Saturday, April 30, 2005


Johnson ... to rot in the reserves? Posted by Hello
BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leeds United | Bates warns Johnson over future

Bates warns Johnson over future
Leeds chairman Ken Bates has warned Seth Johnson he will rot in the reserves next season if he does not leave the club this summer.
Bates feels the 26-year-old's £35,000 per week wages are a huge drain on the club's resources.
"He can play for Leeds next season - as captain of the reserves," Bates said.
"And if he's injured for a reserve fixture he will be made to turn up and sit in the stand offering moral support and being a second-team talisman."
Johnson has made just 59 appearances for Leeds since joining for £7m from Derby in 2001.
Bates added: "He's cost us £230,000 a game. Both himself and Derby must have been laughing their socks off at that deal.
"It's not good enough. What sort of value is that for this club and its fans?
"For the supporters it's been now you see him, now you don't - one of the truly great disappearing acts."

Monday, April 25, 2005


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Yorkshire Post Today: News, Sport, Jobs, Property, Cars, Entertainments & More:
We'll follow Sunderland up - Gray

Leeds United 1
Ipswich Town 1
MICHAEL GRAY is confident Leeds United will next season emulate his former club Sunderland and clinch a return to the Premiership.
Richard Sutcliffe
at Elland Road
The on-loan left-back spent 11 seasons with the Wearside club and was delighted to have played a minor role in Mick McCarthy's men sealing promotion, third-placed Ipswich now unable to catch the Black Cats after being held to a draw at Elland Road.
Gray, part of the Sunderland squad relegated from the top flight in 2003, sees many similarities between his former club and Leeds, whom he firmly believes will be celebrating their own return to the Premiership in 12 months' time.
The 30-year-old said: "Mick McCarthy had to rebuild the squad by scouring the divisions to bring in his own group of players. It has taken them two years to go back up and that is an example to us because I believe Leeds United will be in the Premiership come this time next season.
"The manager here is very ambitious, we have a great chairman and if we can bring in four or five players this summer we will have a fantastic chance of going up. We showed against Ipswich what a good side we are becoming.
"The manager will admit it wasn't our first XI but we matched the side who are in third place and if anyone was going to win, it was Leeds United."
Gray, who has tasted defeat just once in nine games for Leeds, is on loan until the end of the season and Kevin Blackwell is keen to make the deal permanent. However, any possible move is dependant on Blackburn agreeing to pay a large proportion of Gray's wages.
The defender is hoping a deal can be struck, even though it would mean stepping down a division.
He said: "If I can come back here next season, it will be a tremendous move for me but it is not in my hands. I have a year's contract left at Blackburn and if the two clubs can come to an agreement, it will be fantastic for me because I am really enjoying it here. Everything about this club is Premiership, apart, obviously, from where we are."
Mirroring Sunderland's achievement in winning promotion at the second attempt is key to United's future with the £6m per year parachute payment for relegated clubs ending after two seasons. To a club still heavily in debt and paying around £1.7m per year in rent alone, still being in the Championship come the start of the 2006-07 season would lead to a serious shortfall in revenue.
Blackwell's achievement in stabilising a club which was in such a perilous position that slipping out of the top two divisions for the first time in history was a distinct possibility cannot be overstated. In doing so, he has built a decent squad, the depth of which was severely tested against Ipswich with a host of first-choice players unavailable.
Despite that, Leeds more than matched the promotion-chasing visitors and were full value for a point. United's defence, a momentary lapse apart in the 12th minute when Shefki Kuqi was allowed to open the scoring with a scuffed shot, were superb with Gray a towering influence on the left.
Matthew Kilgallon, an undoubted talent who has lacked consistency since breaking into the first team, also impressed and if the York-born defender can maintain the form shown against Ipswich then he will have a bright future.
Leeds were level within 60 seconds of Kuqi's opener when Frazer Richardson's inviting cross was flicked into the net by Matthew Spring. After that, chances were few and far between in a game that lacked urgency, a major surprise considering Ipswich needed to win.
Blackwell's side wasted a golden chance in the second half when Rob Hulse failed to pull the ball back to an unmarked Jermaine Wright and, for the visitors, Darren Currie somehow side-footed wide from 10 yards out deep into stoppage time.
Those apart, however, neither side looked like breaking the deadlock and Blackwell was pleased with the efforts of his players.
He said: "I think some people thought we might have had our towels on the beach by now but this is Elland Road and I was not having anyone coming here to have a party."
richard.sutcliffe@ypn.co.uk
Leeds United: Sullivan; Kelly, Carlisle, Kilgallon, Gray; Spring, Gregan, Einarsson (Walton 67, Wright 69); Richardson (King 88), Hulse, Moore.
Ipswich Town: Price; Wilnis, De Vos, Naylor, Unsworth (Diallo 63); Miller, Horlock (Westlake 55), Magilton; Bent, Counago (Currie 70), Kuqi.
Referee: C Webster (Tyne & Wear).
Leeds man of the match: Gray.

