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Championship
League One 2008-09 5/4/2009
   
P
GD
PTS
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 AFC playing squad
2004-05 Season
Coca-Cola Championship


Scott Carson

Scott Carson

Scott Carson
Goalkeeper
Squad Number: was 13
International: England Youth, U-21

Born in Whitehaven on 3rd September, 1985, Scott already has a number of England representative honours to his credit. He is said to command his area.
Following the departure of Nigel Martyn to Everton at the start of the 2003-04 season Scott leap-frogged Danny Milosevic for the Reserve keeper's jersey. Despite his lack of experience, in October 2003 Scott was selected for the England U-21 squad!

Scott made his full-match first team debut in the 1-1 draw against Man Utd at Old Trafford on 21st Feb, 2004. (Paul Robinson was banned having been Red carded, conceding a penalty, in the game against Middlesborough at Elland Road. Scott stepped onto the pitch and faced resulting the penalty. His first touch on his debut was retrieving it from the back of the net!)
Scott appeared in goal for the England U-21 side during February 2004.

Following the departure of Martyn and Robinson, Carson looks set for a busy 2004-2005 season in the First Division.
Made his debut as the 'first choice' keeper at Chelsea on Sat, 15th May following the departure of Robinson to Spurs the previous day.
Updated 15th May, 2004


Neil Sullivan
Neil Sullivan

 

Neil Sullivan
Postion: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
International: Scotland full

Kevin Blackwell said of Sullivan's signing: "Neil never discussed money at all, he just accepted what we offered him. All he wants to do is get playing football again, that's the most important thing for him." That's the commitment all Leeds Utd fans love to see from a player that joins the club and Neil will have earned a lot of brownie points with it.

A Leeds Utd player and he never discussed money! Accepted what was offered! He would never have fitted into the relegation squad would he? I'd forgotten players like Neil existed!

Despite being a full Scottish international keeper with 28 caps, Neil was born in Sutton, England on 24th Fenruary 1970. He stands 6ft 2inches tall and weighs in at a modest 14 stone. He has played previously for Wimbledon (1988-2000), Spurs (2000-2003), and Chelsea (2003-2004).

30th July 2004


Paul Harrison on loan from Liverpool
Paul Harrison

 

Paul Harrison
Postion: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: on loan
International: n/a

On loan from Liverpool as part of the deal that took Scott Carson to Anfield. Born in Liverpool, 18th December, 1984 he became a trainee at Liverpool on 1st July, 2003 but has not played in the first team which is not surprising with Dudek and Kirkland ahead of him. He did make the first team bench against Newcastle Utd in May 2004. The young goalkeeper from Netherley lost his father as one of the 96 killed in the Hillsborough Disaster

Feb 2005


      Kevin Pressman  

Kevin Pressman
Kevin Pressman

 
Real name Kevin Pressman  
Height 6'1"  
Weight 215lbs  
Date of birth 6 Nov 1967  
Place of birth Fareham  
Position Goalkeeper  
Nationality English  
Int. Caps None 
Signed on 25 Feb 2005  
Fee Free  
Term Non Contract  
Squad number -

Pressman's signing was necessary to provide cover for first-choice goalie Neil Sullivan, following the departure of Scott Carson to Liverpool

Pressman spent 19 years at Sheff Wedneday (Nov 1985 to July 2004), making 480 appearances. In the close season he made a move to Leicester City where he made 15 appearances but like, Rob Hulse, fell foul of a new manager coming in - this time it was Craig Levein who made it clear there was no place for Kevin at the Foxes. This must have been a surprise to Pressman as he was only on the losing side three times in 15 games! This was in a side performing so badly the manager had resigned!

Kevin has clearly proved that he is more than capable of appearing for Leeds should anything untoward befall Sullivan. Recently Blackwell has dispensed with a keeper on the subs bench in order to provide himself with more outfield options so the signing of a full-time cover goalie is less important than before. Kevin is on a non-contract basis as Bates and Blackwell keep a tight grip on Leeds United's meagre resources.

Updated: 24th March - Pressman moves to Coventry, Blackwell brings in Sasa Ilic as cover for Sullivan.

Last Update: 24 March 2005


      Gary Kelly  

Gary Kelly of Leeds United
Gary Kelly of Leeds United

 
Real name Gary Kelly  
Height 5'8"  
Weight 152lbs  
Date of birth 9 July 1974  
Place of birth Drogheda  
Position Defender  
Nationality Irish  
Int. Caps 51 (2 goals) 
Signed on 24 Sep 1991  
Fee Free  
Term -  
Squad # 2

Signed from Home Farm in the Irish Republic on 24th September 1991, Gary Kelly is our longest serving player. Had a new lease of life under Terry Venables in 2002-03 when he frequently played right midfield. Many fans thought it was his best season for ages. Loyal and committed to Leeds United, in fact, at the end of 2003-2004 he was the only full-time professional who was definitely NOT leaving Leeds. Eventually Duberry stayed too (sob!)
Despite little difference in ages, he is the uncle of former Leeds United left-back, and fellow Irish international, Ian Harte who now plies his trade at Levante in La Liga.

