersfield, are understandably looking forward the local derby, and Yorath, who still lives in Leeds, could not conceal his pleasure at the prospective return to his old stamping ground, Elland Road.

"I got a tingly feeling in my body and I enjoyed it," [Oo-er missus! - Ed] said Terry suggestively, after hearing the draw. "I've got a big smile on my face. [No wonder! - Ed]

"I can't wait to go back there. Leeds have had their problems recently, but that's nothing to do with us, but these are sad times for the city really.

"But it will be fantastic. We get decent crowds at Huddersfield so we'll take a lot of people up to Leeds and I fancy our chances of winning.

"We had a good run in the cups last season. We beat Sunderland and Derby. We're a young side, still learning and it'll be a great day for our players," Yorath told Sky Sports.

Oh, how times have changed. During the Graham/O'Leary era we used to play Town as a regular part of the pre-season and often recorded easy wins, sometimes of the magnitude of 5-1. There is little doubt that after a number of hard years on and off the pitch for Town, it is now Huddersfield's star that is in the ascendant and the game will be no mean test of the nascent "Blackwell Revolution".

Terry Yorath was part of the successful Revie era at Leeds United before transferring to Spurs. He had the top job at Wales before his controversial dismissal by the Welsh FA as their international manager. These days though he is probably as well known for being the father of the undeniably gorgeous ITV sports presenter Des Lynam - I mean, Gabby Logan (neé Yorath!) Disappointingly Terry clearly failed in his parental responsibility as the lovely Gabby is inexplicably a Barcoder, a "NewLeeds United" supporter! Tragic isn't it?

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Extra Game on Sky For Leeds
London visit to be televised

Monday, 12th July, 2004 :: by Autolycus

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eeds fans will be pleased to know that Sky have announced, via the official Leeds Utd website, an extra televised Leeds United game before Christmas! Leeds season ticket holders will be even more pleased as it is an away game, at last! So far all scheduled televised games have been home games.
 

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Forever Leeds

 

The visit of the Blackwell Revolution™ to Upton Park is to be shown live on Sky Sports. Originally the fixture was due to be played on December 11th but it has been moved forward to Friday 10th December, kick off at 7.45pm. The move doesn't help travelling Leeds fans but at least the announcement is early enough to allow fans to alter plans. Many London-based Leeds fans will have no problem with the move anyway and those of us thankfully not living in the cesspit otherwise known as our capital city will be saved an expensive trip in an over-priced toilet masquerading as a train at an inclement time of year. Cheers Sky!

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David Richmond Joins The Exodus
Saturday, 10th July, 2004 :: by Badalemente

David Richmond joined the exodus from Elland Road today, stepping down from his position as Managing Director of the club for "personal reasons". Leeds United chairman Gerald Krasner was quick to pay tribute to the work of Richmond, who was a driving force behind the consortium that rescued the club from potential liquidation with a takeover last March, and has been the club's Managing Director since the successful take-over.

"I had a meeting with David Richmond today and after a long discussion he is resigning as a director due to personal reasons," said Krasner.

"He has done a wonderful job with the players and without him we would have had big, big problems.

"The board wish him well and we know the hours he has put in to get us where we are today, we are very sorry to lose him.

"His decision has come as a surprise and hopefully he will be around to help us with the changeover."

The board are expected to meet in the near future to discuss today's decision.

No doubt speculation will abound as to the reasons behind this sudden move, especially as it came so quickly after the decision to put up Elland Road for sale. Has David resigned to prevent a split at the top over such a controversial decision? The speculation that follows may well force David to make a statement about the reasons for the resignation particularly as the uncertainty it creates may affect the readiness of potential buyers to commit to the purchase of Elland Road. All Leeds fans should be grateful to David Richmond for the fact that we still have a club after the Ridsdale-Leighton Axis of Despair! David Richmond is the son of the more famous Geoffrey Richmond who is the former owner of Scarborough FC and Bradford City FC.

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Leeds Utd Keep Man City Afloat
Tuesday 13th July, 2004 :: by Badalemente

Leeds United and its fans got ripped off again today as Danny Mills deserted us for Premiership Manchester City on a free transfer (thank you Satan Ridsdale). Man City are a crisis club with debts as large as Leeds United, despite being given use of a Stadium by the Manchester ratepayers, (bet the Scum fans love that - oops, they're not a Manchester club are they and all their fans live in London, what am I talking about)! Although technically a Premiership club next season it seems that Man City can't really afford to be there and as such require help with paying their players from Championship clubs. Kevin Keegan made it clear that Leeds Utd is subsidising the Mills contract, a la "Tubby" Fowler's and it was that subsidy that delayed matters:

"Everyone knows that a lot of players are leaving Leeds and the club are, in some ways, having to subsidise them," Keegan told the club's official website.

