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21 Feb 2018 06:26pm, by Shields53

The Leeds Utd Supporters Trust is concerned about a price increase for new season ticket holders ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. The club announced a freeze on season ticket prices for existing holders, but slapped on an increase for anyone planning to buy one ahead of next season. The trust has demanded clarification from the club on the new “three tier structure” that is said to penalise new members, along with those that cannot commit to the financial outlay before a deadline of March 30.

The Trust welcomes the decision to freeze season ticket renewal prices for existing season ticket holders, however it also has a number of concerns, as highlighted by comments from our members. The Trust notes that the proposed pricing structure creates a three-tier pricing structure that not only differentiates renewals and new applications, but further seeks to set a new price for those who were driven to buy season tickets either ahead of or during the 2017/18 season. The Trust wishes to ask the club for clarification on the decision to introduce this new pricing bracket, and why fans who chose to support the new ownership at Leeds United are paying a penalty for doing so.

Some fans bought half-season tickets on the understanding they would be able to take advantage of renewal prices for the 2018/19 season, but they now fall into a different renewal bracket, and the Trust claims those fans were kept in the dark about this at the time of purchase. It pledged to take up all these matters with the club on behalf of the supporters. Fans currently have until March 30 to stump up the money for a new season ticket and take advantage of the price freeze. But should they be in a rush to renew their season tickets in light of the standard of performances this season?

After five years of mid-table obscurity, Leeds finished seventh under Garry Monk last season and optimism abounded ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. The club sold top scorer Chris Wood to Burnley, which was a blow, but the money was reinvested in several new signings, including Pontus Janssen, Adam Forshaw and Samuel Saiz. Leeds were being talked about as dark horses to win the Championship, and fans handed over their hard-earned willingly, delighted at the prospect of witnessing a promotion tilt.

Fast forward six months and they are 11th in the table, winless in their last nine games and 80/1 with some bookmakers to be promoted. Betting sites will have odds for the games, check them out and you will see that the situation is not expected to get much better in the weeks ahead. They have won just six out of 16 home games, and 13 Championship teams have a better home record than Leeds this season. They have a home win percentage of 38%, compared to 61% last season.

A lack of discipline keeps letting the team down – there have been four red cards in the past seven games – and the results have been poor for weeks now. You cannot accuse the club of not trying to rectify the situation: they sacked Monk in December and axed his replacement, Thomas Christiansen, this month after he failed to spark an upturn in results. Despite selling Wood, they have made a loss of £11.5 million on their transfer dealings this season. But the strategic decisions have not paid off, and it is only fair that the club is not whacking up its prices.

But it seems unfair to penalise those who want to lend their support during a slightly dark time by becoming season ticket holders for next season. A freeze across the board would send out a better message to hard-working fans.

21 Feb 2018 01:53pm, by Shields53

Leeds United players have scored some fantastic goals over the years. Length of the pitch runs, fancy footwork, screaming volleys. Here are a few selected from the archives, in no particular order. I'm not saying they are the best 10 ever but they are certainly 10 of the best.

Johnny Giles, 20th March 1971
Leeds United 2, Crystal Palace 1

Revie's midfield general, a hard but skilful player. One of the truly great midfield players of that era. His sometimes telepathic footballing double act with King Billy was a joy to watch and he scored some great goals too such as this long range effort against Crystal Palace.

Harry Kewell, 3rd January 2000
Leeds United 1, Aston Villa 2

Love him or hate him you can't deny Harry Kewell's ability. He scored a lot of good goals too like this effort against Aston Villa in January 2000. Controlled on the chest, a knee forward before a left foot volley which gave David James no chance in the Villa net.

Bradley Johnson, 19th January 2011
Leeds United 1, Arsenal 3

Bradley Johnson was known for striking a ball pretty hard, usually somewhere over the South Stand down Elland Road but occasionally he got one just right. Having held Arsenal to a draw at the Emirates it was back to Elland Road for the replay. Leeds were already two down when Johnson struck but strike he did, an absolute screamer into the top right corner from 3 yards out.

Luciano Becchio, 22nd December 2012
Leeds United 2, Middlesbrough 1

Luciano Becchio was somewhat overshadowed by Jermaine Beckford in his early days at Leeds United but once Beckford left he shone. His record speaks for itself, 86 goals in 219 appearances. With 75 League goals he is 10th in the all time records. My favourite Becchio goal is his strike against Middlesbrough, left foot volley in off the post.

Tony Yeboah, 21st Ausust 1995
Leeds United 1, Liverpool 0

Tony Yeboah had scored thirteen goals in his first season at Leeds but he started the 1995/96 season on fire. He scored two goals in the first game of the season against West Ham, the second nearly breaking the roof of the net but it was the Liverpool game that launched him into the spotlight. Thirty yards out, first time, boom. I'm not sure David James even saw it.

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