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 Post subject: Leeds: The Damned United
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Once upon a time, when Leeds brought a new 'ace' to the club, they were spending record transfer fees on players like Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Keane or Robbie Fowler.

Not so anymore. From The Yorkshire Evening Post:

'Leeds United could just have the edge next season, after signing up a new pitch ace.

'Leeds United Football Club has bought a Toro Reelmaster 3100-D as part of a plan to replace a mower each year for the next three years. The machine is used on the ground's undulating surfaces and small banks.'

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 Post subject: Re: Ooooh How The Mighty Have Fallen
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I've heard it can cover a lot of ground.

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 Post subject: Re: Ooooh How The Mighty Have Fallen
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get it a squad number

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 Post subject: The Damned United - Only Sleeping Giant...
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A sleeping giant. It's a cliché in football always used to describe a once 'big' club who has fallen on hard times but who could, in the right circumstances, rise again and become great.

The trouble is, this is almost never true. Or rather, all those giants said to be sleeping rarely ever wake up and if they do, it's not for long.

The lower leagues are now full of such clubs; teams that once upon a time were major players in the top flight of English football such as Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, QPR, Southampton, Coventry, Derby, Palace and Ipswich. All have had golden periods but will they ever match their previous glories?

Will Forest win the Champions League? Will QPR ever finish second in the Premier League or be the top London club? Will Derby win the top flight? Will Ipswich win a European trophy? Top three for Palace? Probably not.

Even clubs like Wolves and Sunderland - both massive, important in the 50s - though now in the top flight, and often in the past said to be a sleeping giants, look decidedly small next to the behemoths at the top of the league even despite their recent achievements. The gap has grown hugely while they were asleep. They have woken up but they are no longer giants.

With the promotion of Newcastle, has another sleepy big boy awoke? Not really. Despite heroically large crowds, the financial state of the club precludes anyone realistically hoping for anything other than survival until the club is bought and funded appropriately. And in truth Newcastle's high profile has always relied on a few good cup wins in the 50s and not much else. In terms of achievements it's never really been a giant, asleep or otherwise. With no top-flight title since the twenties, if Newcastle is a sleeping giant then so are Huddersfield Town, with three titles to their name in that decade. As fond as I am of the Magpies, they have yet to aspire to giant status.

The truth is there are no more sleeping giants. The likes of Sheffield Wednesday have proved that once you fall out of the top flight, it's easy enough to lose that status for half a generation or more. And with that comes a disparity of income and investment. The current financial set-up rewards success more disproportionately than ever before and if the parachute payments are extended to four years, this gap will grow even wider. No, there are no more sleeping giants. Just clubs who used to be great but which are no longer.

Except one perhaps.

Leeds United.

Maybe this is a generational thing. If you grew up in the 80s, Leeds were a second division side and not a very good one at that. My generation grew up with Leeds as a powerhouse side of extraordinary talent matched with extraordinary physicality; both dirty Leeds and beautiful Leeds all at once.

1968-1974 yielded two league titles, two European trophies, one FA Cup and one League Cup. They were runners-up three seasons in a row in that period.

Leeds United was the 70s made extant; hairy, rough, a little scary and yet thrillingly brilliant. It is those memories that make me feel Leeds United is not just a big club, but a massive one. A giant. And it might just have woken up with this weekend's promotion.

Many have said that the Premier League needs Leeds. It certainly needs some bloody Yorkshire to give it some grit. But these last few years of decline and the financial meltdown have wounded them badly. There is a long way to go and, typically of Leeds, many backroom dramas to unfold, especially as no-one really knows who owns the club.

Leeds has always had madness in the boardroom, going back to when they appointed Cloughie as manager despite the fact he was their fiercest critic.

Like Yorkshire Cricket Club, it has been home to much political infighting and power struggles between giant egos. But that's proof of their big beast status.

With the right backing, we all know Leeds could become a top-four Premier League club. They have a massive fanbase and the city has the ego that goes with being a big club. It has that innate self-belief that smaller, less significant towns don't have. No-one can imagine Norwich - their superiors this year - becoming a major player in the Premier League but you know, you just know The Damned United will be.

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 Post subject: Leeds Sign Schmeichel
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Leeds have completed the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The Denmark Under-21 international has signed a two-year contract at Elland Road after leaving Notts County by mutual consent earlier this month.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson said: "After releasing Casper Ankergren we wanted to bring another goalkeeper in and Kasper has had an excellent season at Notts County.

