Saturday, July 31, 2010

leedsunited.com 30/7/10
BRUCE SIGNS FOR UNITED
Ipswich Town defender Alex Bruce has become Leeds United's seventh signing of the summer.
The 25-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with a further one-year option after joining from Portman Road for an undisclosed fee.
The central defender arrives having made almost 200 senior appearances in a career that has taken in Blackburn, Birmingham, Oldham, Sheffield Wednesday, Tranmere, Ipswich, and Leicester.
Over a century of his appearances came at Ipswich, after joining the club from Birmingham in 2006, but he failed to figure during the latter period of last term and was loaned to Leicester.
Alex, who started at Manchester United's Academy before joining Blackburn as a youngster, has also made two appearances for the Republic of Ireland.
United manager Simon Grayson said: "Alex is going to be a good member of the squad. He can play at centre-back, right-back, and as a holding midfielder.
"We felt we were short in those areas at this moment and we're delighted he's come.
"He's got a lot of experience, he's played in the Championship and the Premership and he's what we want - a player who knows the division, is hungry and wants to be successful."
The player is a long-time target of Grayson, and the boss first made a move for him last season.
"We tried to sign him a year agho when we were in league one," he revealed. "Ipswich wouldn't let him go then we got a call a week ago to say he was available, and everything got agreed."


Yorkshire Evening Post 30/7/10
We'll act fast over Snodgrass
By Phil Hay
Leeds United were expecting to discover the full extent of Robert Snodgrass' knee injury today with manager Simon Grayson ready to move for a replacement if the winger is consigned to a spell on the sidelines.
Snodgrass underwent a scan on his left knee yesterday as Leeds attempted to establish the severity of his injury and confirm whether he will miss the start of the Championship season.
United have been careful to avoid speculative assessments of Snodgrass' condition, and Grayson is holding out hope that damage caused during a pre-season game in Norway on Tuesday night will not prevent the 22-year-old Scot from appearing in next weekend's league game against Derby County.
Grayson was due to receive a full diagnosis today but he has ruled the winger out of tomorrow's clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road and will step into the transfer market to look for cover should Snodgrass' scan reveal significant problems.
Grayson said: "Once the scan comes back we'll have a much better idea of the severity.
"I would think the report on him might influence what we do in the transfer market. If he's going to be weeks or months then it might change our thoughts about where we need to strengthen.
"He's been in a brace and on crutches which is a precaution to keep weight off his knee. Even if there's no ligament damage he'll be sore and swollen so he'll be out at the weekend but we're still hoping that he might be available for the first game of the season."
Snodgrass was injured by a fierce challenge from striker David Nielsen during Leeds' 3-1 victory over SK Brann in the Norwegian city of Bergen, a foul which earned Nielsen yellow card and left Snodgrass requiring a stretcher.
Grayson was critical of what he called a "poor tackle" from a player who is out of contract and was attempting to earn a deal with Brann. Nielsen is believed to have been released by the Norwegian club in the days since, though not as a direct result of his foul on Snodgrass.
Grayson said: "It's disappointing and we're led to believe that the lad who did it has been released. He was looking for a contract and trying his hardest but situations like this are frustrating."
If it's a bad injury then I'll be disappointed for Robert because he's looked fit and strong, enjoying his football. But we're not going to be pessimistic until we know what's happening."
Amid the uncertainty over Snodgrass, Leeds remain unclear on the condition of striker Billy Paynter who injured his shin during the club's pre-season tour of Slovakia.
Leeds played down claims that Paynter had suffered a stress fracture and would miss up to eight weeks of the season, but Grayson is still waiting for a definitive verdict on the forward's condition and will not be able to field him against Wolves tomorrow.
Grayson said: "He's going for another review on his shin injury. Both lads are under review and we're waiting to see the severity of their injuries."

leedsunited.com 29/7/10
NEW AWAY KIT UNVEILED
The club's new away kit will be launched at Elland Road on Saturday with the team wearing the kit for the pre-season friendly against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The new kit will be available to purchase at 8am on Saturday from the Elland Road Superstore and can also be purchased on the website via the Online Superstore at http://www.leedsunited.com/.
The Elland Road Superstore will be open from 8am to 6pm on Saturday and again from 10am to 4pm on Sunday when the club stages its annual Open Day.
The shirts are priced at £40 for mens and ladies adult shirts with junior shirts at £35.

leedsunited.com 29/7/10
SQUAD NUMBERS ANNOUNCED

The club has confirmed its squad numbers for the 2010/2011 npower Championship season.

1 Kasper Schmeichel
2 Paul Connolly
3 Paddy Kisnorbo
4
5 Neill Collins
6 Richard Naylor
7 Max Gradel
8 Neil Kilkenny
9 Billy Paynter
10 Luciano Becchio
11 Lloyd Sam
12 Shane Higgs
13 Mike Grella
14 Jonny Howson
15
16 Bradley Johnson
17
18
19 Ben Parker
20 Jason Crowe
21 Fede Bessone
22 Andrew Hughes
23 Robert Snodgrass
24 Lubo Michalik
25 Alan Martin
26 Leigh Bromby
27 Dave Somma
28 Andy Robinson
29
30
31
32 Aidan White
33
34 Alan Sheehan
35 Tom Elliott (on loan at Rotherham)
36 Tom Lees
37 Will Hatfield
38 Liam Darville

Yorkshire Evening Post 28/7/10
Versatility the name of the game - Grayson
By Phil Hay
Simon Grayson is a self-professed "4-4-2 man" with a particular liking for that formation. It has been his system of choice at Elland Road and the framework for his time as manager of Leeds United.
After a half-century of victories from fewer than 100 competitive matches, a break from tradition is far from necessary but Grayson does not want the Championship to see him or his team as a one-trick pony. "We'll be versatile next season," he said. "If there's one thing you can't afford to be in that league, it's predictable."
His freedom to vary Leeds' formation is entirely dependent on having players flexible enough to cope, but the club's defeat of Hartlepool United – albeit in uncompetitive circumstances – championed their ability to adapt. The strategy adopted at Victoria Park might come to serve Grayson well in a division which is more skilful and less predictable than League One.
Grayson's use of Luciano Becchio as a lone striker in Hartlepool was arguably as pragmatic as it was experimental, brought on by a collection of forwards which is running dangerously low, but United's manager could not fail to appreciate the effect of a formation which produced five goals without reply.
Becchio scored two, converting headers in either half, and United's wingers – Robert Snodgrass and Lloyd Sam – contributed a goal and three assists between them. Grayson will prepare for firmer opposition in the Championship than Leeds received at Victoria Park but pleasing stability in the centre of the pitch and among his defence pushed the case for a five-man midfield.
"My preferred system is 4-4-2 and it's how we tend to set up," Grayson said. "It's served us well in the past and the squad have been comfortable playing like that.
"But you can't be single-minded in the Championship and I'm not going to force us into one rigid style of football. We'll adapt when we want to and there'll be times when we're going to have to vary our approach. It's not a one-style-suits-all division.
"The first thing you concentrate on is working to your strengths and there's no use in trying to play a formation that clearly doesn't work or doesn't suit your squad but the players here are talented enough to work in different ways."
Snodgrass and Sam provided United's width on Saturday, attacking the wings in a way which kept Becchio involved and falling back diligently to restrict Hartlepool's midfield and spoil their possession.
Grayson may have a different plan of attack in mind for Derby County's visit to Elland Road a week on Saturday but the team he selected in Hartlepool was, give or take, the sum of his available options. So numerous are the injuries affecting his squad that only two out-and-out strikers – Becchio and Mike Grella – are certain to be fit and free of suspension on August 7.
The performance at Victoria Park was nevertheless their most fluent of pre-season and a firm riposte to the four goals conceded by Leeds at Bury last week.
Grayson took much the same group of players to Norway on Monday, supplemented by Richard Naylor and Federico Bessone but minus reserve-team midfielder Will Hatfield, and last night's friendly against SK Brann in Bergen was another chance for him to ponder his best approach to United's meeting with Derby. Saturday's match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road, Leeds' one remaining friendly, should offer the clearest indication of his plans.
Leeds did not want for chances against Bury but the contrast between the ineptitude of Grayson's defence at Gigg Lane and their steady organisation at Victoria Park was marked, helped by a packed midfield in front of them.
Grayson said: "It's not a negative system by any means.
"I use it like any manager would – 4-3-3 when you're in possession of the ball, 4-5-1 when you haven't got it. Lloyd Sam and Robert Snodgrass aren't defenders within that formation. They're wide, attacking players who will do a job defensively when needed.
"With the players we had available (on Saturday), it seemed like a good opportunity to try the system and see how it worked. It looked successful and it's something we could try at any point next season."
Grayson's tactics showed occasional variety last year, but the goalscoring prowess of Jermaine Beckford and his stable partnership with Becchio leant itself to a two-man forward line.
Beckford's free transfer to Everton has deprived Leeds of a proven partnership up front, and the shin injury sustained by Billy Paynter is preventing a key summer signing from feeling his way into his new club.
But Grayson's team at Hartlepool was nothing less than familiar, containing eight players who were part of his squad at Leeds last season.
Grayson read the Championship successfully in 2008 when Blackpool retained their league status a year after winning promotion from League One. The club were three points below the upper half of the division when Leeds tempted him away from Bloomfield Road in 2008.
"Different teams play different formations in the Championship and I'm well aware of that," Grayson said. "I saw it when I was at Blackpool.
"I want us to be well-drilled enough to react to whatever's thrown at us, to read what the opposition are doing and to give them something to think about.
"At times last season we were able to change our approach when the situation demanded it and that what I'm paid for. If you're banging your head against a wall or making no inroads then you need something different. Tactically, we have to be spot on next season.
"If plan A doesn't work, then you need B,C and D to fall back on. If plan A isn't going to work on a certain day, there's no point in using it at all. We won't be caught out on that front."

