It's competition time at We All Love Leeds and we've got one of the best giveaways I've ever seen!
I recently received a parcel from Art of Football and my god I was surprised at the sheer effort that was put in to the packaging and product from this fantastic website.
The shirt came enclosed in a display box, wrapped in old football newspaper and came complete with a thank you in the form of an autograph book, along with a bit of information on the site. I've never seen such beauty come from an item being sent from a clothing site, usually my items come screwed up in the recycling bin from the not-so-merry old Yodel fairy.
Art of football is a website designed to cater to all fans from across the globe. It has designs on print and t-shirt and shows some famous moments from a vast amount of clubs. If you visit the site, you'll see fantastic t-shirts with prints like Gazza's dentist chair and Yeboah's wonder strike against Liverpool.
The one that was sent to me is the most amazing picture of Jermaine Beckford's celebration when Leeds clinched promotion from League One back in 2010. At first sight of the moment the hair stood at the back of my neck and all the emotion from that beautiful day came flooding back. Do you remember what you were doing at the moment Beckford made it 2-1? When we actually had a fantastic squad and an even better manager? I do, and I don't mind reliving it.
If you'd like to get your hands on this shirt, of any other on the site now is your opportunity. The guys at Art of Football have promised that the winner of our competition will receive a £25 voucher to purchase anything they'd like on the site.
All you have to do is answer this question correctly:
In the 2-1 win against Bristol Rovers, who was the player to be sent off for their bad temper?
To enter the competition, all you have to do is post your answer in the comment box
and include your name and email address in the comment. Any answer that does not include this information will not be entered into the prize draw.
Good luck to our readers and don't forget to visit www.art-of-football.com to take a look at some of the best fan memorabilia I've ever seen. These prints and t-shirts are going to be a welcome addition in your wardrobe.
By Ryan Ingham
Head of Content Keith Ingham talks about meeting club hero Norman Hunter last night at the Cardiff beam back.
Sometimes it's better when you just see your heroes from afar, sometimes not. The sight of your heroes in white, yellow or whatever proclaims to be an away shirt running around your favourite place fills most fans with awe.
Because of what I try so humbly to do, I've had chance to meet some of the players that have blessed the Elland Road pitch. This was one of those nights you don't forget in a hurry.
On Tuesday, myself Andrew, Hans and his Barnsley mate went over to Leeds 11 for the beam back of the game between Cardiff City and Leeds. City unbeaten at home for a good while and a place where thirty plus years have passed since Eddie Gray's side beat them thanks to a George McCluskey goal.
Andrew is a massive Leeds fan who works in Keighley railway station ticket office, Hans has moved from Sweden a year ago and also has a love for Leeds. He met Brian McDermott when he was in charge and gave the former ex-Head Coach a picture of himself when he played in Sweden back in the day.
Sorry I digress, back to the night. The game was to be shown in the Norman Hunter suite, situated in the West Stand inside the Bremner suite. On the walls going up to the suite are famous shirts, signed by stars of yesteryear, quite a few from the Champions League days back in the 'naughties'. At the top of the stairs are two Leeds shirts, signed by a multitude of famous Leeds United players.
Once inside, beer in hand, we looked to see if we could see the great man who was to be in attendance this evening. After checking out what was on offer for food we saw him sat on the front row talking to Keith Hanley (hope I've spelt your name correctly). Keith does the corporate function rooms and is an ex-Huddersfield Town player, but I'll not hold that against him.
We introduced ourselves, shirts and jackets were signed and a photograph I'll treasure forever was taken. Then we talked, Norman may be in his seventies but the passion he showed when he crossed the white line in a Leeds shirt still burns as bright today as then. We discussed Leeds, Cellino, the players in the squad as the VT played on the screen behind us.
Norman pointed at where the likes of Sol Bamba were making mistakes "he should stay on his feet more and not dive in so much" and "Ince, what a player to have on your bench". We spent a good fifteen minutes in his and Keith's company until we parted with a handshake.
