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TIME FOR A NEW START

Time to march on.

Let's put the past behind us and look to the future - there's a new season ahead and it's there for the taking...


FIXTURES 2008/09

LEEDS UNITED - COCA-COLA FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1

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Sat Aug 9 Scunthorpe United A
W/Comm Aug 11 Chester City A (Carling Cup 1)
Sat Aug 16 Oldham Athletic H
Sat Aug 23 Yeovil Town A
Wed Aug 27 Carling Cup 2
Sat Aug 30 Bristol Rovers H
Sat Sep 6 Crewe Alexandra H
Sat Sep 13 Swindon Town A
Sat Sep 20 Carlisle United A
Wed Sep 24 Carling Cup 3
Sat Sep 27 Hereford United H
Sat Oct 4 Peterborough United A
Sat Oct 11 Brighton and Hove Albion H
Sat Oct 18 Millwall A
Tue Oct 21 Leyton Orient H
Sat Oct 25 Walsall H
Tue Oct 28 Southend United A
Sat Nov 1 Cheltenham Town A
Sat Nov 8 F.A. Cup 1
Wed Nov 12 Carling Cup 4
Sat Nov 15 Huddersfield Town H
Sat Nov 22 Hartlepool United H
Tue Nov 25 Northampton Town A
Sat Nov 29 F.A Cup 2
Wed Dec 3 Carling Cup 5
Sat Dec 6 Tranmere Rovers A
Sat Dec 13 Colchester United H
Sat Dec 20 Milton Keynes Dons A
Fri Dec 26 Leicester City H
Sun Dec 28 Stockport County A
Sat Jan 3 Hereford United A F.A . Cup 3
Wed Jan 7 Carling Cup Semi-Final (1)
Sat Jan 10 Carlisle United H
Sat Jan 17 Brighton and Hove Albion A
Wed Jan 21 Carling Cup Semi-Final (2)
Sat Jan 24 Peterborough United H F.A. Cup 4
Tue Jan 27 Southend United H
Sat Jan 31 Walsall A
Tue Feb 3 Leyton Orient A
Sat Feb 7 Millwall H
Sat Feb 14 Huddersfield Town A F.A. Cup 5
Sat Feb 21 Cheltenham Town H
Sat Feb 28 Scunthorpe United H
Sun Mar 1 Carling Cup Final
Tue Mar 3 Oldham Athletic A
Sat Mar 7 Bristol Rovers A F.A. Cup 6
Tue Mar 10 Yeovil Town H
Sat Mar 14 Swindon Town H
Sat Mar 21 Crewe Alexandra A
Sat Mar 28 Milton Keynes Dons H
Sat Apr 4 Colchester United A
Sat Apr 11 Stockport County H
Mon Apr 13 Leicester City A
Sat Apr 18 Tranmere Rovers H F.A. Cup Semi-Final
Sat Apr 25 Hartlepool United A
Sat May 2 Northampton Town H
Sat May 30 F.A. Cup Final

 

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Thats why I said interesting as opposed to exciting. i would hope playing leicester would be a bit more interesting than playing say milton keynes.
We can still enjoy the matches without being satisfied with being in L1 can't we?
 

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From the Leeds United website:


Alan Sheehan has agreed to join Leeds United from Leicester City.

The 21-year-old left back will join the club on a three-year contract.

The player was out of contract at Leicester, but due to him being under 24 a compensation fee will be payable.

The clubs are discussing a transfer fee. However, should the two clubs be unable to agree then the fee shall be determined by a tribunal.

Alan originally joined the club on loan from Leicester City in January, making 10 appearances and scoring a thunderbolt in the 1-0 win at Doncaster Rovers in April, and boss Gary McAllister is delighted to secure his services on a longer-term deal.

"I'm pleased," said the boss. "When we first brought him in he struggled a little bit, but he was the first to admit that.

"The jump from reserve team to first team may have been a bit too much, but he worked very hard, came back and did ever so well.

"One of the things that struck me was how hard he was prepared to work. He was determined to win a contract here and I was impressed by his attitude."

The boss says he is now happy with his options in both full-back slots going into the new season.

"We know Alan is going to be here and with Ben Parker back with us, hopefully he will be pushing him on the left," added the boss.

"On the right, we've got Frazer Richardson and we're looking to Scott Gardner to push him, so there's a nice balance on both sides."
 

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From the Leeds United website:
SHOWUNMI SIGNS


Enoch Showunmi is Gary McAllister's third signing of the summer.