"They have done it with Mark Viduka [really? must have missed that announcement - Ed], they have done it with two or three other players and they have done it with Danny Mills. That has been the complication."

So the truth is out. That is why our wage bill is still £18 million next season despite letting go the overpaid, the feckless and the lazy. Having sucked us dry Mills just could not bear to tear himself away from the Leeds teat to play Premiership football and maintain a chance of playing for England again. He had to have the money as well. I guess all modern footballers want to have their cake and eat it. But while Alan Smith, Matteo and Milner altruistically waived their fees to help the club, jerks like Barmby and Mills have had to have their fingers prised off of the Leeds United coffers, empty as they already are. A sad end to the career of a once popular player. Watch out Danny, according to the The Sun, (no, don't laugh) you're liable to have your gates padlocked and vicious "notes" left by marauding "hate mobs" of Leeds fans! Still never mind Danny, a good padlock will help safeguard that mound of Leeds United cash you're sitting on, eh?

Mills has signed a 5 five year contract with City (which means inevitably he'll also play in The Championship at some point, unless he jumps ship again). It remains to be seen if we are subsidising his wages until 2009. What a legacy from Leighton and Ridsdale, the incompetent fools.

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Tuesday 13th July, 2004 :: by Querpo

Leeds United Reserve Team fixtures have been announced for the 2004-05 season. All reserve home games are to be played at Wakefield & Emley's Belle Vue ground, Doncaster Road, Wakefield again.

Click here to see full list. It is your only chance of seeing Leeds play Man Utd, Liverpool and Everton next season, barring a cup run!



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Richmond Threats?
Is The Sun Correct?

Tuesday 13th July, 2004 :: by Querpo

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he Sun is dramatically claiming that Dave Richmond quit after "being ordered to get out of town by an Elland Road hate mob", and that "he decided to resign after finding the gates on his driveway padlocked and the chilling message 'Get out of Leeds, now' pinned to them." Unfortunately these lurid claims are credited to "a source". Forgive me but those of us with long memories will be less than impressed with such a vague authority from, of all papers, The Sun.
 

We are Leeds
Forever Leeds

 

These claims will not help the club recruit a replacement for Richmond and they drag the reputation of Leeds supporters through the mud once again. The article in the Sun becomes slightly farcical with the quote

"Richmond is thought to have been the victim of a fans' backlash because of his father - former Bradford chairman Geoffrey Richmond."

"Another source said: 'It's hardly a surprise because the Richmond name is despised among Leeds fans. David is tainted by the reputation of his father, who was at Bradford as they ran up debts of £36million.'"

This is a non-sequitur; there is no love loss between Leeds and Bradford fans, and given that most people regard Geoffrey Richmond as the architect of the near bankruptcy of the Bantams you'd have thought that was a recommendation for his son!! Note also the use of the phrase "another source", who's this, the friend of a friend from the pub who knows the janitor at Thorpe Arch?

More truth can be found in the words of David Richmond himself, "This is not a decision that has been taken in the space of 24 hours. I've been considering my position for two or three weeks and it is time to get my life back.

"Since coming here I've been working 20 hours per day, seven days a week. It has consumed my life.

Richmond has negotiated twenty transfer deals in six weeks and it is no wonder he is exhausted. But there is no doubting his commitment to the Leeds cause. "If Leeds United require anything from me then I will always be available on the other end of a phone, but as of today my connections with United are officially at an end, said Richmond. We would like to thank David for his efforts over the short period in charge of our club and for the part he played in saving it.

Perhaps we should be grateful The Sun didn't claim Leeds fans rifled his pockets as he left and urinated on his car? Perhaps real Leeds fans should consider a boycott of The Sun like the Scousers?

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Mixed Toon Fortunes for Rat-Boy
Thursday 15th July, 2004 :: by Badalemente

NewLeeds United slipped up on their promotional tour of Thailand losing 4-2 on penalties tonight. Fallen Leeds hero, Lee Rat-Boy Bowyer, scored NewLeeds' only goal of normal time, which ended 1-1, but went on to miss a penalty in the shoot out. Shame! Toon Barmy! Local Leeds lad James Milner also missed a penalty in the shoot-out. Good man-management skills displayed there by the Toon management. Give an 18 year-old a penalty, in a shoot out, on his debut! If he misses it can only do him.. er.. harm. Poor James, looks like Leeds did your career no favours by letting you sign for such a desperate club. Come home soon! Strange how unlucky NewLeeds and the ex-Leeds players have been since they began their policy of trying to buy up the O'Leary team on the cheap; could it be they inadvertently bought the curse too? Let's hope so!

