By Andrew Butterwick
Hillsborough was the destination for our last away game of another hugely frustrating season. Dark clouds hung over South Yorkshire as the Happy Chocker, Quiet One and yours truly headed down the M1 for the lunchtime kick off. There were no last minute withdrawals from the squad this week although none of the "sick note 6" were available for the clash with Sheff Wed but I don't think any of the 4,000 away fans heading for the Leppings Lane end could give a flying f***. They only want to see players who want to play for Leeds. The one's that don't know where the door is.
To Mr Umbers
I've followed my team for over forty years and seen happy times and sad. One thing I have never seen is the total mismanagement of our club and disrespect of an individual when a person was in charge of the team.
Your treatment of a decent man and a good coach belies belief, you may have taken away his Assistant and told lie after lie about the situation within the club but one thing you will not stop is the support of the fans for Neil Redfearn.
One thing for certain is that he will be remembered long after your corrupt control of the football club. The authorities need to look into the events after Massimo Cellino was supposed to have no control over the club.
People like you give football a bad name and make fans leave in numbers. This may not make any difference to how you work but one day 'karma' has a way of finding dishonest people like yourself. You disgust me.
A loyal fan.
By Andrew Butterwick
Brilliant Spring sunshine greeted us as we boarded the London bound train at York for our latest away day at Charlton. As is now normal on Planet Leeds the turmoil surrounding the club had escalated significantly since the 2.0 defeat to Norwich way back on Tuesday. Leaving aside the investigation into the alleged problems with the posting of the clubs latest accounts and Cellino's two latest court cases in Italy the Happy Chocker, Quiet One and yours truly focused on the 6 mutinous players who apparently decided they were injured and wouldn't be travelling to London for this game. Dom Matteo had summed up the situation eloquently the night before on Twitter "Send them packing.....absolute disgrace. #Shitbags. Not a lot to argue about there then although Silvestri did take a hell of battering from Jerome against Norwich. Still at least the team Redders is taking will be "up for it" me thinks. We always knew that Cellino was as mad as a box of Frogs but credit to the Italian he is making Ken Bates reign at Elland Road look like a walk in the park.
By Keith Ingham
As the crowd parted, there bloodied and gasping for air lay our saviour, our 'Redders' on the Thorpe Arch training room floor. The wound so large that most who saw it looked away in horror, delivered by an Italian hand and with his last breath he uttered the words "et tu Antenucci" and then he was gone. We will remember you the man who should have been King. He was a good man. Fiction yes but you couldn't make it up what is occurring in Leeds 11 at the moment.
The news on Friday evening that six Leeds United players had reportedly contacted the club to say they were unfit to travel to this Saturday's fixture with Charlton Athletic, the six were Silvestri, Del Fabro, Bellusci, Doukara, Antenucci and Cani. Two, Antenucci and Silvestri came on social media to explain their absence, Silvestri even showed the injury but I doubt if it would have kept Nigel Martyn out of a game!.
The murkier waters seem to be getting thicker at the club as the time when the Italian walks back through the doors fast approaches, there is something really rotten within the hallowed (to us anyway) walls. Player power or some spoiled brats seem to be splitting the dressing room. Maybe the removal of Matt Childs and Steve Thompson was the opportunity they needed to start the divide. I feel for the youngsters just starting on the road to our hearts, they must wonder what they've signed up for and maybe, just maybe they may see that it may be better to get away from the 'madness' that surrounds the club at the present time. I hope and pray they don't mind you.
I feel for Neil Redfearn, like McDermott before him has been given a very poor hand and it's incredible that we are not shifting uncomfortably in our seats as we worry about the last three games. Without doubt without the twenty seven points gained since the turn of the year, we would without doubt have been relegated into Division One. We are staying in the Championship because of the work of Redfearn and Thompson and the belief the players had in them. I doubt we would have stayed in if we would have relied on certain individual's.
The situation at Leeds needs the authority's to have a good look into because without doubt decisions have been made about the running of the club from Miami, Cellino has fragrantly broke the ban and only a fool will think he hasn't. It's been another occurrence in the farce that is the club I love and live for, but sometimes I really wonder why I do.
I leave you with this
As the Revie Stand, the East Stand, the West Stand and the South Stand rise to their feet as one and sang "Bastardi ! Il tuo non è adatta a indossare la maglia!".
I totally agree.
Love Leeds : Hate liars and cheats.
By Andrew Butterwick
After Saturday's woeful showing against a poor Cardiff side it was difficult to imagine anything other than another defeat for Leeds against the high flying Canaries. That didn't stop me backing the mighty whites for a 2.1 win at 25:1 though. Funny how a couple of days of contemplation and the familiar drive to LS11 can suddenly spark a tiny bit of illogical optimism. Elland Road was bathed in warm spring sunshine as we parked the car and headed for our usual seats. Redfearn had rung the changes after Saturday's display with Cooper ousting Bellusci, Sharp replacing Antenucci and Phillips making way for Ngoyi. Glancing at the Norwich team sheet that was oozing with players with Premier League experience it was easy to see why they are challenging for an automatic promotion spot. Redfearn must have been envious as he continued to try and pick and mix a team that could compete with tonight's visitors.
By Steve Barras
When you think Leeds United, you think of Don Revie, the teams of the 60's and 70's. You also think of the Champions League escapade and the overspending that is the root of our current standing.
Throughout it all, through the highs and lows of our club, there has been one constant and that is the fans. Widely regarded as the only thing about Leeds United that is still Premier League class but I fear that this may be coming to an end.
By Andrew Butterwick
Another week rolls by on Planet Leeds and as usual the off the field circus has dominated the chatter on social media. Has Salerno been sacked, resigned or neither? Have Red Bull put a bid in for Leeds or not? Is Cellino going to buy Parma? Will Redfearn be in charge next season? As if that wasn't enough we ended the week with a public spat with today's visitors Cardiff City over their ticket allocation as the Welsh club returned all 500 unrestricted tickets after initially refusing an allocation 1000 tickets with restrictions. Another PR disaster for Leeds.
By Brendan Devereux
Leeds Ladies returned to winning ways this week with a 2-0 win that didn't really do the 5 minutes old Phoenix justice. With a depleted squad it was debutant Ellie Hall stepping up to make her full debut & come away with a Player Of The Match performance. Leeds were the better side from the kick-off & it was only 5 minutes in before Hannah Campbell broke free shooting from a tight angle onto the post & when the rebound fell to Emma Bentley, everybody was already celebrating only to see the Norton keeper pull off a wonder save & tip it round the post for a corner.