At 26/2/2005 his stats were as follows: (subs)
League 351 (11) 2 goals; FA Cup 29 (1) 1 goal; League Cup 26 (2); Europe 35 (1)

Last Update: 26 February 2005


Danny Pugh
Danny Pugh

 

Danny Pugh
Postion: Left-Back/Left-Wing
Squad Number: 12
International: none

Kevin Blackwell's first signing as Leeds United manager. Danny signed on a two-year contract at Elland Road. He arrives in Yorkshire as part of the deal that took Alan Smith to Old Trafford. Being part of any deal that took Alan Smith away from Elland Road would, up to last week, be to effectively end your Leeds career before it started as far as the fans were concerned. However, since Smith's hypocritical move to the Scum, Pugh will now be seen in a very positive light as he chose to leave the Reds and come to Elland Road.

The 21-year-old made seven first team appearances for Manchester United, including three in the Champions League.

Kevin Blackwell said Danny offers him a lot of options: "Danny is a young up and coming player who I was aware of and he has the hunger to do well that I want to bring to this club.

"He hasn't had a lot of first team experience but he knows that if he does well then he will get the chance to play regularly.

"He can play in a number of positions and that could prove very useful to us. I have already mentioned that bringing him in allows us to fill that left hand side and move James Milner, a right-footed player, to the right wing or even upfront."

Reading what Danny has to say in response, he could certainly make a living as a diplomat. In the following interview with the offcial Leeds website he pushes all the right buttons:

"I've had a look around the place today and got a good feeling about it. I'm just looking forward to getting started here now. I got to a stage at Manchester where I needed a change and I think this is the perfect place for that change.

"Obviously when you are at a club you want to play as many first team games as you can, that's what you are judged on, I would have liked to have played more games but it didn't happen and I believe I can do that here now.

"High standards have always been expected of me at Manchester United since I've been there, and hopefully that's what I can bring here and carry it on."
 

Danny Pugh
Danny Nets vs Terriers

 

"I met Kevin today and I was very impressed with him, he's very enthusiastic and you can tell he wants to take the club forward and that's what I am looking forward to as well."

Danny follows some illustrious footsteps in making the short trip from Manchester to Leeds, such as, Johnny Giles, Brian Greenhoff, Gordon Strachan and Lee Sharpe. All those players were taken to by supporters at Elland Road, and he's hoping to follow suit and with his attitude we have no doubt that he will.

"I don't know how the fans will take to me, but if I am performing well on the pitch then I am sure they won't have a problem with me. It won't matter then who I played for before - as long as I am doing a job for Leeds United it will all go well.

"If I have half the impact of someone like Gordon Strachan then I will have had a great start.

"It's definitely a challenge, but I'm looking forward to that challenge and hope I can succeed here. If I can play as many games as possible and establish myself as a regular then I will be happy. I know it's not going to be easy to get into the side but I will work as hard as I can."

June 2004


Paul Butler
Paul Butler

 

Paul Butler
Postion: Central Defender
Squad Number: 6
International: n/a

The 31 year-old was club captain last season during Wolves' Premiership campaign which ended in relegation along with Leeds Utd. He has a vast amount of experience at League Championship level. He will sign a two year contract with Leeds on July 1st, 2004. Wolves were only prepared to offer him a one-year contract and so he opted to take a free move to Leeds United.

Manchester-born, (2nd November, 1972) Began at local club Bury before a £1m move to Sunderland in 1998 and then onto Wolves two and a half years later, for the same price.

June 2004


Clark Carlisle
Clark Carlisle

 

Clark Carlisle
Postion: Central Defender
Squad Number: 4
International: England U-21

Kevin Blackwell's 2nd signing is a former Blackpool man. Signed by Leeds on a free transfer he made 33 appearances for QPR during 2003-04 having joined them four years ago for a fee of £250,000. Worringly, he missed a portion of the 2003/04 season after being admitted to a clinic for treatment on alcohol-related problems.

Born 14th October, 1979, Clark Carlisle is a former England Under-21 international, 6ft 3in tall and came through the ranks at Blackpool although he was born in Preston. When his contract expired at QPR he was keen to return north.

The 24 year-old will formally join Leeds on July 1st, 2004, but he has already talked to Leeds' local paper the Yorkshire Evening Post., where he revealed that Leeds United have Eddie Gray also to thank.

"For me to land a club like Leeds United is tremendous. I couldn't have asked for anything better than this.

"My agent had been talking to Eddie Gray during the last transfer window, but there was nothing concrete. When Kevin got installed my agent put a phone call to him and things have gone from there.

Impressively Clark broke his holiday to speak to Leeds once he knew of our interest.

"I came back from Tenerife to speak to Kev [that's Mr Kev to you!-Ed] because it was the only time we could really get together before he went away. I didn't have any doubts - we had a chat and things have moved quickly.

"Leeds is a magnificent club. I was almost in awe of the facilities when I looked around Thorp Arch and I've not even been around Elland Road yet.

"Kevin talked about what he wanted to do here and he says there will be 35,000 there and the ground will be packed next season - I just can't wait to get started." Well you do your bit Clark and we'll fill the seats, OK?

Updated 14th June 2004


Stephen Crainey
Stephen Crainey

 

Stephen Crainey
Postion: Left full-back
Squad Number:3
International: Scotland U-21

After starting the 2004-05 season with Kilgallon filling in at left full-back following the departure of Ian Harte during the close season, Kevin Blackwell made Stephen Crainey his first cash signing after signing 10 other players on free transfers.

Crainey joined Leeds on a loan deal on Friday 6th August, before his move from Southampton was made permanent for £200,000 the following Monday!

