We All Love Leeds spoke to David Watkins about his first time watching the mighty whites in a new feature we are calling 'my first game'.
My first Leeds game seen live in the flesh was at the Hawthorns in 1969, just a few games before we were crowned champions for the first time. I was 12 years-old and had been following Leeds for a few seasons already but I lived with my Mum and Dad in Worcestershire, near the Malvern Hills, and hence it was always likely to be a game in the Midlands that took my Leeds virginity.Wal
I can still remember my Dad coming home one night from work and telling me that a mate of his was going up to the game the following week, it was a Wednesday night league game and did I want to go? Did I want to go? I couldn’t wait!
I was Leeds mad; I kept a scrapbook with cuttings of every game and a little black book (just like Jack Charlton!) with all the results, scorers and attendances.
I had my white Leeds shirt, the one with the round neck and the old owl badge and I had even glued the club crest onto my green school tracksuit top. That caused me a bit of a problem at school since I was told in no uncertain terms that unless I was a member of the club whose badge it was, I couldn’t have it on my school kit! I had to try to remove the badge but it was so well glued on that I was left with a patch of backing material and dried glue for the next two years until I grew out of the tracksuit! I also had my Leeds United tie, bought through the post from Jack Charlton’s shop. They sent me a printed autograph sheet with the tie, which I still have to this day.
We travelled up the M5 from Worcester to West Bromwich in a battered old bottle green, hand painted, ex-Post Office Morris Minor van, me on the shiny bench seat on one side in the back, hanging on for grim life and swinging like a deranged monkey as we went round corners! There were no seat belts in those days of course!
Dad’s mate was a Baggie, so we watched the game from behind the goal at the Birmingham Road end, with the rest of the Baggies even though I’d bought a big Leeds poster outside the ground and then carried it, in a big roll, under my arm for the rest of the night.
Fans of a certain vintage will remember the one – it had postcard sized head and shoulders photos of the squad in glossy black and white and the famous old frontage of the main entrance in the middle. Only problem was, it included Jimmy Greenhoff who’d left us at the start of the season. I sorted that in the next close season by sticking a picture of new signing Allan Clarke over Greenhoff’s face!
The game started badly for Leeds as a mistake by big Jack Charlton in the first few minutes allowed the Baggies to take the lead but early in the second half Eddie Gray equalised and the point was enough to keep Leeds six points clear of Liverpool at the top of the First Division. By the end of the campaign Leeds had amassed a then record 67 points with only two defeats all season in the league and they achieved the league title Don Revie had promised back in August.
Extract from “Leeds United in pursuit of the Premiership” by David Watkins
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By Keith Ingham
In one of the most peculiar news stories that has hit Leeds since Massimo Cellino's reign of the watermelons, Leeds striker Souleymane Doukara has been banned for 8 matches by the FA.
The strangeness in the story is that his ban relates to an alleged bite that happened against Fulham. Doukara is probably foaming at the mouth due to the charge (I suspect rabies) that will practically finish his season.
The only game that Doukara can now feature is the final game of the season away at Preston North End. However, it seems unlikely he will feature for the club until next season unless there are some serious injuries.
The biting issue could soon turn to the kiss of death for the Dukes career in Leeds. With a squad overhaul looking extremely likely this summer along with the possibility of a new manager in charge, Doukara could soon lose his place within the squad.
Although he was seen as a bad signing at the beginning of his career at Elland Road, Doukara has since gone on to create a name for himself at the club and has even won over a lot of fans, who doubted he was good enough to play at this standard.
The 24-year old had plenty to do in the winning run that picked Leeds season back up in January, scoring an impressive 4 goals in 5 appearances in the calendar month.
He may not be a 20-goal a season striker, but his versatility, ability to carry the ball and hold up play has really shown this season and if he has a coach that believes in him this summer next season could be fantastic, if he stays.
Now he has lost a lot of support due to this stupid error in judgement, the only way is up for the Frenchman. If he doesn't prove in the summer that he's playing for the shirt then he's facing an uncertain time at the club.
If there's one thing Leeds fans have its a long memory and silly mistakes like this can really come back to bite him on the arse, or shoulder.
By Ryan Ingham
The cover of the yet to be released celebration DVD of Huddersfield Town's victory at Elland Road is undecided but it could well be this image to the right of Wagner celebrating their cup final win.
The planned open top bus parade was cancelled due to lack of interest. They don't do it a lot so we'll let them have their 'moment in the sun'.