Sunday, April 24, 2005


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Lennon ... the next export for a SELLING CLUB,
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Does the decision just make sound business sense? Posted by Hello
people.co.uk - FOOTBALL: SPURS SNAFFLE KID LENNON: "FOOTBALL: SPURS SNAFFLE KID LENNON Apr 24 2005


By Alan Nixon

TALENT-SPOTTING Spurs are ready to sign whiz-kid Aaron Lennon from Leeds United in a shock £1 million deal.
Lennon, 18 last weekend, will become the latest top prospect to go to White Hart Lane if terms are agreed in the next few days.
Ironically the Leeds lad made his debut at 16 and became the youngest Premiership player when he came on AGAINST Tottenham 20 months ago.
Lennon, who has been voted Leeds' Young Player of the Year by the fans, will be sold by the Yorkshire club who will use the cash to sign three or four new players for a promotion push next term.
There is a chance the aggressive young attacking midfielder will go to Tottenham and then be loaned back to Leeds for a year.
Nottingham Forest's Michael Dawson and Coventry's Calum Davenport are among the starlets who have been snapped up by Spurs in the last year."

Leeds United Football Club - Matchreport Leeds United vs Ipswich Town

Pre-Match

United boss Kevin Blackwell made four changes to the side that drew with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road last week, one of them enforced on him with Seth Johnson left out for contractual reasons to avoid paying Derby County £1/4m at this stage.

His absence gave Matthew Spring the chance to come in for a rare start, his first since Boxing Day and therefore his first of the year. Midfield saw most of the changes with Sean Gregan, at centre-half for the QPR game, returning in the place of the suspended Shaun Derry. Gregan's change of position saw Matthew Kilgallon return to the defence.

Aaron Lennon, crowned Young Player of the Season earlier this week, made way for Frazer Richardson to get a start on the right hand side of that three man forward line. Ian Moore returned on the left hand side of that attack with Marlon King dropping out.

David Healy was still missing with an ankle ligament injury.

The Match

The visitors need for the three points in this game was much greater than United's but it didn't appear that way despite Ipswich taking an early lead.

With ten minutes on the clock Jim Magilton played a through ball to Shefki Kuqi and the Finnish striker managed to turn Gary Kelly and his shot may have gained a strong deflection off the Leeds defender which helped deceive Neil Sullivan as the ball found its way to goal.

The visiting supporters were in raptures as the win would put them back into the automatic promotion places but the smile was soon wiped from their faces when United equalised straight from the restart.

It was Matthew Spring on his first appearance of the new year who rose highest and got a great header on the end of Frazer Richardson's right wing cross to power the ball past Lewis Price in the Ipswich goal.

Spring had only come into contention for a start in this game due to the contractual circumstances which ruled Seth Johnson out but already he had justified his inclusion.

The goal gave Spring some bounce in his step and the rest of the team too were lively, much as they had been in a narrow 1-0 defeat at Portman Road earlier this season.

Frazer Richardson was seeing plenty of the ball on the right hand side and Einarsson and Spring were able to get forward into the box but the chances just weren't falling to them.

Ipswich gave Neil Sullivan another scare just before the half hour mark when Kevin Horlock hit a left foot volley that just went over the bar.

Horlock then unlocked the Leeds defence with a great long pass to Kuqi inside the penalty area but the striker could not control the ball and it rolled harmlessly into touch. A minute later Horlock came off badly when Matthew Spring went in with a crunching - but fair - tackle on him.

At half time there was nothing to choose from between the teams, a sign perhaps that Blackwell's Leeds can challenge the top sides next season, or had Ipswich already resigned themselves to the play-offs?

Leeds began to turn up the pressure on Ipswich after the first ten minutes of the second half.

Ian Moore cut the ball across the box and it came back off the post where it was cleared to safety and then Darren Bent became the first man to be booked for a tackle from behind on Michael Gray.

Kuqi threatened to undo Leeds with a breakaway goal when he was allowed to make 50 yards on his run upfield but Gray used his experience to block out the shot and then when the ball broke favorably for Bent on the right hand side of the penalty area, he drilled it wide across the face of goal.

A fumble at the back from the Ipswich defence allowed Rob Hulse to get goalside with the ball at his feet but pushed out wide and some 20-yards out from goal, he didn't quite get the right angle on his shot and Ipswich survived.

Gylfi Einarsson's afternoon came to an end after 67 minutes when he went down injured for the second time, Simon Walton came on in his place.

Things looked bad for the substitute though after barely a minute on the pitch when it became apparent Walton had torn his hamstring and was forced to leave the pitch! That meant Jermaine Wright came on against his former club.


Ipswich used all their subs up when Darren Currie came on with 20 minutes left to play, Ian Westlake and Drissa Diallo having already come on for the Tractor Boys.

Rob Hulse had the ball in the back of the net on 72 minutes but he was clearly offside when he collected the ball and the goal was ruled out.

Currie looked odds on to score with 15 minutes left as he collected a pass from Bent inside the area but Matthew Kilgallon got back and put in a saving tackle to save Sullivan from having to attempt the save.

Matthew Spring scored a free-kick from 25-yards in pre-season against Valencia but he couldn't repeat the feat in open play from the same spot as his shot was gathered up by the keeper.