With Celtic from a youngster, he broke into the first-team in 2001-02 and went on to play 13 times for the Bhoys. But injury limited his chances the following season when the Hoops reached the UEFA Cup final. He was then left in the cold when Celtic manager Martin O'Neill switched to three centre backs while Crainey is an orthodox left back in a back four. So he made an ill-fated move to Southampton in the Xmas 2003 transfer window.

But Crainey saw his chances of holding down a first team place evaporate when the man who bought him, Gordon Strachan promptly decided to quit his post at St Mary's!

Towards the end of 2003-04 season he picked up a groin strain that required surgery at the start of the summer, but that went well and he arrived at Elland Road fully fit.

He made his full Leeds debut in the 0-0 away draw with Wolves on August 14th 2004

Stephen was born in Glasgow on Monday 22nd June 1981, and stands 5ft 9 inches tall.

After just ten games for Leeds Utd Crainey was struck down with Osteitis Pubis a painful overuse condition that affects the pelvis, causing pain during and after exercise, and commonly occurs through kicking activities. After the Cardiff game on 2/10/2004 he hasn't played since as the decision was made to give the problem time to heal itself before sending him in for an operation which would have put an end to his season. In mid-January he started jogging again but is still along way from playing.

Crainey hadn't been at Leeds long enough to catch the eye before his injury but it is interesting to note that after the last game (Cardiff Away 0-0) in which he played, Leeds also kept a clean sheet in the following game against Preston. However, there then followed a string of 19 games without a clean sheet by Leeds. In his ten games for Leeds United at the start of the season we kept six clean sheets. Of course statistics can be misleading and contain spurious correlations but that is a dramatic difference between stats. The return of Crainey (or a similar performance of his temporary replacement, Michael Gray) could be the difference between mid-table or a play-off place.

Updated 3rd Feb 2005


Michael Duberry

Dubes

Michael Duberry
Defender Central
Squad Number: 22
International:England U-21

Duberry signed from Chelsea for £4 million. O'Leary never really gave him a chance and Venables didn't use him much either. Obviously he's had a professionally difficult time at Leeds. Off the field he got embroiled in the Najeib, Bowyer, Woodgate court-case by doing them a favour and giving them a lift back to his house after the incident. Duberry was criticised by Woodgate for telling the truth at the second trial as a witness for the prosecution. Some knuckle-draggers in the Leeds crowd blamed him Duberry for this! It didn't help when drama-queen Woodgate said to Dubes, dramatically, "You've killed me!" Wanker.
Duberry, announced in the summer of 2002 that he wanted to leave for first team fooball but he's still here. He played in most of the 03-04 pre-season games under Peter Reid and best friend Jody Morris signed for Leeds. Things were looking up for Dubes and it seemed like Reid would give him his chance - and then bad luck and irony hit Duberry in the face and broke a cheekbone and was sidelined for eight weeks. The culprit? Angel. Playing for David O'Leary's new side Aston Villa in the Dublin pre-season tournament. That bastard O'Leary just won't stop blighting Duberry's life!
Of course, it seems like Duberry has again missed his chance as Reid had to bring in central defensive cover in the form of World Cup winner Roque Junior and French international Zoumana Camara, who is already winning plaudits and scored his first goal for Leeds. Unlucky Duberry loses out again.

Updated 3th Sept, 2003

Well, Duberry got his chance after Eddie Gray sent Roque Junior packing. He made a number of vital goaline clearances, won a number of penalties and even scored. He was often seen in the final minutes of games pushing forward as a makeshift attacker. One cannot blame him for lack of effort but sadly Michael really wasn't in the class of the men he replaced. Now highly paid we need to shift him as we cannot afford his wages in the First Division.

Updated May 2004

Well no one wanted Duberry AND his wages. Wolves wanted him but only if we paid £18000 A WEEK towards his wages. Blackwell decided at the last minute that we might as well keep him as the squad is so small. But after a few appearances Blackwell decided that he could do without Duberry and in Oct 2004 he was parcelled off to Stoke City on loan for 3 months; much to the relief of the Leeds fans and the player who was coming in for a lot of stick.

Update Feb 3rd 2005 Duberry played well during his loan at Stoke and Blackwell had to recall him one game earlier than expected due to a crisis in the Leeds United central defence for the 3rd Round FA Cup match versus Birmingham City. Duberry returned to form within 15 minutes making a play that led to Birmingham's second goal. Blackwell substituted him almost immediately and that will probably be the sad end to his jinxed Leeds United career. Incredibly new Wolves manager Glenn Hoddle is strongly rumoured to be looking at him! He eve turned dowm a move to Nottingham Forest under new manager Gary Megson. A successful manager like Megson could have revived Duberry's football career. The fact he turned it down means he has no interest in football, only the ridiculous Ridsdale contract that he is on.

Update March 2nd, 2005: Duberry agrees a free transfer to Stoke City. Signs a 2½ year deal.

Here's Duberry's Leeds United record 09/07/1999-02/03/2005:
League Played 53 (4 sub) Goals 4;
FA Cup Played 4 (2 sub);
League Cup Played 0 (4 sub);
Europe Played 9 (1 sub)
Total 66 (11 subs) = 77 appearances and 4 goals.


Lucas Radebe

The Chief

Lucas Radebe
Defender - central
Squad Number: 5
International: South African full

Signed by Howard Wilkinson for just £250,000 in 1994 Lucas went on to captain both club and Bafan Bafana, the South African national side. Tremendously loyal, a footballing icon and ambassador in his own country, Lucas has been plagued with knee injuries over the last three seasons. 2002-03 under Venables he played at the end with crippling pain in his knees to save the club from relegation due to an inexplicable shortage of England international-class central defenders (Rio and Woodgate- where are they now? Answers on a postcard to Pillock Ridsdale, c/o Barnsley FC). It was so bad that after games he couldn't train or even walk up the stairs at his home!

