Leeds’ game versus Derby County will be dedicated to ‘Kick it Out’ campaign to kick racism and discrimination out of football.
There have unfortunately been unsavoury incidents at recent games at Elland Road but Leeds United are committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for every supporter, and the club adopts a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of racism, homophobia, anti-social behaviour or discrimination.
You can report discrimination to Kick It Out via their app, via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, via the online reporting form on their website here or via freephone on 0800 169 9414.
If you notice any form of offensive behaviour, language or chanting before, during or after a match at Elland Road, please send a message to 07887514789 along with the stand you are in, row number, seat number, description of the offender and details around the incident.
We applaud the club’s stance.
On this day in 1976
A very sad day in the history of Leeds United as Billy Bremner plays his final game in a Leeds United shirt.The essential heartbeat in the best team of the 1960’s and 70’s. For the record the game was against Newcastle United at Elland Road and ended 2-2.
Billy in the iconic yellow Admiral strip of the 70’s.
Billy moved to Hull City, then Doncaster Rovers to finish his playing days but returned to Leeds as manager (1985-1988) after a spell as Doncaster Rovers manager(1978-1985). He returned to Rovers in 1989 but left in 1991.
He sadly passed away on the 7th of December 1997(aged 54). He was my favourite ever Leeds United player and I still proudly wear his shirt number on my shirt.
Adam Pope Tweeted: “Leeds City Council executive board meeting – executive board agree to sell old Matthew Murray school site to Leeds United for new training ground and academy.”
On This Day 2000:
The night Lee Bowyer had Elland Road rocking. Leeds Utd 1-0 AC Milan. My son Ryan Ingham will because I launched him into the night sky and he was caught by another fan behind me!
Lee Bowyer lets fly!
What Marcelo and Gjanni said ... pre Derby County
Leeds United announced that Andy, the Burley Banksy has been given the official green light to paint the artworks on behalf of the club, with full permission from the owner of the boxes, Virgin Media, and Leeds City Council.
Andy's work has won popularity with Leeds fans for his range of designs inspired by club legends. But an anonymous group calling itself Leeds Residents Against Graffiti had sparked outrage after it painted over several designs including a tribute to Gary Speed on what would have been his 50th birthday.
A club spokesman announced tonight: "Leeds United are pleased to confirm that local artist Andy McVeigh has been commissioned to restore art work on electric and broadband boxes at Elland Road and the surrounding areas, working in conjunction with Leeds City Council and Virgin Media.
“Andy, aka ‘The Burley Banksy’, has generated a cult following amongst Leeds United supporters for his iconic paintings which include dedications to Vinnie Jones, Marcelo Bielsa and the late Gary Speed. In recent weeks this work has been damaged, however, thanks to help from Leeds City Council and Virgin Media, the club has been able to employ Mr McVeigh to recreate his work.
“The art displayed by Andy is important to Leeds United and the city. The designs depict some of the most impactful players and kits from our 100 year history and you can see from our supporters’ reaction to the recent damage caused to the cabinets and how much it means to us all.
“Now that all parties have formally agreed to commission Andy’s work, his art should be protected for everyone to enjoy.”
Phillip Cocu: “They are one of the favourite teams to go for direct promotion this season,” he said. They kept the team together very well, have only made a few changes and you can see in the games how they play and the understanding in the team’s style of play.
“They have a very strong team and they are top of the league. It is a big game and a good test for us. I like playing the big games because you will see the most of your team. We need to step up in the game and get a result and if you succeed in a big game it will give the players a big boost in confidence towards the next game.
“We have to prepare well and we are convinced we can get a good result.
“We have had a full week of training sessions to focus on our game and it was very good.There has been good energy on the pitch, a lot of work together as a whole team. It is a good feeling to have an entire week to prepare for this game."
Carlos Corberan named another experienced under 23 side at Hull City. McKinstry, Clarke and Edmondson starting up front. Luke Ayling, with 116 first-team appearances, also starts in defence. Leeds lost 2-1, Oliver Casey getting the opening goal for Leeds.
Last time we met
Leeds 2 Derby County 4. Playoff Semi Final Second Leg. (Agg 3-4) 15/05/2019
A night of heartbreak. 😢
The last time the teams stepped out at Elland Road Leeds had a one goal advantage from the first leg of their playoff semi final with their opponents, it got better in the second leg when Stuart Dallas doubled their lead in the tie.
What happened next still haunts every Leeds fan who witnessed the final minutes of minute of the first half and then the rest of the game. It was like watching a car crash happening before your very eyes and there was nothing you could do as Leeds imploded and lost the tie and the chance to meet Villa in the final.
The dust may have settled, but the ‘wounds’ still are there and most, if not all Leeds fans and players have waited for a chance to get some revenge on Derby. Leeds have apart from Costa, White and Nketiah the same squad that came so close to getting promoted, Derby on the other hand have lost quite a few of their loan players who returned to their parent clubs. They are though still expected to mount a challenge for at least a top six place despite their indifferent start to the season.
