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Leedsunited.com 31/10/09 UNITED HIT YEOVIL FOR FOUR UNITED 4 (Johnson 42, Gradel 69, Beckford 78, Kandol 84), YEOVIL TOWN 0 United: Ankergren, Bromby, Naylor, Kisnorbo, Hughes (Gradel 59), Snodgrass, Doyle (Kilkenny 59), Howson, Johnson, Beckford (Kandol 81), Vokes. Subs: Martin, Prutton, Grella, Michalik. Yeovil: McCarthy, Jones, Forbes, Alcock, Caulker, Welsh (Murtagh 73), Kalala, MacDonald, Obika, Mason (Lindegaard 89), Williams. Subs: Stam, Murtagh, Martin, Smith, Hutchins, Clowes. Referee: A Haines Booked: Welsh, Kalala (Yeovil) Manager Simon Grayson named an unchanged side as United looked to follow up the midweek success at Bristol Rovers with another victory on home soil. Yeovil arrived on the back of a six-game unbeaten run, but Leeds started on the front foot and after Micky Doyle saw an incisive pass to Jermaine Beckford blocked, Sam Vokes tested visiting goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for the first time in the third minute. But the visitors also showed some early enterprise
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New pages uploaded at mightyleeds.co.uk 14 April 1971 – Liverpool 0 Leeds United 1 European Fairs Cup semi final first leg - Anfield Billy Bremner returned from injury to score a marvellous headed winner against old rivals Liverpoool in the first leg at Anfield and put United in the driving seat Read the full story at http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/matches/19710414.htm 17 April 1971 - Leeds United 1 West Bromwich Albion 2 First Division - Elland Road In one of the most controversial games ever played by Leeds, perverse refereeing by Ray Tinkler makes an indelible mark on United's history as their championship challenge collapses Read the full story at http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/matches/19710417.htm 26 April 1971 - Leeds United 1 Arsenal 0 First Division - Elland Road In a vital end of season League clash, United got the rub of the green for a change as Jack Charlton's controversial goal was allowed to stand and they moved ahead of Arsenal in the table Read the full st
Yorkshire Evening Post 30/10/09 Probe is no problem – Bates By Phil Hay Leeds United say they are optimistic of having "no problem" with the Football League over the issue of who ultimately controls the club. United are in the process of clarifying the ownership structure at Elland Road after the Football League wrote to them requesting clarification over the identity of the individuals behind Forward Sports Fund (FSF). FSF – an off-shore company based in the Cayman Islands and administered in Switzerland – holds a 100 per cent stake in United and has done so since the club exited administration in the summer of 2007. The identity of FSF's beneficiaries has never been revealed, though club chairman Ken Bates, chief executive Shaun Harvey and solicitor Mark Taylor were named as directors of Leeds at the time of the 2007 takeover. The buy-out was sanctioned by the Football League after the governing body ran its fit and proper persons' test on the people named as Unite
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Yorkshire Evening Post 28/10/09 Becks brace puts Whites clear at top By Phil Hay Serious about being champions? As if there was any doubt. Back on the wagon after three days of reflection, Leeds United have not dithered over the answer to that question. It required a response, if for no other reason than the question was posed by one of their own. Michael Doyle's analysis of last night's game at Bristol Rovers, 72 hours after Leeds' first league defeat of the season, was to view it as an examination of how capable the club were of not merely heading their division but of winning it. Very, came the reply. Leeds were entitled to explain their loss to Millwall on Saturday as a blip on an upwards trajectory – precisely what it is with 14 matches played – but a similarly poor result in Bristol would have given rise to the thought that United were faltering in a month when five of nine available points had already been dropped. Doyle spotted that scepticism hiding around the
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Yorkshire Evening Post 21/10/09 Whites cool on Becks deal By Phil Hay Leeds United say Jermaine Beckford's contractual position at Elland Road remains "unchanged" amid talk that QPR plan to bid for the striker in January. The Championship club have been heavily linked with a move for Beckford in the forthcoming transfer window, and the 25-year-old's future is as unclear as ever with his dwindling deal at Elland Road yet to be extended.Contract talks between Leeds and Beckford broke down during the summer, leaving the forward on the transfer list for several weeks, and United are not believed to be in active discussions with his agent, Nick Rubery. Leeds are presently running the risk that Beckford will leave Elland Road on a free transfer when his existing three-year deal – signed in October 2007 – expires in June of next year, a gamble the League One club opted to take before the start of this season by reversing their decision to transfer-list him. United's boa
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Times 19/10/09 Forster error gifts Leeds all three points and top spot Leeds United 2 Norwich City 1 Jeremy Cross An horrendous blunder from Fraser Forster, the Norwich City goalkeeper, in stoppage time gifted Leeds United a late and undeserved victory at Elland Road last night to enable them to stumble back to the top of the Coca-Cola League One table. Bradley Johnson’s sixth goal of the season put Leeds ahead but Norwich refused to buckle and went on to dominate the contest to such an extent that Paul Lambert, their manager, must have wondered how his team left Yorkshire empty-handed. Johnson had given Simon Grayson’s side the lead after rising the highest to beat several Norwich defenders and convert Robert Snodgrass’s corner in the fifteenth minute to break the deadlock. But Grant Holt’s tenth goal of the season just before the interval — he beat Jason Crowe at the back post to head home off a cross by Darel Russell — hauled Norwich level and from this point on it was the home sid
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New pages uploaded at mightyleeds.co.uk 13 February 1971 - Colchester United 3 Leeds United 2 Ray Crawford's astonishing swansong performance for Colchester inspires one of the greatest FA Cup upsets of all time and one of the darkest days in the history of Leeds United Read the full story at http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/matches/19710213.htm
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Leedsunited.com 16/10/09 KEN BATES ON THORP ARCH Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has revealed more about the club's decision not to exercise the buy-back clause on the Thorp Arch training ground. The club confirmed on Friday morning that, following discussions with Leeds City Council, the buy-back option would not be exercised. "We've been in negotiations for three months, but these have dragged on inevitably because of the way any Council works with checks, balances, and so many committees," the chairman told Yorkshire Radio. "Things weren't being resolved as quickly as they might have been up to last week when obviously the deadline started coming up. "We kept trying to put pressure on to get the outstanding matters resolved, but it was like dragon's teeth. As soon as one problem was solved up came two more, and some of them were a bit nonsenical to put it mildly, without going into details. "I think it wasn't helped by the fact the Counc
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Yorkshire Evening Post 7/10/09 Tresor does the trick for United By Phil Hay Leeds United 2 Darlington 1 An unnecessary hindrance or a competition worth winning? Casper Ankergren, Leeds United's goalkeeper, took a positive view when asked to analyse the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Others, including his manager, might have begged to differ while yesterday's fixture hung over the club. Thrown into the Football League's minor competition at its second stage, Simon Grayson's vision was blurred with complications created by the mass of fixtures thrown at his club in the first two months of the season. Six of his players were injured last night and two others were committed to international matches.In deciding how to manage those absentees while obeying competition rules preventing token line-ups, Grayson pieced together the strongest team he could justify while topping up his bench with an untested striker in Davide Somma and a junior goalkeeper in Ryan Jones. The approach