After surgery in the summer of 2003 the problem hasn't completely gone away. Following relegation Lucas was forthright about some of the players not trying. Despite relegation the club offered him a one-year extension to take him into his testimonial year and he will take on coaching duties this season (2004-05). Lucas expects to return to South Africa eventually to coach there..
www.leedsutd365.co.uk verdict: great servant to the club, simply the best


Kilgallon

Kilgallon

Matthew Kilgallon
Defender
Squad Number: 26
International: U-21

The season started disappointingly for Killer as he was farmed out on loan to West Ham. Later he and his agent went into dispute with Leeds over a renewal of his contract. Leeds were relegated and suddenly Killer got his opportunity in the next game against Charlton and scored a good goal. The same week a new contract was signed by Killer and Leeds. He will be invaluable in the First Division. 13th May, 2004


Frazer Richardson

Frazer Richardson

Frazer Richardson
Full Back - Right
Squad Number: 15
International: England U-20

Frazer is a future United right-back as he continues to understudy Republic of Ireland, international Gary Kelly. His job has been made easier by the departure of Danny Mills to Middlesborough on a season-long loan

"I was glad to see the back of the treacherous, bald bastard," said Frazer bluntly.
(Nah, he didn't, only kiddin').

Despite being born in Rotherham, Frazer Richardson is a lifelong Leeds fan who has emerged through the Leeds United Academy ranks to become an established youth international. He was rewarded with a four-year contract which he signed in the summer of 2002. But he had to wait another season for his debut which cam in August 2003, when he came on as a substitute against Southampton in the 0-0 draw, at Elland Road.
I've heard the comment that he's a bit one-footed, but he's young enough to overcome that and anyway, it hasn't done Saint Michael of Owen any harm has it?


Michael Gray
Michael Gray

 

Michael Gray
Postion: Left-sided defender
Squad Number: TBA
International: England full - 3 caps

Gray was brought in 3rd Feb 2005 as cover for long term injury sufferer Stephen Crainey. Gray spent over 11 years at Sunderland, including being Captain, just like Paul Butler. He spent four months on loan with Celtic, Crainey's old club before a move in Jan 2004 to Blackburn. However, he hasn't played for Rovers since the end of Oct 2004 and welcomed the loan move to get back into action. He made his debut after 2 days in the away win at Burnley on 5th Feb 2005

Update: Dec 2005 - Attempts were made to make a permanent move to Leeds United happen, during the summer, but apparently Leeds could not meet the wage demands of Gray.


Eirik Bakke

Bakke The Gormless

Eirik Bakke
Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
International: Norway full & U-21

Brought to the club for £1.75 million on 25/5/1999, as one for the future, Bakke quickly established himself in the team. Unfortunately his performances since O'Leary left have not been of the previous standard.
More recently he has alienated fans and club with his behaviour. He was convicted of drunk driving and made a palaver out of the court case instead of just pleading guilty. After being banned he was caught driving in Norway. He explained a local policeman had said the ban didn't apply to Norway. Wrong!!!

Given the club's recent bad publicity with certain Newcastle United players, and the driving ban, you'd have thought Bakke would have kept his head down and tried to appease his employers? Wrong!!!
After being diagnosed with a knee injury late in the 2002-03 season, Leeds medical staff told him to rest it over the summer break. What did he do? Played three times for Norway! Result? Ten minutes on the pitch at York in a pre-season friendly, during which he scored. After the game we don't see him again pre-season because the Leeds staff diagnose he is suffering from patella tendonitous. Prognosis - out for 6 months! Irate Leeds Directors threaten to sue the Norwegian F.A. for a million pounds. As usual we hear no more and Leeds United are a player down for half a season due to FIFA's ridiculous games of power politics and a spoilt player who should try and remember who pays his wages.

Consequently, during the relegation season, 2003-04 he makes ten ineffectual Premiership appearances.
www.leedsutd365.co.uk 2003-04 rating: Gormless

After relegation Leeds fans were delighted when Everton made a bid for Bakke. We get a transfer fee (most O'Leary players went for nothing) and we get his silly Ridsdale-agreed wages off the books. Wrong!! Bakke decides he wants to stay with the club (the wages more like) and get us back into the Premiership. A few weeks later and cruciate ligament damage meant he joined the other higest wage earner at Leeds, Seth "Sicknote" Johnson, on the treatment bench for six months. A bankrupt club is now paying £60,000 a week to two players who would not leave their wage packets if you put a bomb under them despite not doing what they were amply paid to do - keep Leeds Utd in the Premiership.

3rd Nov, 2004

Eirik Bakke makes his return to first-team football in the 1-1 draw with Brighton, 29/1/2205. He comes on for the last three minutes and manages to get himself booked. Amazingly he gets a rapturous welcome from the Elland Road crowd who, one thinks, must have the memory of a goldfish.

