Last word on the weekend from the excellent Jon Howe
Thanks to LEEDSLIVING and Jon Howe
Our Under-21s signed off their season with a thrilling 3-3 draw away to Barnsley on Monday afternoon.
Youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell is considering an offer of a new contract the club has offered him, the deal will keep him at the club until 2018.
The youngster may have other options as Premier League Everton have been 'eyeing' the goalkeeper as have other clubs, Peacock-Farrell made his debut vs QPR at Elland Road and is expected to play in either the Charlton Athletic game or the last game of the season at Preston. Key to his decision to stay will be his prospects of first team football.
Gaetano Berardi's season is prematurely ended after the injury he received at Hull City on Saturday, the right back who is many people's choice for the clubs Player of the Year has ankle ligament damage, the injury isn't as bad as first feared and he should be fit for preseason training.
Today after twenty seven years of lies and half truths, the jury at the Hillsborough disaster decided the the ninety six Liverpool fans were 'unlawfully killed'. Finally the families have the justice they deserved.
Let those who made the original verdict and those who covered up the truth should hang their heads in shame.
Twenty four years ago today Leeds United beat Sheffield United 3-2 in Sheffield to claim the League Division One Championship, I remember the day as it was yesterday and the hangover the day after.
Steve Evans is in demand, Nottingham Forest have approached him, Celtic are widely rumoured to have him as a contender for their coach and now League One Peterborough United want the services of the Scotsman.
His odds at taking the job have shortened in the last twenty four hours and is 7/4 favourite to take up the post. With the uncertainty around him it is hoped a decision is quickly forthcoming, I for one have certainly changed my opinion on the man.
In a post script to yesterday's announcement at the inquest into the ninety six deaths at Hillsborough. Phil Hay looks back at two years previous when Leeds supporters were involved in a 'crush' situation at the same location.
Thanks to Phil Hay and the YEP
A look at the past Head Coaches of Leeds United, their win percentages and the final placings:
Simon Grayson: P169 W84 D40 L45 - 49%
Neil Warnock : P63 W23 D15 L25 - 36%
Brian McDermott - P55 W21 D9 L25 - 38%
David Hockaday - P6 W2 D0 L4 - 33%
Darko Milanic - P6 W0 D3 L3 - 0%
Neil Redfearn - P33 W11 D7 L15 - 33%
Uwe Rosler - P12 W2 D6 L4 - 17%
Steve Evans - P36 W14 D11 L11 - 39%
Leeds United’s recent finishing positions:
2010-11 - Pts 72, seventh place
2011-12 - Pts 61, 14th place
2012-13 - Pts 61, 13th place
2013-14 - Pts 57, 15th place
2014-15 - Pts 56, 15th place
2015-16 (after 44 games) - Pts 58, 12th place
So Steve Evans has the second best percentage, come on Massimo give him next season, a few quid to spend and the sky's the limit.
On Twitter by David Wadkins, author and fellow YEP jury member.
42 years ago today Don Revie took charge of his final #lufc game as we beat QPR 1 - 0 with an Allan Clarke goal and finished as Champions.
26 years ago today, Gordon Strachan struck that fantastic winner at ER. "Have you ever seen a better goal ?" John Helm ITV commentator: Leeds v Leicester City 28/4/90. What a incredible day it was, so drunk.
Also on this date: In 1969 Leeds became league champions after a 0-0 draw away at Liverpool.
A lot was made of how sporting the Liverpool fans were for applauding Leeds at the final whistle, but the applause was started by a few thousand Leeds fans who were in the Kop, the Liverpool fans thought it was their own fans applauding and joined in.
They soon showed how sporting they were after the game, it was a battleground at the back of the Kop. Still Leeds were Champions of Division One for the first time and I was nine.
Steve Evans presser:
Started with a message of support to the city of Liverpool, saying they've come through "biggest fight of their lives", Bellusci left out for 'disciplinary reasons' and it was up to him (Evans) to manage the situation,
Wootton deserved his place in the eighteen on duty at Hull for his efforts in training, Bellusci is back in contention though for the Charlton game, says it's decision time on his future at the club, does he think Saturday's game will be his last at ER? "My heart wants so much to be here. My head doesn't know what to think of it all."
Certainly not as upbeat as usual for obvious reasons.
Nigel Gibbs won his claim for unfair dismissal today, his claim that his position became untenable and had no alternative but to leave, a three figure sum was ordered to be paid by Leeds United. Gibbs said after the case his claim was “undertaken as a last resort after having to endure several weeks of increasingly intolerable behaviour from a number of senior figures involved with the club”. He added: “My hope is that the club will honour the decision of the court and that we can all move on.”
