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  1. Football League 2017/18 season

    Harry sacked from Birmingham and also Michael Brown at Port Vale and Gary Caldwell at Chesterfield gone as well.
  2. The Leeds Thread

    https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/sport/leeds-united-secretly-want-return-old-guard/13/09/
  3. The Leeds Thread

    From F365:- Good to see us - and a few other local clubs - getting some recognition in the national media at long last : __________________________________________________________________________________________ Marching on together as Yorkshire football is resuscitated… As a Bury lad who would bleed Manchester red even if biology dictated otherwise, Gary Neville really should not care about Yorkshire football. He should not care and yet he does care, writing two years ago this month that ‘the demise of Premier League clubs in Yorkshire’ should be a cause for national concern. ‘Children today wouldn’t think of Leeds United as a great football club. Or Sheffield Wednesday,’ wrote Neville mournfully. Not for him the glee of seeing his beloved Manchester tower over a bedraggled Leeds; as a proud northerner, socialist and philanthropist, he knows the value of football to an economically ravaged county over five million proud people strong. England thrives when Yorkshire thrives; English football thrives when Yorkshire football thrives. Two years later, children may still be struggling with the concept that Leeds or Sheffield Wednesday are great football clubs, but that concept now feels closer than alien. Leeds are top of the Championship for the first time since their ignominious relegation in 2004, and both Sheffield clubs in a top six that reads like a tour around the UK’s industrial heartlands, taking in Cardiff, Preston and Wolverhampton. With Huddersfield Town improbably sitting between Tottenham and Liverpool in a nascent Premier League table, it finally feels like there may a crack in the curtains allowing in the weediest rays of light. Yorkshire football is by no means back, but it is twitching; hands are being tentatively squeezed and eyelids are fluttering. You may expect a Huddersfield Town fan to revel in the sometimes self-inflicted crises of Leeds United, but such tribalism is for those who think the 20-minute train journey to Leeds is ‘going travelling’. Yorkshire folk are contrary, and I am comfortable with tutting at Leeds victories but then quietly smiling as I see their name back at the top of a table (below ours, of course). We are fans that sing “we all hate Leeds scum” and yet chant “Yorkshire…Yorkshire…Yorkshire” at an even greater volume. I laughed when David Wagner referred to Robert Green joining from “the other club near Huddersfield”, but there was no laughter when the greed of a few threatened the very existence of a once-great football club. Over 31,000 people were at Elland Road on Tuesday night, the bumper crowd testament not only to their unenviable status as sleeping giants or the unexpected excellence of this Thomas Christiansen team, but also an acknowledgement from Leeds’ latest owners that they should not take the loyalty of a still-substantial support for granted; fans could see them beat both Burton and Birmingham for less than £30 and there are more ticket offers planned. This club is finally united in something other than name. It has been too long. When Neville wrote those words about ‘the demise of Premier League clubs in Yorkshire’ he was staring at a table containing no clubs from the region, with Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield all mired in a miserable mid-table Championship cluster. Hull and Middlesbrough were both doing significantly better – and would be promoted that season – but those clubs are on the periphery of both Yorkshire and the Premier League. Nobody saw their one-season sojourns in the top flight as a resurgence for Yorkshire football. But this season feels different. Central to that sea change has been the willingness of Huddersfield and Leeds to embrace life outside the provinces, with the Terriers managed by a German and counting an Australian, a Dane and a Beninese among their key players. The only Yorkshiremen are in the stands and the boardroom. Meanwhile, Leeds are owned by an Italian, managed by a Danish-born Spanish international and boast a Swede as their talisman. There is little that feels provincial about football in West Yorkshire in 2017. Except the fans and their accents at Elland Road, as they sing Marching On Together as if they might possibly be marching towards some kind of triumph rather than another slow death. It may yet all end in disaster, with the Tigers tumbling down the division like Mike Phelan’s Tigers and Leeds losing ground to leave thousands of Yorkshire folk shaking their heads and muttering that they “bloody knew is was too good to be true”, but for now allow us all to dream that the children of tomorrow will know that this vast, wonderful county has some truly great football clubs. Sarah Winterburn
  4. The Leeds Thread

