Leeds United have had more televised games this season than any other English club.
14 - Leeds
12 - manutd, Liverpool & Aston Villa
11 - Arsenal, Chelsea & Spurs
Patrick Bamford returns to a familiar situation at Leeds United - the Roofe🔥 is on fire!!
Thanks to the YEP
TV strikes again!!
The Football Supporters’ Federation have expressed their dismay after it was revealed that fewer than one third of FA Cup third-round matches will be played at 3pm on a Saturday due to television contracts. Only 10 of the 32 third-round fixtures will be played at the traditional time on January 5, with the FA’s new six-year £820m overseas television contract contributing to a raft of rearrangements.
Of the other games, one will be played on Friday evening, seven will kick off at 12.30 on Saturday followed by five games kicking off Saturday evening at 17.30. There will be eight games on Sunday, including Leeds with afternoon kick offs and Wolves play Liverpool on Monday evening.
FSF Chairman Malcom Clarke said: “The third round of the FA Cup on the first Saturday in January was always one of the great highlights of the season, and to have less than one third of the games kicking off at three o’clock on Saturday definitely to some extent diminishes the magic of the day.”
Leeds are linked to Keiren Westwood and Karl Darlow as they look to get experienced cover for BPF when the January transfer window opens.
A strong Leeds United under 23 side that included Lewis Baker, Jack Harrison, ‘Izzy’ Brown and Patrick Bamford beat Burnley 6-3 at The Barnfield Training Centre with Patrick Bamford scoring a hat trick. The other goals coming from Clarke, Baker and Brown.
Ahead of today’s clash with Bolton Wanderers, Keith Ingham spoke to Trotters fan Chris Bowden.
How long have you supported Bolton Wanderers?
What’s your favourite moment as a ‘Wanderers’ fan. Season, game or anything other occasion.
Has to be escaping relegation on the final day of last season , epically with the come back to win forest 3-2
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of a shirt, if you didn’t is there one you wished you would have.
In terms of the past season or two, we appear to have had some good characters around the squad but in my opinion no major role models like the Gary Cahill’s etc..
What’s your most memorable match playing Leeds?
Not very memorable in the past few years , I don’t think we have got a win against you in our previous 8 games in all competitions. Our 4-1 win is the most memorable for me in 2004.
Are you happy with your dealings in this summer’s transfer market? (It’s pretty obvious you won’t be!)
Nope, poor quality players brought in and not many of them appear to be of Championship standard. Erhun Oztumer is the one everyone was looking forward to seeing but we’ve hardly seen any of him, also the failure to get a good left back like Robinson who we had last year is costing us! Paweł Olkowski our right back has been the small highlight of this summers transfers.
What’s your realistic aim for the season?
Staying up but one win in 17 isn’t great.
Who in your mind is going to be promoted this season?
Norwich, Leeds and Aston Villa
Can you name your three for relegation this year?
Ipswich , Rotherham and Bolton. – I hope I’m wrong, but the rut we are in appears to be even worse than last season.
Who’s your danger man?
Sammy Ameobi who will be suspended for Saturdays game unfortunately after being sent off vs Norwich. – Apart from him I struggle to name someone who stands out, Yanic Wildschut, Erhun Oztumer & Josh Magennis can be dangerous but all are out of form and not in favour.
Can you tell us about a rising star in the youth ranks?
Lots of attention towards Connor Hall, currently on-loan at Accrington Stanley. Apart from him there hasn’t been many near the first team lately.
Prediction and scorers for the game?
2-1 Leeds, Roofe & Alioski
We’d like to thank Chris for taking the time to answer our questions and hope that Bolton’s season can see an upturn very soon.
By Keith Ingham
Ahead of the anticipated release of Bielsa Rhapsody, Micky P Kerr spoke with our Keith Ingham about his support of Leeds United and how the song came to fruition.
I started to follow Leeds whilst I was at Primary school, my first season supporting Leeds was 91/92, it was a pretty good season for us that.
Shame I was too young to appreciate it properly cause it probably won’t happen again in my lifetime! One game that stands out is 1-0 win over Liverpool, Yeboahs volley, was sat in the East stand, incredible. There have been so many moments and games over the years though, it’s my team. I was there for a lot of games in league 1 too, I was also there in the champions league.
I started a podcast about football chants (although it’s not REALLY about footy chants if I’m honest, it’s just 5 lads talking footy and being daft) as me n me pals like to make up our own. I remember being in bed one morning and Bielsa Rhapsody came to me, I’d thought of the title initially and then I just lay there as my weird brain did the rest. Then I printed the words out and gave em to the lads.
Heidi Haigh’s blog from the impressive away win at Bramall Lane.
