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August 2004 Archive

Leeds Lose to Gills
Tuesday, 10th August, 2004 :: by Badalemente

The lads lost tonight, away at Gillingham 2-1. We were 0-2 down at half-time but Danny Pugh capped another impressive display with a second half goal. Danny had an eventful night and most Leeds fans will be pleased he got a little revenge on behalf of the late Mark Viduka, by giving "Diver" Hessenthaler a smack too! He also picked up a booking and after starting on the left wing moved into the centre to allow substitute Guppy onto the left. Pugh laid the ball off to Guppy and Guppy provided the cross for young Pugh to net. But in truth, Gillingham had several chances to increase their lead further although their first goal was a deflection after just 4 minutes which sent Sully the wrong way. Leeds had almost levelled in the first half, Kilgallon's effort was well saved and the follow-up shot by Joachim was cleared off the line.

Reality hit us tonight; Kevin needs more players, period. When the chips were down he had very little on the bench to help him change the game around.

Tell us your views on the game on our Leeds' fans forum



Sully Hero Last Gasp Hero for Ten Man Leeds
0-0, Radebe Carried Off: Duberry Sent Off

14th August, 2004 16.55hrs :: by Querpo

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eil Sullivan is quickly becoming the hero of Blackwell's under-fire Revolution. He saved a Miller penalty with just five minutes to go. Michael Duberry was sent off for pulling down the Wolves attacker. 16 year-old Simon Walton, already on as a replacement for Radebe, took Duberry's place alongside Butler at the heart of the defence. Blackwell substituted Richardson with Guppy in response to the sending-off. The change nearly paid dividends as Guppy went close and Wolves also had to clear the ball off their goal-line.

It was a disappointing performance against an injury ravaged Wolves. In addition to losing Duberry against Sheff Utd, due to the one match ban for a red card for a professional foul, we also lost Radebe to a bad looking injury. Stephen Crainey made a steady debut but the problem was a toothless, ineffective attack. The game ended 0-0 and Leeds will be happy with the point which we didn't really deserve on the merits of the performance. Blackwell will be quietly thanking God for the inspiration to sign Neil Sullivan who frankly is shaping up better than the over-rated, under-performing Paul Robinson of last season.

Discuss Duberry and Sully in our Leeds' fans forum



Desperate Lucas Out Until 2005
Saturday 14th August, 2004 :: by Badalemente

Breaking news: Lucas Radebe, who was taken off in the 18th minute of Leeds' fortunate 0-0 draw with Wolves, has ruptured an achilles tendon and consequently will be out until 2005.

It is desperately bad luck for Lucas who has been fighting one bad injury after another for the past three years. ironically it is his knees that have caused problems in past seasons but the achilles problem is serious and now also causes a major headache for the manager.

The Board will have to face the fact that a very small squad has just got smaller and the player lost was able to play both defence and, as today when he was injured, midfield. The Board must accept that the team's stuttering start to the season is partly down to the inabiltiy of the manager to bring in his targets pre-season and give them enough games together to start working as a team. The lost of Radebe means the Board simply have to find the money for Sean Gregan to bolster a weak midfield, and they need to do so quickly as it is clear that bringing in more new players means more games where the team is bedding down and getting used to each other.

Whatever black holes have appeared in the accounts the Board must consider releasing some of the Milner receipts to help the manager

Do you agree, should the Board release more money, have we seen the last of Lucas in a white shirt? Have your say on our Leeds' fans forum




Olympic Gold Medallist Joins Leeds Utd
12th signing and another freebie

Friday 20th Aug, 2004 :: by Badalemente

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erge Branco has joined Leeds on a one-year deal after the player impressed Kevin Blackwell during a week-long trial. He has already spent time on trial with Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest this summer. The deal gives Leeds the option to extend the contract for an extra year.
 


Serging Midfielder?

 

Kevin Blackwell is keen to provide quality cover for the long term injured Eirik Bakke, Seth Johnson and Lucas Radebe. However, Blackwell has been cautious about bringing in overseas players after the disppointments of last season's expensive, last-minute, loan signings by Peter Reid. But after seeing Branco in action for a week he told Leeds' official website: "He brings real quality to the squad at the time when we need it."

Branco, 23, joins on a free transfer after Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart chose not to offer the African midfielder a new contract. He had previously played for Eintract Braunschweig and Eintract Frankfurt. He is Kevin's 12th signing of the summer.

Branco was a member of the Cameroon squad that won Olympic Gold in the 2000 Games in Sydney although he does hold a French passport. He was born 11/10/1980 in Douala, Cameroon. He is 1.76m tall and his normal weight is around 75kg.

The most noticeable thing about his recent playing record is that he hasn't played more than18 games in a season for over four years! Unless he is also injury prone that is one thing about his statitcs that will certainly change, as a member of a small, hard-pressed squad this season!! Also goal-scoring isn't a major part of his game. Once his international clearance arrives from Germany he is likely to make his debut against Hudderfield in the Carling Cup. A Yorkshire derby will make a grand introduction to English football!

Discuss Serge in our Leeds' fans forum



Saint Kevin of Blackwell? Krasner Says No! So, he's going then?

Mon, 23rd Aug, 2004 :: by Querpo

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aul Sturrock's surprise departure from St Mary's, today, has renewed speculation linking Kevin Blackwell with the poisoned chalice that is the Southampton manager's job. Kevin was first linked to the position back in February following the sudden departure of former Leeds Utd. captain Gordon Strachan. Since then Kevin has completed further studies and now stands as one the the most highly qualified coaches in Europe.
 