Rob Hulse had been beaten into second place by David Healy's goal against Plymouth for goal of the season earlier in the week but he nearly forced a recount when he turned on the edge of the area and smacked a great shot towards goal - the ball just going the wrong side of the post.

With just two minutes left of normal time Marlon King came on for Frazer Richardson as Blackwell made his final substitution.

Right on the stroke of the end of normal time, Kuqi could have won the game for the visitors but he volleyed a cross narrowly wide. It would have given their promotion chances a real boost, instead the play-offs beckon and Ipswich have bad memories of them.

If Kuqi's miss was unfortunate then Currie's in the third minute of extra time was criminal. Darren Bent played the perfect ball into the area for him and the unfortunate substitute sidefooted the ball wide of the target.

A point for both sides at full time, promising signs for Leeds but bitter disappointment for Ipswich who missed the chance to climb to second.

LeedsUtdMAD - the definitive Leeds United website. Independent news and stats from footymad.net: "Derby Unhappy Over Seth Decision

Story by Kevin Markey23 April 2005


DERBY have complained to the Football League over Leeds' decision not to play Seth Johnson.


If the 26-year-old midfielder makes one more appearance for United they will have to pay Derby the latest instalment of the transfer fee (�250k) agreed between the clubs in October 2001.

Leeds will not select Johnson in their final three Championship fixtures of the season as they are concerned about his injury record and are believed to be assessing the player's long-term future at Elland Road.

Derby are not willing to accept the situation and they have made strong representation to the League asking if Leeds are contravening Rule 21.1 that says a club must field its strongest available team.

The rule states: 'Each club shall play its full strength in all matches played under the auspices of the League unless some satisfactory reason is given. In the event of the explanation not being deemed satisfactory, the Board shall refer the matter to the Football Disciplinary Commission, which has the power to impose such penalties as it sees fit.'

Derby feel that if Johnson is in Leeds' strongest team, then leaving him out to avoid such a payment is not a valid reason."

Saturday, April 23, 2005


Are things really that tight?
OR
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Leeds United Football Club - Statement On Seth Johnson: "Statement On Seth Johnson

United will not be selecting Seth Johnson for any further fixtures this season as the club will be liable to make an additional payment of �250,000 to Derby County when he next plays.
The club want to be satisfied that Seth Johnson has a significant contribution to make for the club in the future after his injuries before committing to this payment to Derby County and subsequent payments based on appearances."


He's our man Posted by Hello
Leeds United Football Club - Sullivan Scoops The Double!

Neil Sullivan took the honours at the 2004/5 Player of The Year Awards after a superb first season for the 35-year-old.
The Scottish international scooped the main award as he was named Player Of the Year, as voted for by supporters, and the Players' Player of the Year Award, in which he was the unanimous choice of his colleagues.
Sullivan arrived on a free transfer from Chelsea late last summer after agreeing to take a massive pay-cut to get regular first team football again and his form this season has been outstanding, with no less than four penalty saves.
Sullivan was honoured to receive both awards.
"I've enjoyed every single game of the season," said Neil.
"To be player of the year at a club like Leeds is just fantastic and to be the player choice as well is just as good because they are a great bunch of lads.
"It's tremendous to win both of them because they mean a lot to me."
Sullivan revealed he has no regrets at all about swapping the Premiership for the Championship with United.
"I wasn't playing for two years and when Leeds came along I jumped at it. It was no risk, it's just an honour to come and play for a club like this.
"I wasn't having the best of times and I wasn't going to get another game for Chelsea so if you are going to go down a division you go to the biggest and Leeds was no doubt the biggest.
"When I first came here Martin Hodge (goalkeeping coach) got hold of me and ironed out a few bad habits I had developed and he's been great because he made it easy for me. When you come to work and enjoy yourself you know you're doing ok.
"We will keep working hard, I am sure there are a few things we can still work on and hopefully we'll be able to get ourselves up next season."
Skipper Paul Butler paid tribute to Sullivan saying: "It's a team game but Neil has been outstanding all season. Time after time he has rescued us and his saves at vital times in games have undoubtedly spurred the lads on.
"As a defender you need to have confidence in the man behind you and we have plenty of it in Neil. It is a richly deserved award."
Winger Aaron Lennon was voted for by supporters as the Young player of the Year following his achievements after becoming a first team regular, just edging out Simon Walton for the award.
Striker David Healy picked up the Goal of The Season award for his strike against Plymouth Argyle at Elland Road on December 28th 1994.
Lucas Radebe was presented with the Best Contribution to the Community award and the Lifetime Achievement award.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Bobby Collins ... experiencing the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Posted by Hello
40 YEARS AGO TODAY

The Times Monday 19/4/65
Collins elected

R Collins, the Scottish international inside-forward who has led Leeds United to the brink of the Cup and League double, has been voted Footballer of the Year. He received almost 50 per cent of the total votes case in the annual poll by members of the Football Writers’ Association.

One sharp, snap goal sees Manchester home
League race more than ever on knife edge

Leeds United 0 Manchester United 1
Manchester United shot an arrow into the turbulent air at Elland Road on Saturday and pierced Leeds United in the heart. For the first time this season – and at the fourth time of asking – they struck the Yorkshiremen at their most sensitive spot and at the most sensitive moment.

