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LUTV: Tadcaster Albion match to be shown free

Watch every kick.

Leeds United’s pre-season friendly with Tadcaster Albion on Wednesday 17th July (7:45pm) will be shown live on LUTV.

Build up will begin 10 minutes ahead of the fixture at and include full match commentary with replays.

The Whites are expected to name a strong team at the i2i Stadium, so if you can’t make it to the game, be sure to watch every kick live on LUTV as Marcelo Bielsa’s side get ready for the 2019/20 campaign.


Quick stat: looking for our first win at York’s since a 4-0 League Cup win in 1987. Our last 7 friendlies with the Minstermen all ended in draws.

Blir streamet på LUTV!

Ordet er fritt / Ung spiller: Alfie Hughes
« på: Juli 05, 2019, 19:11:21 »
Leeds confirm signing of talented midfielder from rivals Man Utd

Date published: Friday 5th July 2019 1:38
Leeds United have signed midfielder Alfie Hughes from Manchester United, with the player announcing the move on social media.

The 16-year-old had only been with the Red Devils for a year following his arrival from Middlesbrough’s academy in February of 2018.

However, Hughes has decided to make the “tough decision” by leaving the Premier League giants in order to move to their rivals Leeds in the search of more opportunities.

The teenager, who plays predominantly as an attacking midfielder, is reported to have turned down a scholarship at Manchester United in order to move to West Yorkshire.

Hughes has represented England at U15 level, and is expected to slot into the U18 side at Elland Road next term.

He becomes the fourth capture of the summer thus far, with Jack Harrison returning season-long loan deal from Manchester City and Ben White joining on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

Jack Clarke was sold to Spurs but has also returned for next season, while Helder Costa has signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers to complete the quartet of loan deals.


Ordet er fritt / Nye drakter 2019-20
« på: Juli 01, 2019, 19:23:51 »

Ordet er fritt / Ex-spiller: Liam McCarron
« på: Juli 01, 2019, 16:02:06 »
 #LUFC are pleased to announce the signing of Liam McCarron on a permanent transfer from Carlisle United

Highly rated prospect joins the club.

Leeds United are pleased to announce the signing of Liam McCarron on a permanent transfer from Carlisle United.

The 18-year-old joins the Whites for an undisclosed fee and has penned a three-year deal at Elland Road.

McCarron came through the ranks at Carlisle and signed a first professional contract with the League Two side last September.

He then went on to make 20 appearances in all competitions for the Brunton Park outfit and Leeds have beaten off competition from a number of Premier League and Championship clubs to secure the signature of the highly rated youngster.

McCarron will initially link up with Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 side, with a view to joining the first team squad.

When Leeds United V Guiseley AFC friendly tickets will be on sale revealed

Alex Evans
Published: 12:58 Saturday 29 June 2019
 Leeds United take on Guiseley in 2018
Leeds United take on Guiseley in 2018
The date tickets will go on sale for Leeds United fans eager to watch the Whites' clash with Guiseley AFC in July has been revealed.

The pre-season friendly at Nethermoor Park is scheduled for July 11.

The fixture has sold out in previous years, so fans are being advised to buy tickets in advance.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, July 3 from 2.30pm.

Tickets are £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for under-18s.

The fixture is a regular one for Leeds United. In 2018, the match ended with a 4-3 win for Leeds.

A spokesman for Leeds United said: "Purchasing in advance is recommended as this fixture has sold out in previous years, and will be available from Guiseley's Club Shop at Nethermoor on the following dates: Wednesday 3rd July, 14:30 – 18:30pm

"Guiseley have confirmed that tickets for this friendly will not be available to purchase online, and purchasing direct from their Club Shop in advance is their recommended route."

Leeds United fans to take over Bankwest Stadium next month for Wanderers v Leeds

Julian Keith

Thousands of Leeds United fans will travel to Western Sydney next month to watch their team play in the historic first football game at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday 20 July.

Around 7000 fans of the iconic English club are expected at the game against the Western Sydney Wanderers with around 1000 Leeds faithful making the trip from England.

Tickets are moving fast for the historic game so get in quick at Ticketek here

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper says the team can’t wait to get to Australia and see all the fans.

“On behalf of myself and all the players and staff at Leeds United, we want to let you all know how excited we are to be heading to Sydney to meet you all,” said Cooper.

“We appreciate the support you give us all the way from down under and we hope to see you all when we land in July. Take care, we’ll see you soon.”

Leeds’ visit to Australia coincides with the club’s 100th anniversary with celebrations set to begin while they’re Down Under. Sydney-siders will be some of the first to get their hands on the new Leeds anniversary merchandise.

Yesterday the first group of Leeds fans stepped in to Bankwest Stadium to visit the seats they will call home in the southern end of the Stadium on 20 July.

Leeds are well-known for their passionate and vocal support and they’ve promised to bring the noise next month.

Leeds United NSW supporters group chairman Brendan O’Neill believes the fans will make Bankwest Stadium a cauldron of sound.

“The volume Leeds fans bring to any game is off the Richter scale,” said O’Neill.

“Whatever happens, we will always sing loud and proud for our team.

“It’s a great chance for the Wanderers fans to come out and experience the loudest fans in the world.”

Leeds have a strong connection with Australia, and Sydney will be haven for their fans with a number of events planned.

On Friday 19 July, Leeds faithful will swarm to Cheers bar for the official fan party that will feature a host of prizes to be won and a Q&A with Leeds United special guests. Fans can register their interest here.

A pre-match gathering for Leeds fans will also be held at the Commercial Hotel in Parramatta on the day of the game.

Leeds will also begin their 100th anniversary celebrations while on tour.

Ordet er fritt / Spiller: Charlie Cresswell
« på: Juni 17, 2019, 23:02:11 »
Leeds United have one of the country's finest young talents on their books - it's official - Leeds Live

Leeds United under-18s captain Charlie Cresswell has been named by the organisation League Football Education (LFE) as one of 11 apprentices who have been recognised for outstanding efforts across the apprenticeship programme.

Cresswell, the 16-year-old son of former Leeds United player Richard Cresswell, has captained the under-18s and trained with the under-23s.

The article described the young centre back's 'exemplary attitude and determination towards his apprenticeship'.

It said: "The 16-year-old has consistently pushed himself and others to develop on the training pitch and in the classroom, showing excellent leadership skills throughout the season both on and off the pitch."

Leeds United's head of education & welfare Katie Slee told LFE: “Charlie has a mature and dedicated approach to his personal development and takes time to explore the wider industry. His hunger to learn and put himself out of his comfort zone is highly commendable.

“He is studying the extended diploma with consistently high grades and adherence to deadlines. Charlie has already completed his Level Two coaching certificate and performed well working with a pan-disability team as part of his coaching hours.

“Charlie acts as a good role model and sets himself and his squad high standards. He is often the last to leave the classroom and has spent additional time working on next season’s units with the BTEC tutor.

“On the pitch, he has scored 10 goals from centre-back this season and has played an integral role in the under-18s team coming joint top in the PDL North division, losing out on being back-to-back champions on goal difference.”

LFE was established by The EFL and the PFA in 2004 to delver the apprenticeships programme to all of the English Football League Clubs in England and Wales.

Ordet er fritt / Tema: My Leeds 100
« på: Juni 17, 2019, 22:50:48 »
Et tema som kommer til å følge oss gjennom høsten og neste sesong!

Leeds United
#OnThisDay in 1924, Harold Williams was born. Find out more about the former Leeds United winger who made 228 appearances for the club #LUFC100

Harold Williams | My Leeds 100

Harold Williams was a Welsh international footballer, who made 228 appearances for Leeds United, playing a pivotal part in John Charles’ rise into a prolific goalscorer.

Born on the 17th June 1924 in Briton Ferry, Williams showed promise as a young boy, but saw his chances of progression halted by Swansea Town, who rejected him after several trials.

