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Copy from Football Unlimited of 29/03/2004.
A tale of two miracles: Leeds United in increasing need of one to remain in the Premiership, and Birmingham City rubbing shoulders with Newcastle United and Liverpool in the race for a place in one of the European competitions.
It was the reckless pursuit of that ambition, of course, which brought Leeds to their knees financially and has made a stretch in the Nationwide League probable.
Such a predicament is unlikely at St Andrews. Despite their vast personal fortunes the club's three major shareholders, David Sullivan and the Gold brothers, David and Ralph, have resisted the temptation to buy success.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 28/03/2004.
The Leeds United fans' anthem of Marching on Together may have greater resonance now the boardroom takeover is complete. Sadly for them, it appears to be in the same direction as before.
The lift given to them by the purchase of the troubled Yorkshire club, brokered by the insolvency expert Gerald Krasner, and followed by the victory over Manchester City on Monday, proved to be a short-term remedy. The positive effects lasted as long as it took Mark Viduka to put them ahead in the third minute before they wore off and Birmingham City exposed again the defensive frailties that are proving so costly.
'I thought in general we played well,' said acting manager Eddie Gray. 'It was individual errors defensively that cost us the game. I thought we gave them the goals very cheaply. It was a vital game for us - I expected us to come here and win.'