This was Leeds’ first loss in 25 matches and it has left the League championship title more than ever on a knife-edge. Having seen their previous defeat at West Ham on November 21, viewed much of the colourful spectrum in the intervening five months and now witnessed this, there is a sense of having sat at each end of a rainbow. But who will find the pot of gold at the last?

Four contests between Leeds and Manchester this season have clearly underlined how little there is between the pair. In terms of Yorkshire, the cores have been 1-0, 0-0, 1-0 and now 0-1. They have scarcely brought the best out of each other on any occasion – apart from a dazzling quarter of an hour by Law in the FA Cup semi final replay at Nottingham which was wasted by his colleagues and cost Manchester their fifth visit to Wembley since the war.

The truth is their respective styles, chafed by intense rivalry, have scarcely blended. Nor have the elements been kind to either. At Old Trafford last December fog interrupted the game for some quarter of an hour; at Hillsborough, in their first Cup tie confrontation, wind, mud and ill temper scarred the occasion; now, on Saturday, a howling gale let itself loose almost to become a demon of destruction as the hats and streamers of an all ticket 52,000 crowd flew away like kites, as the hair stood on end – literally and figuratively – and as the ball swirled about in grotesque fashion.

In the conditions and in an atmosphere as taut as a drum – with so much at stake – the wonder of it was that we had any sort of match at all. Thus, it was the outcome rather than how it was achieved that mattered most. In the event it was a cleanly organised move by Manchester, completed with a sharp snap goal by Connelly after 14 minutes, that settled the blistering affair early on.

In that searing moment unhappy Leeds and howling Boreas were tamed on a sunny afternoon. And having laid the foundations of victory, it was the Manchester defence as a whole – in which Stiles, Foulkes and A Dunne provided a solid core – that kept the victory won.

Bearing everything in mind it was a well-taken decisive breakthrough that brought Manchester a victory they just about deserved. Best, whose sensitive qualities do not always shine when the going is difficult, for once made room for manoeuvre down the left.

It was a subtle swerve that took the ball back to his right foot; over came the centre and up went J Charlton’s dominating head to clear the Leeds lines. But at once A Dunne swung the ball back again and there was Law, stabbing a volleyed pass sideways and inwards, turning joyfully to see Connelly, in the centre-forward position, send home a left foot arrow swift and low beyond Sprake.

Were we but to know it the one positive moment had come and gone, though there were narrow squeaks to come later at both ends. And when Manchester turned round to face the gale at half time with only that slender lead in their pockets the general feeling was that they did not have enough in the bank.

But with Foulkes curbing Peacock down the middle professionally and calmly, Stiles, a little terrier, snapping up everything loose in the rear, A Dunne and the rest holding the fort manfully, Leeds in the end found themselves baffled at every turn. The gale, in fact, for them, finally became as much a foe as a friend while passes ran away from their reach.

Collins, in particular, Leeds’ pocket general, could seldom find his typical long-range game accurately as the ball was bent from its intended line. And strongly as Greenhoff played before the interval there was no Bremner at wing-half to ring incision, drive and the priceless midfield understanding with his midget captain.

Even the desperate last throws of switching Bell from full-back with Cooper, and sending up the towering J Charlton to rescue something with his head, as he has so often done this season, fell on stony ground. Manchester held their line firmly in spite of one narrow squeak at the half hour when Peacock shot inches wide after little Collins had wriggled like an eel brilliantly past three tackles to lay on the opening; later, too, when Giles flashed just wide, again from a close flick from Collins.

If Stiles and Foulkes especially earned medals at Manchester’s rear, the real hero of all was R Charlton. He was the piston, covering midfield, hunting, tackling back, spraying his passes under the storm or cutting free with some fine dribbles, his thin hair streaming in the wind.

Leeds United: Sprake, Reaney, Bell, Greenhoff, J Charlton, Hunter, Giles, Weston, Peacock, Collins, Cooper
Manchester United: P Dunne, Brennan, A Dunne, Crerand, Foulkes, Stiles, Connelly, R Charlton, Herd, Law, Best
Referee: K Stokes (Newark)

Sunday, April 17, 2005


Blackwell ... lucky as ever Posted by Hello
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DERRY RED CARD COSTS LEEDS
Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell rued the sending-off of Shaun Derry after his side were denied a victory at QPR by Kevin Gallen's late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.

United were leading through Seth Johnson's first half drive when Derry was given his marching orders with 20 minutes remaining after appearing to lash out at Gallen.

But Blackwell insisted the midfielder did nothing wrong.

QPR themselves ended the match with 10 men after Adam Miller was dismissed for a second bookable offence in injury time.

"The decision to send Derry off changed the game" said Blackwell.

"We put the ball out so one of their players could get treatment and then it all kicked off. I don't know what the QPR players were complaining about."

Leeds went in front in the 24th minute when Dan Shittu cleared Gary Kelly's corner as far as Johnson, who fired past goalkeeper Chris Day from just outside the penalty area.

Worse followed for Rangers 10 minutes later when they lost top-scorer Paul Furlong to what seemed a reoccurrence of hamstring problem.

Rangers struggled to create opportunities but Derry's exit threw them a lifeline and Leeds were given a scare when Shittu headed Miller's corner over.