    From the Times who dont give the EFL much coverage:- Leeds United are top of the second tier of English football for the first time since Howard Wilkinson was the manager and the fans were enthralled by David Batty and Gary Speed. Early days, perhaps, but when your last decade has been one of unremitting misery it has got Leeds buzzing as a club and city. For the first time in history, Leeds have won four successive league games by at least two goals. They have kept six successive clean sheets. This is not bad work given that it was only May when Andrea Radrizzani completed his buyout from Massimo Cellino, a deranged businessman who had said he wanted “big balls” but brought in Dave Hockaday anyway. Few clubs have been as mismanaged as Leeds United and, in modern football, that is saying something. In 2001 they played in the Champions League semi-final but by 2004 they were relegated from the top flight. Three years later they were in administration, docked points and down in League One. Given the history of hooliganism, the riots of Birmingham and Bournemouth, the Bradford chip van fire, the racism of the 1980s and the one-eyed revisionism of Don Revie and his team, few neutrals mourned this demise. Yet fans everywhere should have felt sympathy at witnessing how self-serving egotists could take a community stronghold and fleece. There was Peter Ridsdale, a fan with his heart in the right place but a misaligned brain, seguing into Ken Bates and his yo-yo approach to administration. The ground was sold. There has also been Professor John McKenzie trying to sack Peter Reid in the public glare of a Halifax hotel lobby and falling asleep at his first Premier League meeting. Eyes were not on the ball, however big it may, or may not, have been. GFH also had a stab at running the club and achieved the remarkable in being even more unpopular than all who had gone before. If Ridsdale was likely to sign his own grandmother, GFH would have sold her. Their low watermark was when they accused David Haigh, their former employee, of embezzlement, and he spent months holed up in a Dubai jail denying all wrongdoing. Mind you, it was a close-run thing after the talk of Iranian money breaching a UN resolution, while the spy cameras and cocaine in the boardroom exhumed memories of the old story about getting Michael Duberry off the wage bill by sprinkling drugs on his pasta. An ex-director was convicted of blackmail. Inevitably. Damned was an understatement. It went further than being a bit mean to Brian Clough. Now Radrizzani is giving a good impression of a rational human being, buying back Elland Road and bringing the women’s team back into the fold. His managerial choice, Thomas Christiansen, looked like a gamble. Not many were celebrating getting a man who had been big for a bit in Cyprus. They are now. It will not all go right, of course. Leeds were on the back foot against Birmingham City at Elland Road yesterday. They held out this time. However, Leeds have also finished in the top ten in the Championship only twice since they were promoted from League One in 2010. They have never made the play-offs in that time. Their last cup final was the Coca-Cola drubbing by Aston Villa in 1996 that left Wilkinson “emotionally disembowelled”. Leeds are not so much a sleeping giant as a once-significant club put in a drug-induced coma by quack doctors. Gordon Strachan, chief foreman of the 1990 rebuild, once told me: “It’s like David Bowie. Every so often you have to reinvent yourself.” Of course, there are reinventions and mad-cap experiments, but this is a club craving any semblance of success and they have got that. Top of this league, then, for the first time since Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister (a few hours in 2004 aside). The new regime has made its mark.
  5. The Leeds Thread

    27 long years since we were last at the top of the Championship when the last English manager to win the top flight division was manager. We showed last night that we can grind out results if need be.
  6. The Leeds Thread

    We have an owner who has the vision to take us to the promised land and with the team he has assembled so far things are looking good. Under previous managers yesterday would have been a hard fought 2-0 win but this team has flair and style and kept playing even when we were 5-0 up. Also Happy Birthday to Mr Radrizzani for today.
  7. The Leeds Thread