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1st Victory for Blackwell
Swedes Fall to Debutants

Thursday 15th July, 2004 :: by Querpo

Bodens BK 0 v 2 Leeds Utd
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lackwell's Revolution fired its first shot in anger on Wednesday evening when the new-look Leeds made a winning start to their Swedish tour with a 2-0 win over Bodens BK. This is our first pre-season win for two years, so it is not to be taken for granted! Debutant strikers Michael Ricketts and Brian Deane both scored.
 

We are Leeds
Forever Leeds

 

In fact, Blackwell gave eight players their Leeds United debuts, although in Brian Deane's case it was his second debut for the club! Scott Carson was goalkeeper by default, behind a semi-familiar back four of Gary Kelly, Michael Duberry, new captain Paul Butler and ex-Man Utd player Danny Pugh. The midfield featured Danny Cadamarteri on the right, Jermaine Wright, Eirik Bakke and ex-Celt Steve Guppy on trial on the left.

Michael Ricketts and started up front with Julian Joachim upfront, apparently gelling together against a decent Bodens BK side who are already 10 games into the Swedish season. Our opening goal came after 20 minutes when Dubes, having stayed up after a corner, regained possession on the left and delivered a great cross [shurely shome mishtake? - Ed] into the centre for debutant Michael Ricketts to get in front of both the keeper and his marker to head home.

Although Joachim and Ricketts created a number of chances it was not until the 87th minute that substitute and repeat-debutant, and trialist, Brian Deane tapped home from close range. This was after good work to deliver the cross by young Frazer Richardson from the right wing.

Kevin Blackwell will be pleased that his Revolution™ faced such tough oppostition and came through it with a win. After all the winning habit is what we will need to get out of the Championship this coming season. The only disappointment is that Aaron Lennon (Achilles) and centre-half Clarke Carlisle (thigh strain) were not able tp play owing to having picked up slight injuries in training, however, they are expected to play against another local side, Pitea IF, on Saturday.

Leeds: Carson, Kelly, Duberry, Butler, Pugh, Cadamarteri (Richardson 46), Wright, Bakke (Spring 46), Guppy (Kilgallon 46), Joachim (Hignett 65), Ricketts (Deane 46).

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Blades Game Moved Again!
Sunday, 18th July, 2004 :: by Querpo

Leeds United's game against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane has again been changed by the powers that be! The game had been brought forward to an early morning kick-off, but on police "advice", ("Do it or we'll close the ground"), the date has now been altered and the game will be played a day later on Sunday 29th August, with a 12.30pm kick-off. That's correct, the time has also be changed, again! Confused, you should be, tune in next week when the South Yorkshire Police get the game changed to another planet!

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Leeds United Catch Computer Bug
Monday 19th July, 2004 :: by Querpo

It never rains but it pours financially for the beleagured Leeds United board. One of our sponsors, MacGold Direct, has drawn our attention to the story on Gamespot that Codemasters have announced on their official forum that it will not be releasing a Leeds United version of its upcoming club-themed soccer game, Club Football 2005.

When the original Club Football was released in 2003, Leeds United fans ensured that it was actually one of the most successful versions released in the series. Consequently, Leeds United was one of around 20 teams from around Europe due to get its own club-themed version of the 2005 game. However, our relegation from the Premiership has caused Codemasters "development issues." Hence we don't get a Leeds version of the game, despite past support and the club doesn't get the licence money!

Apparently, Codemasters has made it clear that it enjoys a good relationship with Leeds United and hopes to release versions of Leeds United Club Football in the future; but that will only happen in the Blackwell Revolution gains promotion from The Championship! [Perhaps they can then release a version for a decent computer, like a Mac! -Ed]

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Gary Speed Leaves Newcastle
Tuesday 20th July, 2004 :: by Autolycus

Ex-Leeds player Gary Speed is leaving Newcastle today, but not to sign for Leeds Utd, as was being widely predicted when Bobby Robson's NewLeeds wanted to sign James Milner. Apparently, the 35-year-old Welsh international is to sign for Bolton Wanderers. Gary was part of the Wilko side that lifted the final Division 1 Championship trophy in 1992. He played in 41 out of the 42 league games that season.

