Saturday, June 12, 2010

Yorkshire Evening Post 10/6/10
I have joined a huge club - Connolly
By Leon Wobschall
Paul Connolly insists he has left a big Championship club in Derby County for a monster one in Leeds United.
The Scouse right-back, has become Simon Grayson's third recruit of the close season after penning a three-year deal with the Whites after leaving Pride Park on a free transfer.
After much speculation, the 26-year-old former Plymouth Argyle defender put the finishing touches to his transfer yesterday and can't wait to get cracking in pre-season with his new club.
Several other sides, including Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United, were interested in Connolly, who made his name as an ultra-consistent full-back at Argyle before heading to Derby in the summer of 2008.
But once Leeds first revealed their hand, Connolly admits there was no contest.
Connolly, who spent a brief loan spell at Bramall Lane late last season after being frozen out at Derby, told the YEP: "In my eyes, I've left a big club, but come to a massive club in Leeds and I'm buzzing.
"I've got a feeling all the momentum is here and I feel something good could happen next season, I really do.
"Sheffield United were also interested, but I'm not too sure of the financial situation down there at the moment, so I think that died off. There were a couple of other clubs interested, but it's one of those – as soon as I spoke to the gaffer, I just wanted to come here anyway.
"I'm made up and it's all out of the way now and I can relax and get going again in July and I'm glad to finally get it sorted out and things have worked out great."
On a fraught time at Derby last term, his last Championship start arriving on December 28, he added: "It was hard few months for me when I was out of the team without explanation and I had to dig deep.
"I had all my friends and team-mates getting ready to travel down south for a game or up north and I was with the youth team on Saturday morning. But I came through and in the end, managed to get a move to Sheffield United on loan and all credit to them for letting me do that.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Sheffield and without being told, I actually knew I had to move on from Derby.
"It's worked out well and I'm so pleased to be here."
While not knowing hardly any of his new team-mates, Connolly does at least have the benefit of one familiar face in the shape of ex-Rams triallist Patrick Kisnorbo.
Connolly added: "Patrick was on trial at Derby for a couple of weeks, so I remember him from there. He was a cracking lad and a really good player. To be honest, I actually couldn't believe Derby didn't sign him, but there you go.
"I don't know anyone else, but it won't be a problem. I'm one of those lads where I'll get to know others quite quickly."
Whites boss Grayson said: "Paul brings plenty of experience and know-how to the squad. He has made a lot of appearances at this level for both Plymouth and Derby.
"He has captained teams in the Championship and is a good addition to the squad."

Leedsunited.com 10/6/10
UNITED COMPLETE DEFENDER SIGNING
Leeds United have signed Derby County defender Paul Connolly.
Connolly joins on a three -year contract and is the third arrival of the summer, joining Kasper Schmeichel and Billy Paynter.
Delighted United boss Simon Grayson said: "Paul brings plenty of experience and know-how to the squad.
"He has made a lot of appearances at this level for both Plymouth and Derby. He has captained teams in the Championship and he is a good addition to our squad."
Paul joins from Pride Park having made 72 appearances for the club during a two-year stay in the East Midlands.
The 26-year-old right back also spent a period on loan at Sheffield United last season where he made 7 appearances.
Born in Liverpool, Paul started his career at Plymouth Argyle where he progressed through the youth ranks.He made his debut during the 2000/01 season and made 176 appearances for the Devon club before opting to join Derby on a free transfer in 2008.
Leedsunited.com 3/6/10
BILLY'S RARIN' TO GO
Stríker Billy Paynter had little hesitation in deciding to link up with Leeds United. "I enjoyed my time at Swindon but when Leeds come knocking at your door you don't turn them away," he said.
The Liverpool born player, who will begin a three-year deal at Elland Road on July 1, scored 29 goals for Swindon Town last season, four of which were scored against Leeds.
"Yes, I had two good games against Leeds last season but I'm just pleased that Leeds went up," he said.
"As soon as I knew Leeds were interested in me I really wanted to come to the club. It's just a massive club. I have never seen a training ground like Thorp Arch and Elland Road is such a class stadium and to be part of this set up is a privilege."
Paynter had his best season last term as Swindon reached the play-off final. "It was a good season for me and hopefully I can continue to get goals and help Leeds along the way. To be honest I would like to start right away. I'm really buzzing," he said.
With Jermaine Beckford having left to join Everton, Paynter might be forgiven if he should feel under some pressure.
"If there was only myself coming into the club and Leeds had paid a lot of money for me there would be big pressure. But I am sure the gaffer will be bringing in other players following the loss of Jermaine Beckford. He was such a vital player for Leeds."
Paynter is the second player Simon Grayson has recruited following the signing of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as he prepares United for life in the Championship.
"Kasper is a big signing," Paynter said, adding: "It just shows you the direction the gaffer wants to go in and I am sure that we will not be the only signings."
Following the Championship exploits of Blackpool and Leicester City last season could Leeds challenge for the play offs next season? "Yes, I think so," Paynter said.
"League One is a difficult league to get out of but Leeds have got out of it and we can look forward and I think next season is going to be a good one for Leeds."Looking back to last season when he got 29 goals, Paynter said: "I feel I am developing as a player even though I have been around for a long time. Coming to Leeds I will be learning more and playing under a great manager, who was keen to take me on as a player," he added.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Leedsunited.com 2/6/10
BILLY’S THE BOY
Swindon Town striker Billy Paynter will join Leeds United on July 1.
The 26-year-old, who fired Swindon to the League One play off final last season, was one of the most prolific marksmen in League One having netted 29 goals last season, four of them coming against ourselves.
Paynter's arrival at Elland Road will add further strength to the firepower at Simon Grayson's disposal and the manager was delighted to complete the signing of the player on a three-year contract.
The boss said: "He proved his worth last season, scoring four goals against us in two games. He has matured as a player over the last couple of years and he had a fantastic season last season.
"He works ever so hard, holds the ball up well and he has proved he knows where the back of the net is.When we knew he was available we were desperate to get him. We feel he will be a good acquisition for the club and I am delighted to have got him," he added.
But the United manager was quick to point out that Paynter was not a Beckford. "I've said before that whenever we sign a striker, people will link him to Jermaine but he is not Jermaine Beckford he is Billy Paynter.
"He has got a different style about him and he will do the things that brought him success last year. Jermaine has his strengths and weaknesses and Billy will have as well. There will be comparison and Jermaine Beckford was something different at times. But some of Billy's strengths were better than Jermaine's and maybe some of Jermaine's strengths were better than Billy's. That's why you can't really compare people," added the United manager.
Grayson said that United fans would hardly need reminding what he did to Leeds last season. "He was a constant threat to us, and not just because of the goals he scored against us but in terms of his hold up play, his work rate and movement. He caused us a lot of problems. We have gone out to get a player we think will positively affect us," he added.
Elland Road will be the sixth stopping point for Paynter in a career that has taken in Port Vale, Hull, Southend United, Bradford City, and Swindon. In 280 career league starts he has scored 88 goals and Leeds have pipped a number of clubs to his signature.
"He has come to a big club and he can't wait to get started. He will want to prove to himself that he can play for Leeds and adapt to the Championship," Grayson added.Liverpool-born Paynter began his career with Port Vale and when he made his debut for them in May 2001 he was, at 16 years and 294 days of age, the youngest player in 20 years to play for the club.