Kevin Blackwell
St Kevin or St Jude?

 

More prominent names have already been proposed including former Saints manager Glenn Hoddle, who quit Southampton in acrimonious circumstances for Spurs in 2001, and even ex-Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier is being touted.

However, Blackwell himself is giving no thought to a quicker than expected return to the Premiership! He is re-building Leeds Utd in his own image and he is not about to give that up.

"I am six weeks into this job here and I am very, very proud to be at Leeds United Football Club and nothing has changed," said Blackwell.

"We have to make sure that whenever something like that has happened we think about the person it has happened to first and I am just sad for Paul Sturrock. He is a man I know who is passionate about the game of football, and I feel for him at the moment.

"It's not nice for anybody to end up losing their job for one reason or another, and to be fair, you look at Paul's record and it's not a bad one. He's not done anything wrong.

"But I am not talking about Southampton because I am at Leeds United and we have a very important game against Huddersfield Town tomorrow night and that's all I'm worried about."

So just when you think this speculation is just that, speculation, along comes Leeds chairman Gerald Krasner to issue a "hands-off" warning to Saints! He said:

"There is no chance of Kevin going to Southampton. This club wouldn't allow it to happen. We are all pleased with what he has achieved here in a short-space of time."

That would be the same type of "he's going no where" statement that he made about James Milner. It probably means Leeds Utd. will let Kev go but only if £1m plus is put on the table! After all, everyone knows that everything is for sale at Elland Road.

Do you want Kevin to stay? Will Krasner let him go? Discuss this story in our Leeds' fans forum



Cruel has a Stinker: The curse continues.
Wednesday 25th August, 2004 :: by Chris Hudson

Mr Self-Interest left the pitch tonight with Scouse boos and jeers ringing in his ears after a "stinker" of a performance against European nobodies Graz, who incredibly won 1-0 at Anfield! Kewell has played so badly since he abandoned Leeds Utd that he even had to apologise to the Liverpool fans for the lack of quality he displayed on the pitch last season. (Just as Rio did to the Scumsters). But as Leeds Utd found out his words and actions rarely match and tonight he was ineffective once again but this was a nadir even for Harry Cruel. Even the famous Scouse humour appears to have run out at Anfield and surely it is only a matter of weeks before the Aussie git is shown the door by the new manager. Too often a luxury and rarely a match winner, unless he has a tantrum and goes off on a solo effort (e.g. Gillingham), Hairy Cruel hasn't endeared himself to the Red faithful by announcing that he is going to play for the Socceroos in every game, no matter how piddling the tournament. Don't ya just miss the arrogant little scrote?

Can't help but notice that the little Aussie drama queen is undergoing the same career curse that has struck so many of the O'Leary team since they left us, especially those that did so in dubious circumstances like the Aussie smeg-head.

Rio abandoned us for naked ambition and ended up apologising to the Scum fans for a less than average performance in his first season, and like Kewell immediately demonstrated the veracity of his apology by promptly doing the opposite - in his case the monumentally funny "forgetting to pee in a cup and missing the season and Euro 2004" episode.

Then there was Bowyer and Woodgate, a double-act without an IQ in double figures. Their court-case dragged the club that stood by them through the mire and they repaid it and the fans by bailing out at the first opportunity, in Boywer's case he even engineered it so that the club didn't receive a transfer fee. And how did the footballing Gods repay them? Well, Bowyer went to his boyhood heros West Ham and managed to get a first hand view of their relegation from the Premiership. But he didn't let sentiment get in the way of jumping ship immediately for a berth in the Sir Robbly Bobson NewLeeds United experiment. Once he had secured a lucrative berth in the Barcodes he promptly disappeared from the footballing radar for the season and had to buy a dictionary to look up the word "substitute". He went from setting the Champions League on fire to Mr Anonymous for the sake of settling a personal score with Peter Ridsdale.

Has Woodgate done any better? He was known as "Village" in the Leeds dressing room, short for "Village Idiot". Thankfully God blessed him with physical talent to make up for any other deficiencies. But what has happened since he left Leeds. Very little. He's signed for Real Madrid, who have surely bought him on reputation and old videos because they have had precious little chance to see him play since he parted company with Leeds. He missed a staggering 91 out of 128 Newcastle games during his brief tenure in the North East. Woodgate is a great player who never plays! He's got financial security with a wage deal of £70K a week but when is he going to achieve anything on the pitch? When is he gonna play on the pitch? When is he going to establish an England career or play at a major international tournament? All top professional footballers are rich, it's just a question of degree, but so far Woodgate has achieved nothing in football. When he abandoned Leeds it was because Newcastle were going for the Premiership title and the lure of Champions League football. Well, he couldn't stay fit enough to help them win the League that year, and in sharp contrast to the Leeds run to the semi-finals fo the Champions League, Newcastle made a humiliating qualifying round exit. The curse follows Village to this day and he'll probably spend most of his time on the treatment table next to Michael Owen seeing who can miss the most games through recurring injury!

Then there's Robbie Foul-Up who apparently IS the one who ate all the pies! He made an appalling miss in tonight's Man City defeat to Birmingham City and is likely to face a relegation season at City along with Danny Mills.

There are others but I think that's enough for now; suffice to say it gives a warm feeling of satisfaction to know that all the rats who jumped ship are still swimming in the storm-tossed seas and are likely to go under too.

To paraphrase: "ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO LEAVE HERE!"

Is there a curse on ex-Leeds players? Have your say on our fans' forum


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