Leeds United Club Profile
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Leeds United : Club Background
Those who have followed the fortunes of Leeds United over the last couple of years or so, would raise a wry smile at knowing that Leeds United were formed in 1919 after their predecessors (Leeds City) were folded amidst a row with the Football League over financial misdemeanours. The more things change, the more they stay the same!
Leeds City had been accused of making illegal payments to players and after they were disbanded, the United team were almost immediately formed out of the ashes and entered the Midland League on 31st October 1919, replacing Leeds City Reserves. United are not the original occupants of Elland Road either - the land was owned by Yorkshire Amateurs, who invited the new club to play there, eventually selling the ground to Leeds in 1920.
Leeds United were elected to the Football League for the start of the 1920-21 season and spent most of their early 40 years or so as a second tier side, occasionally yo-yoing up to the top tier before gravity overtook them and they returned back to the Second Division.
March 1961 represents the landmark moment in the club's history - the appoinment of Don Revie as manager. He arrived finding a club in financial turmoil that were in danger of dropping to Division Three. But by 1963-64, he had guided them into the First Division where they would begin the start of their glory years.
Across 10 years between 1965 and 1974, Leeds were consistently a top four First Division side, won the League Championship twice (1968-69 and 1973-74), the FA Cup and League Cup once each and the Fairs Cup twice. They were also finalists in the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Cup (now Champions League for all you youngsters out there). But just as Revie's arrival signalled their up-turn, so his departure for the England manager's job signalled their gradual decline, eventually resulting in relegation at the end of the 1981-82 season.
A series of management changes saw little change until Howard Wilkinson's arrival at the club in October 1988. Promotion back to the First Division was achieved in 1989-90 and by 1991-92 it seemed as though their glory days were back as Wilkinson took them to a third League Championship. But he couldn't repeat that feat in subsequent seasons and Leeds appeared to be slipping away.
The football map was radically changing, with hated rivals Manchester United in full flow and suddenly the Champions League and Sky Sports providing lucrative financial incentives for the most successful clubs. By now managed by David O'Leary and with Chairman Peter Ridsdale at the helm, Leeds began to chase the dream.
Initially it worked. A UEFA Cup semi-final place against Galatasaray was followed by a UEFA Champions League 2001 semi-final against Valencia, but then it began to crumble, with Ridsdale taking out huge loans on the expectation that the Champions League gravy train would continue to run.
It didn't. Leeds finished the next season one place outside the Champions League places, Rio Ferdinand was sold off to hated rivals Manchester United for 30 million and then O'Leary and Ridsdale were involved in a rather public war of words on the subject, and O'Leary exited stage left. Not that Ridsdale lasted much longer, as Leeds well and truly crashed and burned, with relegation coming at the end of the 2003-04 season, and suggestions that the Yorkshire side had clocked up 121 million pounds of debts at their peak. More players were sold, as were the training ground and Elland Road itself, and in came Ken Bates in January 2005, buying the club for 10 million, for a new chapter in the club's turbulent history.
Thereafter, it would be possible to write a whole book on what happened to Leeds. Having relatively stabilised matters in the Championship, and with manager Kevin Blackwell having projected in September 2006 that Leeds would be debt free within a year - a somewhat improbable claim, were it not for what was to materialise. Blackwell wasn't around to see that happen - Dennis Wise was appointed as manager barely a week after Blackwell's claim and Leeds began a dangerous slide towards the foot of the Championship.
A side issue here was that the Leeds fans hated the idea of their club being run by two ex-Chelsea stalwarts and began open demonstrations and chants of "Get The Chelsea Out Of Leeds" - a "Love Leeds Hate Bates" website was later set up. Results on the field of play hardly endeared either as Leeds finally tumbled out of the second tier of English football - their lowest standing in the pyramid since the year they formed.