Not giving up on his dream of playing professional football, he made guest appearances for both Belfast Celtic and Cliftonville during the Second World War, where he also served in the Royal Navy.

As an 18 year-old serving with a fleet in the Atlantic, Williams fought a constant life and death battle. Describing his time in the war to the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said “I spent three years at sea going back and forth from Newfoundland, it was tough. We were involved in U-boat warfare. We blew one out of the water and it came up ten yards away. It was frightening but I survived”

Upon being released from the Navy in 1946, Williams was snapped up by Newport County, and over the next couple of seasons, would build up a reputation as a creative and talented player, with an abundance of pace.

Williams first came to the attention of Leeds United in 1949, when Major Frank Buckley’s side found themselves on the end of a surprise 3-1 defeat at Elland Road.

After completing a milkround in the early hours, Williams drove up to Leeds for the FA Cup tie, where he would find himself up against a formidable defence. “The player I was up against was Jimmy Milburn. He was a hard man but he wasn’t the fastest and I was too quick for him” Williams remembered.

As the summer approached, and unable to forget the young player’s impact in their FA Cup defeat, Buckley splashed out a sizeable fee for the time, £12,000, to bring Williams to the Whites.

Harold Williams (Bottom Row, Far Right) with the 1949/50 Leeds United team.
Earning £12 a week, Williams would make his Leeds United debut in a 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers on the 20th August 1949.

Able to switch wings with ease, the Welsh international linked up perfectly with Len Browning and John Charles, providing one pinpoint cross after another. Talking about his partnership with the latter, Williams said “He became one of the best players in the world and I couldn’t stop putting the ball on his head.”

Despite the club being firmly planted in the Second Division at the time, the side was full of internationals, and would gain respect for their style of football. During the 1949/50 season, the Whites went further in the FA Cup than any Leeds United team previously, only to be stopped in the sixth round by Arsenal, who would go on to win the competition that year.

Heartbreak would strike in November 1952, when Williams would suffer a broken leg during a trip to Everton’s Goodison Park.

Out for nine months, the winger returned back in time for the 1953/54 season, and would set about showing that he hadn’t lost any of his ability. Leeds produced an avalanche of goals, with Williams helping Charles set the goalscoring record of 42 goals in a single season.

The following season Leeds would go one step further and secure the promotion that they had so greatly craved during his time at the club. Scoring twice in nineteen games for the Whites, it was the beginning of the end for Williams, as he would be replaced by George Meek and Jackie Overfield as the established wingers.

After 8 years, 228 appearances, and 35 goals for Leeds United; Williams returned to Newport County in March 1957. He would later go on to join Bradford Park Avenue before bringing a close to his career.

Although his time in football drew to a close, Williams never stopped following the Whites, as he continued to attend games at Elland Road with his close friends John Charles and Jimmy Dunn.

With such an affinity for the area, the former winger spent the rest of his life in Yorkshire, becoming a landlord at The Railway Inn in Beeston, before moving onto The Griffin Inn in the small village of Gildersome.

Passing away in 2014 at the age of 90, Williams was the oldest surviving Welsh international, having won 4 caps for The Dragons against Northern Ireland (twice), Switzerland and Scotland.

Ordet er fritt / 2019-20: Carabao Cup
« på: Juni 17, 2019, 22:46:15 »
Leeds United

 From Bangkok to London, the @Carabao_Cup Round One draw will take place in a Morrisons supermarket this Thursday from 7pm

Torsdag 20/6-2019!


Off-Topic / FLYTTET: Ex-spiller: Nicky Byrne - i Westlife
« på: Juni 11, 2019, 21:09:41 »

Ordet er fritt / FINALE I FAIRS CUP - 1971: Leeds vs Juventus
« på: Juni 04, 2019, 20:32:59 »
Leeds United Nostalgia: Whites put in ‘giant’ display to sink Juventus in 1971 Fairs Cup final

Published: 05:30

Billy Bremner lifts the Inter-City Fairs Cup in 1971 following Leeds United's victory over Juventus on away goals in the final.
Updated: 12:00 Monday 03 June 2019

The rumour is that a football match was played this weekend. And you’d have had to have been hiding in a cave to miss it.

READ: Leeds United are in pole position for promotion next season says David Prutton

Juventus' Fabio Capello competes for a header during the 1971 Inter-City Fairs Cup final second leg at Elland Road.

With a meandering build-up and only the start of the cricket World Cup to serve as a distraction last week, every sports page, every bulletin, every bend of a radio wave ensured Jurgen Klopp and co were unable to bob out to do the weekly big-shop without a dose of yellow ticker-tape treatment.

The advent of social media has delivered a need for content even thirstier than that of the 24-hour sports news channels, and with features such as BT Sport’s ‘No Filter UCL’ showcasing every hamstring stretch and motivational war-cry, supporters of Liverpool and Tottenham Hostspur should consider themselves dangerously refreshed.

Allan Clarke celebrates scoring his goal in the second leg of the Inter-City Fairs Cup final in 1971.

It’s a reality at odds with the experience of Leeds United supporters during the second leg of the 1971 Inter-City Fairs Cup final, who went parched as the FA refused permission to broadcast a second of the Whites’ triumph.

It was 48 years ago today that Don Revie’s sweat-soaked troops became the last-ever winners of the competition after a battling 1-1 draw with Italian giants Juventus saw them lift the trophy via the away goal rule.

Having already televised the Wembley-based European Cup final between Ajax and Panathinaikos earlier that week, an FA spokesperson said: “As far as we are concerned there is no live showing of the Fairs Cup final.

“We have told Leeds of our decision and that is final. Also, there will be no highlights of the match televised on Thursday evening. One live football match on television a week is enough.”

Second-tier Leeds United played on television 24 times last season. How times have changed.

A mean Juventus side containing the likes of Helmut Haller and one Fabio Capello had been hooked in a 2-2 draw over in Turin, but the nature of Leeds’ sinewed 1-1 win rendered it even more impressive.

Allan Clarke’s 12th-minute strike put them into the ascendancy, but it was when pocket rocket Pietro Anastasi levelled up the match eight minutes later that the home side showed their undoubted class.

They were bigger, stronger and F***er than their trophy-laden counterparts. As the match went on and the heat took hold, it became clear that Leeds United wanted it more.

Chances fell to Haller and handful forward Roberto Battega, but in Jack Charlton Leeds had defender to build a wall around. The big centre-half produced one of the displays of his decorated career, along with Terry Cooper, and as time ticked on the Leeds back line grew taller still.

One newspaper report described them as ‘giants’ at the final whistle.

Thanks to the powers that be, only 42,000 supporters saw Billy Bremner lift that trophy, though grainy YouTube footage remains.

Don Revie said the run Leeds had to contend with put their triumph up there with the grandest European stage: “Although Juventus are a world class side I thought my lads showed their character to win through.

“I have always said that the Fairs Cup is almost as difficult to win as the European Cup, and I saw no reason to change my mind this season. When you play sides of the calibre of Dynamo Dresden, Liverpool and Juventus, how can it be easy?”

Ordet er fritt / EFL - English Football League
« på: Juni 01, 2019, 08:09:22 »
Vi har ikke noen tråd for denne organisasjonen som i over 15 år har motarbeidet Leeds United på det groveste:

Price of Football

Today is a sad one for all football fans, as the head of the #EFL. With that in mind I thought I’d set up the Shaun Harvey Appreciation Thread, or #SHAT for short, so fans can log their memories & thanks for all he’s done for the teams they support.

