Rumoured Leeds target Jack Marriott may be allowed to leave Peterborough United. Ex Leeds Head Coach Steve Evans said: “There is huge interest in a special talent(Marriott) and I trust the board to do what’s in the best interests of the club and of the player. The chairman turned down unacceptable bids for Jack in January and if those same bids come in for him now they will still be unacceptable.”
“But I have spoken to some managers and they are determined to get Jack. It’s not a certainty he will go, but goalscorers as good as him are gold dust. There is a huge amount of interest in him.”
According to FourFourTwo magazine, Leeds United are the fifth most depressing side to support in British football. Can’t understand why!
This is what they said about us: “Although those dark days in the League One doldrums are behind them, a typical Leeds season now involves either a flirt with relegation or a play-off challenge which gradually falls apart into the anonymity of lower mid-table;last season – when they collapsed from fourth place with eight games left to finish just outside the play-offs – was the first time in six they hadn't finished between 13th and 15th. This season another mid table finish beckons.
“That would be fine for some of their contemporary peers, but Leeds are a club with an illustrious history and thousands of fans willing to travel the length and breadth of the country to watch their team play – frequently badly.”
The four ahead of Leeds were North Ferriby, Orient, Sunderland and Brechin City, who haven’t won a game this season.
Real Madrid progress to the Champions League Final in Kiev. They draw 2-2 with Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu to go through 4-3 on aggregate.
On this day in 1992: Gordon Strachan lifted the First Division title for Leeds as they ended their title-winning season with a 1-0 win over Norwich City thanks to a Rod Wallace goal. Leeds finished the season with 82 points, four points above their nearest rivals Man United.
Leeds v Norwich City.
If the Championship season began on January 1st 2018, this is what the current relegation zone would look like:
22nd: Leeds (15pts)
23rd: Reading (15pts)
24th: Sunderland (12pts)
Not nice reading for Andrea Radrizzani who thought the squad he assembled with Victor Orta was capable of a top six playoff.
Sky Sports lose the broadcasting rights to La Liga to Eleven Sports, a global sports provider owned by Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani. He founded the company in 2015 and it has rights to various sports around the World. The agreement with La Liga is for three seasons(2020/21)
Eleven Sports are expected to broadcast Leeds’ two game post season tour of Myanmar this month.
Liverpool lose 4-2 to Roma in the Olympic Stadium in Rome but still win the tie 7-6 on aggregate, the two legs reaped thirteen goals. The highest amount of goals at this stage of the competition since 1960. They meet ‘Les Blancos’(Real Madrid)in the final on the 26th of May.
ON THIS DAY: 17 years ago today Leeds United drew 0-0 with Valencia in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final! How things have changed.
EFL Highlights will next season be shown on Quest, a Sky channel but is also at the moment on Freeview.
Phil Hay of the YEP gives his Leeds United 2017/18 season review. The Good, Bad and the Ugly.
Thanks to the YEP.
Pablo Hernandez has been voted Yorkshire Evening Post Player of the Year by the readers of the newspaper.
Arsenal lose 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the second leg in Madrid to go out of the Europa Cup 2-1 on aggregate, Wenger’s last chance of a European trophy has gone. Marseille lose 2-1 to Salzburg after extra time but go through 3-2 on aggregate.
Steven Gerrard agrees to become Rangers new manager.
On this day: Relegated from the Premiership after Bolton Wanderers beat Leeds 4-1. I watched the game in a bar in Spain, the heavens opened after the final whistle.
Billy and Don’s tears from heaven I told my young son. We sang “Marching on Together” walking back to our hotel, much to the amazement of the people around us. We didn’t care, we just showed our support on a bloody bad day.
The ‘Duke’ strikes!
The season before a 3-2 win at Arsenal secured our Premiership status thanks to a late Mark Viduka goal
Liam Cooper on the season: “As a group we are bitterly disappointed with this year. It's very tough to put your finger on it, I think the Millwall game hit us really hard. The new manager has come in and he has been a breath of fresh air, I am sure he will put his stamp on things next season. He is very honest, he tells us if we are not pulling our weight. We want to go out on a high note.”