Relegation coincided with Leeds falling into administration - a neat trick to nullify the Football League's 10 point penalty for any club taking administration as a means to reduce debts. KPMG were brought in as administrators and amidst more controversy, they sold the club ... back to Ken Bates! With local MPs chipping in with their view on the affair, and alternative backers questioning the bidding process, HM Revenue and Customs put in a legal challenge against the CVA, with debts recorded by KPMG against several off-shore companies. With the club hanging by a thread, and the Football League making noises about their own rules and regulations KPMG were eventually cajoled into putting the club up for sale again (!) whereupon they sold the club ... back to Ken Bates! This time though, there was no CVA for HMRC to challenge. However, that led to a twist in the tail, with the Football League declaring Leeds in breach of their insolvency rules and so deducting 15 points from the 2007-08 season and the FA (temporarily) expelling Leeds as full members for failing to set the CVA up the second time round.
Not that this appears to have done Leeds too much harm. They'd junked the best part of the 35 million quids worth of debts and Bates stated that the club was as good as debt-free - exactly as Blackwell had predicted - making them now probably the richest club in League One. The punishment given out by the Football League also had a welcome side-effect for Bates - it got the fans off his back and onto that of the authorities. That 15 points deduction now looks like a bargain.
Leeds fans were already working out their routes to Championship clubs as they headed to Wembley in the play-offs, only for Doncaster Rovers to urinate all over their parade from a great height. How gutted we all were. Dennis Wise had already headed off to Newcastle and nice guy Gary McAllister was in charge by then. A stuttering opening to the 2008-09 campaign didn't further his cause, a humiliating loss to Histon in the F.A. Cup live on TV drove the last nail into the coffin, and he didn't last a year. Leeds, being Leeds, illegally approached and poached Simon Grayson from Blackpool. Why should they care? They finished fourth this time around, but didn't even get to Wembley, Millwall putting them out of the play-offs at the semi-final stages.
Leeds finally got promotion in May 2010, with Grayson at the helm. A year later, the Bates saga took further twists - officially speaking Leeds' ownership had been transferred to a rather anonymous off-shore company, with both Bates and his sidekick Shaun Harvey claiming that they didn't know who their paymasters were. With a football governance enquiry being held in parliament, and several newspapers querying who actually owned Leeds, in May 2011 they 'transferred' ownership to a company owned by Bates - most had suspected that Bates had owned the off-shore company, but now this was official. The Leeds fans' campaign against Bates ramped back up again, and during the 2012-13 season an equity company, GFH Capital, bought out the club. Bates moved from being Chairman to being club President in July 2013, but that lasted a month - the club fired him after a dispute over his hiring of private jets from his off-shore home and billing the club for it. For the 2013-14 season, Leeds are finally Bates-free.
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|Leeds United : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Leeds United
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Leeds United
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Leeds United : Club Statistics
Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
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|Games Without An Away Win: ||0
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||0
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||0
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||0
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
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Leeds United : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 0871 3341919 (note, 0871 numbers a minimum 9p per minute plus network extras)
Customer Service : 0113 3676242
Fax : 0113 367 6050
Chairman : Salah Nooruddin
Press Officer : firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager : Brian McDermott
Capacity : 39,457
Seated : All seater
Uncovered Seating : All Covered
Colours : shirt - white, blue trim; shorts - white, blue trim; socks - white, blue and yellow trim
Record Attendance : 57,892 v Sunderland, FA Cup 5th Round Replay, March 15th 1967.
Programme : £3.00
Nickname : United, (the) Whites and (more obscurely) the Peacocks
Ticket Prices :
For all of our previous visits to Elland Road, we've been given the South-East corner of the South Stand at the ground (near the Billy Bremner statue). However, it appears that Leeds have had a switcharound - we are still on the south side of the ground, but in the West Stand - i.e. the opposite side of the pitch to what we're used to. Use entrances 1 and 2, which are close to the West Stand Ticket Office.