Leedsunited.com 27/7/10
STYLISH UNITED CRUISE TO NORWEGIAN WIN
SK BRANN 1 (Hansen 45), LEEDS UNITED 3 (Becchio 18, Sam 25, Becchio 57)
SK Brann: Mohus, Granner, Koncsmar, Kalvenes, Holmvisk, Haugsdal, Jaiteh, Hovik, Einarsson, Hansen, Nielsen. Subs: Opdal, Spevarsson, Austin, Mievde, Solli, Huseklepp, Guastavino.
Leeds: Schmeichel (Higgs), Hughes (Connolly 60), Collins (Lees 77), Naylor (Bromby 60), Bessone, Snodgrass (Gradel 25), Kilkenny, Howson, Johnson (Grella 70), Sam (White 60), Becchio (Somma 60). Subs:
Att: 5,400
United manager Simon Grayson made four changes to the side which beat Hartlepool 5-0 at the weekend, Richard Naylor among those, making his first start of the senior pre-season campaign.
Interestingly, though, the United boss stuck with the same midfield line-up with striker Luciano Becchio playing alone down the middle.
Leeds were greeted by an amazing turnout of fans - the town of Bergen had been buzzing all day - and the presence of so many travelling fans prompted the opening of additional seating.
Brann were expected to provide a sterner test to the earlier games given that the Norwegians are in mid-season and have two league games in the space of five days this week.
Norwegians are physical opponents and there was a booking inside the opening four minutes, following two physical challenges on Neil Kilkenny.
And when United won a corner from the resultant free-kick, Neill Collins forced a terrific save from Jorgen Mohus. United had started brightly, and moments later Lloyd Sam almost created a chance for Becchio.
On five minutes, Bradley Johnson was the architect, winning the ball in midfield, and Robert Snodgras lifted his shot over the bar. United were playing some flowing football and more good build-up play led to Becchio missing an opportunity from close range.
United were looking strong and the opening goal came on 18 minutes following more good build-up play involving Sam and Snodgrass. Becchio was the scorer once again when he headed home a great cross for his third pre-season goal.
There was a concern for Leeds shortly after when Snodgrass was the victim of an horrendous challenge and was stretchered from the field.
But United scored from the set-play, Kilkenny swinging the ball in, and Sam arriving at the far post to score from close range.
And Leeds continued to be dominant, Johnson next to go close when he rattled the bar with a strike of distance as Grayson's side continued to apply the pressure on Brann.
Shortly after the half-hour, defender Federico Bessone mounted a raid down the left, and after a pull-back across the box Kilkenny struck the woodwork with his strike.
Leeds also had calls for a penalty before half-time when Becchio was brought down by Mohus. Johnson had weaved his way through the defence and when the keeper failed to hold his shot Becchio pounced to convert. However, the South American was brought down as he shaped to shoot, but no spot-kick was awarded.
Kasper Schmeichel had been a virtual spectator, but he was called upon in the 42nd minute to save from Cato Hansen.
As Leeds cleared, Kilkenny was the victim of yet another lunging challenge, but the Australian still almost created a third goal before the break when he whipped in a corner which Becchio headed wide.
And it was the hosts who pulled a goal back before half-time when an advancing Hansen found himself in space behind the back-four and he converted with ease.
Unfortunately, the second half kicked off with another lunging challenge, this time on the lively Sam.
The second half also brought about a change in weather with heavy rain falling, but it mattered little to Leeds who continued to dominate and made it 3-0 on 57 minutes.
Sam was the architect with a break down the right, Kilkenny got on the end of his cross and laid the ball into the path of Becchio who bagged his second of the night.
For the second time in as many games, that proved the last action for Becchio who was one of four substitutions made on the hour. Naylor also came off after completing an hour, along with Sam and Andrew Hughes.
The infl;ux of changes altered the pace of the game a little, but new introduction Dave Somma almost got on the end of a Bessone cross and Aidy White tried his luck with a shot which was deflected wide.
The resultant corner saw Mohus flap at the ball, but despite falling to clear, he did enough to put off Gradel.
Mike Grella, who came on after 70 minutes, also tested Mohus with a low skidding effort from distance.
The home side did have a couple of efforts from distance, but Leeds continued to carve out the better chances and Howson was next to go close after more good build-up play. As the game headed past the 90-minute mark Leeds had another good penalty shout waved away when Somma appeared to be brought down, but it mattered little as Grayson's men eased to a second successive high-scoring victory achieved with some style.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Leedsunited.com 25/7/10
UNITED BOSS PLEASED WITH RESPONSE
United manager Simon Grayson declared himself happy with the response from his players after Saturday's 5-0 success at Hartlepool United.
The boss had demanded a "massive improvement" from his players after Tuesday's 4-0 hiding at Bury, and they responded by putting five without reply past hapless Hartlepool at Victoria Park.
Luciano Becchio scored twice while Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson, pictured celebrating, and Bradley Johnson also netted for United against the League One side.
"I asked for a response from the players and was pleased with what we got," said the boss.
"There's still plenty to work on, but they showed everything they didn't show at Bury in midweek and there were a lot of positives to take from the game.
"Defensively we were sound as a team, we passed it around well, created plenty of opportunities, and we scored some terrific goals.
"Luciano will take confidence from his goals, but three of our midfielders scored as well which is really encouraging.
"It was good from a confidence point of view as well because players perform better when they are confident."
Grayson changed his system for the game and Becchio played in a lone role down the middle with Lloyd Sam and Snodgrass offering support from the flanks. Howson and Johnson also pushed on to support the front man.
"Some people will say it's a 4-5-1, but I would say it's a 4-3-3," said the boss.
"It's flexible and pre-season is all about looking at different options and trying different things.
"It was a system which worked for us on the day, but that's not to say that we would play that every week.
"It's all about looking at things, seeing what you can do, what you can do better, and progressing as a team."I'd asked for a response after Bury and we got that. I can't have any complaints."