Bolton fans will give a (applause) to Shaun for allowing Ken Anderson & Dean Holdsworth to pass the fit & proper test to take over their club. Apart from administration, a 12 point penalty, food banks for staff, loans at 24% interest, paying KA £525k as a consultant it’s been great #SHAT

Bury fans will high five Shaun for giving the (thumbs up) to Steve Dale to buy the club in Dec 2018 & stop paying players by... err...February 2019. The club now faces a winding up order on June 19th. Gives fans something to focus on whilst waiting for the fixtures to be announced #SHAT

Blackpool fans love Shaun for allowing a convicted rapist, Owen Oyston, to continue to be an owner & director of the club & that it took the High Court appointed receiver to remove him from the board. The Oyston family also paid themselves £11 million in dividends  #SHAT

Shaun arrived at the EFL after spells at Bradford City (1994-2004) and Leeds United (2004-2013). Bradford City were in administration in 2002 & 2004 and Leeds United in administration in 2004 & 2007 #SHAT

Orient fans were delighted that Shaun & Co allowed Francesco Becchetti to take over their club in 2014 when on the brink of promotion to the Championship. Nine managers later they were in the Conference, Francesco ‘advised’ on team selection too & kicked the assistant mgr #SHAT

Some people are being a bit mean about Shaun & saying that because EFL clubs lost £388 million in 2017/18 he was a bit bobbins. But not everyone lost money, just look at the highest paid director at the EFL since he took over. #SHAT

Thanks to Shaun's help Coventry City fans, bored by watching their team play every home game at the Ricoh, got to see the delights of Northampton Town centre once a fortnight & next season it could be Birmingham as the hedge fund that owns them squabbled with the landlord #SHAT

Richard Scudamore at the EPL is being given a £5 million thank you from clubs for turning the Premier League into the most profitable and watched league in the world. Come on EFL fans, let's set up a GoFundMe page for Shaun, perhaps together we could buy him a meat platter? #SHAT

Thanks to Shaun's leadership, this season has seen fans being able to play "Unpaid wages bingo" at the EFL. You pick six teams and when they don't pay you could win a big prize. Does anyone have Bury, Oldham, Morecambe, Reading, Bolton & Macc? If so shout 'House' #SHAT

Insomniacs are grateful for Shaun for the Carabou Cup, giving them something to do at 4am in the morning when the draw for the next round takes place #SHAT

Shaun also presided over FFP rules that brought work to accountants as they found loopholes. Sell stadium to yourself. Pay a players mum £700k as an academy scout as doesn't count towards FFP (can't name the player or mother for legal reasons, but his dad's name is Paul Ince

EFL net profit/(losses) per division as Shaun Harvey leaves with the game in great health. Championship £316 million overall loss League One £63 million overall loss League Two £8 million overall loss. #SHAT

Ordet er fritt / Sommervinduer - en oversikt
« på: Mai 30, 2019, 15:00:17 »
The seven-figure sales that have left Leeds United every summer

With a heartbreaking promotion near-miss in the rearview mirror and Marcelo Bielsa confirmed to remain at Elland Road , Leeds United can now firmly focus on preparing for the 2019-20 season.

With the Argentine in charge once more following his excellent maiden campaign, the Whites are turning their attention towards what will hopefully be a fruitful pre-season, with a trip to Australia in July firmly on the agenda.

However, though Bielsa has extended his stay in West Yorkshire, members of his squad may be approaching their final days with United as the club prepares to reshape their squad for another tilt at reaching the Premier League.

In particular, they may be forced to offload some big-name players such as Jack Clarke and Kalvin Phillips in order to boost their own coffers as they look to revamp the side.

The pair would hardly by the first promising names to leave Elland Road for pastures new, with plenty of top talent sacrificed at the altar of financial planning in recent years.

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But just who are the biggest names to be let go by Leeds? And how have they fared since?

Rio Ferdinand – £30m to Manchester United (July 2002)

Sold to United’s bitter Premier League rivals in the wake of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, the Camberwell native’s transfer was a then-world record for a defender.

Having been nominated for the Ballon d’Or while in West Yorkshire, Ferdinand went on to captain both the Red Devils and England, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League among other honours.

He was not the only other major exit ahead of the 2002-03 campaign, with Robbie Keane also sold for £7m while Jonathan Woodgate, Robbie Fowler and Lee Bowyer all left mid-season.

17 Apr 2001. Rio Ferdinand of Leeds celebrates with Olivier Dacourt after qualifying for the Semi Final during the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions league quarter final at the Estadio Municipal de Riazor Stadium in ALa Coruna in Spain. Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths/ALLSPORT
Harry Kewell – £5m to Liverpool (July 2003)

One of two big names to jump from the sinking ship, alongside Olivier Dacourt, the Australian favourite claimed that he was ostracised late on in his career at the Whites.

The Ballon d’Or nominee’s sale wasn’t enough to help offset Leeds’s increasing debts too, and while the club bottomed out, he went on to win the UEFA Champions League with the Reds in 2005.

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He subsequently played for Galatasaray and two separate clubs in Melbourne before retiring and turning to management, most recently with Notts County in 2018.

Alan Smith – £7m to Manchester United (May 2004)

The striker’s exit from the club was contentious to say the least despite the Whites’ relegation, and he arguably never went on to recover the form he showed at Elland Road through injury

He did win the Premier League with the Red Devils in 2007, the same year that Leeds were relegated to League One, before he switched to Newcastle United, with whom he won the Championship in 2010.

Two more major names left Elland Road alongside him, in James Milner and Mark Viduka, as United prepared for life outside the Premier League.

MELBOURNE - July 27: Alan Smith #8 and Harry Kewell #10 of Leeds United share a joke prior to the friendly international soccer match between Leeds United and Colo Colo played at Colonial Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on the 27 July 2002. Leeds Defeated Colo Colo 1-0.(Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Aaron Lennon - £1m to Tottenham (June 2005)

With the club still facing severe financial difficulties, the local midfielder departed for Spurs in the summer of 2005 for the low seven-figure sum.

He would go on to spend a decade with the club and was part of their team that last won silverware, with the 2008-08 League Cup victory, in which former Leeds man Jonathan Woodgate scored the winner.

He was capped 21 times by England between 2006 and 2013, and currently plays for Burnley in the Premier League.

Rob Hulse – £2.2m to Sheffield United (July 2006)

The Rafa Mujica verdict from FIFA 19 after Leeds United reports

The subject of a tussle between Leeds’s Yorkshire rivals and Norwich City, the forward ultimately left for the Blades following United’s play-off miss.

He scored on debut against Liverpool in the Premier League while his old club were slapped with a 10-point deduction that consigned them to relegation to League One.

But a horror injury against Chelsea the following March limited his future game-time, though he went on to Championship success with Queens Park Rangers in 2011.

David Healy – £1.5m to Fulham (July 2007)

With Leeds now consigned to the third tier, they were forced to let their Northern Ireland striker go, with Healy securing a reunion at the Cottagers with former international boss Lawrie Sanchez.

However, after the latter’s sacking, Roy Hodgson took over the reins and subsequently froze the forward out, forcing a second move in as many seasons, this time to Sunderland.

He failed to flourish there too but rediscovered his form with Rangers, winning the Scottish Premier League in 2011 before finishing his career with Bury in 2013.

Anthony Elding – £160,000 to Crewe Alexandra (July 2008)

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A quiet summer that saw little costly turnover at the club meant that winter recruit Elding was quickly offloaded after only scraping into the double digits for appearances.

Deemed surplus to requirements by Gary McAllister, the former Stockport County man swapped Yorkshire for Cheshire to join up with Crewe, sparking a journeyman career that saw him flit around Europe.

He eventually retired in 2016 after spells with Rochdale and Grimsby, and in Hungary and Ireland.

Fabian Delph – £8m to Aston Villa (August 2009)

Leeds had been hopeful of keeping the highly rated teenager on the books but following their failure to gain promotion from the League One play-offs, they sold him to the Villains for a hefty fee.

Since then, Delph has gone from strength to strength, moving to Manchester City in 2015 and establishing himself as a key England man under Gareth Southgate.