Where’s the season gone? The months have run fast since the first drawn home game with Burnley, two coaches and the usual off-field dramas. Charlton Athletic are the last visitors of the 2015/16 season to Leeds 11 tomorrow, relegated and with a more Maverick owner than we have. I know a Charlton fan and he says the Leeds ‘situation’ is not half as bad as his club has faced this season and he fears for its future.
Steve Evans has an excellent chance of keeping the job he really wants with the side now safe and playing good football. His position must be clarified before the summer break. I, for one, think he deserves a full season to get us at least to be challenging for the top six. My opinion has changed because of results achieved under his tenure. It’s been shown that only Simon Grayson has a bigger win percentage than Evans.
Saturday gives the head coach an opportunity to play Peacock-Farrell, Lewie Coyle, Jordan Botaka and maybe even Kalvin Phillips and I hope he does. Jack McKay, who has been impressive at under-21 level, may get a place on the bench – and a few minutes on the pitch if Leeds are comfortable.
I’m very hopeful of a Leeds win to send the fans away happy.
Prediction: Leeds United 3 Charlton Athletic 1.
Charlie Taylor, the best left back outside the Premiership in my opinion was chosen by fans to be the Yorkshire Evening Post Player of the Year for the 2015/16 season, here he looks back at his first car, loan spells, breaking into the team, illness and looks to the future.
Noel Gallagher never one to shy away from a comment or three was on top form speaking after his latest concert in the Leeds Arena. The link is below and it's unmissable.
What a 'geezer' is the King of Madchester, quite good on stage too.
"We've been through it altogether and we've had our UP'S and downs, UP'S and downs"
Last home game of 2015/16.
Leeds v Charlton Athletic
Steve Evans made three changes for the penultimate game of the season, Lewie Coyle, Luke Murphy and Jordan Botaka coming into the eleven. Diagouraga and Erwin dropped to the bench, Berardi was out through a injury that has prematurely ended his season
Leeds had the first opportunity but Pope blocked Murphy's effort after Wood set him free, at the other end Lookman curled a free kick wide as both teams tried to assert themselves. Dallas had two opportunities, the later effort tipped over the bar by the Charlton keeper, Gudmundsson's fine effort shuck the frame of the goal before he opened the scoring just before the break when he met Fox's cross.
It wasn't the best first half I've seen this season but not the worst.
Lookman doubled the visitors lead within minutes of the restart, making the most of hesitancy in the Leeds defence, Wood's effort beat Fox but not the bar as Leeds tried to level matters.
With under twenty minutes left a sustained spell of pressure was rewarded when Bamba met Taylor's cross to lift spirits around the ground, Mirco Antenucci who had just replaced Liam Bridcutt so nearly levelled matters but Pope again thwarted Leeds. With time neatly up Antenucci set up Wood but man of the match Pope again denied the striker.
Final score: Leeds 1 Charlton 2
My Man of the Match : Nick Pope, impressive young keeper kept Charlton ahead.
Sol Bamba's goal
Evans on the microphone before the lap of appreciation: " First half performance was unacceptable, especially the 10 minutes before half-time, we could have got something in the end but I'm just sorry we couldn't give these magnificent supporters a win, If I'm not here, I'll remember this for the rest of my life. Thank you very much."
Evans aggrieved with the result but admitted Leeds are 'a mid table side'. Evans seem fairly confident that Cellino will tell him whether he's getting another contract before the Preston game.
"A lot of things can happen inside a club. The truth is what happens on the pitch."
He seemed very happy with the win.
Last night Charlie Taylor won the supporters Player of the Season award, on winning the award:
“I’m pleased with how my season’s been, considering everything that’s gone on,” he said.
“I do feel I’ve improved hugely since I got my chance here last season. I thought I improved massively in the year at Fleetwood but the last 18 months have been so much better.
“My all-round game, my defending and my supporting up front – I’ve contributed more in attack. But I think a few of us have had good seasons here.”
Lewis Cook won both Young Player of the Year and Goal of the Season
It was an amazing goal.
Stuart Dallas was the Players' Player of the Year
Mandy Ward who works in the Leeds United ticket office won the Bobby Collins Unsung hero award.
Heidi Haigh looks back on the last home game of the 2015/16 season versus relegated Charlton Athletic
Many Thanks again to @FollowMeAndLUFC for letting us use her article.
Awards for Cook and Taylor, some memorable days from years past, Justice finally for the 96, uncertainty over Steve Evans tenure as coach plus a woeful end of season display against Charlton.
Never a dull moment in Planet Leeds.
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