Another ex-Leeds and Newcastle player, French defender Didier Domi is on the move today. He has agreed to sign a two-year deal with Espanyol, a Primera Liga club. The 26-year-old left back, was signed on loan with us by Peter Reid last season, and joins the Catalan club on a free transfer from Paris St Germain. Domi, played for Newcastle United between 1998 and 2001,

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Eirik The Crock: "I won't be Bakke"
Wed, 21st July, 2004 :: by Badalemente

News has just reached us that Eirik Bakke will be out for the whole of the 2004-5 season. He has cruciate ligament damage and that's apparently that!

Blackwell has diplomatically said it is a major blow (see comments below).

Most Leeds fans think if the greedy sod had left for Everton when he had the chance instead of accepting Championship football to preserve his incredible £28,000 per week pay packet we would not be carrying the annoying Norwegian for the next 12 months.

Bakke is not in the good books of the club or its fans. This is because he only managed 11 games in a desperate relegation season because of a knee problem that he exacerbated by playing three Norway internationals, last summer, when he had been ordered to rest by the club doctors. The club threatened to sue the Norwegian FA but the Leeds United plc Board were all hot-air and no spine (just look at their transfer negotiating track record!)

Bakke then showed his commitment to the club by getting legless and taking a spin his car and attracting the attention of the police. The idiot then pretended he didn't speak English. He was later found driving in Norway whilst banned! Clearly growing up in the Leeds side beside such fine examples as Woodgate, Bowyer, Rio, and Seth Johnson has had it's effect.

Bakke is a fine talent wasted and he has let the club down repeatedly, now we are saddled with him. Pay up his contract and get rid of him, he's a waste of space and his presence around the dressing-room is not required, he is a throw-back to the bad days of out-of-control O'Leary players, insulting wages, terminally-poor attitude and the defunct Leeds Sporting plc. The Blackwell Revolution cannot afford to carry passengers such as Bakke especially after the news this afternoon of a a zero transfer budget for Blackwell.

However, Blackwell himself said, "It's a massive blow for Leeds United Football Club but it's also a massive blow for Eirik Bakke. [A blow doubtless cushioned by his outrageous wages - Ed]

"He had bad luck with injuries last season [it was all his own fault - Ed] and he was hoping to have a major influence this time around but it's not to be."

"We all wish him a quick recovery." [because he's costing us £28,000 a week - Ed]

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Clogger starts for Whites at Stags
Wed, 21st July, 2004 :: by Autolycus

The return of Vinnie Jones, has he left Hollywood to save Leeds again? No the clogger we to which we refer is Dutch trialist Brain Tevreden who will start in tonight's friendly against the Stags, Mansfield Town, at Field Mill.

Brain (yes, it's 'Brain' not 'Brian') Tevreden is a left winger from Dutch first division side FC Volendam and is expected to start in a four man midfield including Jermaine Wright, Matthew Spring and Frazer Richardson on the right wing. Irish trialist Kinsella is also expected to get a good run out with new signing Deane partnering Michael Ricketts up front.

Leeds expected: Carson, Kelly, Duberry, Butler, Kilgallon, Richardson, Spring, Wright, Tevreden, Deane, Ricketts. Subs: Hignett, Kinsella, Pugh, Guppy, Joachim, Carlisle, Cadamarteri.

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Blackwell Can Only Sign Chicks
More signings as long as they go Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!
36 year-old Deane re-signs for home-town club

Wed 21st July, 2004 :: by Querpo

N

ew Chief Operations Officer at Elland Road, Shaun Harvey confirmed that there would be five more recruits for the Blackwell Revolution™ before the weekend. His comments came after a meeting of the Leeds Board of Directors to consider Kevin's latest request for money for players.
 

Brian Deane
Deane Returns

 
Unlike the bad old days it isn't ludicrous lump sums for which we are looking, most of the recruits are free agents and the Board merely has to find the weekly wages of the incoming players. However, there was a hint in his words that the Board decision was not everything that the fans and Kevin Blackwell might want to hear.

36 year-old Brian Deane has just re-signed for Leeds and Kevin also wants to bring on board Steve Guppy and Craig Hignett over the next few days. Striker Deane, left-winger Guppy and utility player Hignett all played their part during our successful two-match tour of Sweden last week.

Blackwell had to convince the Directors that the players will be valuable additions to the squad for next season's Championship campaign and obviously succeeded with Deane and seems to have succeeded with the others as Chief Operations Officer Shaun Harvey said:

"The board have fully considered the financial implications of bringing the players identified by Kevin to Leeds.