Thank you Heidi.
Mark Hughes is sacked as Southampton manager after a disappointing run of results, his last game they were 2-0 up against the team from Salford but the game ended 2-2.
Patrick Bamford on his early return from injury and his first game since his spell out with the under 23’s.
Thanks to the YEP.
Pablo Hernandez nominated for PFA player of the month of November.
England will face Holland in the semi final of next years UEFA Nations League in Portugal. The game will be played on Thursday June 6th. In the other tie hosts Portugal will play Switzerland the day before(5th).
The final and third/fourth place game will be on June 9th.
Pawel Cibicki, who returned from his loan spell at Norwegian club Molde is expected to move permanently in January, at least one MLS has expressed an interest in the striker.
It was expected that he would be given an opportunity to impress Marcelo Bielsa after scoring three goals in thirteen appearances for the Norwegian side managed by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. It now seems to be that Leeds are keen to move the striker on as he has still eighteen months on his contract to go.
Leeds drawn away to QPR in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Date confirmed as Sunday 6th of January. Kick off 2.00pm. The game has been chosen for an overseas broadcast.
Luca Modric wins the Ballon d’Or(World Footballer of the Year) Cristiano Ronaldo was voted second, Antoine Griezman third. Lionel Messi came a surprising fifth. England’s only nominee Harry Kane was 10th out of thirty listed.
popularSTAND fanzine(Doncaster Rovers) win the Fanzine of the year.
Marcelo Bielsa on Aapo Halme: “He had a balanced game and was not impressed by the importance of the game. He played at a good level when he had to play aerial balls and recover the ball. Regarding the use of the ball, he had the same inconvenience as the other players of the line of three”.
“We took this game as a possibility to compare it with the game against West Bromwich (Albion)and we had special interest in not making a mistake."
As we head into the busy Christmas period and enjoy not only all the football ahead, but also the shopping and meals; we must remember that some are less fortunate than ourselves.
Working with Lufc, the Leeds United Supporters Trust are asking fans to donate what they can to support two of Leeds’ biggest food banks.
The drive will take place tomorrow Saturday 8th December and will be held outside the East Stand prior to the game.
Supported by both Leeds United’s CEO Angus Kinnear and the players that many fans will see on Saturday, the need for support has never been bigger as several families prepare for what could be the hardest winter in years.
Last year the two food banks had provided food for a total of 18,563 people, which also included 6,901 children.
The Leeds United Supporters Trust has given this list of items;
Tins of fish/tomatoes/potatoes/veg
Long life fruit juice
Supporters can also pledge cash donations if they can’t make the game online here: https://bit.ly/2DZSSzw.
At work, we’re working on providing the biggest donation we can collect for the hungry and we are sure that most of the people that read this are doing the same.
However, any support that can be done for Saturday would not only be appreciated by the club and the Trust, but also families who really need it this year.
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Mick Hewitt is back for another Leeds United Programme, perfectly in time for the festive period.
Elland Road, Leeds
10:30am to 1:30pm - Free Entry
Sunday, 9th December
The fair will not only be accompanied by Billy’s Bar being open to all, but there’s the potential for stocking fillers at both the fair and the club shop.
Future fair updates;
Sunday 14th April 2019
Giant Yorkshire Annual Collectors Fair
Saturday 25th May 2019;
Pudsey Civic Hall 11-2pm
Leeds have bin hit with another injury crisis in what seems like a season the medical staff will earn a heavy Christmas Bonus.
Injuries to both Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas in Leeds’ 1-0 win over Sheffield United are set to keep the pair out until after the new year.
Cooper, who seemed to have suffered a bad knee injury has been flown to Rome in order to receive surgery and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks while recovering.
Although the centre back will be a huge miss for the Whites, the emergence and impressive play of Aapo Halme should ease any fears of Leeds struggling to make a strong side for key clashes against Aston Villa, Hull and Nottingham Forest.
Whereas as the loss of Dallas, the sides only remaining full back fill-in should be a bitter pill to swallow. Although his performances have been suspect, he had been Bielsa’s only option and had began to fulfil the role successfully over the past couple of matches.
Dallas is set to miss the next four to six weeks with a fractured foot, adding to the woes is the fact both Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi are set to be out for the new year. This leaves Tom Pearce and Barry Douglas as the only viable options at full back.
The Rise and Rise of Bailey Peacock-Farrell: From nowhere to hero in just twelve months.
Many Thanks to the YEP’s excellent journalist Phil Hay.
Ex-Leeds United Robbie Keane striker announces his retirement from football. The Irish striker played forty six games from 2001-02 and scored thirteen goals for Leeds. We wish him well.
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