And the home side levelled when teenager substitute Shabazz Baidoo's pass teed up Gallen who smashed home at the second attempt after his first effort was saved by Neil Sullivan.

Gallen almost netted a last-minute winner but Sullivan brilliantly tipped his shot onto the post.

"That was a world class save and typified Neil's performances for us," Blackwell added.

"He is an example to all young keepers. He had little to do but then had the concentration to pull off a point-earning save."

QPR manager Ian Holloway felt his team should have had a penalty when Marc Bircham went down under Kelly's first half challenge.

Holloway said: "Bircham swears he was brought down and it looked that way.

"I'd have been devastated if we had lost that game. I can't thank my players enough for the attitude they have shown and we deserved to get something.

Holloway praise Baidoo and midfielder Stefan Bailey, who made his first start.

"Shabazz would chase paper bags in the park - all of them at the same time," Holloway said. "He was involved in the goal and I'm delighted for him.

"Stefan was physically and mentally up for it. He's only 17 and has stuck his flag in the ground and said 'look at me"'.


Gallen and Derry ... a clash led to the Leeds man's expulsion Posted by Hello
Leeds United Football Club - Matchreport Queens Park Rangers vs Leeds United

QPR 1 Leeds 1
Kick Off delayed until 3.15pm

Team News
United boss Kevin Blackwell was forced into making one change to the side that won away at Watford last week, and made a further change in defence as he carried through with his promise to experiment.
David Healy suffered ankle ligament damage at Vicarage Road and could have played his last game this season, with Blackwell unwilling to risk him.
On loan striker Marlon King was the man who came in for the Northern Ireland striker, whilst Ian Moore was also missing as his wife was expected to go into labour during the weekend.
The surprise was that Matthew Kilgallon was dropped from centre-half and Sean Gregan played at centre-half in his place. Gregan's midfield position was taken by Gylfi Einarsson.

The Match
Just about every week of the season a Leeds player has come up against one of his former teams, this time it was Clarke Carlisle's turn.
The defender was keen to do well on his old stomping ground but his first real involvement in the game saw him concede a free-kick right on the left hand edge of the penalty area after a tussle with veteran forward Paul Furlong. Leeds turned the free-kick away for the first corner of the game and eventually the home side lost possession.
There was a real let off for United on 13 minutes when the home side had what on face value appeared to be a good claim for a penalty.
Rangers talented midfielder Marc Bircham strode into the penalty box where his run was halted by a sliding tackle from Kelly that appeared to catch more of the man than ball. Referee Roger Olivier was quick though to wave the claims away.
Leeds though weathered the storm and stunned Loftus Road silence when after 23 minutes they took the lead.
Gary Kelly delivered a corner from the left deep into the box where it was headed away by Rangers but only as far as Seth Johnson on the edge of the area. The midfielder volleyed it back in and it bounced twice before finding its way into the corner of the net.
It was Johnson's first goal for United since October 2003 when he grabbed a double against Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road.
Rangers' Stafan Bailey was the first player booked for a late challenge on Gylfi Einarsson after half an hour. The home side suffered a blow when injury forced Paul Furlong off and Jamie Cureton came on.
The Whites lead had not been threatened too much by the home side but there were nervous moments when Cureton headed a cross back across the face of goal and Carlisle just managed to head it behind from almost under his own cross bar. Carlisle couldn't let the ball fall to any goalmouth poachers whilst he also had to be wary of scoring an unwanted own goal on his Loftus Road return.
There were no changes at half-time for either side and it was QPR who threatened first through captain Kevin Gallen as he flashed a ball across the face of goal that went too close for comfort but in the end sailed harmlessly out of play.
United's first opportunity came from a Johnson free-kick that Einarsson flicked over the crossbar with his header, the ball not quite at the right height for the Icelandic international to meet properly.
Carlisle did little to increase his popularity at Loftus Road when he was on the receiving end of a kick from Adam Miller that saw the Rangers man get booked. There was only one sinner in the eyes of the crowd.
Just before the hour mark came a moment when Carlisle escaped another potential own goal. The defender did well to cut out a ball into a crowded penalty area but in doing so unleashed a fierce drive that cleared the crossbar by a matter of inches. It would have been a moment the defender would never live down.
The home side weren't creating too many clear cut chances as they attempted to get back into the game but Miller will have hoped to have done better after he got a flick of the head onto Lee Cook's cross, the ball just sailing out of play at the far post.
Just as all appeared to be going well for Leeds, a contentious sending off decision was headed their way.
Shaun Derry and R's skipper Kevin Gallen had been having words throughout the game and when the latter made his annoyances known once more to Derry, the Leeds midfielder gave him a cheeky, but gentle push in the face but nothing intended to cause any harm.
It didn't spare Derry though as he was shown the red card for one of the silliest dismissals all season. A three match ban for 'violent conduct' now looms for Derry and that means his season is over.
Leeds were left to fight out the remaining 20 minutes with ten men and Rangers came close when Danny Shittu headed over from a Miller corner 12 yards out.
QPR were piling on the corners but Leeds looked comfortable each time, Carlisle and Gregan in particular able to deal with most of the high balls into the area.
United's resistance was broken with five minutes left of normal time. It was made and scored by Kevin Gallen after his direct run on goal. His first shot was brilliantly saved by Sullivan but there was nothing he could do when the ball went back to the striker and was rifled into the far corner.
It was harsh on Leeds who had looked set to record back to back wins on the road.
The goal gave the home side a massive lift and they finished the strongest, Gallen saw his free-kick well held by Sullivan and then the United No.1 pushed a close range shot onto the post and United just managed to get it clear.
Both teams were reduced to ten men in injury time when Adam Miller was sent off for a second bookable offence after clipping Rob Hulse's heels as he attempted to get clear of the defence.