Former Leeds United MD David Haigh has been acquitted of all charges relating to cyber crime. Haigh's UK spokesman says he's "absolutely delighted" and expects the British businessman back in the UK in 2-3 days. Surely now the ex-Leeds director has a case for improper imprisonment. GFH beware!
Noel Whelan was quite scathing with his comments in his column for the YEP, He said Leeds were very lucky not to be beaten by a heavier score and nobody, on or off the field came out of the game with any credit.
Many Thanks to the YEP. For the full article of Noel Whelan please click here.
Last word on the weekend:
This result in normal circumstances would probably mean the end for some coaches; it was that bad! Most home fans, myself included, were very annoyed at the manner of the hammering. When he got it right I congratulated him but on Saturday, Evans got it totally wrong and the blame for the defeat is his.
Crystal Palace vs Leeds under21 game. Plenty of good chances, with both sides denied by the woodwork, but it ended goalless.
Latest on the 'Time to go Massimo' group'.
Before the Reading game (16th April) we will be marching on Elland Road from the city centre; finishing in front of the East Stand for a sustained protest directly outside. Route details will be confirmed soon, but for now we will be setting off from the city shortly after 1pm.
If you would like more information please use the link below.
*Just a note to say we are neither for or against the campaign. We just want a successful team on the field and stability off it.*
Pretty much all the talk yesterday and today was of rebellion inside the dressing room after the thrashing by Huddersfield, The daily snail reported that Cellino on Saturday was telling everybody within ear shot of El Presidente that Evans was to be sacked.
Myself. I don't think Evans will last past his original contract date is due to expire.
When asked today about the speculation about his tenure at the club Evans said: “I treat stories like that with the contempt they deserve. My only focus is on preparing the team for Rotherham.” The club, when asked declined to comment on the rumours. No surprise there !
Superb piece in the YEP tonight about the situation at Leeds;
Leeds United – Phil Hay: Fact - fans do NOT want their club to fail, click here.
Many Thanks to the YEP.
Leeds have a 'Vieira' coming through the ranks, Ronaldo Vieira was the most impressive Leeds player on view in the recent under21 game with Crystal Palace. The youngster has been with Leeds since impressing on trial as a sixteen year old.
He may be the latest from the Thorpe Arch academy to get a first team opportunity, sooner rather than later. He is expected to at least make the substitute bench in one of the remaining Championship games.
The stakes have always been high at Elland Road, but next month individual poker players will have a chance to 'win big' in a poker tournament organised at the club. For just £77 you have a chance to put on your 'poker face' and battle the best in the region for a prize of £175,000!
The event takes place in the Centenary Pavilion on 9th and 10th of April.
On Sky Sports, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino says he is not looking to replace manager Steve Evans and will not make changes until the end of the season. Cellino told Sky Sports: “I’m a very sad man with the results this season but sometimes I’m not happy with my wife and I don’t divorce her so I’m certainly not looking to replace Steve Evans at the moment."
This contradicts everything the majority of fans in earshot of him at the end of the game last Saturday. We do realise that the man can change his mind from day to day, who knows what he may say tomorrow.
Twenty years to the day since we played Aston Villa in the Coca Cola (League) Cup Final at Wembley (pictured left). A great day out but a forgettable result, Leeds lost 3-0 that day.
Head of Content Keith Ingham remembers a legendary player and a match sealed in history for Leeds United.
It's very sad that Johan Cruyff passed away today due to cancer. In this article I'll jog some old memories as I recall the day he brought his team to Leeds 11.
I remember the day, Leeds locked horns with the mighty Barcelona. Johan Cruyff was amongst their superb squad that came to Elland Road back in 1975.
In that never to be forgotten run to the European Cup final, we'd already played some good teams on the way to the semi final but none that matched the stature of the great team from Spain. They had so many great players with Neeskens amongst them, but it was the other Dutchman that people wanted to see after his exploits in the 1974 World Cup.
Back in the seventies most European games were heavily supported and it looked like it was a game I'd also miss! I was devastated, honestly, I couldn't believe I'd miss the chance to see 'the Dutch masters' pit their wits against Leeds. So resigned to the fact I'd miss the game I'd actually organised a night by the radio, some beer that I'd hidden away too. I was fifteen so this was the next best thing, beer to drink and the radio to catch the match on.
Then fate stepped in, a big Leeds fan down the street had saved his tokens, the match programme had them in to collect for the big games. He knocked on my front door and said something like "it's yours for a tenner." Ticket in pocket I made my way over to Leeds with borrowed money from my Dad.
