Leeds sign off the season in style

23 Jul 2020 08:21 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Thursday 23rd July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Leeds sign off the season in style

Bielsa's babes produced another masterclass as they prepare for life in the Premiership, condemning Charlton Athletic to life back to life in the third tier of English football. Any hopes that Leeds would take it easy on Lee Bowyer's side were dashed on 2 mins as Harrison curled a shot just wide of goal

The Whites took the lead on 13 minutes. Hernandez corner was returned back to him, and the veteran play maker's sublime pass found White on the edge of the D. The on loan defender added a further 5m to his Summer price tag as he chested the ball before smashing it through the roof of the net from over 20 yards out- not bad for his first goal of the season. Hernandez set up the second goal too. He carved the Addicks defence in half (and another trademark nutmeg) allowing Dallas to stab the ball home.

Leeds extended their lead further six minutes into the second half. Roberts pin point header straight from a corner gave Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips no chance. The icing on the cake came 25 minutes from time, Poveda latched on to a sixty yard diagonal pass. He squared the ball to Shackleton who calmly guided the ball into the corner of the net for his second goal in as many games. Finally, the ghosts of 1987 and Peter Shirtliff can be laid to rest.




Final day mayhem

Five games ago, Luton, Barnsley, Stoke, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield made up the bottom five of the Championship. Who would have thought ten days later all five would escape the trapdoor!!! If truth be known Hull have been on a collision course to league 1 since early January. They have won once in 20 games. Wigan's 12 point deduction for entering administration is well document. Had they held on to beat Fulham, they would have avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth. Plucky Charlton had only spent one week in the relegation zone before Leeds cemented their fate.

Most thought Luton's fate was sealed at Christmas. The Hatters were rooted to the bottom of the Championship and were leaking goals for fun. However, their great escape started upon the restart of the season. Nathan Jones' men accumulated an impressive sixteen points from their final nine games to escape relation at the 11th hour.

Barnsley were in the relegation-zone every week from 15 September until the 91st minute in the final game of the season! They too found their form when the season restarted at the end of June. 15 points from their final 9 games, including a last gasp winner last night from ex White Clarke Adour last night was enough to keep Barnsley up, and condemn Brentford to the play offs.

At the other end of the table, Nottingham Forest had a seven-goal cushion and a 3pt buffer going into last nights game overturned by Swansea City. Who would you like to see win the play offs? Should Wigans 12 point deduction for going into administration be overturned?





Kinnear - How can we trust you?

Thousands of Leeds descended en mass outside Elland Road last night, ignoring Leeds Utds plea's to stay away. Instead of road blocks, barriers and a big Police presence, the crowd were treated to an open bus parade. This is a real kick in the teeth for the majority of the fans who had enough respect for the club they love to stay away.

Furious Leeds fans have taken to social media to express their disgust at what has been described as the 'scum element' of Elland Road, and being 'one step up from Millwall fans' after scenes of anti social behaviour, dozens of flares, smoke bombs and drunken behaviour once again taints our great club. Should the fans be allowed to celebrate - of course they should, but what about the majority of fans who had the respect to stay away!

Leeds Managing Director Angus Kinnear's repeated warnings over the past week fell on deaf ears as early as last Friday. Hundreds of fans were greeted by the sights of their hero's celebrating from the Elland Road offices. Having been treated to those scenes of jubilation, thousands more decide to ignore Kinnears further orders to stay away from Elland Road last night, and were rewarded to see the Champions lift the title from an open top bus.

Don't you think the rest of us would have wanted to see that?




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whiteswan wrote on 24 Jul 2020 12:09 pm

Just an addition to my previous post, Leeds council have come out and said it was aware of 'the bus' and claimed that the measures were 'effective' as the crowd dispersed within 40 mins of the 'event finishing

whiteswan wrote on 23 Jul 2020 12:57 pm

weasel wrote:
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:32 am
For me the club acted right. They can only ask/advice people to stay at home but people have free will and if they want to put themselves at risk it is their choice. It wasn't like anyone turning up there could have thought 'I will be able to turn up there and be able to social distance and still celebrate.'

I always suggested that it was pointless to move the matches as the fans would celebrate at the stadium regardless of where the matches were played. The stadium is the church, the temple, the place of worship. You celebrate the moment, you can't really do the celebration in 6 months time when a couple of players might have left, a couple might have hardly featured in the new season, we might be playing poorly and embroiled in a relegation fight etc - the mood just wouldn't be the same.

I do think the bus idea was probably something that the club planned in advance in case fans did turn up so that they could have a way to do the celebration so that it was a quick celebration and then fans would disperse. It was a good idea and quite rightly kept under wraps so that more fans didn't turn up.

It has all worked out quite well in terms of being able to have almost a continual week of celebrations and it is now at an end. Liverpool's was a strange one given that they were presented with the trophy last night despite having won it ages ago.
You are absolutely spot on weasel.
Sky have a reporter at Elland Road explaining the bus. Leeds had repeatedly asked fans to stay away. After Friday night and Saturday night the club spoke with The council and safety group SAG. Anyway it was decided that as a contingency, an open top bus would be at Elland Road, the idea being that if thousands of fans did turn up ( again, after being asked not to) then seeing the players on the bus would finalise the promotion and hopefully then, the crowd would disperse

SaraM wrote on 23 Jul 2020 11:32 am

I'd prefer Swansea out of the teams in the playoffs.

Happy for the fans who were able to celebrate, and it made it more of an occasion for the players and the club.

weasel wrote on 23 Jul 2020 10:32 am

For me the club acted right. They can only ask/advice people to stay at home but people have free will and if they want to put themselves at risk it is their choice. It wasn't like anyone turning up there could have thought 'I will be able to turn up there and be able to social distance and still celebrate.'

I always suggested that it was pointless to move the matches as the fans would celebrate at the stadium regardless of where the matches were played. The stadium is the church, the temple, the place of worship. You celebrate the moment, you can't really do the celebration in 6 months time when a couple of players might have left, a couple might have hardly featured in the new season, we might be playing poorly and embroiled in a relegation fight etc - the mood just wouldn't be the same.

I do think the bus idea was probably something that the club planned in advance in case fans did turn up so that they could have a way to do the celebration so that it was a quick celebration and then fans would disperse. It was a good idea and quite rightly kept under wraps so that more fans didn't turn up.

It has all worked out quite well in terms of being able to have almost a continual week of celebrations and it is now at an end. Liverpool's was a strange one given that they were presented with the trophy last night despite having won it ages ago.

BGwhite wrote on 23 Jul 2020 09:31 am

Bryn Law had his car damaged last week at the ground during the 'celebrations' but was joking about it last night with Paul Robinson & Tony Dorigo. Shortly afterwards the loudest fireworks bang was heard and Robbo said "was that your car Bryn ?" very very funny to which Bryn &Tony couldn't stop laughing. Just a very funny moment during last night's latest master-class.

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