Leedsunited.com 24/7/10
IT'S A HIGH FIVE FOR LEEDS AT POOLS
HARTLEPOOL 0, UNITED 5 (Snodgrass 5, Becchio 40, Johnson 45, Howson 57, Becchio 68)
Hartlepool: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood, Murray, Gamble, Yantoro, Sweeney, Monkhouse, Brown, Subs: Rafferty, Haslam, McSweeney, Liddle, Boyd, Behan, Larkin, Greulich, Roberts.
United: Higgs, Connolly (Hughes 59), Collins, Bromby, White, Snodgrass, Kilkenny (Grella 69), Howson, Johnson, Sam (Gradel 60), Becchio (Somma 69). Subs: Schmeichel, Lees, Hatfield.
Referee: D Webb
Att: 2691 (1067 Leeds)
It may have been United's second pre-season friendly in the UK, but manager Simon Grayson was calling on his players to show a reaction after Tuesday's 4-0 defeat at Bury.
Grayson was without Jason Crowe (ankle), Billy Paynter (shin), and Fede Bessone, who picked up a strain in training, but Richard Naylor was among the travelling party warming up before the game despite not being named on the team-sheet.
The game had certainly attracted the interest of Leeds fans and with the away end full well before kick-off, extra numbers were accomodated in a side stand.
Those fans were on their feet inside the opening five minutes when United wentin front. Shane Higgs sent a long ball forward, Luciano Becchio caused problems in the box, and the ball broke to an advancing Robert Snodgrass who converted with ease.
That advantage was almost doubled on 12 minutes after the lively Lloyd Sam won a corner. Sam supplied the set-piece and Becchio twice had a has a goalbound header cleared off the line by a home defender.
Leeds were looking more of a threat than earlier in the week with the midfielders getting forward well to support the front-men. On 18 minutes Bradley Johnson burst through and screwed a shot across the face of goal.
Home goalkeeper Scott Flinders also had to react quickly to clear a Neil Kilkenny corner which almost curled underneath the bar.
It wasn't until the half-hour that Leeds had any real defending to do, and after Kilkenny forced a corner, Becchio headed clear.
Leeds were further in front on 40 minutes, though, courtesy of a well-worked goal. Sam was the provider with an intelligent delivery and Becchio finished with a terrific header.
And it was 3-0 before half-time. Kilkenny took a short free-kick to Paul Connolly, who picked out an advancing Jonny Howson in space. Howson delivered a good cross and Johnson got up well to head home.
Leeds started the second half on the front foot as well and Kilkenny had an ear;ly shot blocked before the home side cleared their lines after more good passing play.
Kilkenny also had a shot deflected for a corner after good work by Aidy White and Lloyd Sam, and Snodgrass was denied a follow-up effort after Scott Flinders could only parry a Johnson shot.
A fourth goal was looking inevitable, and when Sam fed Howson, the United midfielder smashed the ball home off the inside of the post.
The hosts responded by hitting the bar with their closest opportunity of the game, but it was all looking very comfortable for Leeds against a side who Simon Grayson's men played twice last season.
Max Gradel, fresh from a double in midweek at Ganinsborough, was introduced on the hour and after winning an immediate free-kick, he tested Flinders with a curling effort.
Moments later, White and Gradel linked up superbly well down the left, but Howson couldn't apply the finishing touch, his shot going over the top. And Snodgrass was next to go close when he hit a left-foot shot just wide of the mark.
The Scot did create the fifth, though, when he supplied another good cross and Becchio headed home once again.
The second goal proved to be the end of the afternoon for Becchio with Dave Somma stepping off the bench. Mike Grella also came on in place of Kilkenny.
With the result beyond doubt, Andy Monkhouse forced Higgs into saving a strike from distance as the hosts sought a consolation from what had been a torrid afternoon for them.
But it was Leeds who looked the most likely to find the net again and Johnson sent a shot wide after powering his way from the halfway line.Hartlepool also had some defending to do in the final moments as Leeds pressed again with Gradel showing up well on the left.
Yorkshire Evening Post 22/7/10
Keep the faith - Grayson
Simon Grayson today insisted he had not lost faith in the ability of his players to compete in the Championship, despite admitting to "serious faults" in Leeds United's 4-0 friendly defeat at Bury.
United's manager said his harsh criticism of Leeds after Tuesday night's debacle at Gigg Lane should not be seen as a crisis of confidence in a squad who will reach the start of the new season on August 7.
Grayson was understandably alarmed to see Leeds beaten badly by a young Bury team which featured a handful of trialists, and he said that the performance of his players had reiterated the amount of work facing him before Derby County come to Elland Road on the first day of the Championship term.
Leeds have retained the majority of the squad who won promotion from League One in May, and six signings during the summer months seemed to have given Grayson the necessary basis for a competitive side next term.
Grayson will demand a display of more commitment at Hartlepool United this weekend but said: "This doesn't affect my confidence in the players at all.
"I still think they're good enough to perform in the Championship and there's no feeling of panic.
"We just need to accept that a lot of work still needs to be done before we start the season, both in terms of personnel and the work we're doing on the training pitch. Based on what we did last season I've no doubt that we've got a talented bunch here. That hasn't changed. We've had a bad night by anyone's standards and the lads in the dressing room know that they're capable of much, much better.
"But it has highlighted a few serious faults that need addressing and I can't hide from them.
"It's probably better that we all see that now, rather than realising it three weeks down the line.
"We had a couple of major let-downs last season and every time I asked the players to learn from them and react to them.
"They've never failed to do that and I expect them to do the same at Hartlepool. We don't want to be embarrassing ourselves like that again."
Grayson cut a satisfied figure at the end of Leeds' pre-season tour of Slovakia last week, calling it the "perfect start" to the club's summer, but he was mystified by a display at Bury which allowed Alan Knill's side to run riot in the second half.
Saturday's game at Hartlepool is the first of three remaining friendlies, followed by a meeting with Norwegian club SK Brann and a home fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Grayson feels he has sufficient time to resolve the problems witnessed at Gigg Lane.
"We already knew that there were things we needed to do," he said. "This has highlighted them a little bit more than we thought.
"But that could be a good thing. If you sail through pre-season, sometimes you don't see the problems or the things that are wrong. This has exposed a few major faults and nobody can ignore them.
"The crucial thing is that everything is ironed out in time for the Derby game. I'm not going to excuse the result at Bury but we're fortunate that it doesn't count for anything.
"It really should serve as a reminder to the players that I'll pick my team on what happens in pre-season, and not many of those who played at Bury can feel certain about their places."
A Leeds United XI will turn out in a pre-season friendly at non-league Gainsborough Trinity tonight (ko 7.45pm).
United's line-up is expected to feature a large number of young players as the club begin building up to the start of the reserve-team season.
The club's second string have had another fixture added to their schedule, away to Bradford Park Avenue on Wednesday, August 11.

Yorkshire Evening Post 21/7/10
Grayson lashes dreadful Whites
A furious Simon Grayson tore into Leeds United's players after 4-0 rout at the hands of Bury left him lamenting a "body blow" to his preparations for the Championship.
Grayson attacked the attitude of his squad in the wake of a humiliating loss against the Shakers which posed pressing questions about the club's ability to positively compete in England's second tier.
A frail defence was ruthlessly exposed by a League Two squad at Gigg Lane which included no fewer than five trialists, and Leeds were unable to find a way past goalkeeper Cameron Belford despite creating numerous chances.
Grayson subjected his players to a scathing assessment of their collective performance in the dressing room afterwards, and he looked visibly angry as he emerged from the tunnel to reflect on United's third pre-season friendly and a second defeat.
United are less than 20 days away from their first Championship fixture at home to Derby County on August 7, and Grayson said: "You could say it's only a pre-season game but it isn't. It's preparation for the start of the season and this is bit of a body blow for us.
"Of course it hurts and it should hurt everyone, mainly the players. A lot of things went wrong and they need to be put right before the season starts.
"This is a wake-up call for one or two players, a major kick-up the backside and a reminder that they are still competing for jerseys. We'll take the disappointment on the chin but I don't think anyone comes out this with much credit."
More than 1,700 Leeds supporters helped to make up a crowd of 2,769 at Gigg Lane, but United's defeat appeared to be inevitable once Bury established a 2-0 lead with an hour gone.
Grayson said: "The fans expect a lot more and, standing here as their manager, I expect a lot more from them.
"If we replicate that performance and attitude at the beginning of the season then no disrespect to Bury but we'll get done in the Championship by seven or eight. We're going to have to learn quickly."
Billy Paynter, Lloyd Sam, Jason Crowe and Richard Naylor all missed last night's game through injury, leaving Grayson with a squad of only 17 players to work with at Gigg Lane.