Strange thing is I remember how I got the ticket like yesterday but the game is something I remember little. I stood on the Lowfields Road and if you were in that section you never stayed where you started, as every Leeds attack was met with a surge of people knocking you this way and that. Happy days!
Leeds started the game with an early strike from the brilliant Billy Bremner, only for Barcelona to equalise in the second half. Leeds wouldn't be denied and Allan 'sniffer' Clarke grabbed the lead late in the game to give Leeds a goal advantage to take to the second leg in Barcelona.
Leeds scored first again in that game through an early Lorimer goal but even though Barcelona equalised we went through 3-2 on aggregate to get to the European Cup final for the first time ever.
Games like the above you never forget and the sad passing of a football legend made me remember that day back in 1975.
RIP Johan Cruyff, a true football genius.
By Keith Ingham
With the recent speculation that Evans job is severely under pressure, reports have suggested that Leeds (or at least Cellino) is interested in bringing in Fabio Cannavaro to take the reigns at Elland Road.
The World Cup and Ball D'or winner in 2006 has definitely experienced a wonderful career in football and has began to take his career into the coaching side of the game.
Cannavaro now has two managerial roles under his belt for Guangzhou Everglade (formerly of Arsene Wenger) and Saudi side Al-Nassr. It wasn't going to be long before the fiery Italian eyed a role in Europe's elite, so why Leeds?
Maybe a large paycheck and the opportunity of the media spotlight constantly being shined on Leeds has come with its certain appeal. It surely can't be reinvigorating his love-child Scott Wootton's career can it? Surely not! Wait... Nah.
Maybe the hard hitting and hard talking Italian is a step in the right direction for Leeds. The players will see the man as an idol and definitely someone who's experience far surpasses their own. The 42-year old will not be wanting for respect around the club, with his career speaking volumes for the sort of professional he is.
On the coaching side, Fabio could be the man to sure up the defence and inspire the troops to victory. There has to be plenty of knowledge in that full head of hair on how to breed success and win titles. The guy has played for Real Madrid, Juventus and is inducted into footballs hall of fame, surely he has to know something!
I'm not one for picking a man on the coat tails of the popularity of his name, but I will say that Cannavaro's experience speaks for itself. If he can have an eighth of the success in his managerial career that he had as a player, I'm sold.
Sure there's a few glitches, he speaks predominantly Italian so he'll only get on with half of the squad (nothing unusual there) and he lacks some experience in the role, but didn't every manager start of with questionable experience?
Now to letting Evans go, which in my opinion could come back to bite us on the arse. He may not be a fan favourite, he's definitely a gobshite, but he's brought something to Leeds and Elland Road we haven't seen in the past few years, wins.
It's quite evident that Evans doesn't have the allegiance of the players and we've reported before that players are hoping to oust the manager.
In all fairness I can't fault the players, their manager is more likely to berate them to the press instead of man-managing them.
Even though he was a peculiar choice, he has won games and does show passion for the club and I do think he will be missed when we aren't performing well next season, whoever's in charge.
Another bizarre rumour is linking former scum assistant manager Rene Meulenstein with the job. This is a man who's only role in England is managing a horrid Fulham side for four weeks before watching them get relegated by his replacement. His previous spell before that was managing Russian side Anzhi, in which he lasted less than a month. Some record!
So what's your opinion? Do you think Cannavaro would be a good acquisition or another dudd brought in at the wrong time and sacked after two months?
Put your answer in the comments below and we'll reveal the poll on our twitter page!
By Ryan Ingham
Head of Content Keith Ingham spoke to Huddersfield fan Chris Maguire about today's clash live at Elland Road.
Your thoughts on the last time we met?
The last time we met we were in-between managers with David Wagner sat in the stands waiting to start the following Monday. I was hopeful that we might put a performance in for the new manager, however it was one of those afternoons. Leeds were lucky to still have Wootton on the pitch and predictably he went on to score a goal. Both clubs are in a completely different position now so it will be interesting to see what happens on Saturday.
What's your opinion on David Wagner?
David Wagner has completely changed the philosophy and direction of the club and is a breath of fresh air. We have gone from playing a boring negative style of football to an exciting and expansive game and he has certainly put his stamp on the club. There is an excitement around the club whereby we are constantly looking forward to the next game. This feeling has been missing from our club for years.
What do you think of Town's current form?