We have an initial batch of 1,000 tickets, with the option to allocate up to 3,000 supporters if demand requires it. The snag of being in the John Charles West Stand (to give its full name) is that we're in the same area as a lot of Leeds' corporate facilities, which means that prices rocket upwards based on previous visits, and are as follows:
Adults: £28.00; Concessions: £22.00; Under-16s: £15.00.
Concessions apply to those aged over 60 years old, those aged 16-21 years old, and full time students carrying an NUS card.
You can purchase on the day of the game at the same prices. However, Elland Road runs off electronic turnstiles using a barcode reader, so you will need to purchase from the dedicated Away Ticket Office outlet which is next to the away turnstiles. Note that Leeds describe it as allocated seating - that may not mean too much on the day itself, but mention it just in case it is enforced.
Although differential stewarding is not uncommon around the Football League, it is carried to extreme lengths at Elland Road. While you will notice massed ranks of home supporters standing for the entire 90 minutes, should you - as an away fan from a club with a small following - raise your bottom from your seat by a few millimetres for a few seconds you'll find yourself instantly pounced on by a host of jobsworth stewards. At this point you may be foolishly tempted to offer up a couple of observations: (a) thousands of home fans are standing, but the stewards are completely ignoring them as they haven't the balls to deal with it; (b) they are only picking on away fans because the relatively insignificant numbers mean they can happily throw their weight around being the big I am. Don't do it. Such comments will merely aggravate the yellow-jacketed ones further - mainly because they are far too close to the truth for their liking - and there's a very good chance that will be the end of your viewing for the afternoon as they chuck you out of the ground. The lot that we've experienced in previous matches have fitted well into the 'officious jobsworths' category, compared to many League clubs that tend to be more pragmatic.
Disabled supporters, both wheelchair users and ambulant disabled, can buy tickets at the above concessionary rates, with a personnal assistant admitted free of charge. There are eight wheelchair spaces available that are dedicated to away fans. We believe only the home areas offer elevated views. Note that the pitchside views only provide partial cover from the elements. There are just four spaces for ambulant disabled away fans - any additional demand can be catered for, but only by seating with Leeds fans. For those who are ambulant disabled note that the area allocated to able-bodied away supporters is seriously steep. There is a special disabled supporters lounge in the North-West corner of the ground, the Eddie Gray Lounge, which is accessible to away fans. Adapted toilets are operated with radar keys, available on matchdays from designated stewards. Car parking is available in front of the East Stand, although is very limited in quantity and expect it to already have been taken up by home supporters. There are an additional 100 free parking spaces provided, but note that the car park allocated is 250 yards from the stadium. Further information can be obtained from Leeds United at email@example.com or by calling Hannah Cox direct on 0113 3676178.
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Leeds United : Directions To The Ground
Elland Road is situated adjacent to the M621 motorway between Junction 1 and Junction 2. For the main car parks, head off at Junction 1 or for the ground itself, head off at Junction 2. In truth there's not much in it, whichever you take, as the two junctions are under a mile apart. The ground is in the Beeston area of the City on the South-West side and very close to the motorway network, and so given that there are purpose-built car parks if you arrive early enough, this is a surprisingly easy ground to find and to get home afterwards.
From The South: Use the M1 then M621 until Junction with the A643. Leave the Motorway at the roundabout and take the A643 into Elland Road.
From The East: Use the A63 or A64 into Leeds City centre. Follow the signs Motorway M621 to join Motorway. After 1.5 miles leave the Motorway and at the roundabout take the A643 into Elland Road.
There are a couple of recommended car parks situated close to the ground. They are situated just as you go under a railway bridge, with an entrance on either side on the South-West side, closer to Junction 1. The general opinion is that Car Park A is the best for away fans, and tends to be the one where away coaches are parked. The cost of parking is a rather steep £5.00. We found exit time post-match to be about twenty minutes or so.
