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March 31: Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis has blasted Cherno Samba's agent for hawking the youngster around the country. Samba has been part of Millwall's set-up for nearly 8 years, and can make a decision on which club to sign with when he reaches 16 shortly and agent Harry Gerber has allegedly been phoning round all the top clubs touting his player's talents. Paphitis is happy with the conduct of Liverpool and Leeds who were both given permission to speak to the player, but less happy with another club: "A Premier League manager - I shan't mention which club, but it's probably the biggest - rang up and said we want to give this boy a trial because we've just had his agent on the phone offering him to us," he said.

March 31: Lee Bowyer is out of tomorrow's game but will travel to Turkey and might come back there. Alan Smith and Matthew Jones are back fit, but Michael Bridges chances are no better than 50:50.

March 30: Cherno Samba turned out for Leeds' academy side - and picked up an ankle injury in the process as he had talks with the club to make his mind up - and it looks like a straight fight between Leeds and Liverpool. He does look promising - but how much of that promise is down to his physical presence? Currently he's bigger and stronger than many opponents his own age, but he needs to develop his talent and continue to keep his strength and fitness advantages as he grows up - and that's a challenge that is largely in the hands of genetics.

March 30: Uhoh! It's bizarre international manager time again! Norway's boss hit out at Leeds for not freeing Eirik Bakke for their midweek friendly. But he went out there and was examined by their physios who ruled he should rest to give him a chance to get fit for the weekend. Right hand - meet left hand....

March 30: Brilliant! The Everton game has been put back to the Monday night for Sky TV. So that makes this weekend's game against Chelsea the last Saturday game of the season. Overall this season, that's 22 Sunday games, 3 Monday, 2 Tuesday, 4 Wednesday (5 if we make the UEFA Cup Final), 11 Thursday and 13 on Saturday (only one of which falls in March, April and May). Call me an old traditionalist, but playing just 24% of our games (and only 8 of the 18 that my season ticket got me) on a Saturday is really going a bit too far. Hopefully we'll make it to the Champions League next season and the problem will go away a little... To make matters worse, May 8 is my wedding anniversary. If anyone can think of a better way to phrase "How would you like to spend our anniversary travelling to Leeds/watching the game on Sky?" then I'd appreciate an email :-)

March 30: Michael Duberry and Tony Hackworth have been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice (Doobs) and GBH and affray (Hackworth) in connection with the alleged assault on Sarfraz Najeib in January. A 24-year-old Bradford man and a 22-year-old Leeds man have also been charged with affray in connection with an incident outside the Queens Hotel shortly before the other incident.

March 29: Leeds are giving a trial - and trying to impress - highly rated Millwall youngster Cherno Samba. Samba has been scoring goals by the bagful at junior levels and could cost Leeds as much as £1.5 million as they compete with Liverpool and Spurs - but the prospect of playing for a club that has done so much with its young players must count in our favour.

March 29: Lee Bowyer's injuries are finally catching up with him, and he will miss this weekend's clash with Chelsea - and possibly a few more besides. He really needed to have an op earlier in the season, and now the tiredness and constant round of matches appear to have taken their toll.

March 29: Leeds and Spurs were fined £150,000 each for their involvement in the mass brawl at Elland Road earlier this season. Peter Ridsdale accepted that they'd received a fair hearing but was surprised at the size of the fine. At the same hearing, the case against Ian Harte for stamping on Chris Perry was dismissed as not proven.

March 28: Ugo Ehiogu has been named as a key target for DOL in the close season. Ehiogu is under contract at Villa for another two years, so would probably cost £5-10 million to acquire, but has been a pretty decent centreback. With Lucas Radebe not getting any younger, Jon Woodgate's future still cloudy, and Michael Duberry yet to impress at anything other than leading the community singing in European games, it's easy to see why Ehiogu would be on the wanted list. Meanwhile Peter Ridsdale came out in opposition to proposed UEFA limits on foreign players. Although the club clearly would have an advantage in this area at the moment, it's something that could be too restrictive for the future if we want to challenge the giants of Europe.

March 28: Leeds go down to St Andrews in Birmingham tomorrow for the FA hearing into the incidents at the Spurs game last month. The club are hopeful that the FA will issue no more than a reprimand - particularly since the ref did not indicate that he felt any further action should be taken at the time.