If we could score goals we would be well within the top half of the table and probably pushing for the play-off's. Game after game we are dominating the stats in terms of possession and shots however we are not clinical enough and that is why we are where we are in the table. I have walked away from numerous games this season and cannot believe how we have drawn or lost the game with the chances we have had however it’s putting it in the net that matters and the stats mean nothing.
How will the team line up?
I would expect to see Van la Parra make an appearance and I would like to think that he will easily fit into our style of play. I cannot predict the team as David Wagner likes to rotate to squad and you can rarely predict the team that he actually puts out.
What you think of the new pricing policy for Town?
The pricing policy is great and it is something I hope that other clubs will look to introduce however I don’t think it will happen. I know Dean Hoyle has re-invested some of the extra TV money back into the fans and playing squad which has helped to reduce season ticket prices. The tickets went on sale yesterday and I can see that there are lots of fans coming back to the club who haven’t been to a game for years. It’s a big gamble but I hope for Dean Hoyle’s sake that it pays of as all clubs should have a Chairman like him.
Hoyle or Cellino?
Hoyle any day…as per my comments last time I would not want Cellino anywhere near my club!!!
Greatest game v Leeds?
For me the 2-1 win for Town in 2008 was a cracker with a 90th minute winner from Michael Collins. However, there have been a number of good clashes between Leeds and Town over the years, not so many recently. (Maybe not for you!)
Player at Leeds you've admired, if any?
I keep an eye out for Carayol to see how he is getting on with him been an ex-town player. I am surprised by Doukara’s form and with the number of goals that he's scoring but other than that I don’t tend to look at the Leeds squad.
Player who could make the difference tomorrow?
Sean Scannell can make a difference for us whether he is starting or coming off the bench as an impact player in the second half. I also hope that Joel Lynch starts in order to shore up the defence.
Do you think Town or Leeds will be 'top boys' in West Yorkshire?
A couple of weeks ago I would of said Town but our form has dipped and we have a difficult run to the end of the season. Leeds have also picked some wins up recently since the 4-0 defeat at Brighton and this has pushed them up the table. As much as I hate to say it I think Leeds will finish above us again.
I am hoping we can find the net tomorrow so 2-1 win to Town…
By Keith Ingham
Editors Note: It's always nice to see another fans perspective on the upcoming match, even if it may be a little bias towards their club! By the way, 3-1 Leeds.
A very interesting article on the website 'Leeds All Over' from 'Dubes' aka Michael Duberry and his memories of his time at Leeds United, mentioning how he got his nickname, his best XI, David Batty and a few more gems.
Kalvin Phillip's progress has been limited due to the arrival of Liam Bridcutt and Diagouraga says Evans. However, he expects the twenty year old midfielder to get some game time if he continues to work hard in training and impress in under21 games.
Phillips is currently contracted at Leeds United until summer 2017.
Blackburn Rovers v Leeds
Chris Wood made the eighteen for the first time since January, Luke Murphy was surprisingly dropped after a decent shift at Cardiff City, Diagarada coming into the midfield. Eric Grimes the forth choice goalkeeper in the squad came onto the bench for Peacock-Farrell who was out due to illness. A attacking looking bench gave Evans some good options.
Both teams had their moments in a first half blighted by a poor pitch, Watt and Graham saw the whites of Silvestri's eyes but in both occasions the keeper kept them out.
At the other end, Mowatt's free kick brought a stunning save from Steele. Leeds though weren't denied long, Mowatt's corner was blasted into the roof of the Blackburn goal by Sol Bamba, it's now three games in a row that Leeds have taken the lead, 1-0 at the break.
Antenucci nearly doubled the lead with a lovely move involving Doukara but he wasn't denied for long. As on Tuesday, he was set free this time by Mowatt and after a great run he finished it superbly to double Leeds' lead.
Chris Wood got his first minutes since January as a late substitute for Doukara before Jackson pulled one back for Rovers as normal time ran out. Leeds had to withstand eight minutes of injury time to claim the three points and their third win in seven days.
Men of the Match: A choice between Alex Mowatt and 'Ant', both solid 8/10.
Superb dogged performance on a quagmire of a pitch. Well done Steve, spot on with the tactics and personnel. Am I turning into a
fan of him?
Post game quotes:
Evans; "When you see Antenucci go through in that fashion, I only think he’s going to score. I’ve said many times what a wonderful finisher."
The Scot also singled out Bridcutt's performance (he was excellent). Also thought Bamba and Bellusci turned in big displays. When asked on whether Leeds could have achieved more this season; "In a moment of reflection you may sit and think that."
