Leeds are going up!
After Huddersfield Town surprisingly beat West Brom 2-1 at The John Smith’s Stadium with a late goal from Smith-Rowe. The goal was timed at exactly 19:19pm!
Leeds cannot be mathematically caught for one of the top two promotion places. Let the party begin.
The win promoted wild scenes at Elland Road and all around the world. Thousands gathered outside as the players celebrated inside.
They then celebrated with the gathered supporters. The party went on for a few hours until the police cleared the area around 1.00am.
An emotional Nicolie Costou-Walder was once again a superstar in front of the camera as he thanked Marcelo Bielsa on promotion to the Premier League.
With Ryan the morning after promotion. The area around Elland Road was cleared of rubbish by volunteers early in the morning. Fantastic 👏🏻
With one result already in our favour player’s and fans knew that only a win by Brentford could stop Leeds being promoted as Champions of the Championship.
Incredibly Stoke City beat them 1-0 with a first half Lee Gregory sending thousands of United fans into celebrations around Billy Bremner’s statue. I swear I saw the great man smile grow wilder as the fans around jumped for joy.
The celebrations went on long into the night and carried on till the morning. The amazing scenes are something I’ll never forget and social distancing was forgotten for at least a day.
Derby County v Leeds
Team News: Marcelo Bielsa makes seven changes. Kiko Casilla plays his first game since his suspension.
Team: Casilla, Dallas, White, Berardi, Douglas, Strujk, Shackleton, Hernandez(c), Poveda, Alioski, Bamford.
David Watkins blog on the 3-1 victory and now he has a title for his forthcoming new book.
Derby County Away Jul 2020 | leedsunited
Thank you David and I can imagine the malt took a battering over the weekend. Cheers! Champions !
MOTM: Pablo Hernandez, sometimes you run out of words to describe such a gifted player.
Derby's Phillip Cocu: "I think the difference between the teams is that they are always on the front foot and anticipate. If they do something, they do it at 100 per cent and we were more reactive today.
"We know we have a lot of work ahead of us towards next season to make sure - depending on the possibilities, of course, financially at the club - we get some new fresh blood and quality in to support the senior players, but also the youngsters."
Marcelo Bielsa: "I'm happy with the match. Three young players were at a good level and the rest of the players were at a good level as well. It was just sad for us that we couldn't share this with the supporters.
"This is a group that overcame everything that happened over a long season. It is fair to say the promotion belongs to them."
Celebrations continued in Leeds Millennium square as around ten thousand gathered to salute their heroes.
WE BLOODY DID IT BOYS AND GIRLS!
By Keith Ingham
Manchester City’s two years Champions League ban is overturned by the Court of Arbitration. City were charged under FFP laws but because the evidence wasn’t strong enough they walked away with a fine of £10 million pounds. The original fine was also £30 million.
City Statement: “Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present. The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered.”
FFP is an absolute joke!
Two records set by Bielsa’s Leeds.
The 1-0 victory saw the Whites record their 20th clean sheet of the campaign; a club record for a 46 game season.
Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has recorded 15 clean sheets in 35 appearances while Illan Meslier has five in his 8 games in goal. United have recorded four more clean sheets that next best Fulham who have 16 from their 43 games this term.
Bielsa also set became the quickest Leeds manager in the club's 100-year history to claim 50 competitive wins as he raced to the achievement in just 93 matches. That milestone came against the Cottagers in late June at Elland Road with a 3-0 win at Elland Road.
They could also score their 1,000th goal after their relegation in 2004. The total stands at 999 with three games to play.
Statistics by Andrew Dalton aka Stats.
David Watkins wanted a response after the draw with Luton. He certainly got one!
Thank you David. Hope the Saturday night malt went down a treat. My nerves are still there and a big week coming up.
Leeds’ record after scoring the first goal in Championship matches under Marcelo Bielsa:
Points won: 130/141
Leeds have secured 92% of available points in matches after scoring the first goal.
Mateusz Klich on the victory at Blackburn: “It was a very important victory. If Blackburn had won, they could have potentially think about reaching the Play-Offs and we wanted to win as our goal is to win every game until the end of the season and not to look down on other teams.