Update 3rd Feb


Shaun Derry of Leeds United
Shaun Derry of Leeds United

 
Shaun Derry  
Real name Shaun Derry  
Height 5.10  
Weight 10.13  
Date of birth 06 Dec 1977  
Place of birth Nottingham  
Position Midfielder  
Nationality English  
Int. Caps None 
Signed on 18 Feb 2005  
Fee Undisclosed  
Term 2½ years  
Squad number 21

The signing of Shaun Derry was a direct sign of the huge change that had come over the wreck that was Leeds United AFC. We attempted to sign him back in November 2004 but the Board that saved Leeds from administration struggled and ultimately failed to come up with the finance needed to complete the deal. Humiliation followed as the deal had already been made public and the player was already training with the Leeds squad! Since those dark days Ken Bates has taken over and, with an infectious confidence now pervading the club, he has provided funds that have enabled Blackwell to finally complete the Derry signing. Shaun signed a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. As Leeds Utd is once again a private company expect more "undisclosed transfer fees" as Ken Bates keeps his financial cards close to his chest.

Last Update: 18 February 2005


Gylfi Einarsson
Gylfi Einarsson

 

Gylfi Einarsson
Postion: Attacking Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
International: Iceland full (7 caps at end of Jan 2005)

Born 27th October 1978 in Iceland he began as a trainee with KR Reykjavik. Signed on a free transfer from Lillestrom of Norway on 1st Jan 2005. He was brought to the attention of Blackwell by a Scandanavian Leeds fan! A regular scorer for Lillestrom he scored the headed winner against Burnley at Turf Moor on 5th Feb 2005 which was only his third game for Leeds and only his second as a starter! Given the lack of punch from our current strikers his contributions from midfield are much needed. Frank Sinclair of Burnley was also sent off for kicking out at him following a midfield clash in the same game!

6th Feb 2005


Seth Johnson

Seth Johnson

Seth Johnson
Midfielder
Squad Number: 20
International: England full & U-21

Johnson is a £7 million David O'Leary signing. Luckily for Leeds United, although the transfer figure could rise to £9 million, that depends on appearances! Now the left-footed, Brummie-born, midfielder was seen as full of promise when at Derby County but full of medication once he came to Leeds. He's spent nearly all the time on the treatment table rather than the pitch. Even at the start of the 2003 season he admitted his knee is sore after each game; but full-marks, he was willing to suffer because the team was short-handed due to idiots like Bakke with self-inflicted injuries.
Like Bakke, this "wild child" has just been convicted of drunk driving and doing 135 mph whilst under the influence! He's just received a two-year ban (August 2003) and a 100 hours community service.
Leeds fans have seen glimpses of what is possible but infuriatingly every time Johnson has shown a touch of form he been injured. Maybe this season it will turn around for him and the club. Peter Reid plans to use Johnson with Morris as tough-tackling, midfield playmakers - Bremner and Giles anyone?

4th Sept, 2003

In the final run-in to relegation Seth's injury-proness rears it's ugly head with a cruciate injury! He can't play and so we can't sell him and we cannot afford the £37,000 a week wages in the First Division! His wages will always be the high watermark of Peter Ridsdale's incompetence as a Director of a football club.

Updated 4th May 2004

New owner, new manager but same Seth. He has just started playing reserves games. 2nd Feb 2005 he completed 90 minutes in a 2-1 reserve defeat to Bolton. Fellow expensive cripple Bakke also played most of the game.

Updated 3rd Feb 2005


Paul Keegan

Paul Keegan

Paul Keegan
Midfielderr
Squad Number: 37
International: Republic of Ireland U-20

Dubliner, Paul Keegan, is a midfielder who has attracted admirers with his passing game, able to split open the defence for the forwards and also play a holding role when it is needed.
Has yet to make his competitive first team debut.

4th Sept, 2003


Aaron Lennon

Aaron Lennon

Aaron Lennon
Striker
Squad Number: 25
International: England U-17

At 5' 5" Aaron has some growing to do, but at 16 he has years left to do it! Aaron became the youngest Premiership player ever after coming off the bench for Leeds United against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in August 2003 for his senior debut; aged 16 years and 129 days.

Though his achievement failed to hit the headlines, it would have done had his scampering run at goal ended with him hitting the back of the net to also become the youngest ever Premiership goalscorer - taking the record from Elland Road team-mate James Milner.


From Chapeltown in Leeds, Aaron shot to prominence in the 2002/03 season when his exploits for the juniors started to get him noticed, which included a hat-trick in the FA Youth Cup.


Able to operate as a winger or a striker, the slightly built Aaron makes up for what he loses in stature with skill. Aaron Lennon only signed his first Academy contract at Elland Road over the summer of 2003, having been on schoolboy terms before.


Jamie McMaster

Jamie McMaster

Jamie McMaster
Midfield
Squad Number: 28
International: England U-21

Height 5ft 10"
Weight 11st 12lbs
Date of birth: 29 Nov 1982
Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia

Jamie arrived at Leeds from the NSW Academy, having been born in Sydney. Jamie committed his international future to England. He made four appearances under Venables, who wasn't afraid to blood youngsters, in the 2002-03 season but has still to fullfil his much vaunted potential.

Update Nov 2002: Loaned to Coventry City 20/11/2002-17/12/2002 Played 2 League games

Update Jan 2004: Loaned to Chesterfield 7/1/2004 - 22/2/2004 Played 6 League games (2 as substitute) and scored 2 goals. Regarded as a succesful loan

Update Sept 2004: Loaned to Swindon 27/9/2004 - 27/10/2004 Played 4 games (inc 2 as sub) scored 1 goal

Update 18/2/2005: Like Harpal Singh, Jamie has never come close to fulfilling the huge expectations placed upon him. He has been on loan at Peterborough since 21/1/2005 where the midfielder is helping Barry Fry's team fight relegation.