The sale was the club’s biggest for five years, but it didn’t help alieivate the financial woes still taking place under Ken Bates.

DJ140212CITY_15.jpg Coventry City vs Leed Utd Gary Deegan and Leeds Fabian Delph
Max Gradel – £1.7m to Saint-Etienne (August 2011)

With a return to the Championship secured in 2010, United let Jermaine Beckford leave after releasing him following a transfer request, making this Ivory Coast international their next key sale.

Winger Gradel initially came to Elland Road on loan before making a permanent move, but he was offloaded to Saint-Etienne for the low seven-figure sum.

The club also sold Kasper Schmeichel to Leicester City for a lower fee, with the goalkeeper going on to become a cornerstone of the Foxes’ meteoric rise to Premier League triumph.

Liam Cooper lifts the lid on Leeds United's dressing room changes under Bielsa and the board

Robert Snodgrass – £3m to Norwich City (July 2012)

Despite being made captain under Neil Warnock and being offered an increased contract offer, the Scotsman was sold to the Canaries ahead of the 2012-13 season.

He improved his value in East Anglia too, and was reportedly sold for double his original price when he headed back to Yorkshire to link up with Hull City.

The winger is currently contracted to West Ham United and remains a nostalgically fond favourite of fans, alongside Luciano Becchio, who would also leave for Norwich on a swap deal five months later.

Robert Snodgrass
Ross McCormack – £11m to Fulham (July 2014)

After selling no players ahead of the 2013-14 campaign – albeit letting a handful leave on free transfers – United made their biggest sale for a decade when they landed an eight-figure sum for the striker.

The Glaswegian had been a firm Elland Road favourite but found himself dogged by controversy following a further switch to Aston Villa where he had an alleged run-in with an electric gate.

He was later loaned out to Central Coast Mariners in Australia where he played alongside former Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, before being recalled and sent to Motherwell.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24: Ross McCormack of Leeds celebrates scoring the first goal during the npower Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on March 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Billy Sharp – £500,000 to Sheffield United (July 2015)

A former Blades man who had spent two previous spells with his hometown club, the striker was sold back to United’s neighbours after one season at Elland Road.

Since then, he’s arguably gone from strength to strength and helped fire them above the Whites this year to reach the automatic promotion places to the Premier League.

The 33-year-old wasn’t the biggest sale of the season however, with Leeds also offloading Sam Byram for just over £4m to West Ham in January 2016.

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Lewis Cook – £7m to Bournemouth (July 2016)

One of the greater academy success stories in recent years, the midfielder made the move to the Cherries despite United’s effort to extend his contract under Massimo Cellino.

However, his hefty fee certainly helped Leeds as they recovered from their financial spiral and the 22-year-old has since gone on to earn international honours with England.

A number of nasty injuries has arguably kept him from reaching his full potential however, with many hoping a return to full fitness may herald his best form yet.

Lewis Cook controls the ball during the Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015(Image: Daniel Smith/Getty Images)
Chris Wood - £15m to Burnley (August 2017)

The biggest deal since Ferdinand left a decade-and-a-half prior, Wood’s sale further indicated the value of core talent at United and helped the club turn a profit.

The forward exit to Premier League opponents across the Pennines drew ire from fans however, though they had a measure of revenge after Leeds trumped Burnley in a penalty shoot-out, despite the striker’s efforts.

The 27-year-old remains a mainstay of the Clarets, though he has been unable to earn a recall to the New Zealand national team, whom he last played for in 2017.

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Ronaldo Vieira – £5.85m to Sampdoria (August 2018)

The rare major sale made by United to a non-English side, the club sanctioned the departure of the highly-rated midfielder to the Serie A side following the arrival of Bielsa.

Still only 20, he made double-digit appearances for the Italian outfit as they finished ninth, with the England youth international playing a part in their final game of the season when they defeated champions Juventus 2-0.

The then-teenager was popular at Elland Road and had been handed the number eight shirt before his departure, with many hoping that he may make a return to West Yorkshire one day.

Ordet er fritt / Ung spiller: Theo Hudson
« på: Mai 20, 2019, 19:52:55 »
Adam Pope


Leeds United's 18 year old midfielder Theo Hudson has signed a professional contract with the club until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Hudson, who scored 5 goals in 23 appearances for the U18s, will step up to Carlos Coberan's U23s squad. #lufc

Ordet er fritt / Ligaens rikeste eiere
« på: April 12, 2019, 15:13:20 »
EFL richest owners ranked - Radrizzani's wealth compared to Sheffield United, Norwich City, Aston Villa chiefs

How every club owner in the EFL ranks

A list of the richest owners in the English Football League has been compiled as the 2018/19 season nears a conclusion.

Money continues to pour into the Championship as clubs aim for a place in the lucrative Premier League.

But it’s not just in the second tier where money is being spent in an attempt to buy success.

Our sister publication Bristol Live has now compiled the ultimate list of EFL owners.

The figures have been collected from a variety of sources including local news reports, Forbes and

New Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa stands with owner Andrea Radrizzani (l) during his unveiling at Elland Road on June 25, 2018

Andrea Radrizzani unveiling Marcelo Bielsa last summer(Image: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
Here is a complete list of owners in the EFL:

1. Championship: Aston Villa - Dr. Tony Xia, Nassef Sawiris, Wesley Edens - current league position - 5th


2. League One: Barnsley - International Investment Consortium (Headed by Chien Lee) - current position - 3rd


3. Championship: Stoke City - Coates family - current position - 15th


4. Championship: West Brom - Guochuan Lai - current position - 4th


5. Championship: Bristol City - Steve Lansdown - current position - 6th

Bristol City owner Steve Landown is a wealthy man(Image: Harry Trump/Getty Images)

6. Championship: Preston North End - Trevor Hemmings - current position - 12th


7. Championship: Ipswich - Marcus Evans - current position - 24th


8. League One: Portsmouth - Michael Eisner - current position - 4th


9. Championship: Reading - Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li - current position - 20


10. Championship: Sheffield Wednesday - Dejphon Chansiri - current position - 10th


11. Championship: Derby - Mel Morris - current position - 8th


12. Championship: Nottingham Forest - Evangelos Marinakis - current position - 11th


13. Championship: Leeds United - Andrea Radrizzani - current position - 2nd

Andrea Radrizzani is riding high in this list(Image: Alex Dodd/CameraSport)

14. Championship: Birmingham City - Paul Suen (Trillion Trophy Asia) - current position - 17th


15. League One: Bristol Rovers - Dwane Sports (Al-Qadi family) - current position - 16th


16. Championship: QPR - Tony Fernandes, Lakshmi Mittal - current position - 18th


17. League One: Scunthorpe United - Peter Swann (family) - current position - 18th


18. Championship: Sheffield United - Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - current position - 3rd


19. Championship: Wigan Athletic - Dave Whelan

£250,000,000 - current position - 21st

The very latest on Leeds United
20. Championship: Hull City - Assem Allam

£200,000,000 - current position - 9th

21. Championship: Middlesbrough - Steve Gibson

£195,000,000 - current position - 7th

22. Championship: Rotherham United - Tony Stewart and J Stewart - current position - 22nd


23. Championship: Millwall - John Berylson, Richard Smith - current position - 19th


24. League Two: Milton Keynes Dons - Pete Winkelman - current position - 3rd


25. League Two: Forest Green Rovers - Dale Vince - current position - 6th


26. League One: Bradford City - Stefan Rupp and Edin Rahic - current position - 24th


27. League Two: Stevenage - Phil Wallace - current position - 12th


28. League Two: Notts County - Alan Hardy - current position - 24th


29. League Two: Swindon Town - Lee Power - current position - 10th


30. League Two: Colchester United - Robbie Cowling - current position - 9th


31. Championship: Norwich City - Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones - current position - 1st


32. League Two: Carlisle United - CUFC Holdings Ltd - Lead shareholder Andrew Jenkins - 8th


33. League Two: Crewe Alexandra - Norman Hassall - current position - 15th


34. League One: Shrewsbury Town - Roland Wycherley - current position - 14th


The clues Marcelo Bielsa's career offers over whether Leeds United will gain Premier League promotion

35. League One: Sunderland - Stewart Donald - current position - 2nd


36. League Two: Mansfield Town - John Radford - current position - 22nd


37. League One: Walsall - Jeff Bonser - current position - 23rd


Other clubs were either owned by supporters’ trusts or the owner’s estimated wealth could not be ascertained.