"We are continuing those discussions with the players to finalise terms that are acceptable to both the players and the club.

"It is anticipated further additions to the squad will be made before Sunday's friendly against Valencia at Elland Road."

All three ageing players are likely to be offered just one-year deals, but Blackwell still needs at least two more players to strengthen his sparse squad but the apparently the cupboard is bare. It is now understood that following the meeting, Kevin Blackwell faces the same unfortunate situation that Peter Reid faced last year, no capital to buy players, just money to pay wages for ones signed on a free transfer.

To be fair to the Board the sum for wages is a seven figure sum, but many fans will feel "misled" once again by this Board. Over 17,000 faithful fans have bought season tickets to see a Leeds team built from scratch around James Milner. However, after the sale of Milner the Chairman Gerald Krasner said, "Of course we are disappointed to see James leave, but the choice the board had was whether to keep him and not have money to give Kevin or go ahead with the sale and have some money to spend." That was nearly three weeks ago, and the Board should have made it clear to potential season-ticket holders that the money was to be for wages not signings.

This Board is getting a reputation for being economical with the truth and that's the good interpretation of their actions! Given the reported bids for players like Chaplow the truth may well be that the Board has discovered since the sale of Milner that they still cannot afford the bids they have made! So the choice then becomes are the Board liars or incompetents? I thought Peter Lorimer was appointed to ensure that he supporters knew what was going on at the club; it is beginning to look like those at the top don't know what is going on!! I'm not going to be a hypocrite, I didn't want to see the Milner money wasted on players, the sooner the debt is paid off the sooner we are not a selling club as far as I am concerned. But if that is what was going to happen the Board should have known it when they sold Milner and made a public statement that was open and honest about the destination of the money.

Why do Leeds fans never feel like they have a stake in their club - even when they were shareholders (like me) in the plc?

Back to the football - there are a number positions to be filled and strong rumours are circulating regarding likely signings. We need cover for Scott Carson in goal and the Leeds manager, himself a former League goalkeeper, is interested in signing 30 year-old Welsh international and Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Darren Ward. However, Forest appear to be pitching at an unrealistic £400,000 for the out-of-favour keeper. Everyone wants a share of the Milner money, eh? Thankfully, Leeds failed to do a deal with Fulham for 35 year-old goalkeeper Mark Crossley, who represented very poor value for the £ 200,000 the London club were seeking to extort from us. Forest should also be aware that Kevin has not given up hope of signing Birmingham City's, former Peterborough keeper, Ian Bennett although once again Birmingham are being unreasonable and actually expecting us to pay for the keeper! :-)

Kevin is still said to be searching for a left-back. Kevin is also looking for midfielders, especially given the disaster area that is Eirik Bakke and Seth Johnson, neither of whom will see a football pitch until 2005 and Kevin ha salready taken steps by giving a trial to Irish-international and former Charlton, Villa and West Brom player Mark Kinsella. Kinsella is likely to play in tonight's friendly against Mansfield Town along-side new signings Jermaine Wright and Matthew Spring.

However, the interest in Burnley's Richard Chaplow has thankfully cooled after the greedy Turf Moor club rejected an offer rising to £1.5m, for a player who has had one good season. Maybe he has potential but Leeds are not a club able to take that gamble; we had enough gambling with the unlamented Peter Ridsdale in charge. Given todays's news that we have now NOT got a transfer budget Burnley Directors must be kicking each other up the backside in frustration at missing out. Chances are he'll go play reserve team football at a Premiership club or go for free when Burnley go into administration or he moves abroad, like Steve McPhee did to Port Vale.

And so ends a very frustrating day in the lives of Leeds Utd supporters in which the financial machinations of the money-men have already put the nails in the coffin of any chance of a bounce straight back into the Premiership. The only "good news" is the re-signing of our "1994-95 Player of the Year" who scored just 32 league goals in 138 league appearances. Even Alan Smith scored more often! It's going to be a long, and deeply frustrating haul back into the top-flight for many seasons and even then we'll still be the whipping-boy of the Premiership; have you seen the quality of the players they are signing in the Premiership this season? Leeds United in Europe - I simply may not be able to live long enough to see that headline again!

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Leeds Win the Cup:
Hibs 1 v Leeds Utd 3
Sat 31st July, 2004 :: by Badalemente

Scottish international goalie Neil Sullivan makes his debut behind a defence of Kelly, Dubes, Butler (Capt), and Kilgallon. Ricketts plays up front after recent injuries partnering Brian Deane. Simon Walton gets a start in midfield with Jermaine Wright who is also returning from injury.