In my time I've met Gordon Strachan, most of the Championship winning team of 1992, Eddie Gray, Batts, Macca, Andy Couzens, Ben Parker and a few more that slip this middle aged mind. Yet, only a few of the above made as much of an impression on this Leeds fan, yes I was starstruck but most of all felt so honoured to meet such a wonderful kind man who is such a legend at the club.
If you ever get the chance to meet him you won't be disappointed, his knowledge of the game has not diminished with age. Thank you Keith, Norman you made my night.
For the record Leeds upset the Cardiff apple cart by beating them 2-0 with goals in each half from Sully Doukara and Mirco Antenucci finished a perfect evening.
By Keith Ingham
In Steve Evans' pre-match press conference he stated that when Chris Wood returns he will be 'leaner, meaner and keener' and that the six foot plus striker has impressed everybody on his road to recovery.
SE also mentioned he hoped for a new contract when Leeds were in a safe position in the Championship.
Evans was quoted on a local radio station that he would like to give some of the club's upcoming starlets a chance in the first team once the club is in a safe position in the Championship, he mentioned that Neil Redfearn did the same in his tenure as Head Coach.
No game today, thanks to Sky TV!
Quite a game at The Valley, home of Charlton Athletic. Reading were 3-1 up at the break but Charlton levelled with minutes to play. Luck was not in the home sides favour as Brian McDermott's side stole an injury time winner.
The ex-Leeds Head Coach has had a great effect on his return to the team he got promoted in 2012. They sit twelfth in the table and in the quarter finals in the FA Cup.
Maybe Massimo was wrong about Brian!
Anthony Knockaert could have been lining up for Leeds at the Amex tomorrow. The former Leicester City player had a trial at Thorpe Arch but preferred to sign for Guingamp instead it was there where he was spotted by the Midlands club. He was signed by Brighton in January for an undisclosed fee.
Steve Evans has high hopes that the same situation that ended with Sam Byram leaving the club in the January transfer window won't happen again. There is ongoing conversations with Alex Mowatt, Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook's representatives about lengthening their contracts in the summer.
Their current deals run until June 2017, Evans feels these three players are integral in next seasons promotion push.
Liam Bridcutt indicated he would like to extend his current spell at the club if the situation was right for him to do so, he said;
“For me, yes I’d like to stay at Leeds if the circumstances are right so every time I go out on the pitch, I’m playing for a place in the team and not just for this season. I do want to play in the Premier League, I’ve been at that level before. Every club I’m at, I want to be aiming high and I want the club to aim high. If Leeds are willing to do that in the summer then I’d be happy to stay.”
The impressive midfielder returns to play against his former club tomorrow night.
Under 21 game: Leeds 1 Hull City 3; Stokes with the Leeds goal in the first half.
Brighton v Leeds
Steve Evans made two changes to the team that drew with Fulham, he included both Scott Wootton and Lewis Coyle, the later surprisingly moved to right midfield with Bridcutt, Dave and Mowatt in the middle and Cook supporting Doukara up front.
Battered within forty minutes, four goals cheaply conceded and no passion in the yellow shirts the players shamed by their lack of effort.
I rightly turned off my TV as I could not stomach anymore of what I was watching. This wasn't the Leeds United I've loved for over forty years. No more goals in the second half but the damage was done.
Spineless is a strong word but not many in yellow tonight did the job they are well paid to do. Over fifteen hundred fans though deserve credit for their support throughout the game.
Evans and his staff were told not to talk to the press by Massimo Cellino after the humiliation at the Amex. For the management team it seems like the beginning of the end of their time in Leeds 11.
Still no official word on why the Head Coach was banned from talking to the media after the game vs Brighton. Many of the national newspapers think that Evans' time is up and the axe is about to fall on the Scotsman's neck. Sky lead with it also as their main headline on their sports app.
The Yorkshire Evening Post ratings by Phil Hay for the Brighton game made for interesting if disturbing reading, only Silvestri, Coyle, Cook and Erwin scored 5 and Carayol 6. The rest of the ratings were the lowest I've ever seen in a competitive game.
Cellino in the afternoon on Sky Sports News denied he would sack the under fire head coach, but he added;
"In last few weeks he's been speaking too much about his future, contract, players. He has to just focus".