The 26-year-old striker has penned a two-year contract with the club after departing Bristol City. Enoch underwent a medical at Thorp Arch on Monday afternoon before putting pen to paper on the deal.

"When you look around it's a brilliant set-up," said the striker.

"I'm delighted to be here. You only have to look at this club with its history and its fanbase to see how big it is.

"I'm raring to go and I'm looking forward to pre-season and playing games."

The club came close to signing the player during the January transfer window, but Showunmi joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season before his Bristol City contract expired last month.

The Nigerian international scored 18 goals in 61 appearances for Bristol City and was a key figure in firing the Ashton Gate side to promotion from League One two seasons ago.

Enoch was also a member of the Luton Town side which won back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Coca-Cola Championship.

United boss Gary McAllister had stated he is looking to bolster his strikeforce and Showunmi will be a welcome additon to the squad.
 

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Am i the only person who doesn't care about 'Has-been' Harry Kewell signing for Galatasaray? It seems to be something of a media invention with reports of 'furious' and 'fuming' Leeds fans. Who cares.
 

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^^ah, back in the day (pre 2001) he was a cracking player - the goal against Roma in the UEFA cup semi was fantastic as I recall. Waste of space since then.

sort of looking forward to next season, but more looking forward to 'The Damned United'. Michael Sheen is one of the best character actors...... should be interesting.
 

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^^ah, back in the day (pre 2001) he was a cracking player - the goal against Roma in the UEFA cup semi was fantastic as I recall. Waste of space since then.

sort of looking forward to next season, but more looking forward to 'The Damned United'. Michael Sheen is one of the best character actors...... should be interesting.
This is the season when the mighty Huddersfield Town rise again...mark my words...
 

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Am i the only person who doesn't care about 'Has-been' Harry Kewell signing for Galatasaray? It seems to be something of a media invention with reports of 'furious' and 'fuming' Leeds fans. Who cares.
Funny that many of the last Leeds Premiership team seem not to have prospered greatly since leaving. Clearly many of them had their best days with Leeds. I suppose that Lennon and Keane have had most success but they're in the wrong team. As for Kewell, I expect that both he and Smith will be back with Leeds in the not too distant future. Don't laugh. This is football.
 

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New Leeds kits revealed.

So does the plain sponsorlesss kits that mean the controversial in some quarters shirt sponsorship of Leeds United by Red Kite has ceased then because of the red on the kit and the mentioning of red is an obvious adage to main traditional rivals of Manchester United (even though Wikipedia says they are the shirt sponsor until 2012)? If they have stopped being kit sponsor who will become sponsor?

Also who on earth are Macron the new kit suppliers of Leeds United, never heard of them compared with the 1970s / 1980s retroness of Admiral who were previous kit manufacturers. Still lets hope Leeds United go up this coming season. Article on their pre-season friendly 1-1 draw against Conference side York City in this article from the YEP: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/leedsunited/Mac-United-are-on-target.4282441.jp

Mac: United are on target


OPENING SALVO: Jermaine Beckford fires home Leeds United’s goal against York City last night
PICTURE: Tony Johnson

Published Date: 12 July 2008
By Phil Hay
Gary McAllister saluted a successful first week of pre-season work after Leeds United began their sequence of summer friendlies with a 1-1 draw at York City last night.
A 43rd-minute goal from Onome Sodje denied United a winning start to their close season schedule, but McAllister admitted he had drawn encouragement from the attitude of his squad on their return from a short summer break.

Leeds kicked off their opening friendly at KitKat Crescent yesterday evening less than two months after the club's defeat to Doncaster Rovers in last season's League One play-off final, but McAllister's players will fly out for their tour of Eire next week on the back of a lively stalemate against York.

A remarkable crowd of 4,405, which included 2,287 of United's supporters and forced a 15-minute delay to the scheduled kick-off time, watched Sodje cancel out a 25th-minute strike from Jermaine Beckford.

McAllister took the opportunity to field 23 different players during the clash with City, and United's boss, who recalled his squad for the start of pre-season training last Friday, said: "There were little glimpses of quality and some good performances but it was all about getting 45 minutes of match practice, and getting closer to match fitness.

"A few guys are blowing in (the dressing room), and they've worked really hard this week. It's been a good start for us, and a promising one.

"Our training's been very impressive so far, and I've been really pleased with the players' attitude.

"They've come back in good shape and with the right mentality, and it's good that they've got 45 minutes under their belt now.

"We scored a well-worked goal and (Beckford) was hungry for it. He looked quite threatening and we worked the ball well in the first half. At times we looked decent."