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/football-league-blog/2017/aug/28/leeds-united-nottingham-forest-championship-match-report
  8. Football League 2017/18 season

    Glad that Monk is doing a fine job for you.
  9. The Leeds Thread

    Rob Green has joined Huddersfield and Andy Lonergan has signed a two year deal:- https://www.leedsunited.com/news/team-news/22252/whites-re-sign-lonergan
  10. The Leeds Thread

    Doukara has had his contract terminated and has signed a 2 year deal for a turkish club.
  11. Carabao Cup

    From the EFL website:- The draw for Round Three of the Carabao Cup will take place in Beijing, China on Thursday 24th August 2017. Thirty-two clubs are involved in Round Three, with the seven Premier League sides who qualified for UEFA European competitions entering the draw, including last season’s winners Manchester United. The draw will take place from approximately 11:15am local time – 4:15am BST – and can be followed live on the EFL’s Carabao Cup Twitter feed. The Round Three draw is unseeded, with the first ball drawn as the home club, followed by an away club. This is repeated until there are 16 ties, which will played week commencing 18th September 2017. Draw numbers will be available following the completion of the Round Two ties on Wednesday evening. Regarding the draw, the EFL have said: “We understand that not everyone will agree on the timing of this week’s Round Three Draw, but in staging in this way it will give the competition both the maximum exposure in the UK, Chinese and South East Asian markets. This is not only an important factor for the EFL but also our new sponsors Carabao, who, like ourselves, plan to use the growing global appeal of the competition to reach new audiences. “Once the logistics have been completed in Beijing, the UK will be waking up and the breakfast media will be able to report and get reaction on the 16 ties that will take place next month, which we feel is an interesting move away from the usual post-game evening draws. “The Round Three draw itself is not being televised live in China or anywhere else but the EFL will be providing full coverage across its Carabao Cup Twitter feed, with news and reaction as it happens. “Our decision to go to China is part of a strategic plan to grow the EFL internationally and specifically boost profile and exposure in ASEAN markets. A number of potentially significant meetings are being held around the draw that we envisage will deliver a benefit to all 72 clubs of the EFL. “As part of those meetings the EFL will stage its first summit in Asia, where potential sponsors and investors from the region will gather to be briefed on the wider opportunities the EFL can provide. This will include the showcasing of the new iFollow international streaming platform which successfully launched at the start of the season. “We now look forward to this work developing over the course of the next few days and taking further shape in the coming weeks and months.”
  12. Carabao Cup

    A few upsets tonight in the 2nd round as Doncaster beat Hull 2-0. Burton won 2-1 at Cardiff, Bristol City won 3-2 at Watford, Bristol Rovers won 1-0 at Fulham and Bolton beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2.
  13. The Leeds Thread

    Wood signs for Burnley for £15m plus add on's and Bridcutt signs for Forest for £1m so the revolving door keeps revolving. I wonder who will be coming in to join as we badly need at least one striker if not two. Still undefeated after 4 games and a league cup game tonight against Newport County before another Sky game on Saturday tea time at Forest.
  14. The Leeds Thread

    Leeds United player donates season tickets to children's ward. Today was a special day for the young football fans who are currently spending time on the children's ward at Leeds General Infirmary. Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson stopped by for a visit, and donated two seasons tickets to the ward for the children to use. BBC The 26-year-old Swedish international used his own money to pay for the two tickets, with the intention that each week a different family can come and watch the team play at Elland Road. BBC Jansson explained to BBC Radio Leeds what led him to make the gesture: "When I was a kid, the biggest day during the week for me was the day I got to watch my team play. I hope, because of this these children can have the same feeling on Saturdays. It's a small thing for me to do, but I hope it makes a big difference." I hope the families and kids enjoy their day's at ER.
  15. The Leeds Thread

    Berardi has signed a new 3 year deal. Next is to make him captain for the season.
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