Leeds train station is roughly 2 miles from the ground, and so you are either looking at a long walk of around 40 minutes, or more likely one of the shuttle buses that cost £2.50 return to the ground. As you come out of the station entrance, cross the road and head down the stairs opposite so you land on the street that runs below. Turn right and cross the road and head towards the double-decker buses. The front bus sells tickets. You'll be dropped off at the ground on the corner of the North and East stands. Walk down past the East Stand (the biggest stand at Elland Road) towards the South Stand to find the away turnstiles. The pick-up point for the return journey is again from the North-East part of the ground. There are also plenty of taxis outside the station, which will take about ten minutes to get you to the stadium.
Leeds/Bradford International Airport is 40 minutes away by taxi.
Take the No. 93 and 96 to Beeston (from City Square).
A selection of Leeds taxi companies can be found here.
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|Leeds United : Web Resources|
Leeds United MAD
Footy MAD's offering for Leeds United, with predictably little more than bulk standard Press Association content on it, rather than being run by a fan.
Leeds United Official Site
One thing in Leeds favour: they have resisted the second rate tat that is the PTV shell for their Official Site offering.
Leeds United Supporters Trust
Home of the Leeds United Supporters Trust, which has had an inevitably high profile in recent years.
Mighty Mighty Whites
Don't go here if you want current season Leeds information. Do go here if you want almost 100 years worth of historical information on Leeds, complete with old photos galore and a season-by-season account of everything involving Leeds United and its former incarnation Leeds City. Some parts of the site are slightly lacking in terms of design, and there is a slightly odd looking gap between 1968 and 1999 (possibly work-in-progress?) which of course would have taken in their most dominant early-70s period under Don Revie's later years, but there is clearly a lot of effort that has been put into this site and it is well worth a long read.
The Scratching Shed
Blog style site that's pretty well written and - even more to the point - doesn't like Bates much and is prepared to say so.
Independent Leeds site, with nice design. The news section acts more as a portal for other sites. Plenty of stats including a near-complete results archive.
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The Gelderd End
We Are Leeds
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Leeds United : Food & Drink
Although a club like Yeovil Town shouldn't really register highly on the scale of things, it's definitely worth exercising some caution and common sense when heading around Leeds on a match day. The more feisty encounters tend to come with Yorkshire derbies, and when they play the Manchester clubs though and so it's hopefully merely a case of steering clear of the more home-focussed pubs nearer the ground.
Club Bar :
For the 2013-14 season, and the decision to move away supporters into the West Stand, there are new bar facilities opened for away supporters. The Howard's bar is situated at the corner of the West and South stands at Elland Road and will be open to away supporters only from 1.00p.m. until just before kick-off. Both food and drink will be on sale inside the venue. You will need to show your 'away' ticket, so if you're buying your matchday ticket on the day, make sure you visit their Away Ticket Office which is also located in that vicinity.
Local Pubs :
The Old Peacock pub is situated right outside the South Stand, but despite it being so close to the away turnstiles, it is a designated
'home' supporters club owned by Leeds United Supporters Club and isn't recommended for away fans. They allow car parking in the car park at
the cost of £5.00, and you'll find that LUSC have a trailer in there selling old programmes. For beers, you're far better off going a little further afield. There isn't really a lot
around Elland Road that is worthy of attention bar the Drysalters, which will be the mainstay for most away fans - other than the above-mentioned Howard's club bar. If you want something a little more traditional or unique, you'll need to head into the City Centre or to the Holbeck area where there are a number of worthy pubs. In the centre Mr Foley's Cask Ale House (York Brewery), Victoria Family & Commercial and the appropriately named Town Hall Tavern (Timothy Taylor) are close by the Town Hall. Two very convenient to the station for those arriving by train, the Scarbrough Hotel and Whitelocks First City Luncheon Bar are amongst those with a write up below.