Friday, April 15, 2005


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United boss eyes long-term Gray deal
By PAUL DEWS

LEEDS UNITED manager Kevin Blackwell today confirmed his interest in securing the services of Micky Gray on a permanent basis.
The Blackburn defender has just three games remaining as a Leeds player after tomorrow's trip to QPR, but Blackwell admits he is keen to keep the former Sunderland star for the longer term.
Blackwell said: "We'll be having a chat with Micky over the next few weeks.
"He knows we'd like to take him but we'll have to talk to him and Blackburn to see if we can come to any arrangement.
"This club is being run prudently now and we would have to come to an agreement with both Micky and Blackburn over wages.
"Any deal would have to be within our wage structure."
Gray, who returned to the United starting line-up at Watford last weekend, admits he is in limbo but says he would take the chance to extend his stay at Elland Road if a deal can be agreed.
"If the clubs can sort something out I'd love to stay," said the defender.
"I've spoken to a lot of Leeds fans and a lot of friends keep asking what I'm doing next season, but all I can say is that at the moment I'm still a Blackburn player and I'm contracted to them.
"Whether that's still the case next season I don't know because the summer is a long time.
"Leeds is a massive club, I've fitted in well with the players, the fans are brilliant, and I'm playing football under a manager who I really respect.
Negotiations
"If I can come here then it will be tremendous, but if not I will go back to Blackburn. I have a year left there and I'm a professional footballer so I'll give it my best shot."
Gray admits that hard negotiations will have to take place between Leeds and Blackburn if Blackwell is to agree a deal to keep him at Elland Road.
"The situation is that the clubs would have to sort something out," said Gray.
"If something happens it'll be great, if it doesn't happen I'll be a bit disappointed.
"Football shouldn't be about finances, it should be about football, and that's why I'm here. I just want to play for Leeds United. I've always played in the first team during my career – I'm up around 500 games and you don't get to that if you are sat in the stands, which I did at Blackburn.
"It's not a nice feeling when you are not involved, so when Leeds came in and gave me the chance to play I jumped at it.
"Ever since I walked through the door, when I came here, I haven't looked back."

Monday, April 11, 2005

100 YEARS AGO TODAY

Yorkshire Post – Tuesday, 11 April 1905
Leeds City FC

At a meeting of the directors of the Leeds City Association FC (Ltd), held at the Griffin Hotel, Leeds, last night, Mr N R Hepworth was elected chairman of the board, and Mr A W Pullin deputy chairman. Mr F Jarvis was elected hon. secretary, and Mr J Furness hon. treasurer. Finance and Management Committees were also appointed. The two vacancies on the directorate were filled by the co-option of Mr J Olliver and Mr R M Dow.

Sunday, April 10, 2005


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Hornets stung by Leeds
by Alex Livie - created on 9 Apr 2005

Leeds United heaped more misery on Watford with a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets are in real trouble just above the relegation spots and they succumbed to a second-half goal from Clarke Carlisle.
Watford started well and Heidar Helguson was stunned to see Neil Sullivan make a fine save to deny the home side the head.
Leeds rode their luck and took the lead on 28 minutes when Rob Hulse stole in front of his marker to head home from Gary Kelly's cross.
Watford rallied and Sullivan made a fine save from a Chris Eagles shot, but the keeper could do nothing to deny Helguson who pounced to level the scores with a fine header on 41 minutes.
Watford saw Jay DeMerit sent off just into the second half and they were made to pay the price when Carlisle headed home a Matthew Kilgallon cross on 67 minutes.
The home side could have snatched a point, but Helguson saw Sullivan make a fine save and Ashley Young hit the woodwork as Leeds held on.

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EIGHT YEARS AGO TODAY...

leedsunited.com THURSDAY April 10 1997

Graham Off On His Travels Again
George Graham is again packing his suitcases and preparing to tour in search of potential new players to add to his ever-increasing squad. The United Manager said;
"My objective over the next two years is to turn Leeds United into one of the top five or six clubs in the country and I need to sign some quality players if that goal is to be achieved. I am stil after quite a few players because the squad I have at Leeds at the moment is weak in numbers."
"We have maybe five or six clubs in this country who you could say were big clubs and then there are the rest - and at present we are among the rest. My job is to change all that. Only when people think you have a realistic chance of winning the Championship can you regard yourself as being in the top half dozen clubs in the country."
"I only want top quality players, but in addition to ability they must have the desire to play for the club and to succeed. It's a combination, I have to admit, that is difficult to achieve. You can judge skill but you can only figure out desire when you see someone play." "I have never done as much travelling in my life as I have done over the past six months. I have seen a lot of games and I have watched numerous videos of players, trying to decide if it was all worthwhile going abroad to see them. Now, I am off on my travels again and I have plans to watch a couple of games this weekend."

