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Coca-Cola Football League Championship
Game 30: Saturday 22 January 2005

Stoke City 0 - 1 Leeds United
(Half-time: 0 - 0)
Crowd: 18372
Referee: I Williamson (Berkshire)
Leeds United
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Match Facts
Stoke City Team Leeds United
Steve Simonsen   Neil Sullivan
Booked - 60 minutes Clive Clarke   Gary Kelly
Own goal - 72 minutes Wayne Thomas   Frazer Richardson
Lewis Buxton   Danny Pugh Booked - 60 minutes
Gerry Taggart   Paul Butler
Subbed - 83 minutes Clint Hill   Clarke Carlisle
Subbed - 86 minutes Dave Brammer   Sean Gregan
Darel Russell   Jermaine Wright
Jason Jarrett   Aaron Lennon Subbed - 45 minutes
Adeola Akinbiyi   David Healy
Subbed - 55 minutes Gifton Noel-Williams   Brian Deane Booked - 68 minutes Subbed - 69 minutes
Ed De Goey   Paul Harrison
Marcus Hall   Matthew Spring
Sub - 86 minutes John Eustace   Gylfi Einarsson
Sub - 55 minutes Chris Greenacre   Julian Joachim Sub - 45 minutes
Sub - 83 minutes Carl Asaba   Michael Ricketts Booked - 90 minutes Sub - 69 minutes
Match Reports
BBC Stoke 0 - 1 Leeds
The Guardian Blackwell passes his first test from Bates
The Independent Leeds show the need for Bates' bombastic spirit
The Independent Bates sounds dinner gong for Blackwell Thomas gifts Leeds points
The Sporting Life Stoke 0 - 1 Leeds
The Sunday Times Bates enjoys perfect start at Stoke
Yorkshire Evening Post United are a team on the up
Yorkshire Post Leeds demonstrate benefit of Bates's stabilising effect

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Blackwell passes his first test from Bates - Mark Tallentire

Copy from Football Unlimited of 24/01/2005.

The four photographers who trained their long lenses on the directors' box for 10 minutes before the teams came out eventually realised they were wasting their time and set their sights on Kevin Blackwell instead as he approached the dug-out.

Ken Bates had spent four days and nights completing his Geneva-based Forward Sports Fund's #10m takeover of Leeds and opted to put his feet up; but the new chairman had spoken to Blackwell on the morning of the match, introducing himself to the manager, sending his regards and arranging to meet for dinner on Wednesday or Thursday.

"I sat the lads down before the game and said, 'Look, we haven't talked about this before, but this is the day we move forward,'" Blackwell said. "This is a brand-new era, we can start to look upwards as a club and I want to take all of you with me."

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