“We knew it was going to be hard and the conditions weren’t great, so we were happy with the win.In this league, every team who scores early is happy, because it is so difficult to score a goal. Teams defend well and the first goal is very important in this league and it was good we scored early, because it was a tough game.
“We need to stay focused for the next five games and we will see what happens then.”
Pretty happy people after a great win at Ewood Park. Player’s singled out were the centre half partnership of Ben White and Liam Cooper, Barry Douglas looked very comfortable at left back and Mateusz Klich was instrumental in the middle of the park.
Great to see Patrick Bamford back amongst the goals after his miss on Tuesday, I was very impressed how he led the line and took his early chance superbly, he was also unlucky with his shot that came back off a post.
West Bromwich Albion beat Hull City 4-2 at The Hawthorns to move within a point of leaders Leeds. They could go top if they draw or beat Derby County on Wednesday. Swansea beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1, ‘Colin’s’ first game at the Riverside ends with QPR getting a 1-0 win over Boro.
Liverpool move three points closer to the 100 mark as they beat relegation threatened Aston Villa 2-0 at Anfield. Mane and Jones the scorers. Newcastle draw 2-2 with West Ham, Burnley also draw 1–1 with Sheffield United and Manchester City lose 1-0 at Southampton with former Leeds transfer target Che Adams scoring his first goal for the ‘Saints’ and he’ll never forget it. A lob from over 45 yards.
Barry Douglas and Kalvin Phillips are named in the EFL Championship team of the weekend.
Andrea Radrizzani talking on Talk Sport about the prospect of fans returning to the grounds: "I think as soon as it's possible the stadium will be full again. I hope that the transition will be gradually done soon because I don't think it's necessary to shut clubs down completely in the stadium.
"There's no danger if you manage to have one-third of the people in the stadium or half of the people. I think with the right adjustments and precautions I think it is possible to have people in the stadium soon, hopefully."
The last words on the victory over Blackburn Rovers
YEP Jury: Mateusz Klich stars as Leeds United claim priceless victory at Blackburn Rovers | Yorkshire Evening Post
Thanks to the YEP.
In a Q and A in the YEP Graham Smyth indicated that the new Leeds kit will be revealed after this season is finished as they are fully focused on matters at hand but commented that “they are pleased with it”.
In the Division One Playoffs semi final second legs Oxford United beat Portsmouth 5-4 on penalties after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate. They will play Wycombe who beat Fleetwood Town 6-3 on aggregate.
LUFC Statement: “Leeds United are delighted to announce Helder Costa has now officially joined the club on a permanent basis. The Portugal international has put pen to paper on a four-year contract, running until the summer of 2024.”
Yesterday morning was very, very sad, after the loss of Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry recently another one of ‘Don’s Boys’ made his last trip up the tunnel to join his teammates in heaven. Jack Charlton passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday surrounded by the family he loved.
The tough uncompromising centre half that started his career back in the 1960’s was a cornerstone of Revie’s Leeds defence. Alongside Norman Hunter he was the ‘wall’ that many teams just couldn’t get past.
The lad from the North East, brother of Bobby was not one to let his teammates shirk from their responsibilities and or by chance Leeds conceded a goal it was never his fault and he let his fellow defenders know it.
Jack is the record appearance holder at the club and one of the highest goal scorers in a career that took in the swinging sixties and the smiley seventies. He won the League Cup, Charity Shield, Fairs Cup, League Championship and did it with a huge smile on his face and a fag in his mouth.
He was of course a World Cup winner in 1966, part of Alf Ramsey’s defence alongside Bobby Moore. His tears at the final whistle showed a gentle side of his character not many strikers ever saw in a game they played against him.
After he finished his playing career he had success at managerial level with Middlesborough twice, Sheffield Wednesday and then took the Republic of Ireland to the Quarter Finals of the World Cup in 1990. He became a respected football pundit after this and was never shy to give his opinion on football and his beloved Leeds.
We will all miss the wonderful smile and the flat cap that made him such a man of the people.