Saturday, April 09, 2005


Is this the bravest man ever to play football in Leeds? Posted by Hello
Read the story from the Mighty Leeds website of an extraordinarily courageous man - David 'Soldier' Wilson
The Definitive History of Leeds United - Matches - 27 October 1906 - Leeds City 0 Burnley 1

The ORANGEST man in all the world Posted by Hello
Remember all those Soccer Star cards from the 60's and 70's - well here they are in their original glory...

Nigel's WebSpace - English Football Cards - FKS Publishers

Friday, April 08, 2005

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leeds United | Blackwell warning for Leeds squad

Blackwell warning for Leeds squad
Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell has warned his Elland Road squad that they are playing for their futures during the rest of the season.
Blackwell is already preparing for next season and a hopeful promotion push.
"I want to end the season with 17 to 18 players who I think are going to be valuable for Leeds United next season," Blackwell said.
"These last few games will determine the players I want out and who will not be at this club any more."
Leeds were relegated from the Premiership last term and are currently 12th after a season of upheaval which striker David Healy believes has contributed to their stuttering campaign.
"We have good players but we are still trying to gel as a team," Healy said.
"I am not putting it all down to new signings and comings and goings, but it is hard when the gaffer is trying to pick his best 11.
"The gaffer is going to be looking to strengthen in different positions in the summer, but there are good enough players already here to be playing at this level."
He added: "Hopefully we will come back from the summer refreshed and ready to have a charge at promotion."

Thursday, April 07, 2005


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Leeds United Football Club - Matchreport Leeds United vs Sheffield United

Leeds 0 Sheffield United 4
Losing a derby is never easy, but when you get thrashed by one of your most bitter rivals then it's even harder to take. For the fourth straight time Sheffield United got one over Leeds and made a huge dent in West Yorkshire pride...

Wednesday, April 06, 2005


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FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY...

The Times Tuesday 6 April 1965
Replacements refreshing to Leeds
Leeds United 3 Stoke City 1
Leeds United gave further convincing proof that their chance of joining the select few to have achieved the League and Cup double is a real one. This win puts them back on top of the First Division and the fact that they are already at employ did not consciously affect their play.

Leeds, in the first half particularly, were barely recognisable as the tired looking side who had struggled to beat West Ham 48 hours earlier. They were without Hunter, feeling the effects of a knock in that game, and they rested Storrie and Cooper, but their replacements brought a refreshing lease of life to the Leeds play which was full of exciting, attacking moves.

Weston has not had the best of luck this season, being out of action for a long period with a stomach injury and not being able to command a regular place when fit again because of the consistency of Storrie. In this occasion, everything came off for him and he allied deadly shooting power to his undoubted speed off the mark. If only he could retain this consistency he would be assured of a permanent place.

Another talented Leeds reserve, Greenhoff, also filled the bill admirably. Some of his delicately placed passes show him to be a young man with the right approach and his youth and speed enable him to cover a lot of the no man's land territory.

The irrepressible Collins, however, was behind the first two goals. In the eleventh minute he floated the ball through the middle and Weston, showing a fines sense of anticipation, raced through and crashed the ball past Leslie. After 24 minutes Bremner was unceremoniously crashed to the ground. Collins took the free kick and chipped the ball towards the right hand post. Weston again dashed through and shot in.

A minute later it was 3-0. Greenhoff, having had one shot pushed out, would not be denied and scored off the rebound from 15 yards. It was too much for Stoke, who looked slow on the turn. McIlroy and Vernon, bringing all their experience to bear at times, strove to get Stoke on the move.

To end a disastrous half for them Steers, their captain, was carried off with a knee injury and although he limped back with his right knee heavily bandaged, it was at centre-forward that he finished the game.

Not surprisingly Leeds, with a comfortable lead, relaxed, and apart from the odd burst by Weston, they never looked as menacing as in the opening half hour. Stoke's collection of highly priced individuals were disjointed and Setters showed them how it should be done by swinging his left leg to connect with a pass from Burrows four minutes from the end.

Leeds United: Sprake, Reaney, Bell, Bremner, Charlton, Greenhoff, Johnson, Weston, Peacock, Collins, Giles
Stoke City: Leslie, Asprey, Allen, Skeels, Kinnell, Setters, Palmer, McIlroy, Ritchie, Vernon, Burrows
Referee: F M Nicholson (Manchester)

Sunday, April 03, 2005


Shaun Derry sorts out Paul Ince Posted by Hello
people.co.uk - FOOTBALL: LIGHTWEIGHTS LACK FIGHT IN PLAY-OFF PUSH

Leeds 1 Wolves 1
Andrew Collomosse

LEEDS boss Kevin Blackwell predicted in advance that this would by a final eliminator for both sides' play-off hopes.
So a draw in this winner-takes-all contest was no use to either side and it's hard to see them punching their weight if they scramble into the knockout cauldron next month.
In fact for 40 minutes this was a non-event between two lightweight outfits woefully short of a knockout punch...