Sky 31/5/10
Toffees clinch Beckford deal
Striker signs four-year contract after leaving Leeds
Everton have confirmed the signing of Jermaine Beckford on a four-year contract following his departure from Leeds United.
Beckford had the remaining month of his Leeds deal cancelled last week in order to enable the 26-year-old to find a new club.
The striker, who scored 85 goals in 152 appearances for Leeds and played a key role in the club's promotion to the Championship, had long been linked with a move to Goodison Park.
Back in January, reports suggested that Beckford was ready to accept a free transfer move to Merseyside in preference to joining other clubs.
Newcastle United had shown an interest earlier in the year and the likes of Bolton Wanderers had previously been linked with the front-man.
He will now have the chance to test himself in the Premier League after accepting the offer to join David Moyes' side following talks over the past few days.
The former Wealdstone forward has passed a medical with the Toffees and will now join up with his new club for pre-season training.
Beckford's arrival on Merseyside will help to boost Everton's attack which saw only Louis Saha reach double figures in the top flight last season.
Excited
Of his move, Beckford said: "I am excited by it. It's going to be a test, I know that, but I am looking forward to it.
"I want to test myself at the highest level and luckily for me, David Moyes showed an interest in me, showed some faith in me and hopefully I can repay that.
"I've been impressed a lot by him. He seems like the type of guy who will sit down and tell you where you're going wrong, what you're doing right and what you might need to work on."It is a club I can learn from and it can help me develop into a better player. Fingers crossed, I can be really involved in taking this club where it wants to be."

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

New pages uploaded at mightyleeds.co.uk

Matches – 22/9/71 – Barcelona 2 Leeds United 1

United, holders of the Fairs Cup, were pitched against Barcelona, the first winners of the trophy, in a sudden death play off for the right to retain the trophy for all time

Read the full story at
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/matches/197109022.htm

Matches – 1/9/71 – Leeds United 5 Newcastle United 1

United, exiled from Elland Road for four games, bounce back to form to hammer Newcastle, Supermac, Terry Hibbitt and all, by five goals to one at Hillsborough

Read the full story at
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/matches/19710901.htm


Plus thumbnail biographies of Leeds City players

George Ackerley (inside-left) 1910-11
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/ackerley.htm

Jack Allan (right-half) 1912-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/allanj.htm

Tommy Astill (inside-left) 1908-11
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/astill.htm

William Bates (right-back) 1907-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/bateswe.htm

Hugh Beren (right-half) 1909-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/beren.htm

Adam Bowman (centre-forward) 1908-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/bowmana.htm

Harold Bridgett (outside-left) 1909-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/bridgett.htm

Tom Broughton (right-half) 1912-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/broughton.htm

Jimmy Burnett (inside-forward) 1908-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/burnett.htm

Alex Campbell (left-back) 1911-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/campbella.htm

Andy Clark (left-back) 1906-07
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/clarka.htm

John Clarkin (inside-forward) 1911-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/clarkin.htm

Bill Clay (left-back) 1905-06
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/clay.htm

Alec Creighton (left-back) 1910-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/creighton.htm

George Cunningham (right winger) 1910-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/cunninghamg.htm

Tom Cunningham (goalkeeper) 1908-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/cunninghamt.htm

David Dougal (right winger) 1908-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/dougal.htm

Tommy Drain (centre-forward) 1905-06
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/drain.htm