Championship: Bolton Ken Anderson Unknown

Championship: Brentford Matthew Benham Unknown

Championship: Swansea Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien Unknown

Championship: Blackburn Balaji & Venkatesh Rao Unknown

League One: Accrington Stanley Andy Holt Unknown

League One: Blackpool - in receivership

League One: Burton Albion Ben Robinson Unknown

League One: Charlton Athletic Roland Duchâtelet Unknown

League One: Coventry City Otium Entertainment Group Unknown

League One: Doncaster Rovers Patienceform Limited Unknown

League One: Fleetwood Town Andrew Pilley Unknown

League One: Gillingham Paul Scally Unknown

League One: Luton Town Luton Town Football Club 2020 Ltd Unknown

League One: Oxford United Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth Unknown

League One: Peterborough United Darragh MacAnthony Unknown

League One: Plymouth Argyle Simon Hallett Unknown

League One: Rochdale Chris Dunphy Unknown

League One: Southend United Ron Martin Unknown

League Two: Bury Mederco (BFC) Ltd - Stewart Day Unknown

League Two: Cambridge United Paul Barry Unknown

League Two: Crawley Town Ziya Eren Unknown

League Two: Grimsby Town John Fenty Unknown

League Two: Macclesfield Town Amar Alkadhi Unknown

League Two: Morecambe Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring Unknown

League Two: Northampton Town Northampton Town Ventures Limited - Kelvin Thomas, David Bower and David Bower Unknown

League Two: Oldham Athletic Abdallah Lemsagam Unknown

League Two: Port Vale Norman Smurthwaite Unknown

League Two: Tranmere Rovers Mark Palios Unknown

League Two: Yeovil Town John Fry Unknown

League One: AFC Wimbledon Supporters trust n/a

League One: Wycombe Wanderers Wycombe Wanderers Trust n/a

League Two: Cheltenham Town No outright owner n/a

League Two: Exeter City Exeter City Supporters' Trust n/a

League Two: Lincoln City Lincoln City Holdings Ltd n/a

Ordet er fritt / Rykter: Spillere inn og spillere ut, del 26
« på: April 03, 2019, 13:11:37 »
Jeg starter opp denne nå, den 3.april 2019. Uansett hvordan det går frem mot sommeren så tror jeg vi går en spennende tid i møte i forhold til rekruttering!!!

Dette er altså tråd med RYKTER i form av TRO, HÃ…P og GLEDE!

Kanskje de høyere makter står oss bi, så vi virkelig kommer til det forjettede land - rent økonomisk!  :)

Ordet er fritt / Ung spiller: Max McMillian
« på: Mars 13, 2019, 22:13:52 »
Max McMillian

Great to go live with @MarawaSportShow and talk about my future with South Africa

Han er er et virkelig talent. Allerede «destined» for Sør Afrika!!!

Ordet er fritt / Ex-spiller: Niall Huggins
« på: Mars 02, 2019, 19:35:19 »
Leeds starlet agrees contract

Promising forward Niall Huggins has been offered a professional contract by Leeds United, according to Ian Harte.

The high-profile agent, whose clients include United sensation Jack Clarke, revealed his “delight” on his personal Twitter account that Leeds academy product Huggins, 18, is set to extend his stay at the club.

What brilliant news this is for Huggins, and proof of the progress he has made for the club’s Under-18s this season. Harte does not make it clear whether the teenager is one of his clients, although that is likely given his representation of Clarke and a number of other young players at the club he served with such distinction during his own playing career. Leeds is emerging as a real destination for rising stars, with a clear pathway emerging from the youth to senior side since Andrea Radrizzani took over as owner in 2017. That has only increased during the reign of Marcelo Bielsa, who has demonstrated huge faith in the club’s young players this season, with Clarke and Jamie Shackleton establishing themselves in the senior side alongside slightly older youngsters such as Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Tyler Roberts. Bielsa doesn’t take too much notice of how many miles you have clocked up; just, whether you are good enough.

Ordet er fritt / Sesongbilletter 2019-20
« på: Februar 16, 2019, 10:27:35 »
Prisene fryses for 8.året på rad! I overkant av 22.500 billetter. Blir det opprykk kommer neppe disse ut for general salg!


Club announce Season Tickets for 2019/20 will be frozen.

Leeds United are delighted to announce a Season Ticket price freeze for the 2019/20 campaign – which will be the eighth year in a row the club has done so.

Regardless of the division Marcelo Bielsa’s team compete in during our centenary year, General Admission Season Ticket Holders will pay the same price they paid during the 2018/19 season.*

The club is also pleased to inform supporters that a new price category has been introduced for those aged 16-18 following consultation with fan groups in an effort to make football at Elland Road even more affordable.

As part of the centenary celebrations all Season Ticket Holders for 2019/20 will receive a special complimentary gift pack ahead of the start of the season.

The renewal process will begin from Tuesday 19 February when current Season Ticket Holders will be able to purchase their seat for next year online, paper forms will then be sent to those who do not purchase online within three weeks.

The renewal window will close on Friday 29 March and there are currently no plans to go out on general sale.

The club will once again offer a finance option allowing fans to spread the cost of their ticket across a six month period.

Chief Executive Angus Kinnear said: “Following fan consultation we are really pleased to announce a price freeze for another season, our fans have shown unwavering support again this year with Elland Road boasting the highest average attendance in the Football League and we feel it is only right that we take this opportunity to reward their loyalty. 

“We currently have in excess of 22,500 Season Ticket Holders and our aim will be to retain as many of these as possible which would mean, should we be promoted, we will not be selling any additional Season Tickets to supporters – which is a huge step forward for Leeds United.”

Hospitality Members will also have the opportunity to renew from next week; they will receive an email from the Leeds United Commercial Department with details of next year’s pricing structure and the renewal process.

*Season Ticket renewal prices are subject to terms and conditions and individual circumstances. Mini Season Ticket Holders will pay the 2018/19 new applicant price.

Ordet er fritt / Spiller: Mateusz Bogusz
« på: Januar 22, 2019, 12:38:34 »
Leeds Youth

 #LUFC have completed the signing of Polish wonderkid Mateusz Bogusz (17) from Ruch Chorzów.

Judging by the comments made by Polish fans, we might've just gone and captured ourselves a real gem here.


Ordet er fritt / Ex-spiller: Francisco «Kiko» Casilla
« på: Januar 17, 2019, 11:31:42 »

Leeds United
#LUFC are delighted to announce the signing of Real Madrid goalkeeper @KikoCasilla13 on a four-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road


Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

The experienced 32-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2023.

Casilla started his career at Real Madrid, before moving to Espanyol in 2007, from where he had loan stints at Cádiz CF and FC Cartagena.

He went onto establish himself as Espanyol’s first choice goalkeeper and his performances led to a first international cap for Spain in November 2014.

At the end of the 2014/15 La Liga campaign, Casilla was re-signed by Real Madrid, eight years after leaving for Espanyol.

Over the past three seasons, Casilla has made 43 appearances for Los Blancos in all competitions.

He played games in each of Real’s UEFA Champions League successes in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and was also between the sticks for their UEFA Super Cup Final success in 2016.

On top of this, Real also won La Liga, the Supercopa de España, three FIFA Club World Cup’s and a second UEFA Super Cup during his second stint at the club.

