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Leeds United News from The Sporting Life    Yorkshire Evening Post

September 30: A scrappy game on a terribly damp night but the result was never really in doubt. Another nit-picking performance by the Austrian ref didn't help matters, but Huckerby's goal was well created if not brilliantly taken and we're now set for the next round.

September 29: LUTV could be on air sometime next year if the BSkyB deal is approved at the EGM on Monday. There are rumours that not all the institutions believe that Peter Ridsdale is getting a good price or commitment from Murdoch's organisation and questions are being asked of his overall vision for the plc and ability to deliver it - and the vote on Monday will be as much a vote of confidence in Ridsdale as for the deal.

September 29: Lee Bowyer - with five goals already this season - is apparently only good enough to play for England's U-21 side. He'll probably have to reconsider signing that contract and move to Spurs if he hopes to make it into the full squad, since that is the only possible explanation for the continued selection of Tim Sherwood....

September 29: Tommy Knarvik faces at least another month's inaction after an op on his Achilles tendon.

September 29: Joe Royle is looking to make Danny Granville's move to Maine Road permanent - despite the fact that his loan spell has been plagued by injuries.

September 28: Possible good news on the transfer front: Rune Lange's team was knocked out of the Norwegian Cup, so he may be available before the end of October - but he probably won't be available for the UEFA cup games since we're well beyond the deadline.

September 28: With 3 centrebacks already injured (Hiden, Molenaar and Duberry), doubts over Lucas Radebe's fitness could hand a debut to Danny Hay for Thursday's game against Partizan. A more likely scenario would see Gary Kelly or Alfi Haaland playing at centre back alongside Jonathon Woodgate in the event that Lucas doesn't make it.

September 28: Matthew Jones will be in the Welsh U-21 squad for their forthcoming game against Switzerland.

September 28: The Worthington Cup game against Blackburn has been scheduled for October 13, with all tickets priced at £12 or £6 for concessions.

September 26: Lee Bowyer has finally agreed a new 4-year deal with the club. Just when we starting to get a bit worried he put pen to paper at the weekend for a deal worth a reported £18,500 per week.

September 26: Leeds have been drawn at home to Blackburn in the 3rd round of the Worthington Cup. The tie will be played in the week commencing 11 October.

September 26: Martin Hiden's rib injury is not as bad as was originally feared - but he will still take a little time to regain full fitness.

September 25: Paul Shepherd has been released by the club and is currently having trials at Cambridge. Shepherd's only senior appearance for the club was in the 0-3 defeat at Highbury in 1996.

September 25: Another home win, another couple of defensive lapses and another referee and linesman combination that are totally clueless. Leeds won 3-2 and dominated the game, but once again Shearer's elbows played as much a part in the game as his goals.

September 24: Okay, I'm back from holiday and here's a brief summary of what's gone on. Leeds beat Boro fairling convincingly (looked pretty good from a barstool in Cornwall anyway) to go second. The reserves drew 3-3, with Martin Hiden cracking some ribs. And Lee Bowyer has apparently not yet signed his contract extension - he's due to expire at the end of the season and could be looking for a Bosman.

September 15: Ex-Celtic and Scotland player Roy Aitken will take charge of the reserve team squad, with the current reserve team coach Steve Beaglehole moving to take charge of the Academy side in the wake of Dave Merrington's departure.

September 15: With the new yellow away kit due out in a week or so (one bloke had a preview copy on in Heerenveen) it would seem that Leeds will be switching over to Nike as the kit supplier for next year. So another 2 new kits to buy then...

September 15: There's something about these last-minute away games in Europe that generates a really special atmosphere - and the win helps too! Definitely my number one Leeds euro-experience, as - for the 3rd away game in a row - we came from behind to win. Good performances from Lee Bowyer and David Hopkin in particular. Full match/trip report is here.

September 13: David Batty is apparently to be charged by the FA following his sending off in Poland. While they're at it they could throw the book at McManaman and Beckham for pretending to be footballers for the game. And was Beckham charged after France 98?

September 13: Hi-ho! Hi-ho! It's off to Holland I go... so no more news updates will appear here until Wednesday night, when you'll be able to read a match report from me and anyone else who made the journey.

September 12: Old player news: Brian Deane scored Boro's winner, and Mike Whitlow received the red card as Bolton ended up with just 9 on the pich as they went down to Charlton.

September 11: Due to the customary abysmal parking situation at Cov, I missed their pen and Bowyer's equaliser, but I saw the rest of the game. And although it was thrilling end-to-end stuff, Ian Harte and Michael Duberry both picked up worrying injuries and Harry Kewell looked slightly hobbled and absolutely exhausted for the last 15 minutes. And the scoreline - and the way we played - was a bit too reminiscent of the PSV game a couple of years ago. With Belgrade ready for us on Tuesday, that's not a comfortable memory.

September 11: Alan Smith is suspended, Jonathon Woodgate has a back injury, Stephen McPhail will be out for a while and David Hopkin and Eirik Bakke are also doubts for this afternoon's game. Time to hop in the car and head on up the road to Cov....match report and details will appear here when I get back.