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UNITED GO DOWN AT BURY
BURY 4 (Lowe 36, Bishop 65, Carlton 85, Bishop 89 pen), LEEDS UNITED 0
Bury: Belford, Picken, Skarz, Futcher, Sweeney, Worrall, Schumacher, Haworth, Jones, Lowe, Sodje. Subs: Bennett, Carlton, Bishop, Samuels, Harrop, Hudson, Mozika, Branagan, Jones, Nolan.
United: Schmeichel, Hughes (Connolly 59), Bromby (Lees 67), Collins, Bessone (White 67), Snodgrass, Kilkenny, Howson, Johnson, Becchio (Gradel 59), Grella (Somma 68). Subs: Higgs.
Referee: A Penn
Att: 2769 (1739 Leeds)
United's first UK friendly was greeted by anything other than summery weather with a torrential rain having fallen most of the day at Bury.
Simon Grayson was without Billy Paynter, Richard Naylor, Jason Crowe, Lloyd Sam, and Alan Martin, but the absences, mainly through precaution, allowed him to give more players added game time.
United were also greeted by a terrific away following, and Kasper Schmeichel was the first of the new signings to receive a warm welcome with the Leeds fans shouting his name.
But it was his opposite number, Cameron Belford, who had to be on his toes inside the first couple of minutes when Jonny Howson had a shot from distance after good work by Mike Grella.
Grella also had the ball in the net on nine minutes, but play was called back for an infringment. And, moments later, Belford grabbed a powerful Bradley Johnson effort at the second attempt.
The opening 15 minutes or so were quite entertaining with both sides looking to pass and move quickly. Bury's David Worrall had a shot saved by Schmeichel and another home attack was thwarted by good defending.
But the woodwork came to the home side's rescue on the quarter-hour when a Johnson header rattled the bar after a Rob Snodgrass corner.
Johnson was also denied by some good defending by Phil Picken, and from the resultant corner Neill Collins headed over the top.
Leeds were piling on the pressure and after a couple of crosses were blocked, the persistent Fede Bessone put in another good delivery which only just eluded Luciano Becchio.
It was Bury, though, who should have done better on 35 minutes when Steven Schumacher instigated a quick break and Ryan Lowe fired wide from a Worrall cross.
Moments later, Lowe made no mistake after a cross from the right found him in space and he planted the ball firmly into the top corner to give Bury the lead.
It was almost 2-0 moments later when Andy Haworth beat the offside trap down the right, but Schumacher couldn't apply the finishing touch with the goal at his mercy.
United picked up the pace again and, on 41 minutes, Howson sent a shot over the bar.
Grayson made no changes at the break and the second half kicked off in the heaviest rain shower yet. It also started with another Bury attack and Haworth should have done better when he got on the end of a good cross from the right.
Bury goalkeeper Belford was also called into action to punch clear a free-kick. Snodgrass, who had been impressive in the first half, also went close on 53 minutes when he sent a shot fizzing just over the top.
There was a moment of concern shortly after when Snodgrass was the victim of a lunging challenge from behind that provoked an angry reaction from the Leeds players.
But the home side continued to look lively and moments after making one decent save, Schmeichel was called upon to beat away a Lowe effort.
As the game headed towards the hour, Grayson made his first changes, introducing Paul Connolly and Max Gradel to proceedings in place of Andrew Hughes and Luciano Becchio.
However, it was a Bury substitute who made an impact quickly, Andy Bishop latching on to a deflected ball through the middle to make it 2-0.
Snodgrass was next to try his luck for Leeds with a curling free-kick which Belford could only palm away, but Leeds had to thank an offside flag on 68 minutes after Worrall curled the ball beyond Schmeichel.
The newly-introduced Dave Somma looked to make an impact and Belford made a terrific save to deny the Leeds substitute.
Fellow sub Tom Lees also came close to pulling a goal back on 79 minutes when he got up well at corner, but his header was pushed away to safety by Belford.
The Bury goalkeeper had no chance moments later when Johnson tried his luck, but the ball came back off the upright to deny United a goal.
And there was still time for the home side to add a third goal when Danny Carlton found the space to sweep home a right wing cross five minutes from the whistle.
In the final moments, Gradel looked to add some trickery and that almost paid off in the shape of a consolation, but Somma couldn't direct his header on target after a cross from the wide man.As the ball came straight back up the other end, Paul Connolly was adjudged to have committed a foul and Bishop stepped up to smash home a penalty to make it 4-0 to the home side with his second goal of the night.
Leedsunited.com 20/7/10
MERVYN DAY RETURNS TO LEEDS
Former Leeds United goalkeeper Mervyn Day has returned to the club as chief scout.
Mervyn, who made 268 appearances between 1985 and 1992 and was a near-ever present in the promotion winning season of 1990, has re-joined the club as part of a re-structure of the scouting department that will see him working for technical director Gwyn Williams.
The 55-year-old brings a wealth of experience, having previously been part of Alan Curbishley's management teams at both Charlton and West Ham. Mervyn also had a short stint as a manager at Carlisle United.
United manager Simon Grayson said: "We're re-structuring the scouting department under Gwyn and Mervyn will be both producing match reports and watching our opposition, and working on the recruitment of players, .
"Merv's knowledge and experience will prove important to the football club as we look to progress and develop what we are doing.
"Like with myself and Glynn Snodin, his time here as a player means that he knows and understands the club and knows what it takes to keep driving the club forward."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Yorkshire Evening Post 17/7/10
Whites on an upward curve
By Phil Hay
MK Kosice 0 Leeds United 1
One defeat, one win and one goal scored; statistics that Simon Grayson would like to outdo at the start of Leeds United's domestic season but an outcome which sent him home from Slovakia with a warm glow.
This summer's exodus from Thorp Arch to Ruzomberok and Kosice will not go down as the tour when Leeds United tore through Slovakia's finest but for Grayson it comfortably served its purpose: a two-match sequence in which United's second performance bettered their first and the wheels rusted by seven weeks of inactivity began to turn once more.

United's time on the continent ended last night with a merited victory over MFK Kosice, 72 hours after an equally deserved loss to MFK Ruzomberok 200 kilometres north.

If pre-season's raison d'etre is to pull a club's squad along an upward trajectory of fitness, form and purpose, Grayson will take comfort from the fact that their second outing in Slovakia was the more acceptable of the two.

These are premature stages of his plan for the Championship but, with a curtain-raiser against Derby County no more than three weeks away, he will not be able to say that for much longer. Much as he prioritised hours of training in cruel Slovakian temperatures, it was necessary for his players to give a more convincing impression of a settled team in Kosice than they had in Ruzomberok.

Many of them had the guise of strangers in patches of Tuesday's game, as they were bound to do in an opening friendly when Grayson's team included two Slovakian trialists and several contracted professionals who had met each other less than a fortnight before.

A greater degree of organisation revealed itself in Kosice, where the players frazzled in brutal heat, and a goal was forthcoming at the start of the second half.

Those on the outside of Elland Road will look for goals this summer, the first since Jermaine Beckford's exit, with the intention of learning whether his loss has been adequately dealt with. It cannot have disappointed Grayson to see it arrive from the boot of Billy Paynter, one of those required to plug the hole.

His strike arrived on 55 minutes in a period of the game when Kosice's willingness visibly sagged. Prior to it, Leeds had held their hosts in check with a disciplined display which slowly worked Kosice into a dead-end. It is a position that the Slovakian team know well.

They are by some distance the greater of the two clubs encountered by Leeds this week yet also the lesser. The club trailed in far behind Ruzomberok at the end of the most recent Corgon Liga season and they are no longer the powerhouse who gave Slovakia its first representation in the Champions League.

Hard times have schooled the club as proficiently as Leeds in financial carnage, perhaps inevitably when their season ticket prices stoop as low as 18 Euros. Kosice's advantage last night, as Ruzomberok found on Tuesday, should have been the wind of a full pre-season in their sails.

Grayson expected Jason Crowe to miss the friendly in Kosice with a foot complaint, and a niggle affecting Lloyd Sam stymied his involvement.
With seven substitutes, Grayson’s option of using a completely different line-up in either half was taken from him.

Yet what materialised at kick-off was a line-up which might conceivably resemble the team used by him when the Championship’s starting gun goes off in 21 days’ time.

Neil Kilkenny and Jonathan Howson were reunited in midfield, and Neill Collins and Leigh Bromby created what is presently United’s fittest central-defensive combination. Further forward, Luciano Becchio and Davide Somma gained an opportunity to feel their way into a partnership.

It was immediately apparent Kosice lacked Ruzomberok’s calm understanding but their energy on another baking evening was beyond reproach. Peter Kavka’s early sprint over 50 yards, ending in a shot that Shane Higgs ushered into his side-netting, dismantled any hope of a gentle evening among players who have worked ceaselessly under Grayson’s scrutiny this week.

Leeds pressed whenever space behind Kosice’s midfield allowed it, and Robert Snodgrass stung Jozef Brudnek’s palms with an instinctive volley encouraged by indecisive defending. The Scot warmed to a joust with left-back Matus Conka and delivered a dipping cross which Somma headed narrowly over the bar, 22 minutes into the game.

By then, Grayson was starting to see a fluid performance, far exceeding the ponderous first half he took in on Tuesday. His defence held their shape under an examination from three forwards and his midfield stifled Kosice in a way that several League One clubs would understand. Kosice’s chances were virtually nil.

Competitive as ever, Kilkenny achieved the improbable by incurring a yellow card when the contentious award of a corner provoked irate criticism of Pavol Sipos, a referee whose reading of the game was more than a little skewed. His linesmen fared little better, a constant shackle around Somma’s ankles.

At the end of a low-key first half, Grayson made five changes, Paynter included, and left several players to toil for longer than they had in Ruzomberok. Far from running into treacle, United began to work at picking Kosice off.

Snodgrass drove a low shot against the body of Darko Tofiloski, Kosice’s substitute keeper, and Tofiloski was hopelessly exposed when a flick off the head of Bradley Johnson invited Paynter – signed on a free transfer from Swindon Town and the scorer of 29 goals last season – to bury a clinical volley.

Sipos finally made a favourable decision towards Leeds 15 minutes from the end, awarding a penalty after a collision between Tofiloski and Mike Grella but Tofiloski met Snodgrass’ set-piece with both arms.

Snodgrass looked annoyed; Grayson hardly flinched. The time for kicking every ball will be upon him soon enough.

