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A good day out despite the police best intentions to ruin it with total overkill.
Me and two sons arrived at Scunny station to be met by 30 police for about 20 fans. Youngest son decides to go to toilet on station and is followed in by OB. We were then subject to a proper search, no simple patting down but a proper empty pockets, open glasses case type of search. The only thing they did not query (Rob Wood) was my famous medicine tablet box. We then walked past a couple of empty pubs before we found one that would let us in. After the game in addition to the "waste of taxpayers money" on the pitch, we were given a huge escort back to the station with dogs, vans, horses and about one officer each. All this being filmed by TV for the series "Inside \ Outside" (?). At the station we were told in no uncertain terms that we were not really welcome in Scunthorpe and instead of waiting for the 7pm train we were booked on we should get Doncaster train and go for a pint in Donny (which we duly did). To be fair to the OB they all said what overkill it was and as individuals they were friendly and approachable enough.
As for the game we had a pretty crappy view being at front behind the corner flag, but we managed to give gyp to the various subs ("there's only one Sam Dingle" ) but my "Seth Bomb,Seth Bomb,He's a Seth Bomb " chant never really got going though Seth himself did laugh at me for trying. I thought overall the game was comfortable and we were not in any real danger of getting knocked out.
A good result against City and a good Cup draw and the world will be even rosier
Viduka's penalty was awarded following a foul on Bakke, following some good approach work by Viduka.
Likewise, Viduka, put Bakke in for his goal.
But... Dooks did miss a header or two ;-))
Mind you, Kewell missed all of his chances too.
Smiffy was nondescript and looks totally pissed off being stuck in midfield.
Robbo made a couple of awesome saves (again)
Matteo was off the pace (not surprisingly)
Woody didn't fare too well against their lanky number ten
Okon is more one dimensional than Rocastle
DMIFB was barely adequate at CB
Kelly not so good as against Brum
Bakke had another very good game
Milner didn't get much chance after he came on as a sub
Fowler didn't look the least bit interested when he came on as a sub
Johnson ran about quite nicely when he came on as a sub
All in all, a workmanlike performance from Leeds. Next round draw - 1pm Monday.
After the final whistle, the Humberside Police went into full Riot mode (pictures tomorrow on a well-known website) to hoots of derision from the good natured Leeds fans. Serious waste of taxpayers' money.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 06/01/2003.
It scarcely inspires the intimidation levels of the sign Bill Shankly had installed at Anfield but at least the claret and blue board above the tunnel shows they try at Scunthorpe. The last thing the players read as they reach the pitch is "United We Stand".
Sadly for a Scunthorpe side that lacked the type of Woan-Jemson experience which helped a Shrewsbury side 11 places below them to knock out Everton, the message proved of greater relevance to the visitors.
Leeds United has been as much a question as a name this past year. In that time Premiership leadership has been replaced by relegation worries, David O'Leary has been replaced by Terry Venables, perceived unity has been replaced by perceived division.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 05/01/2003.
It started as a sunny Scunny but by the end there was for the spirited but outclassed Third Division side only the cold comfort of a full house at Glanford Park as Leeds United continued their recent rehabilitation - neatly timed, perhaps, for an FA Cup run.
Echoes of Colchester 1971, or even 1984 when, as a Second Division side, Leeds were beaten by Scunthorpe at the Old Showground, may have hung in the air but once Mark Viduka had stroked home a penalty, Leeds never looked like losing.
Eirik Bakke's goal, created by Viduka - in one of those moods where he looks classy rather than lazy - merely confirmed the outcome: Leeds's fifth win in six games.