|Cross Keys: This pub is in the Holbeck area of the city, north of the ground on the opposite side of the M621 motorway and just south of the canal. It's South-West of the main railway station and so handy if you're planning to walk from the station to the ground. You're probably around 1.5 miles from the ground, but if you like real ale it is worth it, with four ales usually on tap including a stout or porter. They place a strong emphasis on food here. The ambience is rather trendy, as is the food, but it was good for all that. Opening hours: 12.00 noon - 11.00pm every day except Sundays which close half an hour earlier. There's a beer garden - well a paved yard - at the back for smokers, and others, who wish to sit outside.|
Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, The Round Foundry, Holbeck, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS11 5WD. Tel: 0113-243-3711. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Drysalters: This is the nearest pub to the ground that is considered OK for away fans. It's situated at the South-West corner of Elland Road, close to Junction 1 of the M621. You'll pass it as you're coming into the Elland Road car parks from that junction. It's not a pub for real ale drinkers. But if you like a pub full of mainstream lagers and fizzy cider, along with four plasma screens, pub grub served from 12.00 noon then this is the place to be. Children welcome until 8.00pm. Opening: Monday - Saturday 11am - 11pm. Sunday 12noon - 11pm.|
Drysalters, Elland Road, Leeds, Yorshire, LS11 8AX. Tel: 0113 2700229. Map: Click Here.
|Grove Inn: This pub is in the Holbeck area of the city, north of the M621 heading from the ground to the City Centre. It is close to the Cross Keys, so if you do one, then try to do both. This is a traditional drinkers pub with, on our most recent visit to the website, Hoegaarden and Leffe beers, Leeds Pale Ale, Daleside Blonde, Pride of Pendle, a Mild and Guinness on. It's old-fashioned, dating from 1850, contrasting with the more modern office blocks that have since sprung up in the area. They do lunches, but unfortunately not on a Saturday, so maybe have a meal in the Cross Keys and then head across to the Grove Inn. About 1.5 miles walk from the ground. Opening hours: 12.00 noon - 11.00pm, with an hour extension on Friday and Saturday nights usually for live bands, and with Sundays shutting half an hour earlier.|
Grove Inn, Back Row, Holbeck, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS11 5PL. Tel: 0113 2439254. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Scarbrough Hotel: Right outside Leeds Railway Station, Tetley is the house beer - which is unlikely to excite many - but it normally stocks up to an additional seven real ales (and sixteen when a beer festival is on, but that's January and August). There's usually a cider and a perry served on gravity available. Food is served, and opening times are 11.00 a.m. - midnight Monday to Saturday, noon - 10.30 Sunday.|
Scarbrough Hotel, Bishopgates Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS1 5DY. Tel: 0113 2434590. Map: Click Here.
|Whitelocks First City Luncheon Bar: One of the oldest pubs in Leeds - continuously a hostelry since at least 1715 - it has Theakstons Best Bitter, Theakstons Old Peculiar and Deuchars IPA as the house ales, plus an ever changing five guests. As one might expect from the style of the building - it's on Camra's Inventory Part One List which comprises 197 pubs of exceptional historical/architectural interest - the food is traditional style too: tray pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips etc. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Food is served: noon - 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. weekdays; noon - 6.00 p.m. Saturday; noon - 4.00 p.m. Sunday.
Whitelocks First City Luncheon Bar, Turks Head Yard, (Off Briggate), Leeds, Yorkshire, LS1 6HB. Tel: 0113 2453950. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Yorkshire dialect vs Zummerzett drawl? We suspect that there are likely to be plenty of puzzled looks from either side. Best trick is to
smile and nod politely and hope the question wasn't "Do you think Peter Ridsdale was a good Chairman?"
If a gentleman with a white beard comes up to you asking if he can buy your football club, steer him well away from John Fry.
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Leeds United : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
No surprise that a place the size of Leeds is full of museums and art galleries, or indeed pubs and clubs. For those who want a more intellectual weekend, head to the Leeds City Council Website. For those want a weekend more full of food, drink and loud banging music, then head to the Itchy Leeds Website.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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