United: Higgs (Schmeichel 46), Connolly (Hughes 46), Collins, Bromby (Lees 74), Bessone (White 46), Snodgrass, Kilkenny, Howson (Gradel 60), Johnson, Becchio (Grella 46), Somma (Paynter 46).
Yorkshire Evening Post 16/7/10
Somma's loving Whites challenge
By Phil Hay
Simon Grayson is tired of discussing it but the topic of how to replace Jermaine Beckford at Leeds United is this summer's keenest debate.
It did not occur to the wider public that the answer might already be on the club's books.
To predict that Davide Somma will easily bridge the gap would ask much of someone whose prior experience with United's senior side begins and ends with the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, but some around the squad at Leeds are starting to wonder.
Grayson himself encouraged the idea that Leeds could unleash Somma in the Championship next season by stating on Tuesday that a third loan deal for the striker was out of the question, regardless of whether another new striker follows Billy Paynter into the club.
Reports from the Slovakian city of Poprad, where Grayson and his squad have lain low and trained hard for the past week, speak of Somma as a player who is oozing confidence in the manner of a seasoned professional.
Suddenly, the prospect of him helping to deliver the goals so often supplied by Beckford in the past seems less far-fetched.
A more uncertain character than Somma would fear the weight of excessive expectation. Others would say that assuming he can replace Beckford overnight is ambitious to the point of ridiculous, but the 25-year-old will be the last man to talk himself down.
"I'm ready to go for it next season," he said, speaking at United's training camp in Slovakia.
"The Championship doesn't scare me and it's no problem if people want to challenge me to score goals at that level. Bring it on.
"There's no comparison to be made with Jermaine because I haven't scored the goals that he did – but he's an inspiration for me, definitely. He should be an inspiration for all of us now that he's gone to Everton. It's an amazing move for someone with his background.
"All of a sudden I've got my own chance to be a Leeds player – a regular Leeds player – and I'm desperate not to mess it up.
"If I look or sound confident then I need to be because this might be where it happens for me.
"I learned in a few months what a difference confidence makes."
Beckford is an inspiration for the simple reason that the early part of his career was essentially a mirror-image of Somma's recent journey.
Beckford was initially as anonymous at Elland Road as Somma was last season, a situation which, in the case of Beckford, a loan at Carlisle United and the odd appearance for Leeds failed to improve. It was not until he temporarily left Elland Road again and ran riot with Scunthorpe United that his star began to ascend.
What fortune Beckford found in Scunthorpe, Somma found with Lincoln City last season. He is, he admits, indebted to Lincoln manager and former Chelsea forward Chris Sutton for discovering the reliable and potent striker in him.
Nine goals in 14 appearances left Sutton itching to re-sign him when his two-month loan ended in May.
Somma was enticed by the possibility until Leeds made a firm commitment to him by extending his contract for another 12 months.
Grayson promised him a fair opportunity throughout pre-season and delivered on it by playing him throughout the second half of Tuesday's friendly defeat to MFK Ruzomberok. By common consensus, the striker was the most impressive Leeds player on the field.
"I owe a lot to Lincoln, and to Chris Sutton," Somma conceded. "He's basically the one who taught me how to make runs, where to position myself, and how to make the most of the possession I got.
"Every day I spent extra time out on the training field and worked over and over again on getting my performances right.
"I'm not saying that League Two is the same standard as League One or the Championship, but if you're properly drilled in how to play as a striker then you've at least got a chance of making the step up.
"What I found was that if you got in the right positions consistently, eventually a defender would get lazy and find himself in the wrong place at the right time. The same thing happens in every division.
"Mentally and professionally, I'm a different player than I was before I went to Lincoln and it's done me the world of good.
"I'm sure can be a Championship player. I've no doubt about that at all.
"I know I'll need to put my money where my mouth if I get a chance, but I do want that chance."
Somma's apparent sharpness is all the more compelling on account of his late return to pre-season training, an enforced absence caused by problems with his visa.
His inclusion in the squad taken to Slovakia was a further sign of Grayson's intention to monitor him closely.
And the guarantee that Somma will be at Elland Road when the season starts was welcome news for a forward who has made just one substitute appearance with Leeds and could easily have been out of contract this summer.
The sole fly in Somma's ointment is the three-match suspension he will serve when the Championship season starts, the legacy of a red card on his final appearance with the Sincil Bank club.
Speaking on Tuesday, Grayson said: "We know we've got a player there and we've got no intention of letting him go out on loan again. That served a purpose last season in getting him used to the English game."
Somma said: "There were times when I didn't really think I'd be here this season.
"I got injured on my first appearance for Leeds, went on loan to Chesterfield and got injured again. It didn't seem likely that anything was going to happen for me.
"But to be here on tour is fantastic.
"I want to make it at this club so badly and to know that I'm part of the plans, that I won't be going on loan before the season starts, it's a big deal.
"I know where I stand and it's great."
Leedsunited.com 13/7/10
UNITED MISS OUT IN SLOVAK OPENER
MFK RUZOMBEROK 1 (Chovanec 16), LEEDS UNITED 0
Ruzomberok: Hrdlicka, Gallo, Maslo, Kostelny, Radic, Sloboda, Bielak, Dubek, Chovanec, Bojo, Kroupa. Subs: Maslo, Sivcevic, Kotora, Kovac, Shaqiri, Hoferica, Pekar.
Leeds (1st half): Schmeichel (Martin), Crowe, Trialist, Collins, Bessone, Sam, Howson, Trialist, White, Grella, Becchio.
Leeds (2nd half); Martin (Higgs), Connolly, Lees, Bromby, Snodgrass, Kilkenny, Johnson, Gradel, Hughes, Somma, Paynter.
Leeds United kicked-off pre-season as a Championship club against Slovakian Premier League outfit MFK Ruzomberok.
United manager Simon Grayson handed new signings Kasper Schmeichel, Neill Collins, Fede Bessone, and Lloyd Sam the opportunity to play in the opening 45 minutes and Slovakian trialist duo Tomas Brusko and Marian Jarabica also started the game.
The hosts are poised to kick-off their campaign proper next week and there were signs of rustiness from Leeds during the opening exchanges. Collins made two good early clearances, the second after Schmeichel had failed to hold a low cross.
United looked to pass the ball around, Mike Grella should have won a free-kick after he looked to get on the end of one such move, but it was the home side who took the lead on 16 minutes.
A ball was played across the edge of the Leeds box and Jan Chovanec was able to pick his spot before blasting the ball beyond Schmeichel in the Leeds goal.
Moments later, Chovanec almost added a second following more pressure, but his effort was blocked.
The different stages both teams were at in their respective pre-seasons was evident given the differing pace and sharpness.
United did fashion out an opening when trialist Brusko shot wide following good work by LLoyd Sam, and there was more good work from the former Charlton youngster moments later when Leeds threatened again.
When Leeds attacked again a Luciano Becchio cross was too high for Mike Grella, and Grella also sent a low shot straight at the home goalkeeper.
But it was the hosts who were a real threat and, after Alan Martin replaced Schmeichel 33 minutes into the game, the Scot was fortunate to see Petger Styvar's header fly wide after he flapped at a cross. Vladimir Kovac also sent a shot wide when well-placed to do better.
As expected, Grayson made wholesale changes for the second period, Billy Paynter and Paul Connolly the men making their debuts.
And Leeds made a positive start to the second half, Dave Somma coming within a whisker of levelling matters after a great ball from Neil Kilkenny.
But Martin was called upon to push a powerful free-kick from Kovac around the post, before, moments later, blocking another effort.
United were playing with more purpose than in the opening period, although a couple of decisions went against Grayson's men.
Max Gradel was ruled offside, following good work from Kilkenny, Somma weaved his way into the box before appearing to be brought down but no penalty was awarded.
Paynter was also ruled offside when he shot over the top and what appeared to be a perfectly timed run by Somma was also halted by an offside flag.
Shane Higgs became goalkeeper number three shortly after the hour when he replaced Martin and his first involvement was to parry a low, skidding shot.
As the game headed towards it final quarter, it was United who were looking the better side. Max Gradel was lively on the left and his trickery caused the home side a few problems as United pushed for an equaliser.
Leeds were worthy of a leveller and after Kilkenny fired over, Robert Snodgrass rattled the inside of the upright after working himself a decent opening just inside the box.
On 84 minutes, Somma went even closer when he finished off another great run by hammering the ball home - only to be denied once again by an offside flag for what looked like the most marginal of calls.
But there was no final opportunity for United as the game petered out into a 1-0 victory for the home side.
Leedsunited.com 13/7/10
UNITED BOSS AGREES NEW DEAL
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has agreed a new three-year contract.
The promotion winning boss has agreed a new deal after lifting the club out of League One last season.
United chairman Ken Bates said: "I'm very pleased. Simon has committed his future to the club despite enticing offers from elsewhere.
"We have every confidence in him. He has won two promotions in his managerial career - one here and one at Blackpool - and we're hoping he can make that a hat-trick at the club where he first started out."
The United boss, who was appointed in December 2008 when he became the club's third manager in just 11 months, also spoke his delight.
"I'm delighted the club have offered me a longer contract," he said.
"My intentions have always been to take the club forward and after achieving promotion last season, I hope we can go on to fulfil everyone's dream of winning promotion back to the Premier League."I work closely with the chairman and Shaun (Harvey), we've got a good relationship, and I hope we can keep progressing as a club. That's what we're all working towards."