Casilla becomes Marcelo Bielsa’s first signing of the January transfer window and has been handed the number 33 shirt.

The addition will add competition amongst the goalkeeping ranks and he will now fight with Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Will Huffer for a starting berth at Elland Road.

Ordet er fritt / Ex-trener: Carlos Corberan
« på: Desember 03, 2018, 20:41:07 »
En mann som virkelig fortjener en tråd er U23-trener og nå en del av trenerteamet til Bielsa! Han har en stor stjerne i Leeds og noen tipper ham som en fremtidig head-coach inklubben!

Carlos Corberán
Carlos Corberán Vallet (born 07 April 1983) is a Spanish football coach, currently holds a dual role as First Team Coach at English club Leeds United[1] and Head Coach of Leeds United's Under 23's.[2]

Carlos Corberán
Personal information
Full name
Carlos Corberán Vallet
Date of birth
7 April 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth
Valencia, Spain
Club information
Current team
Leeds United (Under 23's Manager)
Ittihad FC (Assistant Manager)
AD Alcorcón (Academy Manager)
Al-Nassr FC (Coach)
Ermis FC (Coach)
Ermis FC (Head Coach)
Leeds United (Under 23's Head Coach)
Coaching Career   Edit

In February 2012, Corberán signed for Saudi Arabia team Al-Ittihad alongside Head Coach Raúl Caneda after Pep Guardiola's recommendation of Corberán to the Arab team. Whilst at the club, he was part of the management team who helped get the club to the semifinals of the ACL.[3]

In the season 2013-14 took charge of the AD Alcorcón B youth side, until the month of January 2014, where it was relieved of his duties by Jose Maria Rico.[3]

In the season 2014-15 he joined Al-Nassr FC as a Coach. Where they were runners up in the Saudi Arabia Super Cup, and reached the group phase in the AFC Champions League and also a finalist in the King’s Cup.[3]

In December 2016, signed as coach at Ermis Aradippou FC. In January 2017, he was appointed the new Head Coach of Ermis Aradippou FC of the Cypriot First Division. This was his first role as Head Coach of a senior side where he helped guide them to a 7th Place Finish.[3]

On 21 June 2017, he was announced as the new Leeds United Under 23's Manager replacing the departed Jason Blunt.[4][5]

After the appointment of new Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa in June 2018, Corberán was promoted to the First Team Coach as well as continuing his role as the Head Coach of the Under 23's.[1]

Ordet er fritt / Ung spiller: Oliver Casey
« på: November 15, 2018, 22:52:29 »
Med kontrakt frem til 2020:


Leeds United defender Oliver Casey spoke to after signing professional terms with the club.

The 17-year-old, who helped the Under-18s win the Professional Development League North last season, has signed a deal until the summer of 2020.

Centre-back, Casey, was delighted to put pen to paper at his boyhood club.

“I’ve been at Leeds since Under-11s, so I’m buzzing to sign a professional deal,” said Casey.

“Being a Leeds fan as well, it makes it all a bit more special for me and all the years I’ve been here have paid off.

“I still watch the first team games every week, I love it, my dad has been bringing me to games since I was young.

“When I first found out about getting a pro deal I was shocked as you usually find out a bit later in the year.

“Last year we won the league with the Under-18s and we are trying to replicate that this year, we have started quite well and we need to keep going now.

“It was a great environment to be in last year when we won the league and it was probably the best season of my life.”

Both Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Kalvin Phillips have been ever present for the Whites this season in the Sky Bet Championship, with the duo having progressed from the Academy to the first team.

Casey spoke about the pathway, which has proven to be so successful for the Whites over recent years.

“It is a factor of being here and you know if you keep working hard, there is a possibility you can get a chance and it is good to see friends now pushing on to the first team.

“My aim now is with the Under-18s to try and win the league and hopefully be pushing to get some more games at Under-23 level.

“The Under-23s have been doing really well this season, so that motivates me to do even better to try and get into that team.

“It is the best feeling in the world playing for Leeds, when I was a kid I bought Leeds shirts and now I get to pull it on every week, so it is special.

“I need to keep doing what I am doing, keep learning and improving and hopefully I can continue to progress now.”

Ordet er fritt / Ex-spiller: Leif Davis
« på: November 10, 2018, 17:58:12 »
Leeds Youth
Congratulations to #LUFC youngster @leifdavis31 (18), who has been named on the bench at The Hawthorns this evening.

The Promising Left Back joined from @ShrimpsOfficial in Summer, and put pen to paper on a three-year-deal!


Ordet er fritt / Ex-player: Arthur Graham
« på: November 10, 2018, 01:55:06 »
Leeds United Centurions: Arthur Graham was a much-cherished player in an era of little cheer

Jon Howe takes a look at the Scottish winger in the latest of our series looking back at some of Leeds United's greatest players

Graham spent six seasons at Elland Road in the late '70s and early '80s
Jon Howe takes a look at the Scottish winger in the latest of our series looking back at some of Leeds United's greatest players

Sometimes memories of a player are skewed by the quality of the team that they played in.

It is true that we hold certain players in high esteem, and perhaps more than we should, because of the plodding mediocrity that surrounded them.

When assessing Arthur Graham, it is fair to say he was an exciting player and a crowd favourite, just when we desperately needed one. But Graham’s legacy is not simply as a brief beacon of hope in dark seas, he made a telling impact on Leeds United’s history, just when the fates were conspiring to drag the club under, and when selfless grit and endeavour was the order of the day.

It is true that when making a list of the legends that demand their names are permanently carved into the Leeds United story, Graham’s name won’t appear on many, but playing over 250 games and being a first choice player for six straight seasons is no mean achievement.

Being the player to finally wrestle the number 11 shirt off Eddie Gray is certainly another. But sticking by the club in their hour of need, and beyond, is perhaps how Graham will be best remembered. Unglamorous and altruistic maybe, but when a football club has spent a large percentage of its 100 years gripped by a prosaic stasis, it needs people like Arthur Graham to prop it up.

Graham was a versatile player who could play anywhere along the attacking line, but he mainly forged himself a reputation as a very direct left winger with an eye for goal. Standards had dropped at an Elland Road stadium still echoing with the sound of gnarled cries at Don Revie’s departure, and a fanbase that had gorged itself on the finest luxuries was steeling itself for a diet of offal and gruel. In those circumstances, it is no surprise that Graham’s flair and enterprise caught the eye, and along with the swashbuckling magnetism of Tony Currie, there were at least some saviours on which you could hang your hat.

It could be said that Graham’s career choice in joining Leeds was more than a little unfortunate, and not simply because the attraction of joining one of the biggest clubs in the country brought only fruitless toil and eternal struggle. Graham had already notched up 250 games for Aberdeen by the time Jimmy Armfield bought him for £125,000 in July 1977, but had won only two domestic cups at Pittodrie. So he swapped European glory and the procession of league titles that Alex Ferguson delivered when he arrived a year later, for a frugal existence of mid-table cheerlessness in a toxic atmosphere of violence, racism and confused expectations.

Still, it wasn’t all bad.

Part of Graham’s charm was an infectious smile that became his identity. And he had good reason to smile; making an immediate impact on the Leeds team and settling in nicely with 47 appearances and 12 goals in his first season. He also made his full Scotland debut against East Germany within two months of joining Leeds. In his second season Jimmy Adamson’s side qualified for Europe, but behind the façade of dining again at the top table that Leeds fans felt was their birth right, lay a rudderless football club parched of any direction or resources to get there. The magic had long since left the building and when the critical sale of Tony Currie also went ahead in the summer of 1979, it was left to players like Arthur Graham to drag Leeds United through the gloom.

Graham did that with little fanfare and via three hat-tricks that carried different varieties of significance. In his first season he scored three goals in an astonishing spell of four second-half minutes in a 3-2 win away at Birmingham City. He then joined an elite list of Leeds United players in scoring a hat-trick in a European game.