A full house is expected and REVENGE is definitely on the menu. Leeds 3-0.
Leeds v Derby County
Team News: Leeds unchanged, Gjanni Alioski makes his 100th appearance for Leeds. Derby make one change.
Team: Casilla, Dallas, White, Cooper, Alioski(100th app), Phillips, Shackleton, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Bamford.
My review from the press box
Marcelo Bielsa: "This has happened a lot of times to us, but today was the wors. They shot once all match. We created maybe 10 or 12 chances. We played 60 minutes very good, maybe the best since I've coached the team. But the last 15 minutes was flat.
“We couldn't control the end of the match. When we lose a point in this way it's difficult to admit reasons why. But we started to play long rather than line to line."
Phillip Cocu: "When we concede a goal we have to make sure that we stay in the game. We stick to our plan. If we concede a goal, then we kill the game for five or 10 minutes. We did that, stayed in the game and scored an excellent goal.
You have to give credit to Leeds because they are a big team with lots of quality and they put in lots of effort to get the ball back.”
Man. City put eight goals past Watford at the Etihad, City were five up after the opening eighteen minutes.
Two views of yesterday’s game with Leeds United author David Watkins in the Leeds corner and in the other corner in a ‘robbers’ mask, Derby County’s Andy Buckley-Taylor(interview with a rival).
David reflects on sitting top of the Championship but rues the fact that points are again dropped at home. Seven now out of twelve.
Andy Buckley-Taylor Happy with Derby’s fortunate point at Elland Road, but sees much room for improvement.
Derby came away from Elland Road with a robbery that Dick Turpin would have been proud of.
Despite being outplayed for almost the entire game, they punished Leeds for not taking their many chances. In fact we even scored for them. I'm not in any doubt as to how lucky we were, but Leeds goal may even have been ruled offside by some referee's. Patrick Bamford was definitely offside when the free kick was directed to him.
Leeds squandering a second half penalty was a big let off, but Derby had a valid claim when Matt Clarke had his shirt pulled in the box. It looked to me like we would deservedly be going home empty handed, but enter Chris Martin. A few seasons back he was our main threat going forward and he rolled back the years by getting an equaliser.
Max Lowe crossing and Jamie Paterson laying the ball off for Martin to tuck home. Again as a team we looked lacklustre, gave the ball away far too easy and allowed ourselves to be dominated. we were in luck that Leeds had an off day when it came to taking their chances.
I think Leeds will definitely finish top six, but I'm not sure if they will get automatic promotion. Again they have a talented side, but they need players to take advantage when they are outplaying teams.
For me Derby need a fit Jayden Bogle and I feel that Curtis Davies should be starting games ahead of Matt Clarke. I think that playing youngster like Max Lowe out of position for a length of time can do them more damage than good and as we haven't a Right Back, the three at the back option needs to be seriously looked at until Bogle returns.
I would be very surprised if we made the play offs this season. In my opinion we will do well to finish mid table from the evidence so far.
Thanks to David and Andy for their opinions on another, if your Leeds frustrating afternoon in the sun.
Huddersfield Town’s terrible start to the season continues with a 4-2 defeat at WBA, Town are bottom with one point from their opening eight games. In the Premiership Liverpool win once again,15 games(including last season)on the trot. They beat chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Heidi Haigh on a family day out with one who had been unable to attend for a while and a sad farewell to ‘WACCOE’ the Leeds fan who sadly passed away last week plus her excellent blog of the game with Derby County
Thank you Heidi and I’m so pleased your other half is well enough now to return to Elland Road. My best.
So we are top, albeit only on goal difference with one more point than we had last season at the same point. We’ve played most teams off the ‘park’ but somehow Lady Luck seems not to be favouring us. Some say you make your own luck, but there does seem to be a ‘curse’ on getting the ball in the onion bag at the moment.
The clammer for at least a couple of changes to the starting eleven grows each week when the ones with the shirts aren’t delivering. Pat Bamford seems to be the brunt of the criticism, but myself I thought he had a excellent shift on Saturday before being taken off and replaced by Eddie Nketiah, all he needed was a ball to bounce off in off his derrière and we’d have been all have gone home happy.
Helder Costa for me has to start soon, Bielsa has stood by Jack Harrison throughout the early part of the season and the winger deserved it in the first six games, but against Barnsley and Derby he was well below his best and was substituted. Costa, mind you had a quiet game after coming on and didn’t make much of an impact.
The one player we have missed is Adam Forshaw, seen by many as surplus and linked to Fulham in the summer has been superb in the midfield and Leeds have certainly missed him in the games against Barnsley and Derby. No time limit was given on his return to fitness but it is hoped that it is soon. Jamie Shackleton did well at Barnsley as Forshaw’s replacement but at the weekend the game seem to pass him by.
Charlton, next up. A certain Lee Bowyer is their manager and you can bet his players will be ready to try and end Leeds’ impressive away record, especially after a disappointing defeat at Wigan.
Bring it on!
By Keith Ingham