After 35 minutes, the game has been all Hibs, Sullivan has been called upon a couple of times, the Leeds attackers have been physical but ineffective. Ricketts was lucky early on not to get a yellow card for a foul, and as the referee is Hugh Dallas he may consider himself doubly lucky!! Ricketts will be lucky to escape without a yellow card on this first half performance. Hibs feature Gary Caldwell in defence, he is the brother of last season's Newcastle Utd-Leeds Utd loanee Stephen Caldwell. He has spent most of the first half fending-off Brian Deane's elbows!

Hibs are playing the ball around, to feet; Leeds are trying to get the ball up quickly to the tall attackers. Blackwell is clearly developing a Div 1 style of play very quickly!

45 mins:  GOAL TO HIBS!:
 
Tom McManus scores with a passing ball into the net, Sullivan was left scrambling. Hibs are clearly good value for this slim lead.

Into the second half: Lucky Brian Deane escapes a straight red card for a bad challenge on Colin Murdoch, the referee missed it and the assistant referee chickened out. Blackwell sees it and Deane is taken off and replaced by Frazer Richardson. Joachim becomes the new strike partner for Ricketts. Deane's lacklustre contribution won't be missed during the rest of the game.

60 minutes: now Duberry joins in with an awful tackle, though with Duberry you can't tell if it is intentional or incompetence. Good news for Leeds, the effective Hibs strikers O'Connor and McManus are substituted.

Ricketts hits the crossbar, ball goes back into play, seconds later, GOAL TO RICKETTS with a header! 

Hibs sub, Derek Riordan, nearly scores seconds after re-start ,direct from a corner, with an inswinger. Sully's blushes spared on his debut.

GOAL LEEDS!

Frazer Richardson
scores! His shot hits Smith, a defender, and the ricochet loops over the goalie. Hibs are the better side but are now behind as their substitutions seem to have unsettled them.

Simon Walton replaced by Chris Bart-Williams

Hibs go close with Whittaker shot just over bar.

Matthew Kilgallon comes off and is replaced by Cadamarteri as Blackwell explores his attacking options. Since Deane was taken of there is a distinct reduction in Leeds' physical approach and Leeds begin to play the ball more.

GOAL LEEDS! Ricketts scores second.

Julian Joachim jinked past left-back of Hibs, David Murphy and played the ball to Ricketts who was unmarked and he knocked the ball into an empty net.

Leeds get away with a clear back-pass under pressure, thank you Mr Dallas! Neil Sullivan gets even more vocal! The Leeds defenders will be asking for ear defenders before the next game.

Leeds make FOUR substitutions: Clark Carlisle replaces Michael Duberry, Radebe replaces captain Paul Butler (Radebe given armband but passes it onto Kelly), McMaster replaces Julian Joachim, and two-goal Michael Ricketts is replaced by Andy Keogh.

Leeds are more effective without the aging Deane and are now good value for the lead based on the second half performance.

Final whistle blows and Leeds win the first ever Whyte & MacKay Cup. So Blackwell starts the season with some silverware!! Kevin waved the team down to see the travelling Leeds fans at the end as the disppointed Hibs fans made a hasty exit. The turning point of the game was the substitution of strikers on both sides. The removal of Deane made us stronger while Hibs lost their first goal seconds after their two strikers had come off after giving Leeds defenders a hard time for the first 60 minutes. A good result which somewhat flatters Leeds but we'll take any good luck that comes our way, as a club we deserve a few break this season.

On! On! On!

Teams for the game:

Hibernian: Simon Brown, Steven Whittaker, David Murphy, Gary Caldwell, Colin Murdock, Guillaume Beuzelin, Scott Brown, Grant Brebner, Gary O'Connor, Tom McManus, Stephen Glass.

Subs: Alistair Brown, Gary Smith, Derek Riordan, Kevin Nicol, Kevin McDonald, Steven Dobbie, Alen Orman.

Leeds United: Neil Sullivan, Gary Kelly, Matthew Kilgallon, Michael Duberry, Paul Butler, Julian Joachim, Jermaine Wright, Simon Walton, Brian Deane, Michael Ricketts, Danny Pugh.

Subs: Chris Bart-Williams, Scott Carson, Clarke Carlisle, Frazer Richardson, Lucas Radebe, Jamie McMaster, Steve Guppy, Andy Keogh, Danny Cadamarteri.

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