Who fit, who’s out: “Anita, Shaughnessy, Dallas all definitely out this weekend. De Bock and Ayling back in training. Roberts also won't feature, season has ended too soon for him. He should be back for the start of next season.” Pablo Hernandez is back in Spain awaiting the arrival of his new baby. Dalby and Edmondson are in contention for the game with QPR and both have trained with the first team squad this week.
On the squad: “I feel we've got really good players here but whatever team we put out we've got the same deficiencies. That's what we've got to change."
Myanmar; who’s travelling: “We have got a squad of players to go, it’s the players that are available, that's it. We go the day after the QPR game, we arrive back on midday the following Sunday.”
What has to happen next season: “There will be difficult conversations to be had but they need to be had. I am really clear in my mind on what needs to be done.” He’s already spoken to a couple of players that will move on but because of the tour hasn’t seen everybody but will do that on the team’s return from Myanmar.
“We need time to make changes and get plans in place. For me the summer is the most important time in my short time here. It will probably define how long I am here.”
We’ve met before
Leeds 0 QPR 0 Champ March 2017
Leeds 1 QPR 1 Champ April 2016
Leeds 0 QPR 1 Champ Aug 2013
Leeds 2 QPR 0 Champ Dec 2010
Leeds 0 QPR 0 Champ Feb 2007
‘weallloveleeds’ Editor Ryan Ingham reflects back and looks to the future and asks if Paul Heckingbottom will be given the opportunity to show what he could do with a squad he has an input in assembling or will Radrizzani push the button on another Head Coach.
Bryce Hosannah, a nineteen year old defender who joined the club from Crystal Palace and has been a regular in the Under 23’s this season penned an extended two year deal with the club. He scored two goals this season and is highly thought of by his coach Carlos Corberan.
Adam Pope Tweeted: “Pablo Hernandez and his wife have had a baby boy. Congratulations!”
Pablo and son.
On Friday evening the Leeds United Player of the Year Awards took place in the Gowing Law Centenary Pavilion, hosted by Jim White and Emma Louise Jones.
Pablo Hernandez picked up the Player of the Year Award, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell named the Young Player of the Year.
The whole Leeds United Under-18s squad were presented with the Special Achievement Awards after winning their league.
There was also a new award distributed for the first time- the Lifetime Achievement Award which went to club legend Peter Lorimer, after over 50 years of service to the club.
The Full list of Awards for 2017/18 were:
Bobby Collins Award: Stix Lockwood
Ladies Player of the Year: Cath Hamill
Special Achievement Award: Leeds United Under 18’s
Goal of the Season: Ezgjan Alioski v Nottingham Forest at the City Ground
Young Player of the Year: Bailey Peacock-Farrell
Player of the Year: Pablo Hernandez
Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Lorimer.
At the Leeds United Player of the Year Awards the ten players were named to join Billy Bremner on the plinth of his statue, they were:
The players were voted for by the fans.
Pablo Hernandez on helping his hometown club, his career and his love of Leeds. Fascinating interview in the YEP by the YEP and Leeds United Player of the Year.
Thanks to the YEP
Stoke City relegated from the Premier League after losing 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace, Palace are safe after their win. This is the first time Stoke have been relegated since the 1997/98 season when they were relegated along with Reading and Manchester City into Division One.
Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson has beaten cancer twice and this evening he scored the only goal against Charlton that kept Rochdale in League One. What a hero!
Fleetwood Town’s Players’ Player of the Year for 2018 is Lewie Coyle, the right back has been on loan from Leeds this season.
On this day 1972: Clarke......one nil!
Leeds v Queens Park Rangers
A minutes applause prior to kickoff had everyone remembering who they hold dear to them in the Leeds United family. A tradition that shows what this club is truly about.
Team News: Luke Ayling returns from his lengthy injury, Adam Forshaw, Caleb Ekuban come into the starting XL. Hernandez back in Spain following the birth of his son, Siaz drops to the bench alongside sixteen year old Ryan Edmundson.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper(c), Pearce, Forshaw, Vieira, Phillips, Alioski, Roofe, Ekuban.
Andrew Butterwick reflects on the last game of the season in the sunshine at Elland Road.
Thank you Andrew for your continuing support this season. Have a great summer MOT.
Paul Heckingbottom: “I’m pleased with the victory and the performance. It was a nice way to end the season, it hasn't been the season we wanted, but everyone will have enjoyed the game and gone home happy.