"There were a lot of Premier League clubs interested in him, but he wanted to come here. He's got fantastic ability, he's a winner and he's determined to take this club forward.

"He has some fantastic qualities and he will provide us with good competition for places, which is what we want."

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Championship high-flyers Leeds United are reportedly working towards securing loan deals for a brace of former fans’ favourites, with both Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith (can you believe that he’s 30?) and recovering Tottenham crock Jonathan Woodgate both being linked with temporary returns to Elland Road.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson has admitted his interest in signing out-of-favour Smith until the end of the season, telling the PA:

“He’s a good player and forget any affinity he has with the club in the past, if you get a player of Alan’s ability then obviously you would have to be interested. We are in the market to make us better.”

Grayson also listed Woodgate (along with a few other no-mark South American also-rans) amongst the players he’d be interested in acquiring during the transfer window:

“We’ve been linked with many players. Smith, Woodgate, Kaka, Messi! Smith is a good player, Woodgate is a good player and we want good players at this club. They both have fantastic footballing ability, experience and know-how.

“Whether I intend to [make enquiries], we will have to wait and see where we go with it.”

Kaka and Messi were both unavailable for comment.

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Leeds United have confirmed chairman Ken Bates is the new owner of the club.Bates has bought out the previous owners FSF Limited through his company Outro Limited for an 'undisclosed sum'.

A inquiry into football had put Leeds' ownership under the spotlight and the Premier League said they would require full disclosure if Leeds were promoted.

But a club statement read: "This change in ownership structure makes Ken Bates the controlling shareholder and delivers the transparency sought.

"The club's chief executive Shaun Harvey had given evidence at the football governance inquiry in March where he told MPs that FSF Limited were a West Indian-based holding company, owned by three discretionary trusts."

To address this issue and in the hope that this brings an end to the speculation, Ken Bates has completed the purchase of FSF Limited for an undisclosed sum."

FSF Limited holds 72.85 per cent of the shares in Leeds City Holdings Ltd, of which Leeds United Football Club Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary.

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 Post subject: Re: The Damned United - Only Sleeping Giant...
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Leeds chairman Ken Bates has not ruled the possibility of Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith returning to Elland Road.

But Bates warned any chance of a move for Smith would hinge on the 30-year-old's fitness and wage demands after reportedly being told he can leave St James' Park.

Bates told Yorkshire Radio: "First of all it depends on whether the manager (Simon Grayson) wants him or not, which is his decision and not mine.

"Alan Smith returning to Elland Road would be a very popular move, but we have to be careful because unfortunately over the last few seasons Alan's had a pretty poor injury record and one thing we can't afford to do is sign somebody who is not fit to play.

"The other thing of course is Alan Smith's wages. He's been at Manchester United and Newcastle, so his wages are probably in the stratosphere, well over the seven-figure region, so I suspect if he did join us he would have to knock a nought off it and probably half it, which may not suit him or his agent."

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 Post subject: Re: The Damned United - Only Sleeping Giant...
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A poll taken by the Yorkshire Post today.

Would you like to see Alan Smith back in a Leeds United shirt?

Yes 2395 (71%)
No 787 (23%)
Undecided 174 (5%)

Very surprised, after kissing the Man U badge I would have thought they would be sharpening the knifes if he ever set foot in Elland Road again.

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 Post subject: Re: The Damned United - Only Sleeping Giant...
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Me too a little. They would probably just be glad of getting his talent and drive back after how things have gone since he left. But that's a big pay cut they're talking about. On the plus side he gets away from Newcastle I suppose.

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Leeds United have confirmed that teenager Elliott Kebbie will exit the club over the summer amid reports that he is poised to join Barcelona.

The club has announced the teenager has turned down their offer to stay at the Championship side and now looks set to join the youth ranks at the Spanish giants.

"Teenager Elliott Kebbie will not be taking up his place on the club's scholarship scheme next season,” confirmed a statement released on the club's official website.

"The youngster, who has spent eight years with the club's academy prior to being offered a scholarship, re-located to Spain earlier this summer with his mother.

"The club has retained its right to compensation should he choose to pursue a football career in Spain and sign for another club.

"Kebbie has reportedly spent time at Barcelona's famous La Masia training site, as well as featuring for their Juvenil B team.

The 16-year-old previously had a trial with Manchester United but now looks destined to move to the Catalan club.

