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Copy from Football Unlimited of 21/08/2006.
If ever a man deserved to have his pomposity punctured it is Peter Ridsdale, but whatever the truth of the incident which saw Leeds United's former chairman leave Elland Road in a huff shortly after the final whistle, it was a minor distraction from a match which confirmed this could be a long season for the club he left in such desperate financial straits.
Leeds's chairman Ken Bates dismissed The Cardiff manager Dave Jones' suggestion that Ridsdale, now deputy chairman at Cardiff, had been "turned out" of the United boardroom. "It's a pack of lies, but I'm sure he needs the attention," was Bates' trenchant response.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 20/08/2006.
Luke Skywalker had Darth Vader. Tom had Jerry. And Leeds United have the city of Cardiff, backdrop to their ignominious play-off final defeat to Watford in May and whose football club has consistently dogged them since that January day in 2002 when David O'Leary's babes were put to the sword in the FA Cup at Ninian Park, one of the chief catalysts for the disaster that followed at Elland Road.
Make no mistake about it, this was no lucky 1-0 win. City thoroughly deserved the points, although they left it late for their winner. The result means that since being relegated to the Championship in 2004, Leeds have yet to beat the Welsh club in five attempts. On this showing, they could well have to wait at least five more.