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New Leeds United badge looks like an advert for Gaviscon

The news Leeds United badge – the one on which the club claims to have consulted 10,000 people (how many of whom are Leeds fans is not know but I’d guess none) – looks like…the design on a bottle of Gaviscon, the treatment for upset stomachs.



Posted: 24th, January 2018 | In: Money, Sports, The Consumer | Comment

Manchester United’s Eamon Dunphy & Leeds United’s John Giles Star In Weird Dairy Milk Advert (With Apologies To Arsenal’s Lim Brady)



JOHNNY Giles, memorably of Leeds United, and former Manchester United player Eamon Dunphy are now TV pundits in Ireland. The duo have been working for Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, extolloing the benefits of a diet of sugar and fat in a budding sportsman’s diet.

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Posted: 17th, September 2014 | In: Sports, The Consumer | Comment

Leeds United Balls: Who Placed Secret Cameras In The Toilets And The Boardroom?

LEEDS United’s shiny new owner Massimo Cellino is a thorough sort. Before moving in at Elland Road he ordered a security sweep of the club stadium, which turned up hidden recording devices in both the boardroom and the toilets.

Cellino ordered the sweep after seeing the Football League’s decision to block his Leeds takeover overturned last week, with a private security firm finding several covert cameras dotted around the stadium which no-one appears to know anything about.

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Posted: 12th, April 2014 | In: Sports | Comments (2)

English football club mottos: the Latin, the motivators and the downright crap

NEWS that Everton Football Club™ has decided to modernise its historic badge, and in the process jettison its famous Latin motto, has caused not altogether unpredictable outrage among the Goodison Faithful ™.


The motto in question translates as ‘Nothing but the best’, so the timing of its retirement is unfortunate, coinciding as it does with a period of uncertainty following the departure of the ‘Moysiah’ to Old Trafford.

All of which begs the question of whether some other long-established club mottos and slogans are fit for purpose in the modern game. A select few still favour the classical Latin, so we will consider them first.

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Posted: 4th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment

A wonderful history of German football clubs in Europe: 1960 til now

THE Germans are coming (again)

German football didn’t turn professional until the mid-sixties, but by that time the (West Germany) national team had already won the World Cup, and one of their clubs had reached the final of the European Champions Cup.


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Posted: 24th, May 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment

Leeds United fan Aaron Cawley got away with it because he upset the elite boat races

AARON Cawley got away it it. The Leeds United fan has been sentenced to 16-weeks prison for assaulting Kris Kirkland, the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper. That Cawley committed a crime before 28,581 witnesses (plus playing staff and officials) and the TV cameras marks him out a special kind of pillock. Prison might be where he’s safest.

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Posted: 22nd, October 2012 | In: Sports | Comment

What we know about Leeds United fan Aaron Cawley

LEEDS United. They’ll chant! They’ll shout! They’ll knock your keeper out! It’s Leeds United!…

Some Leeds fans will doubtless revel in the antics of Aaron Cawley, who ran onto the pitch and slapped Sheffield Wednesday Chris Kirkland in the face. When Leeds United equalised, Crawley attacked a big professional athlete who was looking the other way.

Leeds United manager Neil Warnock said Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland “went down like a tonne of bricks”. But, come on, it looked like a foul…

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Posted: 20th, October 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (5)

The football teams that changed their kits and won and lost their identities

ANORAK presents a history of football club shirt changes, featuring: Cardiff City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Leeds United, Millwall, Juventus, Coventry City and Crystal Palace…

AMID all the Euro hype, one piece of football news has largely slipped under the radar: Cardiff City FC have confirmed what many suspected – that they will now play in red, because the colour is more appealing to the club’s Malaysian owners than the traditional blue strip.

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Posted: 10th, June 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment

The BBC Turns Leeds United’s Simon Grayson Into A Joke

LEEDS United manager Simon Grayson will not be used to illustrate how irony is dead in the age of the internet and soundbites.Context is all.

The BBC reports:

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has also denied being interested in taking charge at the King Power Stadium.

He said: “I was a legend down there. It’s a club that’s very close to my heart but this club is far closer to my heart. I’ve had an affiliation with Leicester in the past, but my sole aim is to do well for Leeds. I’m totally focused on Leeds and that focus has never dwindled during my time at the club. ‘m delighted things are going well here and I want to continue doing the job I’ve set out to do.”

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Posted: 27th, October 2011 | In: Sports | Comment

Leeds United Fans Know That Sex With Ken Bates Is Like Beating Hull

KEN Bates, the beared foemr Chelsea owner who took over at Leeds United, has a few tips for the fans who want him out of the Yorkshire club:

“I saved your club in 2005 and 2007 when nobody else would. The rebuilding of Leeds United is a bit like sex. In an age of instant gratification, Leeds United is having a long, drawn-out affair with plenty of foreplay and slow arousal. We’re in this for the long term. We may have had two disappointing results, but we will get there – we are building for the future.”

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Posted: 17th, August 2011 | In: Sports | Comment

Leeds United Beat Manchester United In 27 Pictures

JERMAINE Beckford scores the 19th minute winner against Manchester United and Leeds United march on in the FA Cup. Manchester United had not been beaten a lower-division side during Sir Alex Ferguson’s 23-year reign as manager. In 1984, Bournemouth beat them 2-0.


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Leeds United's Luciano Becchio (left) and Manchester United's Wes Brown battle for the ball

Because Man United were playing at home, the game was on the telly and Leeds scored in the middle of first half, it meant lots of Man U fans (between sanwhiches and trips to the club shop) saw the goal – save for a few thousand who left early to miss the rush back to London (the Jubilee Line is shut on the Tube at the weekends). Enjoy these pictures of the match…

Posted: 3rd, January 2010 | In: Sports | Comment

How Lancashire Football Took Over The National Game

burnleyplay-offBURNLEY’S return to the top flight of English football was highly symbolic.
First, it came perfectly in time for the half-century commemoration of the legendary Clarets side that won the first division championship in 1960. (That’s the proper national title, by the way, not the puffed-up division three that calls itself “League One”.)

Secondly, it brings the total number of Lancashire clubs in the Premier League to eight. That’s an extraordinary 40 per cent.

Thirdly, it came at the expense of Sheffield United, who, by finishing third in the second tier of English football, hold the distinction of being Yorkshire’s burnley1960second best team, above local rivals Sheffield Wednesday, and the county’s most recent national champions Leeds United, whose own play-off defeat leaves them languishing in the third tier for another year. Hull clung on to Premier status by the skin of their teeth, making them Yorkshire’s top dogs for another season.

In the past 50 seasons, starting with Burnley’s historic triumph, and finishing with Manchester United’s latest title, Lancashire clubs have won the national championship no fewer than 33 times. In that period, Yorkshire lancashireclubs – or rather one Yorkshire club – have won just three. (Leeds United in 1969, 1974 and 1992. They are also the only Yorkshire club to win it since the war.)

Of course, Yorkshire has fared no worse than many other counties. In fact it is one of the most successful historically, with Huddersfield Town and the two Sheffield sides winning eight titles between them in all.

But the gulf between the two sports-mad counties is quite remarkable nevertheless.

You might argue that a large amount of Yorkshire’s sporting energy is channeled into rugby league. And you would be right. Over the last 50 sealeedssons the national championship has been won an impressive 23 times by Yorkshire clubs.

… And 27 times by teams from Lancashire.

Close, as they say, but no cigar.

Ed Barrett

Posted: 28th, May 2009 | In: Flashback, Sports | Comments (3)