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League One 2008-09 5/4/2009
1 Leicester 41 37 83
2 Peterborough 41 24 81

3 Millwall 41 13 76
4 MK Dons 40 31 72
5 Leeds United 40 22 71
6 Scunthorpe 39 17 67

7 Southend 41 -2 64
8 Tranmere 40 11 63
9 Oldham 41 2 59
10 Stockport 41 5 57
11 Colchester 41 -1 57
12 Huddersfield 41 -6 57
13 Walsall 41 -4 55
14 Bristol Rovers 39 17 54
15 Leyton Orient 40 -11 48
16 Hartlepool 41 -9 46
17 Yeovil T 40 -23 46
18 Swindon T 41 -4 45
19 Carlisle 41 -14 44
20 Crewe 41 -18 44

21 Northampton 39 -1 42
22 Brighton 39 -20 36
23 Hereford 39 -29 33
24 Cheltenham 40 -37 31

Leeds United Players - 2003-04 Relegation Season
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Michael Bridges

Michael Bridges

Michael Bridges
Position: Usually on the treatment table
Squad Number: 8
International: England U-21

Michael scored 22 goals in his first season with The Whites, having been sold by Sunderland's then manager, Peter Reid! Since then his career has been blighted by 3 serious leg injuries.

Leeds Utd and its fans supported Bridges through years of expensive rehabilitation but were rewarded in a shameful fashion this season when the striker demanded a move to Newcastle because he was tired of Reserve team football. Even though he had yet to fully comeback from his injuries! As usual these days the player got his wish in Jan 2004, when he moved to Newcastle United... or their reserves to be accurate!

Bridges joins the ingrate class of Rio, Bowyer, Woodgate, Keane and too many more to mention that show no gratitude for the club that stood by them and had faith in them. We wish him the same continued luck at Newcastle, the little shit deserves no better.

22nd Feb, 2004

Hah! Now Toon reject he's happy enough to sponge off Leeds again until someone else gives him a chance! After his utterances whilst trying to ingratiate himself at Newcastle he's now known at Leeds as Burntmy, as in Michael "burnt my" Bridges. Let's hope Bolton or Pompey come in for him before he gets another long-term injury and reverts to his normal Leeds United squad staus of "Liability". Another entrant in the Leeds United Hall of Infamy.

Updated 22nd May

Update: 9th June, Bridges agrees move to Bolton. It's another free transfer, to be completed when the gravy train hits the buffers, sorry, when his Leeds contract expires 1st July, 2004

Cyril Chapuis

Cyril Chapuis

Cyril Chapuis
Squad Number: 15

Another French season loan from Olympique Marseille.
Tracked by Newcastle United last season (02-03), he turned down moves to Portsmouth, Southampton, Bolton, Everton and Spurs in the summer of 2003. The decision to join Leeds on transfer deadline day was influenced by the presence of fellow French loanees Lamine Sakho, Didier Domi and Zoumana Camara.
Like Sakho he was played out of position last season and only netted 4 times.
With Viduka starting the new season as he finished the last and Alan Smith also having found his scoring boots it looks like Chapuis will be in for a covering role this season. Of course it is nice for the manager to have an experienced striking option on the bench with which to freshen up the attack during a game where it's just not working for you.
Chapuis was released from his loan contract in Jan 2004 as Leeds desperately try to stave off administration. Eddie Gray's policy of sidelining Peter Reid's loan signings meant Chapuis never reallly had an opportunity to show Leeds fans what he could do. We wish him all the best for the future.

28th Jan 2004

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson
Squad Number: 39

Born in West Bromwich on 9th March, 1983, Simon is still learning his craft. Signed from Hull City, Simon has had a promising loan spell back at Hull last season; scores regularly in the reserves and got his debut under Peter Reid, as a second half substitute during the 6-1 away demolition of Charlton at the back end of 2002-03 season.

Probably one for the future, behind Viduka, Smith, Chapuis and Bridges in the pecking order for first team football. However, that may take some pressure off him; by necessity a lot of youngsters have been thrown into the Premiership fray over the last twelve months. Leeds United currently hold the record for the youngest Premiership player and youngest Premiership goalscorer. evidence of our penury rather than something of which to be proud!

4th Sept, 2003

Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Alan Smith
Squad Number: 17
International: England full & U-21

Alan Smith, the Rothwell lad had dream debut when he just three weeks on from his 18th birthday, he scored with his first touch in senior football, in front of the Anfield Kop to level the scores in a game United went on to win 3 -1 on Saturday the 14th November 1998. Alan Smith then went on to establish himself as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's striking partner and scored 9 goals in just 16 starts. However, after injuring his ankle in a pre-season friendly his form dipped in the 1999-00 season. But after an operation Alan started the 2000/2001 season on fire and scored the vital winner against 1860 Munich in the Champions League qualifier.

Smithy formed an instant partnership with Jimmy Floyd Moneybank's replacement, ex-Celt, Mark Viduka and was called up to the full England squad and even got a Carling Player of the Month Award. He finished the 2000-01 season on a high with a career best 18 goal tally and by winning two full England caps.