Beckford opened the scoring with a close-range volley after Andrew Hughes picked out the striker with a measured cross from the right wing and Leeds were dominating the contest until Sodje forced home a scrappy effort at the end of the first half.

McAllister fielded a completely new line-up at the start of the second period, handing debuts to new signings Andy Robinson and Enoch Showunmi, and United's boss is now preparing to name his squad for the club's three-match tour of Ireland which begins with a friendly against Galway United on Wednesday night.

Last night's fixture was United's first appearance since their loss to Doncaster at Wembley and McAllister said: "I don't think we'll be seeing any ill-effects from last season.

"There's a good atmosphere among the players, and that game is dead and buried. That's how you have to see it.

"We can look back with a bit or pride at the season as a whole, but we've got plenty to look forward to and plenty to concentrate on.

"We're looking forward to the trip to Ireland now, and we can get some proper work done there and really bond everyone together."

McAllister was given a minor scare last night when Bradley Johnson limped from the field at KitKat Crescent four minutes from time, but a minor hip injury is not expected to affect the midfielder's involvement in United's Irish tour.

McAllister said: "He got an awkward knock on his hip, but he'll be fine."

Meanwhile, Luton boss Mick Harford has committed his future to the League Two outfit despite the club being handed a 30-point penalty.

The Football League announced a 20-point deduction for applying to come out of administration in addition to an earlier 10-point penalty for breaching rules over payments to players' agents.

But the former Town player has vowed to stay despite being out of contract since May and facing the daunting penalty.

Harford has cited the honesty and vision of incoming owners LTFC 2020 as the main reason for staying at Kenilworth Road.

He said: "I have a great deal of experience in the game but never before have I been so encouraged and enthusiastic about working in such a strong management team.

"It won't be easy by any means (to stay in the League) but the team we're building will be strong in character and will rise to the challenge."
 

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^^ KitKat Crescent? Oh you have to be kidding? Wasn't it Bootham Crescent originally? That's truely the worse ground name I've ever heard.
 

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On Second Thoughts: Leeds United's 1991-92 title

Subsequent events have stripped the lustre from Howard Wilkinson's finest hour, but this was arguably the worthiest title victory for 30 years

In an essay in 1977, Stephen Heath, one of Britain's more important academic film critics, suggested that a movie could never be taken in the isolation of its viewing. "It has also to be seen that a film must never end, that it must exist – and even before it begins, before we enter the cinema – in a kind of englobingly extensive prolongation." He then talks of the epiphenomena that influence our perceptions, "from trailers to remakes, from weekly reviews to star magazines, from publicity stills to mementos". As the song tells us during the final scene of the Sopranos*, the movie never ends; it goes on and on and on and on.

The same idea surely applies to any creative pursuit, even football: our perception of a goal or a bad foul, for example, will be altered before we've seen them on Match of the Day by the descriptions on the radio or TV that afternoon. And if Leeds' title victory in 1991-92 was a film, it would be one that has aged very, very badly. So much has changed in the intervening 16 years that perceptions have been subtly, unconsciously altered after the event.

The main one, of course, is the introduction of the Premier League the following season. When compared to the glitz, glamour and Sky Sports News girls of the current product, the final days of poor old Division One feel almost embarrassingly prehistoric: a time of Elton Welsby and Saint & Greavsie; of bone-chilling, mind-numbing football; of awful pitches and an urgent need for grass in the sky. As the final winners of Division One, Leeds became a symbol of an age mercifully past.

Even more importantly, as the last English manager to win the league, Howard Wilkinson became the same. It is entirely conceivable that an English manager will not win the Premier League for another two or three decades and, in a culture where it barely requires eye contact to precipitate a serious attack of self-loathing, it makes sense that, given the incontrovertible advances the game has made since those days, we would almost want to wash our hands of such an incident.

There is also the fact that Leeds made such a remarkable mess of their title defence, failing to win a game away from home the following season and finishing only two points off relegation. They failed badly and humiliatingly in Europe, too, losing home and away to Rangers. Wilkinson's stock began to nosedive before he was sacked in the 1996. So did that of the club off the field. Wilkinson had done outstanding work in reducing the impact of the disgusting minority that had often damaged the reputation of the club, but after he went normal service was resumed. Leeds' fans became untrustworthy again and the perception of their principal characters returned to the days when the likes of Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner and Jack Charlton felt more like Gollums than players. In short, it became not only OK to hate Leeds again, but compulsory.

