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Championship
League One 2008-09 5/4/2009
   
P
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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 players
2005-06 season
Coca-Cola Championship
Strikers


      Robbie Blake  

Blake of Leeds United
Robbie Blake of Leeds United

 
Real name Robert Blake  
Height 5'9"  
Weight 154lbs  
Date of birth 04 March 1976  
Place of birth Middlesborough  
Position Striker  
Nationality English  
Int. Caps None 
Signed on 18 Jul 2005  
Fee £800,000  
Term -  
Squad number 28

Robbie was signed in the close season from Birmingham City. He joined Rob Hulse and Richard Cresswell as newly signed strikers to give Blackwell a choice from six strikers! He made his debut alongside David Healy in the home victory against Millwall on the opening day of 2005-06 season (it was televised on SKY). He broke his scoring duck 2 days later in the 22nd minute in the away game at Cardiff in a 1-2 defeat.

Last Update: 9 September 2005


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. Created: 29th October 2004

Updated: 9th September 2005The first season with Leeds Utd showed a poor return as he was often played out of his favourite position and the club was in dire straits off the pitch. However, he started the 2005-06 season with a bang getting 2 goals in the first game against Millwall. However, rumours started that newly promoted West Ham were looking to make a bid to take him to the Premiership and he was dropped to the bench after a couple of matches. The rumours were strengthened after the Blackwell signed striker Richard Cresswell from Healy's old club Preston North End. He was in addition to close season signing, striker Robbie Blake from Birmingham. With 6 strikers on the books and Rob Hulse in excellent form it seemed David was on his way but the transfer deadline passed and it was Michael Ricketts who was shipped out (on loan to Cardiff).

Kevin Blackwell will have been pleased he didn't succumb to West Ham's temptations as Healy's value rocketed in early September 2005 following his much publicised "dream goal" that he scored, at Windsor Park, for Northern Ireland to beat Sven's England in a World Cup qualifier. The marvellous strike from the left-hand of the penalty area flew past former Leeds Old Boy, Paul "Mars Bar" Robinson (who got a good hand on it but still couldn't stop it) after another ex-Leeds Utd player Rio Ferdinand played Healy onside whilst in a dream-world all of his own.


      Rob Hulse  

Rob Hulse of Leeds United
Rob Hulse of Leeds United

 
Real name Robert Hulse  
Height 6'1"  
Weight 168lbs  
Date of birth 25 Oct 1979  
Place of birth Crewe  
Position Striker  
Nationality English  
Int. Caps None 
Signed on 9 May 2005  
Fee £1,100,000  
Term n/a  
Squad number 10

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 brilliant goal; a full volley after great work from Aaron Lennon.

Last Update: 26 February 2005


Michael Ricketts
Michael Ricketts

 

Michael Ricketts
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 30
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.

Created: 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 2005: Ricketts loan has been extended to the end of season 2004-05

Update 31st August 2005:
Michael returns from the close season 21lbs lighter and turns in some impressive pre-season performances and scores some goals. However, the writing is on the wall as during the close season Blackwell signs three strikers, Cresswell, Hulse and Blake. On deadline day Cardiff City agree to take him on loan until January 2006. It's a deal good for both Leeds and player and he goes with the fans best wishes.

Update 30th January 2006:
Ricketts did well during his loan period, netting 5 times in 17 games for the Bluebirds. But when it came time to make a move for him City, run by Ridsdale, who else, couldn't find the money, so Michael unexpectedly washed up at Elland Road again. This time it was Burnley who offered Michael a playing lifeline by signing him on loan, as they has just sold Ade Akinbyi to the Blades for a cool £1.75 million.

Update 12th Feb 2006:
Michael responded well to the move scoring a goal in each of his first two games:

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    BENNETT, Ian
    SULLIVAN, Neil
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    BUTLER, Paul
    CARLISLE, Clark
    CRAINEY, Stephen
    GREGAN, Sean
    HARDING, Dan
    KELLY, Gary
    KILGALLON, Matthew
    MARQUES, Rui
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    WALTON, Simon
    WRIGHT, Jermaine
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    BLAKE, Robbie
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    HEALY, David
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