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Leeds United manager Simon Grayson is not ruling out moves to bring Lee Bowyer, Alan Smith and Jonathan Woodgate back to Elland Road this summer.

Bowyer and Woodgate are available on free transfers after leaving Birmingham City and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, while Smith has been told he can leave Newcastle United.

Whites chairman Ken Bates has already opened the door for Smith to rejoin the club, seven years after his acrimonious departure to Manchester United.

The midfielder's wages have been mooted as a potential stumbling block and Grayson says there have not been detailed discussions with Smith and Woodgate.

Grayson is pursuing several transfer targets, but confirmed Smith and Woodgate are under consideration as he looks to improve his squad.

"I have had conversations, though not necessarily with the players themselves. That is how it is in football," Grayson told the Yorkshire Post when asked if there had been direct contact with Smith and Woodgate.

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Leeds United's quest to stop those silly Norwegians overreacting about that little problem over the weekend continues apace.

After reassuring the nation that all was not lost and they would in fact be playing their pre-season friendly against FC Sandefjord, Leeds have pulled out all the stops to promote their humanitarian efforts.

They wheeled out none other than former Leeds man Gunnar Halle, because, if a Norwegian says the game will cheer up their country, it must be true.

Anyway, the Leeds official website reports: 'According to Gunnar, United's game against Sandefjord will be the first major sporting event to take place in the country since the terrible atrocities of last weekend, and the Norwegian believes it was important the game went ahead as planned.

"It's difficult to find words for what has happened here," said Gunnar. "The whole country is in a bit of shock. The last few days have been difficult for everyone, but the weekend has gone and things have to move on."

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So there you go. Healing the world, with a friendly between two second division clubs.

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Leeds chairman Ken Bates has labelled fans who protested against his chairmanship as "morons" and has told them he "ain't going anywhere".

Around 300 disgruntled Leeds supporters gathered in the Elland Road car park ahead of Saturday's Championship home defeat by Middlesbrough in protest at the club's lack of investment in team strengthening over the summer.

Bates said in Tuesday night's programme notes for the home game with Hull: "I'm saying I'm unimpressed by the demonstrations of a few morons on Saturday and ain't going anywhere soon.

"Some fans may not like me, or agree with me, but you're stuck with me.

"I saved your club in 2005 and 2007 when nobody else would. The rebuilding of Leeds United is a bit like sex. In an age of instant gratification, Leeds United is having a long, drawn-out affair with plenty of foreplay and slow arousal.

"We're in this for the long term. We may have had two disappointing results, but we will get there - we are building for the future."

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Roque Santa Cruz is desperate to end his Manchester City misery according to his father and agent - with Leeds in the race for his signature.

Aproniano Santa Cruz gave an interview to Paraguayan newspaper ABC detailing his son's desire to leave City and the clubs interested in the former Blackburn forward.

"He has a contract with City until June 2013 and is available to the club but it is up to them what they do," Aproniano said.

"They are looking for another club for him because Roque wants to go to another team where he can have more chances to play.

"Cruz's City career has been blighted by injuries that have forced him down the pecking order but interest in the former Bayern Munich man remains strong, with Championship teams being considered

"There are teams interested and if he had not had so many injuries there would be even more teams," Santa Cruz senior added.

"The second division is very competitive in England, with powerful teams who were in the top division and have huge stadiums, like Leeds."

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Resurrection Joe wrote:
"I saved your club in 2005 and 2007 when nobody else would. The rebuilding of Leeds United is a bit like sex. In an age of instant gratification, Leeds United is having a long, drawn-out affair with plenty of foreplay and slow arousal.


There's a mental image I didn't need of Batesy getting it on. :|

Calling them morons won't do him any favours either.

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I think he's playing the bad guy to keep fans of Graysons back.

It's clear the manager has no money and he's lost good players in the summer and not had much money to replace them so how can he be expected to improve the side if Bates wont give him the money.

By having a dig at fans Bates is making them turn on him and not the team or the manager so this is all done on purpose.


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I think he's playing the bad guy to keep fans of Graysons back.

It's clear the manager has no money and he's lost good players in the summer and not had much money to replace them so how can he be expected to improve the side if Bates wont give him the money.

By having a dig at fans Bates is making them turn on him and not the team or the manager so this is all done on purpose.

that.... and the fact that Bates has always been a solid gold bellend (plus, alot of them are morons)

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