Saturday, July 10, 2010

leedsunited.com 9/7/10
LLOYD THE YORKSHIREMAN COMES HOME!
New signing Lloyd Sam is well and truly coming home after signing for Leeds United.
The 25-year-old, who put pen to paper on a two-year contract, with a further year's option, may have spent his career in the south east London with Charlton, but he is a born and bred Loiner.
Lloyd spent the first few weeks of his life in Leeds and admits he is looking forward to becoming an "accepted" Yorkshireman.
"It's interesting," said Lloyd. "I always had a soft spot for Leeds because when my dad was at Leeds University he supported Leeds.
"At Charlton they always used to tell me I wasn't a Londoner, despite my accent, so it'll be nice to be accepted here, coming from Leeds!"
Lloyd made 134 appearances for the London side and was a virtual ever present last season, but with his contract up, he was keen to secure a new challenge in the Championship.
Media speculation had seen him linked with a number of Championship clubs, including United, and a soon as that interest was firmed up, he was keen to head north.
"My contract had ended and I wanted to get back to playing in the Championship," he explained.
"I was looking at a few Championship options, and started talking with Leeds.
"I've worked with Snods (Glynn Snodin) before when he was at Charlton, and we won the reserve league, so I know all about him.
"I spoke to Frazer (Richardson) as well and he said that he never wanted to leave Leeds, and said a lot of good things about the club.
"I saw the facilities as well and they are amazing."
Lloyd completed the formalities of his move on Friday morning before joining up with his new team-mates for the first time.
He will be one of six new signings on the pre-season trip to Slovakia, and he says he is keen to get started and make progress at Leeds.
"I'm hoping to get in the team and I hope we can be in and around the Play-Offs," he said.
"I'm buzzing and I'm looking forward to getting started and getting to know the lads.
"I know a couple - I was in the England under-20s with Neil Kilkenny - and I just can't wait to get going now."
Leedsunited.com 9/7/10
MIDFIELDER IS SIGNING NUMBER SIX
Leeds United have signed former Charlton Athletic midfielder Lloyd Sam.
The 25-year-old was out of contract at the end of last season and had attracted interest from a number of Championship clubs.
Lloyd, who was actually born in Leeds but only lived in the city for a matter of weeks, started his career at Charlton where he has made 134 appearances.
Lloyd has also had loan spells with Leyton Orient, Sheffield Wednesday, and Southend United.
Last season, he was a virtual ever present as Charlton reached the League One Play-Off semi-finals before tasting defeat to Swindon.
United manager Simon Grayson said: "Lloyd is another good addition to our squad.
"He has plenty of experience, he has played at Championship level, and he is hungry and keen to do well.
"We're delighted to get things finalised and welcome him aboard before we go out to Slovakia."
Lloyd is the club's sixth signing of the summer and joined his new team-mates for training for the first time on Friday.


leedsunited.com 7/7/10
NEILL - I'M DELIGHTED TO BE BACK
Defender Neill Collins admits he is delighted to return to Leeds United after completing the formalities of his transfer from Preston North End on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old made nine appearances for United last season as the club clinched promotion back to the Championship.
A number of npower Championship clubs were keen to take the defender, but once Leeds made a move, the Scot had no doubts about where he saw his future.
"It's great to come back after the success of last season," said Neill.
"It was a real high last season and now we're in a better league.
"Having already been here and knowing the club made it easy.
"It's the biggest club in the Championship and after last season we have moved a step in the right direction.
"When the opportunity came to come back I was delighted."
Neill is the fifth signing of the summer, but having spent time here on loan, he re-joins a club where he knows the majority of the squad.
He linked up with his team-mates at Strensall Barracks on Wednesday afternoon and will travel to Slovakia on the pre-season tour this weekend.
"It's not really like coming to a new club," he added.
"I know a lot of the lads here so it should be easy settling in.
"We go away next week and that will be an opportunity to get to know the new lads as well."

Leedsunited.com 7/7/10
UNITED SIGN CENTRAL DEFENDER
Neill Collins has become Leeds United's fifth signing of the summer.
The central defender has joined from Preston North End for an undisclosed fee.
United have beaten off interest from a number of Championship clubs for the 26-year-old, and he has signed a three-year contract.
Neill is no stranger to Leeds fans, having made nine appearances as the club clinched promotion last season.
The former Sunderland and Wolves defender played the final nine games of the campaign, and manager Simon Grayson was delighted to complete his signing.
"We know all about Neill from last season and what he brings to the club," said the boss.
"Neill already knows most of the lads here, but we're pleased we've been able to complete the deal before we go to Slovakia on Saturday.
"Neill has plenty of experience at Championship level and he is another important addition to our squad."

Saturday, July 03, 2010

New pages uploaded at mightyleeds.co.uk

Matches – 29/9/71 – Leeds United 0 Lierse SK 4

After defeating the unknowns from Belgium 2-0 on their own soil, the second leg at Elland Road was considered a formality - the match was a nightmare debut for goalkeeper John Shaw

Read the full story at
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/matches/19710929.htm

History – The Seventies 1969-79

Treble heartache - Colchester - Tinkler - Super Leeds - Sunderland - AC Milan - Second championship - Bayern Munich - Revie, Clough, Armfield, Stein and Adamson - and the dismantling of the club

Read the full story at
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/history/70to79.htm

Plus biographies of Leeds City players

Joe Enright (inside-left) 1910-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/enright.htm

Jock Ferguson (left-back) 1912-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/fergusonj.htm

Jimmy Fortune (left winger) 1911-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/fortune.htm

Jimmy Freeborough (right-back/half-back) 1906-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/freeborough.htm

Jimmy Gemmell (inside-forward) 1907-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/gemmell.htm

John George (half-back) 1906-07
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/george.htm

Andy Gibson (inside-forward) 1912-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/gibsonandy.htm

Billy Gillespie (inside-forward) 1910-11
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/gillespie.htm

Dickie Guy (right winger) 1908-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/guy.htm

Billy Halligan (inside-forward) 1909-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/halligan.htm

Ted Hamilton (right winger) 1909-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/hamiltonted.htm

Jock Hamilton (centre-half) 1908-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/hamiltonjock.htm

Fred Hargraves (centre-forward/half-back) 1905-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/hargraves.htm

John Harkins (right-half) 1910-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/harkins.htm

Alf Harwood (centre-forward) 1906-07
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/harwood.htm

Frank Heaney (right-back) 1911-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/heaney.htm

James Henderson (left-half) 1905-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/hendersonjames.htm

Jimmy Horsley (centre-half) 1909-11
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/horsley.htm

Gordon Howard (inside-forward) 1904-06
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/howard.htm

Tom Hynds (centre-half) 1907-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/hynds.htm

Bob Jefferson (winger) 1906-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/jefferson.htm

Garnet Johnson (left winger) 1906
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/johnsongarnet.htm

Sam Johnson (wing-half) 1911-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/johnsonsam.htm

Dickie Joynes (right winger/inside-forward) 1908-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/joynes.htm

Harry Kay (right-back) 1907-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/kay.htm

Chris Kelly (wing-half) 1910-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/kellychris.htm

Jimmy Kennedy (wing-half) 1906-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/kennedyjimmy.htm

Gerald Kirk (centre-half) 1906-07
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/kirk.htm

Jack Lavery (inside-left) 1906-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/lavery.htm

Tom McAllister (right-half) 1908-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/mcallistertom.htm

Edward McDaniel (right-back) 1911-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/mcdaniel.htm

Jock Macdonald (right-back) 1905-06
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/macdonaldjock.htm

Willie McDonald (wing-half) 1908-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/mcdonaldwillie.htm

Joe Moran (wing-half) 1911-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/moran.htm

Charlie Morgan (right-half) 1905-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/morgancharlie.htm

John Morris (centre-half) 1905-06
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/morrisjohn.htm

Tom Morris (centre-half) 1909-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/morristom.htm

Tom Mulholland (inside-right) 1909-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/mulholland.htm

Leslie Murphy (goalkeeper) 1911-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/murphy.htm

David Murray (full-back) 1905-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/murraydavid.htm

Willie Murray (left winger) 1906-07
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/murraywillie.htm

Tom Naisby (goalkeeper) 1907-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/naisby.htm

George Page (centre-forward) 1906-07
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/pagegeorge.htm

Bert Pickard (half-back) 1905-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/pickard.htm

Haydn Price (half-back) 1909-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/pricehaydn.htm

Cecil Reinhardt (goalkeeper) 1910-12
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/reinhardt.htm

Hugh Roberts (right winger) 1909-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/robertshugh.htm

Jimmy Robertson (inside-right) 1912-13
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/robertsonjimmy.htm