There is another reason why their triumph has posthumously been reduced and diminished. The fact that the team they beat to the title in 1991-92, Manchester United, went on to have such unprecedented success furthers the comfortable notion that Leeds did not win the league but that United either lost it or were robbed by a schedule that made them play four games in seven days.

United did stutter badly, losing three games in a row in the run-in. And Leeds' decisive 3-2 victory at Sheffield United contained so many utterly farcical goals that, had match-fixing been suspected in those days, the long arm of the law would have wanted a serious word with Dame Fortune. It was a fittingly slapstick end to a competition described in this paper by David Lacey as "the league title which nobody appeared to want".

Yet the fact is, somebody got it. Most things in sport leave scope for considerable argument, but winning a 38- or 42-game competition should be so undeniable that any argument should automatically be concluded by an imperious, David Brent-style "Next!" Even Alex Ferguson admitted that Leeds were worthy winners, both at the time and in his 1999 autobiography, when he wrote: "There were many reasons for our failure to ... win the First Division in 1992, and the most important of them was the excellent campaign waged by Howard Wilkinson's Leeds United, who persevered resolutely and held their nerve well on the run-in."

That they did, taking 13 points from the final five games to United's four. It is insultingly revisionist to suggest that this Leeds team was not without considerable merit. The most notable was the wonderful midfield of Gordon Strachan, Gary McAllister, David Batty and Gary Speed, who in those days was a marauding, intrepid left-winger rather than the grizzled cruncher we came to know. That midfield had pretty much everything: brain, brawn, youth, experience, wit, grit, class and brass.

The defence of Mel Sterland, Chris Fairclough, Chris Whyte and Tony Dorigo was greater than the sum of its parts, with Dorigo adding a sprinkling of quality. They had a very decent goalkeeper in John Lukic, who proved his worth especially with a wonderful double-save from Ian Rush and Michael Thomas at Anfield during a crucial 0-0 draw in the run-in.

Lee Chapman and Rod Wallace, battering ram and bumblebee, were a textbook little-and-large front pair. Wallace produced many cool, chipped finishes, while Chapman was a much better player than we remember: he scored 16 goals in 38 games, including goals away to the rest of the top four (Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal) and was included in the five English players of the year in the reputable European Football Yearbook (think Wisden's Five Cricketers, only these had to be English). When he scored in a live match at Arsenal in March, the ITV commentator Alan Parry described him as "the supreme goalscorer", high praise even allowing for Parry's penchant for getting slightly carried away.

Then there was Eric Cantona. His role in Leeds' triumph has been a little overstated: he started only six of his 15 games, and his three goals all came at home to sides in the bottom half of the table. But it was about more than bald statistics; as David Hopps observed in this rag, Cantona "had created a celebratory mood which contrasted with the debilitating nervousness at Old Trafford", best exemplified by his unforgettable goal against Chelsea in April.

Still, Cantona was not involved in Leeds' most fluent performances, which came well before squeaky-bum time. Two live Sunday-afternoon performances stand out. In November they routed Ron Atkinson's burgeoning Aston Villa side, who were a dangerously loose cannon, 4-1 at Villa Park. Then in January they produced one of the great forgotten performances: an awesome 6-1 win away to their rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who would finish third in the table and were still technically in the title race with two games to go.

The moment that best reflected their incessant intensity came when, with Leeds 2-0 up in the first half, Gordon Watson won a penalty with truly one of the most pathetic dives of all time. John Sheridan converted and, to use the words of Barry Davies after the famous Jeff Astle incident (right at the end of this video) in 1971, Leeds had every right to go mad. Instead they got even, restoring their two-goal lead with devastating efficiency. Lukic rolled the ball out to Dorigo, who swept the ball down the line to Speed, running diagonally away from goal. He crossed first time to the far post, where Chapman bulleted a flying header past Chris Woods.

That victory also came straight after they had been outclassed by Manchester United in a League Cup tie at Elland Road. Such bouncebackability was in evidence all season: Leeds scored 13 goals in the four matches immediately following league defeats. It was one of the many qualities we expect of champions. They were unbeatable at home, most admirably early in the season when they were 2-0 down to the champions Arsenal and rallied to draw 2-2, sealed by Gordon Strachan's Panenka penalty. They also spread the goals around as champions should, with 12 from the usual defence (although Sterland did take some penalties) and 19 from the regular midfield. Even Steve Hodge, a bit-part player, scored seven from 12 starts.