Saturday, April 02, 2005


Derry celebrates his equaliser with Pugh and Walton Posted by Hello
Leeds United Football Club - Matchreport Leeds United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leeds 1 Wolves 1
Pre-Match
United boss Kevin Blackwell has made four changes to the side that drew with Nottingham Forest almost three weeks previously.
The break from fixtures has not been kind to Leeds with a bout of tonsillitis raging through the camp, accounting for Gary Kelly today, and international fixtures calling David Healy and Gylfi Einarsson away from the camp.
Kelly was replaced at right back by Simon Walton, the first time the youngster has played there, although he started his career as a centre-half. Also at the back, Danny Pugh
Ian Moore made his debut and Marlon King also came in for his full debut, whilst in midfield Seth Johnson made his first start of the season following his cruciate ligament problems. Sean Derry also made his return from a knee operation to add much needed bite to midfield.
Upfront Rob Hulse came through a fitness test to start and he was expected to be joined by Aaron Lennon upfront, with Blackwell opting to use Moore and King on the flanks.
The Match
Leeds skipper Paul Butler arrived from Wolverhampton on a free transfer in the summer after they refused to offer him the length of contract he felt would offer him security.
Nine months on, and a strong contender for United's player of the season, it's clear he has nothing to prove to his former employers but he was the first to try and punish them. The skipper met Seth Johnson's early corner and just couldn't keep his header on target.
Wolves first effort came after six minutes with Kenny Miller trying his luck with a shot from the byline that went straight into Neil Sullivan's hands, and a minute later he volleyed one wide from the edge of the box.
Leeds were handed a chance by Wolves when keeper Michael Oakes came rushing out to clear the ball away from Rob Hulse and sent it straight to Marlon King on the half-way line. King volleyed it back towards goal but wasn't accurate enough to leave the keeper red faced as the ball just sailed over the top with Oakes back-peddling furiously.
In a half with few chances for either side, there was at least the odd moment for Aaron Lennon to cheer about. The teenager, playing upfront alongside Hulse, showed a glimpse of the problems he can cause defences when he collected a flick from Walton and set off at electrifying pace into the box.
Against other teams he might have drawn the penalty but Wolves are far too experienced to be drawn into that trap and eventually it was his cross that caused all the problems, the visitors scrambling the ball away by the skin of their teeth with Hulse and Moore putting on the pressure.
With five minutes to go to half time disaster struck and Leeds found themselves chasing the game a goal down.
Simon Walton had been forced to concede a corner to prevent Carl Cort from scoring at the back post but it was only a temporary reprieve. Naylor swung in the corner and Cort met it well in between a sea of bodies and the ball appeared to creep between Sullivan's legs and into the back of the net.
Straight from the restart United screamed for a penalty when Lennon appeared to go under when challenged by Lescott whilst chasing for a ball in the area, but the referee waived away the appeals.
Rob Hulse had been quiet up to the Wolves goal but came into life as he attempted to single-handedly give Leeds a way back in. First he fired over with a great drive and was then presented with an even better chance when Ian Moore played a ball forward for him to hit and he came within a foot of equalising with a low strike that the keeper would have been hard pushed to get to.
At half time though Leeds were a goal down and needing to find something different if they were to drag themselves back into the game.
There were no changes at half-time and within five minutes Leeds managed find the equaliser they tried so hard for at the end of the first half.
It came about after Lennon was fouled to the left of the Wolves area to win a free-kick and, after Rob Edwards was booked for dissent, the referee took the free-kick ten yards forward.
Shaun Derry and Seth Johnson stood over the ball to strike it and it was the former who eventually hit the shot, curling it over the head of Oakes and in.
The keeper looked dumbstruck and clearly could not have been ready for the free-kick, and for Derry, not known for his goalscoring exploits before his move to Elland Road, it gives him a record that now stands at one goal every two games, having only played four times so far for the Whites.
On 62 minutes United had another chance, this time created thanks to some good pressing but Lennon and King who chased a long ball out of defence by Butler. The Wolves defence couldn't control the ball and Lennon found himself with just the keeper to beat, although he had been forced out wide. He eventually managed to thread it through for King whose shot was pushed out by the keeper and cleared as far as Derry who couldn't repeat his heroics with a shot that sailed high and wide.
Kevin Blackwell made his first change with just over a quarter of an hour left and brought Gylfi Einarsson on in place of Seth Johnson, who had huffed and puffed his way around the pitch but been unable to have any great influence on proceedings.
A minute later Rob Hulse made his exit having gone down with cramp a few moments earlier. Hulse had been a major pre-match doubt too. It saw David Healy come on and he received a big round of applause when he made his entry to the field of play.
The first real chance either side had of taking the league again came when Kenny Miller hit a shot against the post for Wolves from 20-yards out. It was a major let-off for United and had the effect of spurring the visitors on. Leeds needed the same from their big names.
Wolves had a chance in injury time to steal all three points when Paul Ince won a free-kick just two yards outside the area and Naylor's shot was good with only an even better save from Sullivan prevented Glenn Hoddle's men from getting a last gasp winner.