In the club’s very first European tie since the trauma of Paris in 1975, Graham bagged a nonchalant hat-trick in a 4-0 rout of Valetta, in a bizarre game played on white sand against part-time Maltese opponents. Graham’s triple strike proved something of a false dawn as the flimsy charade that Leeds were still something of a European force was soon uncovered, but as shuddering anti-climaxes go, the flying Scotsman still had a Joker to play.

After suffering the ignominy of a 5-1 opening day defeat to newly-promoted Swansea, Leeds gained their first point of the 1981/82 season in a 1-1 draw at home to Everton, with Graham scoring the Leeds goal. Three days later and it seemed that the whiff of relegation that hung around Elland Road was just something blocking the drains in the reserve team dressing rooms, as Arthur Graham bagged a devastating hat-trick to beat Wolves 3-0, and everything seemed rosy. It was a status of iron-willed denial that would debilitate the club all season, and despite nobody acknowledging there was an issue, Leeds were duly relegated.

Despite the inclement air of financial fragility, even before relegation, Leeds managed to keep hold of players such as Trevor Cherry, Brian Flynn, Frank Gray, Frank Worthington and Eddie Gray. And Arthur Graham. Such experience couldn’t reverse the course of a tanker with such a resolute direction, however, and slowly the identity of a once-great club ebbed away to virtually nothing.

That Graham eventually signed for Manchester United after one season in Division Two is largely forgiven. Partly because he had little impact at Old Trafford and partly because Leeds fans had far bigger things to worry about.

Memories of Arthur Graham remain largely fond, not simply as a two-footed player with pace, skill and a tremendous work-rate, who defined the description of ‘a handful’, but as a player who could have moved on to pastures new when his ‘dream move’ clearly wasn’t working out as he’d hoped, but chose instead to become a much-cherished player in an era of little cheer.

Ordet er fritt / Ex-spiller: Tony Dorigo
« på: November 06, 2018, 20:52:44 »
Tribute to Tony Dorigo - Australia's forgotten champion

Tribute to Tony Dorigo - Australia's forgotten champion
Bunch of Hacks Bunch of Hacks
Posted Last Year
Lurker mentioned in another thread of Tony Dorigo being up there with vbomber, Kewell etc as our greatest talent and its a good point. Reading about him his career was unreal.

- league winner with leeds in 92
- Leeds' player of season that yr
- Premier league team of the season 92-93 alongside Keane, giggs, schemichel and shearer.
- over 400 top flight games
-  Only15 england caps but was in the squad for years being understudy to Stuart Pearce
- euro 88, Italia 90 and euro 92 squads
- Player of the yr for Aston villa, Chelsea, leeds and torino - the first 4 clubs he played for!
What a career! 

He was called up apparently by socceroos but his coach at Aston villa at the time denied him travelling so he played for england despite having zero ties to them.

Currently works as a commentator for ESPN - why have we never tried to bring him back into the game here whether? Would be a huge asset

Here's a compilation of him - looks like a hybrid of kewell, lazarides and Smith. (funker ikke)

Interview about his background - his accent is still very much aussie

Ordet er fritt / Ex-spiller: Seth Johnson
« på: Oktober 18, 2018, 14:41:40 »
Jeg har lenge lurt på om vi bør ha en tråd om det dypeste dypet som Ridsdale tok oss igjennom! Dette intervjuet overbeviste meg om at forumet savnet en slik tråd:

Seth Johnson: I wasn’t even there for Leeds contract negotiations

In Depth

Mention the name Seth Johnson to anyone and they will almost certainly tell the same story about his contract at Leeds United.

The legend goes that Johnson, earning around £5,000 a week at Derby County, went into negotiations with Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale hoping for an increase to around £13,000 a week.

Ridsdale, however, offered £30,000, and then immediately upped that to £37,000 when his opening gambit was met with stunned silence.

Ridsdale dismissed it as a myth back in 2007, insisting Johnson was on “at least £10,000 a week less” than had been speculated in the press, but the myth has stuck.

We spoke to Johnson to find out what really happened.

“People don’t know the story,” Johnson says. “When they talk about negotiations for the contract, I wasn’t even there. The contract had nothing to do with me.

“I remember being at home when it got sorted. I’d agreed to go, but my agent rung me up and told me about the deal.

“It wasn’t motivated by money for me. I’d had a good couple of years at Derby and just signed a new deal so I was on decent money anyway, but Derby were bottom of the league at the time, Leeds were near the top, I knew a lot of the lads there, and Derby decided to sell me because they wanted the money.”

Leeds ‘nightmare’

Speaking to Johnson, it is clear it hurts that the story persists. He says four times in total that the move was not motivated by money, but one suspects he holds little hope of the myth disappearing any time soon. “It’s just one of those things,” he sighs.

The myth might not have become so prominent were it not for the fact that Johnson’s four years at Elland Road went so badly.

He made just 59 appearances, suffering injury after injury, and after eventually working his way back to fitness found himself frozen out because one more appearance would trigger a further payment to Derby which Leeds couldn’t afford.

“I’d been fit for a while, and I didn’t know that about my contract,” Johnson says. “I got a lot of stick from Ken Bates in the press, but I never even met the guy. He didn’t know anything about me as a person so that wasn’t nice.

“I was desperate to go to Leeds and do well. They were flying high at the time, and I was starting to get a decent reputation for myself, but I kept breaking down with different injuries.

“I’d never really been injured before then, but I think I had seven or eight operations within four years. It was just a nightmare, I could never get a run of games going.

“It was a tough time, but it’s just one of those things, you don’t get everything go your own way. When I was fit, I enjoyed being there. The lads and the staff were brilliant.

“Part of the reason I went there was because I knew most of the lads from England Under-21s and playing with the full side the year before so it was a great move for me at the time, but it just didn’t work out.”

Breakthrough at Crewe

Johnson’s career had only seemed to be heading in one direction before he joined Leeds. He had broken into the Crewe Alexandra team as a 17-year-old and made over 100 appearances by the time he moved to Derby for £3million as a 20-year-old in 1999.

Johnson had turned down Derby a few months earlier because Crewe were struggling at the bottom of the second tier and “he didn’t want leave with us in so much trouble,” according to Dario Gradi.

“He stayed on and endeared himself to Crewe fans forever with that gesture,” Gradi has since said. “It was typical of him as a bloke.”

That story certainly flies in the face of the one about his Leeds contract, as does the fact that he rejected Liverpool in favour of Derby after he had stayed and helped Crewe survive that season.

“I’d have hardly played at Liverpool,” Johnson says. “I wanted to go and play. I’d played over 100 games in two years for Crewe so I didn’t want to go and play in the reserves or be a sub a lot.

“Derby were giving me the chance to be a key part of the first team so that was the reason I went there.”

Johnson took to Premier League football so well that after just a year at Derby he was handed his England debut as a substitute against Italy in what was David Beckham’s first game as captain.

When Leeds signed him for £7million in 2001, Ridsale said it “reflects the progress we have made”. Hindsight may have altered opinions over time, but Johnson was an exciting signing for the Whites at that time, and his struggles there are massively at odds with the rest of his career.

He actually almost left the club during the 2002-03 season but, typically, injury cost him the chance.

“It was when Steve McClaren was at Middlesbrough,” Johnson says. “I was there and it was all done, but I failed a medical. I had a tear on my cartilage that I didn’t even know about.

“It was a time that Leeds were selling everyone because they needed the money. Terry Venables said he didn’t want me to go, but the club needed the money.”

Return to Derby

When Johnson finally did leave West Yorkshire in 2005, he could not have been happier that it was to return to Derby.

“It was my first season at Leeds that I’d done a full pre-season,” he says. “I’d broken down every other year I was there. But they weren’t going to play me because they’d have to pay more money to Derby.