Twice before he's done exactly the same, backing both Hockaday and Rosler but within days of supporting them, he fired them. What is clear is that Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and Cardiff City the following Tuesday are now key games Evans needs points from or he will be the next to receive his P45 from the maverick Italian.
In a later comment, Cellino indicated that Evans should concentrate on the squad he has now at his disposal and get on with the job he was hired to do. Yesterday's ban was Massimo's way of telling the Scot to basically shut his mouth about next season.
You can tell there is trouble at your club when even the local paper gets involved, the YEP's editorial included; "To say patience is wearing thin is an understatement. Two words, Mr Cellino. Just two: stability and investment. Before its too late. Again. If you happen to be listening".
I doubt he will mind you.
The Burnley game has been moved to an earlier kick off due to it being televised by Sky, Leeds' fourteenth appearance this season. Kick off is now 12:30pm.
The agent of Alex Mowatt was asked if the club had been in touch about a new contract and replied 'none, whatsoever'. So it seems that Evans earlier comment about it happening may have been a little untrue. Lies, damned lies and Leeds statements.
The accounts came out and made interesting if disturbing reading. It seems that Ken Bates' legacy, GFH have left the club up the proverbial creek, the later being paid £3.5 million per year for the next next three years and maybe even longer.
Player sales are keeping the 'wolf from the door' and with income down from match day ticket sales and merchandise it seems the future isn't as good as the previous announcement last week suggested. These are worrying times at Leeds United to be honest.
No usual press conference today and no reason given for why it isn't taking place. 'Circling the wagons' comes to mind.
Leeds United came out on the defensive when they denied any release clause sum was put in Lewis Cook's latest contract, the club went as far as to say;
“The claim by the Yorkshire Evening Post, which the club feels was published with damaging intentions, is entirely inaccurate and unfair reporting. No release clause whatsoever exists in the contract of the player in question".
The newspaper replied with this;
"A source close to negotiations which saw Cook sign a two-year deal last May told the YEP yesterday that the clause had been included in the agreement, allowing the 19-year-old to move on for a set fee if Leeds failed to win promotion this season".
Crewe beat Leeds in a under21 game at Reaseheath, Walters with the goal for Leeds.
A bit more information on the club's 2014/15 accounts are listed below;
Overall loss £2.01 million
Operating loss 12.6m
Transfer sales £9.8m
Ticket sales £8.76m
Debt to Eleonara Sports (Cellino) £4.14m
Debt still owed to GFH £17.0m
One thing also to be remembered that was disclosed in the YEP, if Leeds fail to reach the promised land of the Premiership, the club will continue to pay their old owners for an incredible sixteen more years. Whoever set that up really needs a good slap, Ridiculous.
It's comforting to know the two young men are following their fathers footsteps when it comes to being diplomatic with fans, Ercole called a woman a 'whale' and told her to 'stop eating' and Edoardo called a fan a 'moron' on social media. The brothers responses were to the criticism of their father's running of the football club and personal attacks on them.
Edoardo apologised later in the Daily Snail saying; "I would like to apologise for any offence that I have caused. After receiving a lot of abusive messages my emotions got the better of me and I reacted in a way that was unprofessional."
It seems the acorn didn't fall far from the tree in both cases.
Steve Evans apologised for the unacceptable display vs Brighton and said the club protected him when asking him not to speak to the media after the game.
On the Bolton game, Chris Wood still not ready, but could be for the Cardiff City game next Tuesday. Stuart Dallas and Mustapha Carayol back in contention but unfortunately Wootton doubtful, Bellusci back after suspension.
Lewis Coyle was the best player vs Brighton and the defence looks better when he's in the team. Interestingly Evans said he is no longer prepared to be a 'PR vehicle' about off-field issues. So glad he cleared that misunderstanding up.
Quite a week at Leeds United FC and who knows what next week will bring? But I'll tell you and hope that it eliminates, enlightens and maybe once or twice entertains you all.
By Keith Ingham
Editor-in-chief Ryan Ingham takes a look at Steve Evans' latest comments to the press and how it bodes for his Leeds United career.