Friday March 4th: Jamie completed a loan move to Chesterfield with a view to making it permanent on Monday 7th March. The loan makes him available for the match on Saturday. The transfer will be a free one. Scant reward for either the club or the player for so many years of hard work and unfilled promise.

Appearances for Leeds - 1/7/2000-3/3/2005:
League: 11 substitute appearances
League Cup: 1 appearance and 1 sub appearance

Update: 29th December, 2005 - Jamie is reported to have signed for Central Coast Mariners back in Australia on a short-term contract. Manager Lawrie McKinna said, "There's no doubting that the boy has got talent and adding him to our squad gives him the chance to show his home town just how capable he is."


Matthew Spring
Matthew Spring

 

Matthew Spring
Postion: Midfield
Squad Number: 17
Place & DoB: Harlow; Sat, 17 November, 1979
Height: 5' 11"

One of many summer signings that arrived at the start of the 2004/05 season on a free transfer, Matthew Spring is a key addition to the "Blackwell Revolution".

Kevin Blackwell spotted Spring playing for Luton, and pipped Spring's old boss Joe Kinnear and Nottingham Forest to the signing of the midfielder.

"It was a bit of a shock because I was lined up to go to Forest and I was pleased with that," he said.

"Then a couple of days later Leeds came in with an offer.

"I had a decision to make but as soon as I saw Elland Road and thought about the atmosphere of 35,000 fans at every home game my mind was made up.

Leeds is Sping's first move since joining the Hatters as a schoolboy, made his debut at 17, and went on to clock up 243 league appearances with the Kenilworth Road club.

The last four seasons have seen him average over six goals a season from midfield, and he is well known for the odd spectacular strike from distance.

Kevin Blackwell will look for Spring to continue in his role as play-maker.

1st July 2004


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Leeds Utd

 

Harpal Singh
Postion: Left Wing
Squad Number: 32
International:

A promising career as yet stuck in the starting blocks might be a fair assessment of Singh's time at Leeds so far. He was unlucky with injuries for a couple of seasons and then faced the daunting prospect of unseating Kewell or Wilcox for a starting place in the team. Last season, 2003-04, he spent on loan at Bury. Despite the movements at the club it seems Harpal will not break through this season as he played at Farsley Celtic in the Reserves whilst the first team were picking up their first win under Blackwell in the pre-season tour of Sweden. This season really is make or break for the young man; if he cannot get into a Championship team he has no chance if we win promotion back to The Premiership

Update: 18/2/2005 - Harpal has joined Stockport County on a one month loan. County play under manager Chris Turner, in Coca-Cola League One for season 2004-05.

Feb 2005


Simon Walton
Simon Walton

 

Walton, Simon
Postion: Central Defence, Midfield
Squad Number: 18
International: N/A

Made his debut, aged 16, in the centre of midfield for Leeds Utd versus Claudio Raneiri's Valencia in a pre-season (2004-05) friendly. Memorable as he scored a penalty and then got sent off! He immediately became a crowd favourite replacing the recently departed Alan Smith in their affections.

He was rapidly signed on a a full professional contract and he became a Blackwell midfield regular at the start of the season and against Portsmouth in the Carling Cup, in October, he played in the centre of defence after Butler and Kilgallon were suspended.

October 2004


Martin Woods

the next "Woody"

Martin Woods
Midfield
Squad Number: 27

Born New Year's Day, 1986 in Bellshill, Scotland (what a celeberation that must have been!), Martin is a midfielder who earned himself a berth on Leeds United's pre-season trip to Dublin after some good displays for the juniors and reserves.
An all action type of player, Martin is an exciting prospect for the future. Has yet to make his competitive first team debut.

4th Sept, 2003


Jermaine Wright
Jermaine Wright

 

Jermaine Wright
Postion: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
International:

28-year-old Jermaine Wright was out of contract at Portman Road after rejecting Ipswich's contract offer at the end of last season (2003-04). The midfielder was an ever-present in the Blue's run to the play-offs, and he collected five goals along the way. In an epic 51-game season Jermaine can boast to never having been cautioned during the campaign! The Greenwich-born player has been with Ipswich for five years following a move from Crewe, and just last week Ipswich manager Joe Royle confirmed that his old club Everton was interested in buying him

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 10st 3lbs
Date of birth: 21-10-1975
Games 03/04 - 51; Goals 03/04 - 5 Cards 03/04 - 0 y 0 r

29th June 2004


Danny Cadamarteri
Danny Cadamarteri

 

Danny Cadamarteri
Postion: Striker
Squad Number: was 16
International:

Bradford-born Danny made his mark with Everton before off-pitch problems led him back to his home town club. His appearances during their relegation season (2003-04) were limited by hamstring problems but manager Brian Robson considered him a Premiership player. Danny arrived on a free because Bradford were in administration and they were keen to get his wages of their books. Just as Leeds Utd want rid of every skulking, overpaid player from their relegation squad!

24th June 2004

30.9.2004: Kevin Blackwell sold Danny to Neil Warnock's Sheffield United for £50,000 after Danny found it hard to establish himself in Kevin Blackwell's plans. A number of early season injury problems did not help his cause and his only first team experience this season came in the 1-0 Carling Cup win over Swindon Town, when he came on for the last twenty minutes. After the move it took him a month but Danny scored his first goal, a lovely close-range, floated header, for the Blades versus Crewe, on 29th October, 2004

October 2004


Brian Deane
Brian Deane

 

Brian Deane
Postion: Striker
Squad Number:30
International:

After a short trial at Elland Road, Brian Deane returned to Leeds United for a second spell, arriving on a free transfer on July 22nd 2004.