Tom Rodger (inside-right) 1908-09
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/rodger.htm

Harry Singleton (left winger) 1905-07
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/singletonharry.htm

Colin Stockton (right winger) 1909-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/stocktoncolin.htm

Harry Stringfellow (centre-half) 1905-06
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/stringfellowharry.htm

George Swift (full-back) 1906
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/swiftgeorge.htm

Bill Thomas (inside-left) 1906-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/thomasbill.htm

Jimmy Thorpe (wing-half/full-back) 1907-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/thorpejimmy.htm

Jim Tildesley (full-back) 1909-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/tildesleyjim.htm

Tom Tompkins (right-half) 1907-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/tompkinstom.htm

Fred Walker (centre-half) 1905-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/walkerfred.htm

Jock Watson (right-back) 1908-10
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/watsonjock.htm

Bob Watson (inside-forward) 1905-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/watsonbob.htm

Jack Watson (full-back) 1908-11
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/whitejack.htm

Jack Whitley (goalkeeper) 1906-07
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/whitleyjack.htm

David 'Soldier' Wilson (centre-forward) 1905-06
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/wilsondavid.htm

Tommy Wilson (left winger) 1906-08
http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/players/wilsontommy.htm
Yorkshire Evening Post 1/7/10
Grayson quashes Leicester City hotseat speculation
By Phil hay
Simon Grayson has reaffirmed his commitment to Leeds United amid speculation linking him to the vacant manager's job at Leicester City.
Grayson appears to have ruled himself out of the running for the post at the Walkers Stadium following claims that he was one of City's preferred candidates to replace Nigel Pearson.
Pearson stepped down as Leicester boss early this week to take charge of Hull City, and Grayson was named as a potential target of last season's losing Championship play-off semi-finalists, a team he represented as a player for five seasons.
United are not thought to have received any contact from Leicester, whose chairman Milan Mandaric has been in Africa on holiday, and the Elland Road club would be highly unlikely to consider any attempt to court Grayson.
Swansea City's Paulo Sousa is understood to be a leading contender for the Leicester job.
Forty-year-old Grayson masterminded United's return to the Championship last season, at the end of his first full term in charge, and he dismissed speculation linking him to City on the first day of Leeds' pre-season schedule.
Grayson said: "I've just got a team into the Championship and it's the football club who I support. I've got a job to do here.
"I'm flattered by the speculation but I'm certainly committed to being at Leeds United for a lot longer than this."
Grayson has been manager of Leeds for 18 months, a period in which the club have lost only 19 of the 87 matches played under him, and his plans for next season are well advanced following the signing of four new players.
Yorkshire Evening Post 1/7/10
Promotion must not distract Whites - Howson
By Phil Hay
Jonathan Howson admitted today that the time for dwelling on Leeds United's promotion was at an end as he turned his mind to resuming his career in the Championship.
The club's vice-captain is heading for a return to the level of English football where he made his full senior debut in 2006 and described how the euphoria of their escape from League One had given way to realistic appreciation of the demanding division they are about to join.
Howson was instrumental in United's automatic promotion, appearing in 45 league fixtures on the way to an achievement which is as yet unrivalled in his short career and he was beginning the fight for re-selection this morning on the first day of pre-season training.
The 22-year-old anticipated a vibrant atmosphere at Thorp Arch, seven short weeks after United's promotion was sealed by their victory over Bristol Rovers at Elland Road, but he warned that the success of last season was now a potential distraction with the start of the Championship campaign little more than a month away.
Howson said: "The emotions at the end of last season were fantastic and it was right for us to properly enjoy the moment.
"It's a major achievement, the biggest of my career and something I'd been looking to achieve for three years.
"It's been a tough job getting back into the Championship and it was a big relief to finally do it.
"I never thought it would take us so long. But you can't get too carried away by one achievement. The new season comes round pretty quickly and that gives you something completely different to think about.
"The way football is, you don't dwell on promotion for too long. It'll be forgotten by everyone when the season starts and we're a few games down the line.
"The only thing anyone will be interested in is how well we're performing and where we are in the table.
"From this point onwards, the players have got to start concentrating on next season and we will.
"It's not really any different to when we didn't win promotion. I thought about the play-off defeats long and hard but you let it go eventually and turn your mind to the job ahead of you.
"We're going into a tough league and if we prepare properly and get focused on what's in front of us then I think we can do really well at that level."
As he assessed the make-up of the Championship for the 2010-11 season, Howson found himself singing from the same hymn sheet as his manager, Simon Grayson, who suggested yesterday that Leeds would be one of no fewer than 12 clubs who would feel confident of making a credible attempt to qualify for the play-offs.
Howson has experienced the Championship before, albeit briefly, under Dennis Wise, the first coach to show confidence in the midfielder's ability. Wise gave Howson his league debut on December 23, 2006 and used him a further eight times before withdrawing him for the final stages of an increasingly fraught season.
In the years since, Howson has made more than 100 outings for United's first team and established himself as the leading appearance maker in a squad which has changed constantly. Grayson has relied on him consistently and might do so again next season, despite his plan to strengthen the pool of central midfielders available to him.
Howson said he had improved as a player since he last appeared in the Championship and the contract extension earned by him as a result of Leeds' promotion will potentially offer him another two seasons with United in that division.
"I feel I've developed since I played there last so I'm really looking forward to going back," he said. "I just want to get started now.
"We're going up a level but with Leeds you always have expectation of high standards, no matter what division or game you're playing in.
"Maybe the pressure's not quite as high as last season because we were the biggest club in League One and, with no disrespect to anyone else, we were always the favourites to go up, bar the season when we had the 15-point deduction.
"We might not have the expectation of automatic promotion but we'll be expected to give a good account of ourselves. I think we've got the squad to get up towards the top six and I'm sure the manager will bring in two or three more signings.
"There's no team I'm looking at and thinking 'they'll definitely go up' like people did with Newcastle last season.
"A lot of clubs seem to be at a similar level. Odds don't make a difference as we saw with Blackpool – they were joint favourites to go down and ended up getting promoted. It's anyone's game."
Leeds begin their season at home to Derby County, coincidentally the last club that Howson played against in the Championship and an immediate test of their potential will come a week later against Nottingham Forest, one of last season's play-off semi-finalists.
Grayson would not expect his squad to repeat the form shown at the beginning of their 2009-10 campaign, when six straight wins and 12 matches without defeat gave them control of League One, but Howson said a consistent start would be an essential step towards avoiding trouble in the lower reaches of the division.
He said: "If we get a start a bit like last season then who knows what could happen?
"We're a young, hungry side!"

Yorkshire Evening Post 1/7/10
Whites launch talent search
By Phil Hay
Leeds United are casting their eye over the younger ranks of the Premier League as manager Simon Grayson weighs up possible loan signings before the start of the Championship term.
Grayson has revealed that he is interested in pursuing the type of deal which brought teenager Sanchez Watt to Elland Road on a temporary basis last season.
Watt left Arsenal for a six-week stay with Leeds during the closing stages of their League One campaign and the 19-year-old could emerge as a transfer target again having impressed over the course of six appearances.
Grayson is attempting to identify potential options after embracing to the idea of strengthening his squad with young talent sourced from the Premier League, a strategy which also secured striker Sam Vokes, from Wolverhampton Wanderers last term.
Grayson said: "I think that's something we'll be looking at again. It's an avenue we and other teams have taken in the past and I'd be stupid not to see what's available to me.
"We had Sanchez Watt here last season and he made a really good contribution. He impressed us and he's an example of the sort of talent you can find in the Premier League.
"It's often be a win-win situation for everyone because the players get the opportunity to come out and play football and you benefit from their talent.
"We're looking at what's out there and these sort of deals often happen later in the summer but it's not a path I'm afraid to go down."
Watt came to Leeds in the last hours of the Football League's emergency loan window and he made his only start in United's 4-1 rout of MK Dons a fortnight before the end of the term. His other five appearances came as a substitute. The winger planned to fight for a place in Arsenal's plans this summer but he is on the very fringes of Arsene Wenger's first-team squad and the London club may be happy to release him on a temporary deal again if Leeds decide to renew their interest in Watt.
Wenger has made a habit of sending Arsenal's younger prospects for spells in the lower leagues and Grayson believes other Premier League managers will do the same this summer, with many Championship clubs more than happy to take up available options.
"I doubt whether we're the only club in the Championship thinking about this," Grayson said. "There isn't a lot of money around at the moment and everyone will be casting their net as wide as possible.
"That's not to say we aren't trying to make more permanent signings because we are, but you can't ignore the value of loans from the Premier League."
Leeds have struck four permanent deals since the end of last season, bringing in keeper Kasper Schmeichel, defenders Federico Bessone and Paul Connolly and striker Billy Paynter.
BBC 30/6/10
Jonny Howson - Leeds can aim for Championship play-offs
Leeds United midfielder Jonny Howson believes the club can realistically target a play-off position this season.
Howson reckons manager Simon Grayson has built a squad that can be competitive in the Championship after winning promotion last season.
Howson told BBC Radio Leeds: "If we perform to the best of our abilities then I don't see why not."
Grayson has already brought in four new players as the Whites look for back-to-back promotions.
"I've had a look at the teams and if we get a good run of form then anything can happen," said Howson.
"But on the other hand if we have get a bad run of form we could be at the other end of the table."
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, defenders Paul Connolly and Federico Bessone and striker Billy Paynter have all arrived at Elland Road over the summer, and Howson is backing them to deal with the high expectations at the club.
"They might have a bit of a surprise once they actually learn the ins and outs and see the different things we have to do, but I think they'll have expected it.
"They're good players that I've seen of them, so we're looking forward to it, and with the players that we have got, it's a young, hungry side."