September 11: The Partizan game will be shown live on BBC2 on Tuesday. UEFA and the Dutch government have given the green light to the game - which is just as well cos I've booked my flights and hotel today. Strange really - I can get a scheduled flight plus 2 nights in a hotel in Amsterdam plus the match ticket and transport to the ground for considerably less than Leeds are charging for their organised flight out of Leeds/Bradford. What were those profit figures again?

September 10: Leeds Sporting today revealed some pretty decent figures for the financial year ended June 30. Turnover was up to £37 million, and profits before transfer fees increased to £6.4 million.

September 10: Well, it looks like it's going ahead, televised live on Sky Sports, KO 4:30 British time. Very few tickets will be on sale on the day, and those that are will have a bad view and people will be assumed to be troublemakers if they turn up to buy them. Hopefully we'll be a bit better organised at Elland Road.

September 09: Psychological warfare or reality? The Partizan management are now saying that they will have trouble getting visas and might find themselves chucked out of the competition, giving Leeds a bye to the next round. Hope they decide soon... Meanwhile, DOL is seriously irritated over all of this, not least because he's not had the chance to watch the opposition in a full game - and they saw us at Spurs and will be at Coventry on Saturday.

September 09: Leeds will be doing travel packages from £89 for a coach trip, ranging up to £500 for a flight from Leeds/Bradford and overnight stopover. Looks like we'll have to realise Mr Ridsdale's nightmares and travel on our own cos I'm not driving up from London just so I can go down to Holland.

September 08: Heerenveen next Tuesday: 3 working days to sort out tickets and travel to a stadium that can only hold 17000. If there are any problems, UEFA have only themselves to blame. Want to find out how to get there? The SC Heerenveen Fan Site has some directions - in English!

September 08: David Batty was sent off in the closing stages of England's disappointing 0-0 draw with Poland in Warsaw tonight. After another good display in the middle of the park, the old Red Mist descended and two rash challenges in 10 seconds saw him leave the field. Nigel Martyn had a solid game on a difficult pitch, but the strikers couldn't find the back of the net, so England must wait and hope that Sweden can beat Poland on October 9.

September 08: Bruno Ribeiro and an OG from a ManU player saw the reserves beat ManU 2-1 at Elland Road last night.

September 08: David Hopkin is carrying an injury picked up playing at right back for Scotland at the weekend. Hopefully he'll be okay for the game at Cov at the weekend.

September 07: Danny Mills scored for England U-21 as an under-strength side went down 1-3 to Poland. England have already won their group by a country mile and will be aiming to have everyone available for the two-legged play-off in November to reach the quarter-finals.

September 07: So it's now looking like Holland is the likely venue for the 'away' leg. And it could even end up being held next Tuesday. Latest word from UEFA is that we'll play at Vitesse Arnhem's ground next Thursday, or - if that is not judged appropriate - next TUESDAY at Heerenveen.

September 06: United's U-19 team coach - former Southampton boss Dave Merrington - has resigned to return to the south to spend more time with his family.

September 06: Still no word from UEFA on the venue for Thursday week's game. If possible it would be nice to know before kick-off....

September 06: ...or apparently not. DOL has made a point of distancing himself from links with van Nistelrooy. Don't see why - we could do with a temperamental Dutch striker....

September 05: Our main transfer target is a Dutch player by the name of Ruud van Nistelrooy of PSV - but there's competition from Newcastle, and with Bobby Robson in charge they might have the inside track. Meanwhile Boro are reportedly keen to give Gary Kelly a guarantee of a first team place to lure him from Elland Road.

September 04: Worrying scenes from Ireland's U-21 game as Stephen McPhail is carried off with an ankle injury.

September 04: David Batty was the best player on the pitch in today's international against Luxembourg. A commanding performance - with more creativity than we've seen from him at this level before. Of course you could put that down to the quality of opposition.

September 03: John Charles is said to be in remission from cancer after recent radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments.

September 03: The England team announced today includes David Batty and Nigel Martyn, but not Jonathon Woodgate - Keegan goes for experience in Martin Keown and Tony Adams against the high-scoring Luxembourg side.

September 03: Some reports say that UEFA have changed their minds again the first leg of the UEFA Cup will now be held on neutral ground - possibly Moscow - on September 16. Since I've now got a ticket for the game at Elland Road on that day, I hope they know what they're doing...

September 02: Season ticket holders have until next Wednesday to get their tickets for the UEFA Cup home leg before they go on general sale. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £6 for concessions, and £30 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) - a price level that should ensure a full house despite the live TV coverage (does anyone know for certain what channel yet?)

September 02: Matthew Jones has been called up to the full Welsh squad for the Euro 2000 qualifier against Belarus after the withdrawal of Robbie Savage.

September 02: Lucas Radebe could miss both the Boro home game and the Partizan away game to play in a not-totally-meaningful Afro-Asian Cup Final two-legger against Saudi Arabia. We're only required to release him for one more game this year, and with the African Nations Cup due to drag him off in early 2000, we'll be hoping for a sensible compromise.

September 02: Might be time to dust off my O-Level Russian, since that's looking the favorite venue for the 'away' leg against Partizan - which, since there are still no commercial flights into Belgrade, is almost 100% likely not to take place there.

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