The 36-year-old (b. 2/7/68, Leeds) began his career at Doncaster Rovers in 1985, before moving to Sheffield United three years later where he scored 83 goals in 198 League appearances.

A £2.9 million move to then League champions Leeds United followed in 1993. Brian scored just 32 goals in 138 League games for United before returning to Sheffield United in 1997. He spent the majority of the following year playing for Portuguese giants Benfica before returning to England to join Middlesbrough for £3 million in October1998.

Brian switched to Leicester City in 2001, where he fired 13 First Division goals to help Mickey Adams' men back to the Premiership. He spent last season with West Ham United as a super-sub and Leeds pounched when he became out-of-contract.

A tall (6 ft 3 inches), powerful striker, United boss Kevin Blackwell will use his immense physical presence inside the penalty area to turn games this season. Like all Leeds strikers Brian had a barren start to the season. He had a perfectly good goal chalked off during the televised defeat by Sunderland early in the season. Brian eventually ended his drought by scoring in the 1-2 Portsmouth defeat at the end of October 2004.

Throughout the 2004-05 season Blackwell had to continually revamp his attack as the original summer pairing of Ricketts and Joachim didn't work out. Cadamarteri was transfered as soon as the season started. Deane who was earmarked for a super-sub role played far more games then either he or the manager envisaged. Indeed, if not for an injury Deane would have played even more games. However, the signing of Healy showed Blackwell wanted a change but he was hampered by lack of money. Once Ken Bates took over and the purse strings were loosened Blackwell continued the changes, moving Ricketts to Stoke on loan, Joachim to Walsall on loan, and finally transferring Brian Deane to Sunderland on deadline day, 24th March.

His final stats for the season were:
Championship: Played 23(8) Goals 6
League Cup: Played 1 (1) Goals 1

Update: December, 2005 - Brian Deane returns from an unsuccessful spell in Australia to sign for Sheffield United for the third time in his career!


David Healy Leeds Utd
David Healy

 

HEALY, David
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
International: Northern Ireland Full

David signed a four year contract for Leeds United on 29th October, 2004, the purchase from Preston North End having been agreed between the clubs only the day before. The fee was undisclosed having been the result of at least four separate bids Leeds as Blackwell showed all the tenacity to get his man that he had showed when pursuing Sean Gregan earlier in the season.

David has been given the number 9 shirt made famous at Leeds by Mick Jones and Joe Jordan and if he's half as good he'll still be a major asset.

David began his career as a trainee Manchester United. Previously this might been seen as an obstacle to gaining the acceptance from the fiercely partizan Leeds faithful. However, it is David's good fortune that another Reds cast-off, Danny Pugh who joined directly from Man United in the summer of 2004 is currently the outstanding player in the team and has become a firm favourite with the Elland Road crowd knocking in an impressive six goals from midfield by October. Anyway David Healy only made three appearances as a substitute for the Orcs so he is only slightly tarnished goods! He was brought to Preston by the now-Everton manger David Moyes for £1.5m in January 2001.

In a little over three seasons he has scored 44 goals in 120 starts for Preston and he is currently Northern Ireland's all-time leading goal-scorer with 15 goals from 39 caps. Not bad considering George Best played for Northern Ireland! In fact it was a recent spectacular strike for Northern Ireland that seemed to bring Healy to everyone's attention and it is amazing considering the protracted transfer deal that a Premiership club has not stepped in to hijack the deal.

29th October 2004


      Rob Hulse  

Rob Hulse of Leeds United
Rob Hulse of Leeds United

 
Real name Robert Hulse  
Height 6'1"  
Weight 154lbs  
Date of birth 25 Oct 1979  
Place of birth Crewe  
Position Striker  
Nationality English  
Int. Caps None 
Signed on 9 Feb 2005  
Fee On Loan from WBA  
Term End of season  
Squad number 29

Rob Hulse played a major part in WBA's promotion from the Championship in 2003-04 season. He scored 13 times in an injury hit season. However, after Megson's managerial departure at the start of the 2004-05 Premiership season he had little opportunity under new manager Bryan Robson to show his talents. Blackwell rescued him from the reserves with a season-long loan to Leeds to partner David Healy up front.

To say Rob's debut was spectacular is an understatement! Healy put Leeds 1-0 at home against high-flyers Reading when Rob came along in the second half to steal the show with two individual goals struck from outside the box. He was booked in Leeds' abysmal defeat at Wigan the following week but returned to goal scoring form in his third match for the Whites, this time against West Ham United, with a another brillant goal; a full volley after great work from Aaron Lennon.

Last Update: 26 February 2005


Julian Joachim
Jules

 

Julian 'Jules' Joachim
Postion: Striker
Squad Number: 11
International: England U-21, U-18

Julian Joachm became Blackwell's 3rd signing on 14th June, 2004 after passing a medical. He will officially sign a two year contract on 1st July. He will cost Leeds nothing in transfers as he turned down the offer of a new contract with Coventry City, whom he joined from Aston Villa in July 2001 as part of the deal that saw Mustapha Hadji move to Villa Park.