After the harrowing defeat at Brighton it seemed all but certain that Steve Evans would be the next in a long line of managers to be sacked by enigmatic owner Massimo Cellino.
The situation got worse when Evans was informed that under no circumstances was he allowed to speak to the press after the defeat at the Amex, instructing him to get on the bus and f*** off home.
As much as I despise the corrupt Italian who controls our club, this move I am fully behind. Shutting Evans' pie-guzzling apparatus will no doubt stop him from yammering on about new contracts and unsettling the squad with his lapse judgement of their talent.
The club is in crisis right now, we're only 9 points adrift from the relegation and have only picked up one solitary win in 11 league matches. If we carry on with this form, Cellino will get his wish of owning a Leeds side that wins promotion, but it'll be from League One and God knows when.
Today Evans' leash was taken off and his pre-match press conference shows everything but the fact that he's no longer in a love stricken relationship with Cellino.
Speaking to the press, Evans said; "I am no longer going to be a PR advert for people above me, they have to do that for themselves."
This clearly shows that the days of Evans being Cellino's puppet and propaganda machine are fully over. Maybe the stitching has come lose where Massimo's hand used to be.
Another revelation came after Evans openly admitted that the contract talks that he had claimed were happening between Leeds youngsters Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor were false. Evans stated that the claims were because it's what he wishes were happening and that he will not be included in any negotiations that take place.
This comes after Cellino spoke out to Sky Sports on why the manager was not allowed to speak after the Brighton game, claiming he speaks too much on new contracts and players, not focussing on what's important.
It seems that Mummy and Daddy aren't on speaking terms right now and if anyone will be keeping the house, I'm sure it won't be Evans.
In consolation, Evans may be able to keep his long time dog and companion Paul Raynor should a split happen. Mans best friend as they say.
As for Cellino, I think it's time he finds a new Ferrari and lets this one go. He's give it to many scratches and his midlife crisis is taking a toll on all of us.
By Ryan Ingham
Head of Content Keith Ingham compares some very poignant lyrics to Leeds' harrowing 4-0 defeat against Brighton.
John Lennon once sang a song called 'Watching the wheels' and for some reason it's been going around in my head since Monday's debacle at the Amex stadium. It's not that we were beaten, even I can take that. It's the way we were beaten. It felt very much like we were watching Brighton without doing much to stop them scoring.
I've seen a few 'hammerings' in my support of the team of collective under achievers, but never have I seen players wearing the Leeds badge go so meekly. The first fourty minutes must be the lowest point of a period in the team's long history I've endured. Basically enough was enough for some players and their display on the South Coast gave Evans basically two fingers. It was as if they wanted a result so bad the owner would have no other option than to sack him, or so they presumably hoped.
If true, this is player power at it's worst and we've seen what certain players tried to do in the previous season at Charlton, they may not all still be here, but a few are. You don't like to think that people in their positions would do such a thing but this remember is football.
The only interview given by anybody within the camp to try and explain what had happened was Paul Raynor and he only did that because he had to. Evans was banned so we hear from speaking to the media after Cellino had 'called' into the Leeds dressing room. He had seen enough in the first half and left the ground after first informing the Head Coach to keep quiet at the end of the game.
Tuesday afternoon, Evans seems to have dodged the bullet as Cellino publicly backs him on Sky Sports News but surely another defeat on Saturday will mean the end for him or it should. We must remember other occasions the owner has gone public in support of his previous coaches, then dramatically changed his mind and sacked them within days.
I've questioned his (Evans) management skills and other parts of style which seem to have caused unrest in a already 'clique' dressing room. One thing is certain, Elland Road isn't a happy place to be any more, for players and fans alike.
John Lennon said;
"Ahhh, people ask me questions, lost in confusion.
Well, I tell them there's no problem, only solutions.
Well, they shake their heads and they look at me as if I've lost my mind.
I tell them there's no hurry, I'm just sitting here doing time".
Maybe time may be running out for not only Steve Evans but several of the overpaid, under-performing players too. Yesterday should be a line that is never crossed again.
By Keith Ingham