"The fans have also been able to show their appreciation to the players, so it is a nice way to finish."
Ian Holloway: “I didn't see what I wanted to see today. That's probably because of the changing of the guard, with the new younger lads coming in for the more experienced pros who are leaving us. Last week I put on three experienced players who were able to turn a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City into a 3-1 win, I didn't have the luxury of that today because I wanted to use the younger lads to give them experience for next season."
Cardiff City draw 0-0 and Fulham lose 3-1 to Birmingham City meaning ‘Colin’s’ team are promoted to the Premiership with Wolverhampton. Relegated are Sunderland, Burton Albion and Barnsley.
Heidi Haigh remembers Wembley in 1972 when Leeds won the FA Cup against Arsenal and reflects on the last game of the season versus QPR, a victory in the sun and a clean sheet for BPF.
Thank you Heidi for all your blogs and making me smile when sometimes the results were bad.
Not bad for a team that only won four games in 2018
On this day in 2010...
We are going up! Beckford takes Leeds to the Championship.
Ryan Ingham looks ahead to the tour of Myanmar and the one’s that are going and those who are not
Simon Grayson decides to leave Bradford City after turning down their offer to stay for next season, Glynn Snodin leaves with him.
When you’ve been invited somewhere you really don’t want to go
My thoughts on the season;
I’ll not ‘beat around the bush’ it’s been a bloody terrible 2018 so far, the superb start back in 2017 is a distant memory and to think Leeds even topped the Championship during the impressive run, in the end without that impressive start Leeds may well have dropped into Division One.
It fell on it's arse why? If I knew I’d not be stacking shelves at JS, in my opinion something went wrong in the dressing room just after Christmas and we will probably never know exactly what it was. Players stopped doing the basics and it ended with Thomas out the door. He was replaced and so far the jury is out on his replacement Heckingbottom.
Summer is key. Another boat load of foreign imports will probably mean that next May I’ll probably be repeating myself again after another season has past us by without seriously challenging for a top six place. If on the other hand Radrizzani goes for players with Championship experience (Kyle Bartley would be a good start!) I might start to forgive the Italian for that bloody stupid badge episode and the even more idiotic end of season to Myanmar. It’s up to him now where this club goes.
Last mention is to the thousands of fans that follow this wonderful club, you’ve read Andrew Butterwick and Heidi Haigh’s wonderful blogs, they so kindly let me use and this season again made me realise how superb the support has been home and especially away.
Eighteen games have had over thirty thousand attendances, second only to Aston Villa in the Championship. Away, pre Preston I’m pretty sure every game sold old within the day they were released, some in hours or even minutes. That’s incredible support for a team that finished thirteenth in the league. I bow my head and raise a glass to each and everyone of you. You’re the heartbeat of this club and it makes me proud to be amongst you on match days.
A special mention to Shane Chambers and his son Jamie who have been superb company all season. A note too for my son Ryan who has done incredible work editing my weekly ramblings and making them look as good as they do. He also has done some awesome articles himself. I’m very proud of him.
My awards for the 2017/18 season:
My Player of the Season: Pablo Hernandez.
Young Player of the Season: Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Goal of the Season: Pablo’s chip versus Hull City at Elland Road.
Signing of the season: Adam Forshaw, a late arrival (January) but made a significant impression despite the poor run of results. My choice to be club captain next season.
Worst signing of the season: Far too many to mention. Two bad transfer windows.
The ‘David Hockaday’ Trophy, Three nominees;
Samuel Siaz for his spitting incident at Newport County and his petulant behaviour after being substituted in the Barnsley game.
Victor Orta; Gambled but lost that his ‘foreign legion’ could get Leeds into the top six in May.
Whoever made the idea to tour Myanmar at the end of the season.
Favourite game of the season: Bristol City at home. Two nil down, fans on their backs then changing to the best rendition of “Marching on Together” and “We all love Leeds” I’ve heard for a long time, equalising and hitting the bar in stoppage time. Incredible game.
This lovely lady also has made us all smile in the ‘darkest of days’. Here’s to Emma Jones, the star of LUTV.
With Thanks to ‘The Square Ball’ for the best cover of their excellent fanzine. Simply superb.
That’s it folks, hope you enjoy the summer and if you like I’ll do it again next season.
Keith and Ryan Ingham ‘weallloveleeds’