Kevin Blackwell is delighted to be able to call on the former England under-21 international next season. "He is a proven scorer in the First Division and offers us something we have not had for a while - lightning quick pace.

"I spoke to Eric Black (former Coventry boss) about him and he said Julian was one of the reasons Coventry did as well as they did last season.

"He had a strong finish to the season and we will just be happy for him to carry on where he left off."

Joachim's return to form in season 2003-04 will have come as a relief to the player himself after spending most of his time with Coventry injured. An ankle injury put him out for most of the 2002/03 season (10 games plus 1 sub - 2 goals).

He helped an England under-18 side, also containing ex-Leeds player Robbie Fowler, to the European Youth Championship in 1993.

Born 20th September, 1974 in Peterborough he is just 5' 6" tall. Last season (2003-004) he made 27 starts and 2 subs in the Nationwide scoring eight goals. He scored three goals in three FA Cup matches. Encouragingly he picked up only two yellow cards in the thirty two games, so perhaps we can rely on him to be available for more matches than Viduka and Smith!

After failing to make an impression all season and on the same day that Leeds Utd signed Ian Moore from Burnley, Joachim was loaned out to League One side Walsall for the remainder of the seaon.

24th March 2005


Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson
Forward
Squad Number: 31

Born in West Bromwich on 9th March, 1983, Simon was signed from Hull City. He 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.

Never seemed to get a run in the team, being frequently loaned out. The recent loan signing of Rob Hulse, ironically from WBA, saw him loaned out to Barnsley for the rest of the season. Possibly for the last time in his Leeds career given the pronouncements from the Leeds management that up to 19 players could be leaving Elland Road this summer. Seems likely that he will join McMaster and Harpal Singh on the very long list of promising youngsters who never made it from the Leeds Utd Academy.

26th Feb, 2005


      Marlon King  

Marlon King of Leeds United
Picture copyright of Stix

 
Real name Marlon King  
Height 6'1"  
Weight 171lbs  
Date of birth 26 Apr 1980  
Place of birth Dulwich  
Position Striker  
Nationality Jamaican  
Int. Caps 10 (7 goals)
Signed on 4 March 2005  
Fee On Loan from Forest  
Term End of season  
Squad number  

The 24-year-old provides striking back-up as we are currently without the services of Brian Deane and Julian Joachim, both injured, whilst Michael Ricketts and Simon Johnson are on season-long loans.

Marlon joined Forest in 2003 for £950,000 from Gillingham where his record was a none too shabby 47 goals in 116 games (including subs). This season at Forest he has found the net nine times but the change of manager to Gary Megson from Joe Kinnear, has seen him fall from grace and allow Blackwell to make a bid for his services. The striker made his international debut for Jamaica in 2003-04 and has now an impressive collection of ten caps, scoring seven times, including a debut goal against Venezuela.

"When I learnt Kevin Blackwell wanted me at Leeds I did not hesitate," said Marlon to www.leedsutd.com.

"It's a massive club and one which should be in the Premiership. When I get my chance I hope to make the most of it and get some goals"

"I would like Leeds to get into the play-offs and go up," said King, "I'd like to be a part of that if it does happen and I think there's a good chance they can make the play-offs.

"They've come from near nowhere and I think a lot of teams are looking nervously at Leeds now."

Blackwell said of Marlon, "But he has got power and pace and I think he's a great addition to the club."

Last Update: 4 March 2005


Michael Ricketts
Michael Ricketts

 

Michael Ricketts
Postion: Striker
Squad Number: 10
International: England full

Made his name with Bolton in their promotion season. A £2,500,000 move to Middlesborough followed. However, despite an England cap in 2002 Michael never made the grade at Boro and both club and player were happy to sever the connection. Michael arrives on a free but Leeds United will pay Middlesborough FC a fee if Leeds Utd are promoted during the contract.

24th June 2004

Update 22nd Feb 2005; Michael Ricketts is sent on loan to Stoke City until 23rd March. The writing was on the wall after the loan signing of Rob Hulse and his startling 2 goal debut last week against Reading. By comparison Ricketts has only scored once and that was in the League Cup against Swindon back in September. Blackwell hasn't selected him to start since the embarrassing defeat against Rotherham way back in November when he was particularly ineffective compared to defender Clarke Carlisle who managed to hit either the post or bar three times in the first seven minutes! He has been on the subs bench thirteen times whilst making only eleven starts in Championship and League Cup Matches.

Update 24th March: Ricketts loan has been extended to the end of season 2004-05

The Blackwell Revolution™

Leeds United
playing squad
season 2004-05

Goalkeepers
PRESSMAN, Kevin
SULLIVAN, Neil
Defenders
BUTLER, Paul
CARLISLE, Clark
CRAINEY, Stephen
KELLY, Gary
KILGALLON, Matthew
GRAY, Michael
Loan in: Blackburn
McSTAY, Henry
PARKER, Ben
RICHARDSON, Fraser
Midfielders
BAKKE, Eirik
DERRY, Shaun
EINARSSON, Gylfi
GREGAN, Sean
JOHNSON, Seth
KEEGAN, Paul
LENNON, Aaron
MILNER, James
PUGH, Danny
SPRING, Matthew
WALTON, Simon
WOODS, Martin
WRIGHT, Jermaine
Strikers
DEANE, Brian
HEALY, David
HULSE, Rob
JOACHIM, Julian
JOHNSON, Simon
KING, Marlon
MOORE, Ian
RICKETTS, Michael
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See 2003-04 Relegation Squad
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