Smithy's career has been blighted by disciplinary problems including dismissal in the Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg against Valencia, and when playing for England. However, several dismissals have been clearly wrong and brought about by his reputation: witness the words of referee Neale Barry addressing a seminar of 24 top referees, who dismissed Smith for an elbow on Turkish defender Alpay in the previous Villa vs Leeds game. Neale described the game as one of ''the most evil'' (clearly a man given to hyperbole is our Neale - OK, Neale now think of an adjective to describe Hitler, Idi Amin or Saddam?) he had refereed during his five years of officiating in the Premiership, while he said of Alan Smith:

''He was hissing and snarling at me and I knew one way or another he was in for a short afternoon .'
Now is there any doubt as to why Alan Smith is the player most often booked and red carded in the Premiership?
And anyone who saw the incident knew Alpay was faking it. Alpay is a thug; he kicked a supporter at the Riverside Stadium during the England vs. Turkey international. But we let him earn a living in this country, bloody amazing what we'll tolerate in the UK.

Anyway, idiots like Neale still referee, Alpay still desecrates every ground he visits and Smithy's suspensions cost him the chance to go to the 2002 World Cup with England. However, he had the last laugh, as he played a leading role for David Platt's Under-21 side in the European Championships in Switzerland, winning rave reviews whilst a toothless England lacking in passion floundered against Brazil (including desperately bad Leeds loan signing Roque Junior!)

Last season, 2002-03, Leeds changed manager twice, lost six international players and flirted with relegation up to the penultimate weekend of the season. Smithy played out of position under Venables, on the right of midfield. Alan Smith said,
"I discussed relegation with my mum, dad and girlfriend last season and said that no matter what happened, I wanted to stay.
"I think it's easy to for people to walk away when you've been relegated, but it takes a better type of person to stay and say we're all going to stick together and make sure the club gets back where it belongs."

Sentiments that it would have been nice to hear from at least ONE of the the following acquisitive, grasping, greedy, ego-centric, glory-hunting, pusillanimous, self-publicists: Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Keane, Jonathan Woodgate, Robbie Fowler, Lee Bowyer, Olivier Dacourt and Harry Kewell .

Update May 2003: Leeds are relegated at Bolton, and Smith declares, "I'm not a Division One player". Despite which he is feted at the end of the next game vs Charlton, the last at Elland Road in the Premiership, and is swallowed up by a spontaneous pitch invasion. He states after the game he is looking for a move to a foreign club as it will make it easier for him to return to the club when we get back in the Premiership!

Turns out to be talking a load of bollocks, when the drop came he couldn't leave Leeds fast enough. He talked sentimental rubbish but when the crunch came he skipped off to, of all clubs, Manchester United for £6 million upfront and an unknown player called Danny Pugh. He said he needed to move for his England career, the move came two days after he wasn't picked in the England Euro 2004 squad! It's hard to see how warming the bench at Old Trafford will advance his career, but we never said footballers were the sharpest knives in the drawer did we?

Update 2005 The England striker is now playing in midfield! Still difficult to see how that helps his chances of getting to then World Cup with England.

Update 18th Feb 2006: Alan Smith suffers horrific, freak leg break in 5th round FA Cup tie at Anfield
Sir Alex Ferguson: "Worst injury I've ever seen. Ironically, Smith's World Cup chances are zero and now his very career is being called into question.

Mark Viduka

Aussie Goal Machine

Mark Viduka
Squad Number: 9
International: Australia full

A bargain signing from Celtic for £6 million, Mark has just completed 50 goals for Leeds United. Despite a well-publicised bust-up the Peter Reid, Mark seems to have settled down and appears to be enjoying his football again. Mark was unsettled by all the big name departures, including international team-mate, "Dirty Harry" Kewell during the 2002-03 season and this summer. However, he has been impressed by Peter Reid's close season signings, particularly Jermaine Pennant and this appears to have giving Mark some hope of the team doing something during the 2003-04 season.
He finished the 2002-03 season with an incredible scoring run, and he has begun the 2003-04 season in the same vein with goals against Newcastle and Middlesborough in the first four games of the season. Of course there is more to his play than just goals, he is very good as a target man, holding up the ball and he has delighfully quick feet for a big man and can give defenders a hard time with the ball on the floor as well as in the air. Expect another 20 goals this season, and unlike Owen and Shearer, half of 'em won't be penalties!
3rd Sept, 2003

Updated: Summer 2004: One of the few Leeds players with real class, Mark ended his season and his time at Leeds in a disappointing fashion. Sent off at Bolton on his return after being sent off at Leicester. Neither sending-off was justifiable. But Mark has had a poor season off the field; his father was seriously ill, he had to travel the world to see him, the Socceroos banned him for missing the next game in Venezula! With countrymen like that who needs enemies! With a decent defence who knows what we would have achieved with a Smith, Viduka strike force. So long Mark, thanks for all the fish!

Leeds Utd
Squad 2003-04
Robinson, Paul
Carson, Scott
Harte, Ian
Camara, Zoumana
Radebe, Lucas
Roque Junior, Jose Vitor
Matteo, Dominic
Duberry, Michael
Domi, Didier
Richardson, Fraser
Bakke, Eirik
Barmby, Nick
Batty, David
Johnson, Seth
Keegan, Paul
Lennon, Aaron
McMaster, Jamie
Morris, Jody
Olembe, Salomon
Pennant, Jamie
Wilcox, Jason
Woods, Martin
Chapuis, Cyrile
Viduka, Mark
Smith, Alan

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