Goodnight God Bless Big Jack, sleep well and rest easy.
Our sympathies go out to his family at this sad time.
By Keith Ingham
The win over Fulham was Marcelo Bielsa’s 50th win since taking over at Leeds and he has done it in 94 games, the quickest any manager has done it in the history of the club.
David Watkins reviews the 3-0 win over over one of our rivals for a top two place.
Thank you David. I bet a couple of decent malts went down on Saturday night and great you can keep in touch with your mates you usually travel to games with. Appreciate the kind words too my friend.
How different can social media be, last week some players were villains. This weekend they became heroes as Leeds put Fulham’s promotion hopes to the sword, or so it seems and pushes themselves a little closer to the Premiership.
Who said “Football can be a funny old game!”
Gjanni on the ‘crowdies’
The Athletic’s Phil Hay tweeted that Ben White is expected to be offered a new and improved contract when he returns to his parent club Brighton. The centre back has impressed whilst being on loan at Leeds and in the two games he played against Fulham’s Mitrovic he never gave the striker a look in.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is being investigated by The FA after smashing his elbow into Ben White’s jaw inside two minutes yesterday. Fulham’s striker threw his right arm into the Leeds United defender’s face after the latter had cleared the ball long from deep in Saturday’s opening exchanges.
The thoughts of a Fulham fan. Not very happy methinks!
Thanks to Fulhamish.
The last word on the Fulham game. Pretty happy fans on the YEP ‘jury’ give their views on the impressive win.
Thanks to the YEP
Cardiff City vs Leeds United
Team: Meslier, Ayling, White, Cooper(c), Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Costa, Roberts, Harrison, Bamford.
New normal for Leeds United but an all too familiar story at Cardiff City - Graham Smyth's Verdict | Yorkshire Evening Post
Thanks to the YEP.
Leeds MOTM: Stuart Dallas
Neil Harris: "It tells us straight away that we're focused and have a hunger and a desire to be successful this season. The players deserve great credit for the way they conducted themselves personally and professionally during the lockdown period.
"I wanted the boys to make a statement in the first game back that we're serious about getting into the top six, and to pay tribute to Peter Whittingham. And there were two goals there that were fitting to that man.
"I didn't know him personally but played against him many times. He came across like a class act, and I thought he could have played in any team in the world he was that good a player. He is loved here and rightly so, and the tribute before the game and with the shirt was fitting."
Marcelo Bielsa: "We should have won. We've created enough chances to score goals and they needed our mistake to score. But we should have been more clinical to finish the attacks.
"The mistakes are part of the game and we can't imagine one player that can't make a mistake. When we have a mistake we have to resolve it between the whole team. In this game they shot twice and scored twice."
David Watkins reviews the 2-0 defeat at Cardiff City. He wasn’t impressed.
Thank you David. Hopefully things will improve in front of 15,000 Leeds ‘selfies’ at Elland Road on Saturday against Fulham.
As expected many ‘keyboard warriors’ laid into the Leeds number nine Patrick Bamford and a number of other players that weren’t at their best on Sunday. My advice comes from the leader of the country in the 1939-45 World War Winston Churchill.
It’s only the first game back FFS!
‘Little Ian’ Poveda who made his debut as a substitute for Helder Costa in the second half on Sunday and it was a “bitter-sweet” moment for the youngster. He was very happy at getting his first chance in a first team game to impress the watching Bielsa but disappointed with the result.
He said this after his substitute appearance: “Obviously the result wasn’t the best but I’m really grateful for the opportunity the manager gave me. Regarding my performance I feel like I have a lot more to offer.
Ian Poveda in action... at last!
“I’m excited to keep improving and keep showing what I can do. My performance is not something I’m proud of, but I’m learning from it and I know what I can bring to the team. I’ll just keep working hard and pushing on.”
Burnley fans showed their undoubted class by flying a small plane over the Emptihad Stadium with a banner attached to it saying ‘WHITE LIVES MATTER BURNLEY’ during their game with Manchester City.