The man is more than happy after a great week of results and so are the fans. Onwards and hopefully upwards.
After the game. Lambert said; “I couldn’t fault the effort and the commitment, the way they played. It was just a game too far for us with the games we’ve had.”
From what I hear Massimo is trying to arrange a loan deal for a striker and centre-back, as we know both are desperately needed. The only trouble is he's not keen on paying them the going rate, some things never change.
Another home game, more protests. This time a 'fly by' organised by the group against owner Massimo Cellino.
Some others were less than impressive (the coffin) considering a young fan lost his life recently and was to be applauded during the game, a bit too far I say to them. Let's protest but not to the point it gets bloody stupid! The Leeds haters would have loved this, more ammunition for them.
HC Steve Evans made three changes, Bellusci, Carayol and Antenucci replacing Bamba, Wootton and Mowatt. Erwin was absent from the match day squad through injury.
Two goal Mirco Antenucci gave Leeds a much needed win, the second being reminiscent of the goal he scored on the opening day of the season vs Burnley.
Bolton got a goal back and threatened to equalise but Leeds held on to claim the three points. The Italian striker will take the plaudits as he turned from zero to hero after some ineffective performances recently. The win takes Leeds up to sixteenth in the Championship.
Evans said post game; "We collectively took responsibility for a shambolic performance down at Brighton. We came back and I was so proud of the players.
“When you haven’t won in a while, it’s important that the nerves don’t get the better of you. We were a bit nervous in the last ten minutes and you could feel the tension, it’s nice to get over the line and get the three points.”
The Scot looked a very relieved man and so he should. A defeat, even a draw could have had serious consequences for him.
Mirco Antenucci would not be drawn on if his future lies away from Leeds 11. The two goal striker has struggled to fit into the system preferred by HC Steve Evans lately and to be honest has been anonymous in games recently, yesterday he answered his critics with goals, the second an absolute beauty, akin to his effort earlier in the season.
When asked by a local radio reporter about his future he replied; "I would like to just finish the season with this club because for me it is a pleasure just playing in this stadium and this club". Seems like a goodbye to me.
Leeds' threadbare squad could be tested to the limit if the three players that picked up injuries during the 2-1 win over Bolton fail to recover in time for the next couple of games. Most doubtful are Lewis Coyle, stretchered off after a challenge with Spearing, the injury is still being assessed.
Liam Cooper is nearly certain to miss the Cardiff City game on Tuesday, Sully Doukara limped off at the end of the game with an ice pack strapped to his ankle, though he may be fit for the game.
The 'stunt' with a coffin may well have backfired on the protestors that organised it, social media seemed very much against the action. The sympathy of fans was more to supporting the club steward that had lost his son to illness, the action of the group of fans was seen by some as crass and by most as inappropriate in the circumstances. I give full support to the group, but some acts may need to be toned down. We also didn't appreciate the fans who support Cellino, using this as a publicity stunt to further gain their support, this by all means is disgusting and they should be ashamed.
Learn from this please!
Match winner Mirco Antenucci elaborated on his situation at Leeds by saying; "I wait (until) someone calls me. I have to finish the season good.
There are a lot of rumours about me but I would like to finish the season as it’s a pleasure playing for this club. After, I think to the future. I want to finish the season well and if someone from the club calls me, we talk.”
Footballers have a way of giving mixed messages, but it seems he's enjoyed his time so far at Leeds.
Forgotten man David Haigh's case has been taken up by the Human Rights Watch, the group is a non profit, non governmental human rights organisation. They have asked for his immediate release and the scrapping of laws that keep him incarcerated.
Steve Evans pre match presser; no loans coming in unless they are to be made permanent, group prepared for two tough away trips this week, need at least three points from these two games, still thinks (we can't, seriously) that a top ten place is achievable, Chris Wood will be involved either at Cardiff tomorrow or Blackburn on Saturday.
Doukara and Cooper could feature at Cardiff but Coyle is definitely out, young goalkeeper Peacock-Farrell will get his opportunity before the end of the season and lastly Ross Turnbull's season looks over after he had a minor operation on his injured ankle.
Sheffield Wednesday 0 Leeds 2 in a under 21 game, Walters and Mulhern with the goals.
Last piece today is a link to lufc trust on the accounts made public recently.
It really is a interesting read on the financial situation of the football club. Worrying too.
