Ex-Leeds United players suffered mixed fortunes this week. After his nightmare debut (own goal, sent off) Jonathan Woodgate's Real Madrid nightmare continues. After 515 days off with injury he has succumbed again, though this time, thankfully, it is his ankle rather than his troublesome thigh that is the cause of the trouble. Even more galling though is the fact that is the injury occurred in a friendly against Rayo Vallecano.
George Graham's third Dutch signing (after Molenaar and Hasslebaink), Clyde Wijnhard, has been kicked out of Darlington, where he was last season's top scorer. Darlington boss David Hodgson said:
"Clyde will not be playing for the club any more, his future lies elsewhere. The decision has been made following discussions with Clyde and the PFA. It is in the best interests of Clyde and the football club that we part. It is disappointing that it's reached such a conclusion, but now Clyde has the chance to try his luck elsewhere."
Elland Road was the scene on Friday for the U-21 international against Austria which the young lions duly lost 1-2 to the Young Kraut Wannabes. Three ex-Whites were on display and thankfully the Leeds fans amongst them did OK although the Scouse fan dropped another bollock. Aaron Lennon's Man of the Match display brought out the gushing side of Peter Taylor's character. He said of Aaron (now with Spurs)
"This is the first time I
have ever worked with Aaron and he is a very good player who wants to
keep on improving."
He continued in like vein:
He was outstanding. He got the man of the match award and deserved it. The boy is a real talent. He is very clever and quick and when we got the ball to him in the first-half we looked like we were going to win."
Fellow Leeds Utd fan, James Milner
(on loan to O'Leary's Villa
from Newscum Barcodes) turned provider for Carlton Cole to give England the lead though he later fluffed his own chance to score, though overall he had a good game. It's hard to believe that Milner is still young enough to play for the U-21 side. Scott Carson
who jumped ship to be with his boyhood heroes Liverpool, à la Hairy Cruel, is turning out to be a real Liverpool keeper, though sadly not of the Ray Clemence type. He appears to have caught the devastating Scouse Keeper Virus
that affects all who enter Anfield and turns international keepers into unreliable, shite (David James, Chris Kirkland, Sander Westerveld, Jerzy Dudek - the list goes on, only matched by in number by the keepers who caught the Manchester United Ridiculous Goalkeeper Syndrome
). Anyway, not for the first time in an England shirt, "Careless Hands" Carson
dropped a long shot and Marc Janko nipped in to score the winner. Early in the second half poor defence had already allowed Austria to equalise.
Perennial narcissist, Lee Bowyer, now of Newcastle Barcodes, was in court again last week, presumably he has a season ticket? This time it wasn't to do with violence but rather his ability to drive within the rules. Yes, Lee, they have rules for that too! Allegedly, Rat-Boy was caught doing 112mph in a 70mph zone and the numpty topped it off by overtaking a panda car during the offence. Interestingly, he has entered a plea of not guilty this time around, I guess his speedometer is more accurate than that of the police. This is the second hearing of the charge. He claims he didn't get the summons for the original hearing where he was found guilty in his absence - maybe his postman is too scared to deliver to Bowyer's lair?
Brian Deane, who left Leeds Utd for Sunderland last season to end his second spell with United, is currently failing to impress Down Under. Deane is now playing for Perth Glory but current manager, Steve Mahon, says,
"I'd be lying if I said I was pleased with him. If he came out and said he was happy with his performance, then I'd be a bit baffled. I've spoken to Brian briefly, he's disappointed with the situation and with his form."
Don't worry Brian, the Socceroos think Harry Kewell is the Kangaroos bollocks, so what do they know about football?
Back home but further down the leagues several ex-Whites made their mark this weekend. First was undoubtedly Andy Keogh on Friday night, playing for Scunthorpe against fancied Tranmere. He needed only 22 seconds to give The Irons the lead away from home. The went on to win the game 2-0. It was Andy's 6th goal this season. Fortunes were a little more mixed in the Boston v Notts County game, where Julian Joachim tried to emulate Keogh and took just 25 seconds to score an impressive, individualistic goal for Boston. However, it was a game that Noel Whelan will want to forget after picking up two yellow cards, also for Boston who ended up with nine players and three points..
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