Jonathan Woodgate is sacked by Middlesborough. His replacement is Neil(Colin Wanker)Warnock. “One more time” he tells his wife Sharon.
Well I tuned in at half past two to watch the first ‘live’ game I’ve seen since March. For memories sake I can’t remember the last live game I watched on TV.
I do remember the last one I saw in person was the West Yorkshire derby between Leeds and Huddersfield Town at Elland Road.
That trip to ‘church’ I went with my friend Shane Chambers and met my son and his Huddersfield Town supporting mate Luke Waite, they had done the LeedsFanzone in the gantry but little did we know that would be the last time we’d do it for a considerable time.
In Beckets Bank’s pub with Luke after the 2-0 win over Town back in March.
Back to the matter at hand. Seeing the substitutes and managerial staff wearing face masks was the first unreal sight of what was to become a really strange experience. The captains came together to speak to the referee, no handshakes of course just a nod of the head from the threesome and off they went, the first game of football was ongoing.
It’s surreal to be honest, every kicked ball could be heard, the twack a boot against the ball echoing around the near empty stadium. Players took the first 15 minutes trying their best to involve a little physical contact but were not flying into tackles they probably would have before football was stopped.
Ex-Leeds midfielder ‘Alfie’ Haaland’s son made it 10 goals in under 10 goals to open the scoring for Dortmund and doing so the game got a little of the physical back into it. Both teams without doubt have players of quality but it just missed the encouragement of the fans to make it a spectacle instead of feeling like a pre season training game.
First goal for Erling Haaland
The game ended 4-0 to Borussia Dortmund. To the watching, desperate football fan it was football .. just. The game just isn’t the same without partisan support, the songs, the boos, everything that you remember that made you fall in love with the game in the first place.
We wait for the governing bodies to decide if the Premiership and Championship follow the same path as the Bundesliga have started and whether they can keep this dreadful virus away from it’s footballers.
There without doubt a hell of a lot of people desperate from some kind of ‘live’ sport but I have real reservations if this is the way forward for the game. I do realise though that it may be the only way to go until it’s safe for fans to be allowed back in grounds to support their team.
It’s football ... but not as we know it.
By Keith Ingham
In a new series that will focus of fans, friends of the club and players, we ask 10 questions to some of the most Leeds people you’ll ever meet.
Our latest interview is with none other than Ian Baird. The current assistant at Havant & Waterlooville and former Leeds United forward spent two sepearate spells at LS11 and made over 150 appearances, scoring 50 goals.
Firstly, who or what got you interested in football?
I think it was just me. The 1st pair of boots were Patrick Keegan as Southampton were sponsored by them.
Did you have a favourite Leeds player or any other team who you modelled your game on?
My favourite was Joe Jordan I thought he was outstanding.
Proudest ever moment during your time at Leeds?
My proudest moment as a leeds player was running out every other Saturday at elland road. Billy bremner said it's not a game playing for leeds it's an occasion!
A player you thought “not him again” when it came to play him or a ground you never did well at?
Probably Paul Maxine Miller at Charlton and spurs.
One player or manager, above them all who you hung on their every word?
Joe Jordan, billy bremner and Eddie gray because I grew up watching them and then to be in there actual company and to see them coaching and training with us was unbelievable. Also I've got to mention norman hunter who would come in training with us and then would mark me in training was unbelievable.
Favourite memory of your time at Leeds United?
Favourite thing about Lufc is everything but especially how the fans treated me when I was there and to think 30yrs on that generation still remember it's very very humbling.
Best team to play at Leeds?
All of don revies side
Newcastle United game 89/90(you scored!) or do you have a favourite other game that you watch on a regular basis?
No not really. Its always good to see old games on Twitter though I didn't realise so many were on tv
Wilkinson team of your era or Bielsa’s team 2018 onwards?
I'm biased but I would have to say wilkos 89/90 side, footballs different now ie fitness etc but Wilkinson was ahead of his time and he recruited at the time top top players.
Ketchup or Brown sauce?
We’d like to thank Ian for taking the time to answer our questions and wish him the best of look as he continues his coaching career.
By Keith Ingham