Lee Bowyer has told talkSPORT that he hopes that his former club Leeds United return to the Premiership. As most fans of Leeds know he played for the club from 1996 to 2003, in his time the club sat at the very top table of English football and he played his part in the 'march' to the Champions League semi final in 'naughties'. He said; “They just need some stability, someone to go in there with a bit of money and try and get back into the Premier League because they deserve to be there, they are a massive club".
Cardiff City v Leeds
Steve Evans made four changes, in came Berardi, Bamba, Murphy and Mowatt replacing Coyle, Cooper, Diagouraga and Carayol. Most people in the Norman Hunter suite at Elland Road where I watched the game were surprised with the amount of changes, especially Dave who had a good game on Saturday agaisnt Bolton. No Chris Wood in the eighteen.
Unbelievably, yes on a Tuesday night too and after over thirty years, Leeds finally beat Cardiff City.
The 2-0 win was very unexpected by many including me, goals for Doukara in the first half and one from Antenucci right at the end was enough to end our poor record at Cardiff.
A good team performance akin with an outstanding display from Marco Silvestri kept the 'Bluebirds' out.
Not pretty but very determined by the Whites, an Ant and Douk Tuesday night takeaway!
A word too about the respectful minute of applause by both sets of fans to show their support for Mark Butterfield's family, the teenage boy passed away recently.
Men of the Match: Marco Silvestri, superb display and Lewis Cook, here, there, every flipping where. Silvestri became the second player picked in the Football League's Championship team of the week.
Earlier in the evening I met one of the 'legends' of the greatest Leeds United team Norman 'bites yer legs' Hunter, he is still up there in my eyes with the late Billy Bremner as one of the finest players to wear the white shirt. To this day his passion for the club has not diminished and what a pleasant gentleman he is. A night I'll never forget.
Sometimes you see a photograph you just need to share. Happiness is... Three points at Cardiff!
Steve Evans was very happy with yesterday's result too, he said; "The players deserve all the credit for that win. We learned some harsh lessons in the defeat to Brighton but I feel we've been in a good place since then."
He then added; "It helps when you have two centre-backs playing so well and the defence working together like that, while you have two strikers who just ran all night. That's the sort of attitude we need to show when you play for such a famous club."
Russel Slade, the Cardiff manager was less generous with his comments, post game as he lambasted the referee for dismissing Cardiff's claim for a penalty when the ball struck Bellusci's outstretched hand in the second half. "He got some decisions wrong, the referee. It's a stonewall penalty, I have to tell you that. That's what I was debating on the touchline, it's an absolute stonewall. His arms are out here. If that's not a penalty, I no longer know what the rules are."
News that the top price for a away ticket in the Premiership will be 'capped' at £30 from next season and run for three seasons, hopefully the Football League will follow suit very soon.
A victory for the fans without any doubt and about time clubs listened to the various groups campaigning for the reduction of ticket prices.
A potential second bid from 'an unnamed' person was rumoured in the morning press, Leeds born MP John Mann tweeted that the stumbling block was the price Cellino wants.
The Italian paid Ken Bates 'over the odds' for Leeds and now wants to recoup the money he paid and what he has put into the club since the sale.
Liam Cooper and Liam Bridcutt both in the Scotland squad to face Denmark over the Easter weekend, Cooper has already played at under-17 and under-19 level for Scotland already, this though is his first full international call up. 'Coops' qualifies through his grandfather. Bridcutt has had other call ups but injury has previously ruled him out.
Steve Evans presser, expects a tough encounter with Blackburn, Lambert has improved them as their results show.
Chris Wood WILL be in the eighteen on duty on Saturday, may be changes on Saturday but Cooper doubtful, Coyle has a chance of playing, Evans hopes Sloth and Phillips stay at Leeds instead of going out on loan, even a top ten place would leave him 'disappointed', if Stokes was fit he may have been involved with the first team squad and Adeyemi's future lies in the hands of Cardiff City.
A much more happier Evans after the two wins in a week.
Fans are too.
Considering the problems that were highlighted by Sam Byram leaving in January and the 'non' contract talks with Taylor, Cook and Mowatt, a wise owner may look on the improved form of a certain striker and decide that, even if he is in his thirties it just might be a clever idea to speak to his representative before others clubs do, but this remember is Leeds United Football club.
Things aren't as simple as that in the Theatre of continual hope, but for me it's a no brainier. Many others share my opinion too.
When you attempt something like this, it takes a little time looking through the news so I can use it in this blog, so if I've used a quote or a story you've put out I would like to thank you, without it there wouldn't be a diary.
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