Yorkshire Evening Post 30/6/10
Opportunity knocks for Whites squad
By Phil Hay
Leeds United's transfer-listed players have been told that opportunities could arise for them under Simon Grayson this summer, despite the club's plan to remove them from the squad at Elland Road.
Grayson said he had no intention of being "stubborn" with the four professionals who he warned were surplus to requirements at the end of last season.United advised Andy Robinson, Alan Sheehan, Tresor Kandol and Lubomir Michalik to find new employers shortly after their promotion from League One but the quartet remain under contract with Leeds and will turn out at Thorp Arch tomorrow morning for the start of pre-season training.
Their search for new clubs will continue in the lead up to the 2010-11 season but Grayson plans to involve them fully in training with the first team and has not ruled out the possibility that some of the group could play their way back into contention before the new term begins.
United's manager said: "They're under contract here, their being paid by us so they'll be involved in pre-season like everyone else.
"The reason they've been made available is because they didn't play a great deal for us last season and it's probably in their interests as much as ours to be with a club where they can get regular football.
"They are all good players.
"But I'm not so stubborn that I'll take no notice if they come back in great shape and great form and make a real impression in pre-season.
"I've said that shirts are up for grabs and they shouldn't assume that they can't change my mind or catch my eye.
"All four players have 12 months left on their contracts with Leeds but the club are not expected to seek a transfer fee from teams interested in recruiting any of the group.
Swansea City are understood to have identified left-back Sheehan as a possible signing having lost another left-sided defender, Federico Bessone, to Leeds on a free transfer earlier this month.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who has not played for United's first team since January 2009, spent last season on loan with Swindon Town and admitted after Swindon's defeat in the League One play-off final that he did not expect to receive another chance at Leeds.
Sheehan said: "I'll be leaving Leeds, as long as Simon Grayson is there I won't be there anyway.
"I'll be happy to be leaving I suppose and move on with my career. There are a few offers on the table at the moment, but I'm going to go and take a break and take one thing at a time."
Yorkshire Evening Post 29/6/10
Grayson won't rush Kisnorbo
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson says player of the year Patrick Kisnorbo will be under no pressure to step up his recovery from Achilles surgery when the countdown to the Championship season begins on Thursday.
United's players are 48 hours away from the start of pre-season training after a seven-week summer break but Kisnorbo will remain in the treatment room at Thorp Arch while Grayson's squad launch their preparation for the 2010-11 term.
The Australian international ruptured an Achilles tendon in March, ruling him out of the end of United's League One campaign and the World Cup, but he initially set himself the tentative target of resuming light training next month.
Leeds hope Kisnorbo could make his first-team return around the start of November but Grayson is unwilling to apply definite timescales to the defender's comeback, insisting he was fully prepared to plan without Kisnorbo until the closing weeks of the year. The sudden loss of Kisnorbo created a major hole in Grayson's defence last season, a hole filled by on a temporary basis by loan signing Neill Collins, and Leeds are expected to add a centre-back to their squad to ensure they reach the start of the new campaign with sufficient strength in depth.
Grayson admitted that Kisnorbo's return would be a "big boost" but said: "From the start, the assumption with Paddy was that his injury would take months to heal rather than weeks.
"I'm sure he's desperate to get back just as we'd want to have him fit and available but we won't force his recovery and I still don't want to put a timescale on his comeback. He'll take as long as he needs to.
"There's no possibility of him being fit for the start of the season so there's absolutely no reason to rush him. I'd much rather he took his time and came back in perfect shape. It'll be a big boost when he does."
Left-back Ben Parker's calf injury is also likely to prevent him from training on Thursday, and he is expected to miss much of Leeds' pre-season schedule because of a problem sustained a fortnight before the end of last term.
Andy Robinson, Lubomir Michalik, Alan Sheehan and Tresor Kandol – four players who Leeds have deemed surplus to requirements – are also due back at Thorp Arch on Thursday having so far failed to find new clubs.

Yorkshire Evening Post 27/6/10
Places are up for grabs – Grayson
By Phil Hay
Simon Grayson has warned that Leeds United players should make no assumptions about first-team selection when they assemble at Thorp Arch for the start of pre-season training this week.
Grayson will welcome his squad back to the club's training ground on Thursday morning and United's manager said he had no pre-conceived ideas about the team he will turn to on the first afternoon of the Championship term.
United's players have spent the past seven weeks reflecting on their dramatic promotion from League One but Grayson has been active in the interim, making four signings and promising that others will follow before Derby County visit Elland Road on Saturday, August 7.
Grayson promised that he would give a fair opportunity to the players responsible for lifting Leeds out of League One at the third attempt but he has delivered on his threat to be "ruthless" and make multiple changes to his squad before the Championship season begins.
New recruits Kasper Schmeichel, Billy Paynter, Paul Connolly and Federico Bessone are due to meet their new team-mates for the first time on Thursday, and the squad will undertake a programme of fitness work before flying out to Slovakia for the club's first friendly against MFK Ruzomberok on July 13.
Schmeichel's battle with current first-choice goalkeeper Shane Higgs will be one of the more fascinating contests, mirroring the battle for selection between Higgs and Casper Ankergren last summer, but Grayson said every position should be seen as available, despite the success of last season.
"It'll be the same for all the players," he said. "There isn't a position in the team that's guaranteed to anyone and I really mean that.
"The team I choose on the first day of the season will come down entirely to what happens in pre-season. It's not about how we played last season or what people have done in their careers before coming here. I'm only interested in who looks fittest, sharpest and in the best form through July and at the start of August.
"I've always taken that approach and I don't want anyone coming back thinking that shirts are theirs to lose or that they're at the front of the queue. There isn't a queue at the moment and there won't be until later in the summer."
Grayson made plain his plans for major restructuring by releasing two players and telling four senior professionals that they would be better served by transfers elsewhere. The loss of striker Jermaine Beckford to Everton on a free transfer also heightened the importance of his work in the transfer market.
The signing of Schmeichel and subsequent deals for right-back Connolly and left-back Bessone have completed a large degree of Grayson's defensive recruitment, though United's manager is expected to look for another centre-back before the Championship season starts.
Australian defender Patrick Kisnorbo is continuing to aim for a comeback in October or early November after rupturing an Achilles tendon towards the end of last term. Left-back Ben Parker is also likely to be prevented from starting training on Thursday morning having damaged a calf in April.
The signing of Paynter on a three-year deal from Swindon Town, meanwhile, strengthened United's group of forwards in the wake of Beckford's exit.
Grayson has been linked to several other strikers, notably Gary Hooper, Billy Sharp and Rob Hulse, and he recently gave a clear indication that at least one more forward would move to Elland Road this summer following the capture of Paynter on a free transfer.
United's boss will look to improve his squad further before the club travel to Slovakia for a two-game tour which ends in a clash with MFK Kosice on July 16.
Leeds have also arranged games with Bury and Hartlepool United and will travel to Norway to play Lyn Oslo before winding up their pre-season campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road on July 31, the club's only home friendly.
Grayson said: "It's a good, intense programme and I wanted us to get away for a few days together.
"I think that's quite important, just to give the new lads a chance to familiarise themselves with everyone and also to break up the usual routine of pre-season.
"The opposition in Slovakia and Norway will be decent and we're finishing off at home to Wolves so we certainly should be ready for the new season. The players will know that they're on an even keel as far as selection goes and who makes the team is really down to them."
United finished last season with several loanees on their books, and Grayson is yet to indicate whether he will move to bring any of them back to Elland Road.
Gary McSheffrey has transferred from Birmingham City to Coventry City and Leeds are not expected to look for another deal for Aston Villa's Shane Lowry, but Neill Collins and Michael Doyle both ended their loans at Elland Road with comments confirming their desire to join the club permanently.
Preston North End defender Collins said he would "walk from Preston" to take up a long-term deal with Leeds and Doyle is also keen to seal a switch from Coventry.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder remains on the books of Coventry, however, and he is due to report back to his parent club for the beginning of City's pre-season programme tomorrow.