“To get the move back there was brilliant. As soon as I knew they were interested I didn’t want to speak to anyone else.

“I had a good couple of years back there, and to have my last game at Wembley was obviously amazing.”

His last game for Derby proved to be his last as a professional altogether. It was the ultimate bittersweet day.

Derby beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in the 2007 Championship play-off final to seal a return back to the Premier League, but Johnson was substituted a few minutes from the end with a knee injury which would ultimately end his career.

“I was out of contract with Derby at the time and because I’d injured my knee they weren’t going to give me a new deal.

“The surgeon said I should retire and that my knee was in a bad way. In the back of my mind I wanted to give it another go, but I didn’t want to go to another team injured and keep breaking down.

“So for the sake of myself and for the sake of playing for maybe playing for a year or two more I thought I’d stop then.”

Life after football

Johnson was only 28 at the time, and a decade later he is still struggling to fill the gap in his life that football left.

“Speak to anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I’ve always been football mad,” he says. “Early on, I really struggled with [not being a footballer] because to go from something you’d done all your life pretty much every day to suddenly not doing that was difficult.

“Even now, I want to do something, but I still don’t know what. I’d rather do something that I enjoy doing, and I never really fancied the coaching side of things.

“I’ve got a property company up in Newcastle with Stevie Howard, who I used to play with at Derby, but apart from that I don’t do much. I play a bit of golf, I play the odd charity game and golf events, but apart from that not much.”

Johnson will always have regrets about how his career panned out, but he played at the top level, represented his country and is still loved by supporters of two of the three clubs he represented.

He suffered more bad luck than most, but there were plenty of successes.

“I played football as a kid in Devon, they don’t produce many footballers down there really,” he says. “I’m proud of what I achieved and what I did.”

Seth Johnson is one of two player-managers that Derby fans have the chance to play alongside in a Play With A Legend event at Pride Park on May 2017.

Play With A Legend have further stadium events coming up this summer Leyton Orient, Charlton, Wolves, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leicester, offering the unique chance for fans to experience a match day just like a professional footballer.

By Mark Holmes

Do Roofe and Berardi start? And is Hernandez ready? The decisions facing Marcelo Bielsa ahead of Blackburn Rovers away

Phil Hay
Published: 06:00 Wednesday 17 October 2018

 Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe celebrates his goal against Rotherham United in August.

Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe celebrates his goal against Rotherham United in August.
Leeds United’s head coach took his leave of Elland Road on Friday with decisions to make but without any doubt about the physical condition of Kemar Roofe or Gaetano Berardi. One development-squad game was all it took for Marcelo Bielsa to see that both players were ready for a visit to Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

Berardi made light work of 90 minutes and Roofe eased through more than an hour as the club’s Under-23s fought out a 2-2 draw with Burnley. Their match fitness looked intact after a month spent waiting for injuries to subside and Bielsa’s team for Ewood Park might not pick itself as easily as it has to date.

 Gaetano Berardi during Leeds United's opening day win over Stoke City.

Gaetano Berardi during Leeds United's opening day win over Stoke City.
Since striking gold with the line-up chosen on the first weekend of the season, Bielsa’s changes have been enforced and largely predictable. Damage to Berardi’s knee in August made way for Pontus Jansson, the obvious choice at centre-back. Roofe’s calf issue, coming at the same time as Patrick Bamford was ruled out for four months, left Tyler Roberts as the only centre-forward with prior EFL experience. Jack Harrison filled the hole left by Pablo Hernandez’s hamstring strain and even last weekend Bielsa concluded quickly that Stuart Dallas would deputise for Barry Douglas at left-back.

United’s head coach has stopped short of tinkering for tinkering’s sake and used the same starting side in six successive matches last month but this weekend might be an occasion where the pecking order under him takes hold. Roofe was the star of the early weeks of the term, good enough to win the EFL’s Championship player-of-the-month award for August, and Bielsa liked both Berardi’s defending and the quality of his short-range passing from positions around United’s box.

Roofe for Roberts would be a straight swap; one striker replacing another in an identical role. It would also withdraw Roberts at a time when the Wales international is feeling his way into the Championship and Bielsa’s team with growing confidence. He came up with three goals in Roofe’s absence, including a long-range winner at Hull City before the international break, and over the course of six games matched Roofe for key passes and shots on target.

There is still no question that Roofe’s effectiveness in August – the quality of his finishing, the intelligence with which he connected with players behind him – contributed to the best football Leeds have played under Bielsa. Hernandez did likewise and while the Spaniard was left out of Friday’s Under-23s game, United pinpointed their game at Blackburn for the return of a midfielder whose finesse was showing the best side of him and helping to show the best side of Samuel Saiz.

Tyler Roberts earns Leeds United a 1-0 win at Hull City.

Roofe and Hernandez, regardless of Bielsa’s resistance to unenforced alterations, feel too influential to leave out. Where Berardi is concerned, the form of Jansson since Bielsa turned to him six matches ago has changed the balance at centre-back to the extent where Jansson seems impossible to drop. Berardi’s recall there would be less of a formality but the versatility which Bielsa spotted in him while he watched footage of last season could offer the Swiss defender a way in at Ewood Park.

Bielsa is without suspended right-back Luke Ayling and Barry Douglas, his first-choice left-back, is likely to sit Saturday’s game out with a hamstring strain. Faced with gaps on both sides of his backline, positions where Leeds are strong defensively, Bielsa has alternatives to weigh up and calls to make.

On Friday, against Burnley’s Under-23s, Leeds confounded expectations by fielding three centre-backs and using Berardi as a left wing-back, on the opposite flank to his preferred position. Jamie Shackleton started on the right, laying on a goal for Roofe early in the second half, and there were hints in that positioning of a potential solution in Bielsa’s head for the trip to Blackburn.

Rovers play with a lone centre-forward, the well-travelled Danny Graham, and Bielsa’s tendency to employ a four-man defence against sides with one up front should keep his 4-1-4-1 formation intact. At right-back, the Argentinian appears to have a direct choice between Berardi and Shackleton, the 19-year-old academy player who Bielsa is converting from an out-and-out midfielder. Dallas, the Northern Ireland winger, got the nod to replace Douglas at left-back in Leeds’ last game against Brentford but United suffered from defensive imbalance at stages of a 1-1 draw and Berardi and Tom Pearce offer other ways of addressing that role.

Leeds found a way in September and the first week of October of minimising the impact of a large clutch of injuries, taking 10 points from six fixtures and keeping in touch with the clubs around them at the top of the Championship. The cavalry are coming gradually now and Kalvin Phillips’ hope last week was that the return of attacking players as in form as Roofe and Hernandez were would give the club “a really good chance of hitting the ground running” when the season starts up again.

There was no great sense of Leeds’ momentum drying up but after their draw with Brentford on October 6, Bielsa is on a run of three wins from nine league games. Blackburn away could take him back to his preferred front five and, he will hope, the electric results that unit delivered.



17 Oct 2018

Today the club is asking fans to share their favourite memories

Leeds United Football Club turns 99 today and work is well underway planning for next year’s centenary celebrations.

Founded at Salem Chapel, Hunslet on 17th October 1919, Leeds United has won many major domestic trophies, along with several honours in European competition, and some of the games most famous names have worn the iconic white shirt over the years.

Chief Executive Angus Kinnear said: “Whilst we will enjoy our birthday today, our focus is very much on ensuring that we have a calendar of events and experiences that will allow our supporters to enjoy celebrating the club’s rich heritage. We look forward to announcing our plans in the near future.

“We have a project team in place to focus on creating a truly memorable year, and we have met with the Supporters Advisory Board to share and discuss ideas. We also want to reach out to the wider fan base to help us curate a breadth of memories and experiences.”

Today the club is asking supporters to share their favourite memories from our history. Fans can send us a video clip via the form below, email to or simply share their favourite moments via Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #MyLeeds100.

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