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Charlton Athletic

Premier League
Game 14: Saturday 29 November 2003

Charlton Athletic 0 - 1 Leeds United
(Half-time: 0 - 1)
Crowd: 26445
Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)
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Match Facts
Charlton Athletic Team Leeds United
Dean Kiely   Paul Robinson
Hermann Hreidarsson   Gary Kelly
Subbed - 88 minutes Booked - 88 minutes Radostin Kishishev   Ian Harte
Chris Perry   Michael Duberry
Mark Fish   Dominic Matteo
Graham Stuart   Lucas Radebe
Booked - 26 minutes Scott Parker   James Milner Goal - 9 minutes
Matt Holland   Jermaine Pennant
Subbed - 71 minutes Claus Jensen   David Batty
Subbed - 45 minutes Mathias Svensson   Alan Smith Booked - 44 minutes
Jason Euell   Mark Viduka
Sergio Leite   Scott Carson
Chris Powell   Didier Domi
Sub - 88 minutes Jonathan Fortune   Jody Morris
Sub - 71 minutes Jamal Campbell-Ryce   Stephen McPhail
Sub - 45 minutes Carlton Cole   Michael Bridges
Match Reports
BBC Milner lifts Leeds gloom
The Guardian Sheikh laughs off sale as Leeds finally show profit
The Independent Milner supplies good news from the east
The Independent Milner delivers faint glimpse of Finney's genius
The Observer Viduka stirs Leeds into life Leeds claim Charlton scalp
The Sporting Life Charlton 0 - 1 Leeds
The Sunday Times Milner cashes in for Leeds
The Electronic Telegraph Leeds show they have the class to avoid drop
The Times Viduka inspires revived Leeds
Yorkshire Evening Post Leeds win battle

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Sheikh laughs off sale as Leeds finally show profit - Matt Scott

Copy from Football Unlimited of 01/12/2003.

Leeds and the Bahrain-based sheikh reportedly preparing a rescue package recoiled yesterday from suggestions that the club are set for a takeover this week. There appears to be no prospect of Sheikh Abdul bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa stepping in to save the crisis-riven club and Leeds doubt if he even has the wherewithal to do so.

"This is complete nonsense and I am personally embarrassed being embroiled with this affair," Al-Khalifa told the Bahraini newspaper Al-Ayam. "I have close ties with the club chairman John McKenzie, who updates me with the financial situation at the club that I have loved ever since I was a teenager. Anything more than that is just complete nonsense.

"After being notified about the disastrous financial status of Leeds United, I have suggested to start negotiations with some of the main investors in the Gulf region in order to buy the club.

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Viduka stirs Leeds into life - Stuart Barnes

Copy from Football Unlimited of 30/11/2003.

Leeds United breathed new life into their wretched Premiership season with a victory that proved as deserved as it was welcome. The form-book, not to mention the accounts ledger, counted for nothing as they took a grip on the match almost from the first whistle and never relaxed it.

This troubled club may have been treading water on and off the pitch, but with more steely performances like this their position, in the table at least, should start to show a marked improvement.

Charlton Athletic, who in sharp contrast to the financial woes of their opponents have just reported a £2.8million operating profit played nothing like a side who have climbed to fourth in the table. There was a distinct lack of fluency about every aspect of their play, the threat in front of goal was minimal and Alan Curbishley admitted his team could have no complaints about the outcome.

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