Nor can we say they were boring. Only Arsenal scored more goals, and Leeds bagged four or more away from home on four occasions to Manchester United's none. Alex Ferguson's side certainly played the classier football – and Leeds scored an amazing number of goals from set pieces – but these are red herrings. Very few English clubs could feel legitimately compromised by winning a title in a certain style; Leeds are not one of them. Anyway, they were hardly long-ball merchants. This was the acceptable and indeed admirable face of the direct football that predominated in those days, and the midfield could be utterly electrifying. They were intimidatingly physical – Strachan's passion often made him the most menacing of them all – but not gratuitously dirty.

Leeds, and their manager, were certainly of their time. But this is hardly a bad thing, and it would also be unfair to say that their minds were not open. Wilkinson always had a wit, warmth and, crucially, a modernity that contrasted with his public image. If he had made a signing any more leftfield than Cantona, Leeds would have had Saint or Greavsie up front. They might not have looked that out of place. Some of the Leeds squad players were undeniably limited – Tony Agana, Bobby Davison, Chris Kamara, Imre Varadi and Mike Whitlow all played in the league that season – and even Wilkinson said that, "not all of those players would have been seen as the best in the world but they were committed to excellence."

Such overachievement deserves to be hailed rather than belittled, yet Wilkinson is often damned for having such players in the first place. We forget why: only two years earlier Leeds had been in the second tier of English football, so Wilkinson had not had time to develop his squad for a crack at the title. They were miles ahead of schedule.

Blackburn are remembered as the overnight success of modern-day English football, but they won the title in their third year in the top flight, and on a greater budget. Leeds won the title in their second season after promotion. That is a remarkable achievement – arguably the worthiest title victory since Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest did it at the first attempt in 1977-78 – and entirely inconceivable in the current climate. When we consider the "englobingly extensive prolongation" of Leeds' title victory, we should not lose sight of that.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/jul/17/leedsunited?gusrc=rss&feed=football



A fair enough retrospective

Although we weren't "humiliated" in the European Cup. Rangers, effectively, were semi-finalists, in a season where Marseille, the eventual winners, were stripped of the trophy for some irregularity or other

Poor old Howard Wilkinson. His record was pretty remarkable. We won Div 2 in his first full season then our record in the top flight was 4th, 1st, 17th, 5th, 5th, 13th, then he got sacked and he never really bounced back in club football.

And if you look at 'O'Leary's babes', the 99/00 squad who qualified for the Champs League and had that quality UEFA run, most of them were from Wilko and Wilko's youth academy.
 

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From the club website:
GROWING SALES

Season Ticket sales for the 2008/09 campaign have surpassed that for the 2007/08 season.

The club had around 10,900 Season Ticket holders last term, but that figure was passed earlier this week and the club is on course to pass the 11,000 barrier.

United boss Gary McAllister is delighted with the show of support and is hoping to see another season of record-breaking attendances in League One.

"It's terrific," said the boss. "I've spoken about our support many times and what it means to everyone.

"We want to reward them this year. We want to start well and encourage more and more fans to come to Elland Road.

"I've said before we can't just rely on the fans we have to give them something back and something to feed off, but there's nothing quite like playing here in front of 30,000 plus fans every week.

"I don't think another club would get that type of support in this league."
 

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United boss Gary McAllister is delighted with the show of support and is hoping to see another season of record-breaking attendances in League One.

"I don't think another club would get that type of support in this league."
1. No chance

2. Man City did and I bet Leicester will get more than us this season if they have a good one.

Of course, neither of those clubs are stupid enough to try charge £470 for a 3rd division season ticket
 

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thanks for the Guardian article TonyYeboah - I remember standing on the wall outside the now Sports Cafe on the Headrow and seeing the team outside the Art Gallery after the parade. Happy times. Can't forget Wallace's length of pitch run and chip over Thorsved against Spurs in c.1994, and then Yeboah's glory strikes against Liverpool and Wimbledon. Yee gods, talk about the olden days.
 

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Get this god awful thread off Skyscrapercity! What on earth does this have to do with the built environment?!! If you want to chat football then go to a football forum! :wink2:

ps I hope Leeds stay down. The mighty Bantams will be marching onwards and upwards and shall destroy all in their path! Very soon McCall's masterplan will come to fruition and we will surpass all our West Yorkshire (and Yorkshire) minnows. Soon we will reign supreme!! :crazy2:
 

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talk about the olden days.
I was about 11 when Leeds won the title. I thought it was going to be that good forever. How naive. The little red devil popped up and the rest is history. This was compounded by the fact i had a Man Utd supporting 'frenemy'. It's true, Manchester United ruined my life. :eek:hno:
 
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