March 28: So the Aussies finally play a match in Europe - and Harry Kewell is given the game off! With Leeds' recent heavy schedule, Frank Farina is trying to do us a favour, so we should be grateful. But we could be in for further problems by September when a brilliant bit of scheduling sees the Olympic tournament clashing with the early stages of the Champions League. Meanwhile South Africa have once again extended a helping hand to Leeds by releasing Lucas Radebe from their World Cup qualifier against Lesotho, enabling Lucas to play against Galatasaray on April 6 and Villa on April 9.

March 28: A day trip to Turkey for the away leg of the UEFA Cup will set you back £299 - I might have to give that one a miss I'm afraid. Season ticket holders have until close of business Thursday to claim their seats for the home leg (got mine already :-).

March 28: Leeds have now been linked with Don Hutchison of Everton. Hutchison has fallen out with the Merseyside club, and at the age of 28 (I thought he was older) will provide an experienced head for a young side, and at £3 million (Everton's valuation) might not be a bad buy. And we might be back in for Cort or Euell in the close season...

March 27: Galatasaray lost at the weekend for only the second time this season - but they're still well clear at the top of the table after the defeat by arch-rivals Fehnerbahce.

March 27: Tickets for the UEFA Cup semi-final are now on sale, priced at £20 for adults.

March 27: Leeds Ladies cup run finally came to an end with a 2-1 defeat against Croydon.

March 27: David Batty's agent has played down the possibility that his long-term injury may be career-threatening. Hayden Evans tried to stress that the problems have been caused by rushing back too quickly from previous injuries - but something that keeps a player out of action for what will be nearly 6 months must give some cause for concern.

March 27: Michael Bridges, Alan Smith, Paul Robinson and Matthew Jones have all been pulled out of the U21 internationals lined up for this week with a variety of stresses and strains.

March 26: Random rumours of the day included one that Harry Kewell had decided to terminate his international career after becoming more and more disillusioned with the Soccer Australia setup. Not really in line with what he's said before, but you never know. Meanwhile various sources are indicating that we'll be looking to Europe for our next major signing (again....).

March 26: Another disappointing day as Leeds fail to bring the necessary imagination to bear to finish off a team that rolled over and played dead for Man U last week. The title was never on (as DOL has more or less said) - but now we've got to look over our shoulders and hope that we can keep Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool at bay.

March 24: Leeds will face a difficult (well, they're all difficult at this stage...) tie against Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup semi final, with the first leg away on April 6, and the second leg at home on April 20.

March 24: Matt Jones picked up an ankle injury in the game in Prague and will miss Sunday's clash with Leicester.

March 24: Just got back from an excellent couple of days in Prague - great time and cheap beer had by all. Apart from the poor sods who got picked on by the pathetic morons in O'Che's (at closing time after most of the Leeds fans had already left of course). Needless to say the staff and their cronies causing the problems were English, not Czechs. We shouldn't have lost the game, but once Harry scored we really switched off.

March 22: Richard Jobson popped up with another goal for Man City last night, scoring a late equaliser in their game against Stockport.

March 21: In the absence of the arrival of Carl Cort (still strongly rumoured), we're now apparently interested in doubling the average age of the front line by acquiring Niall Quinn.

March 21: Michael Bridges, Danny Mills, Paul Robinson and Alan Smith have all been named in the latest England U-21 squad.

March 20: Lucas Radebe has indicated that he might consider retiring from international football so he can concentrate on his career at Leeds. Radebe, who is only 31, has found the travelling very tiring - and Leeds have lost 4 of the 7 games he has missed. Unless the African Nations Cup is played at the same time as the European Nations Cup, it's likely that he'll face the same problems in two years - and he'd like to repay the club and the fans for their support with a trophy before he steps down.

March 20: A Leeds fan from Wakefield is claiming that his plans of following Leeds to Prague have been scuppered by the slowness of Leeds paying compensation to those delayed for the Roma trip. Leeds claim to have already sent out all the refunds for the flights and packages - but have not yet sent out any of the compensation money (which they weren't obliged to offer). Meanwhile, another fan who is recovering from a cancer op will be able to travel and feel confident about his treatment after a Czech language specialist at Leeds University translated a letter for him to carry to present to police and customs officials to make sure his condition isn't worsened by being crowded or caught up in the usual crush at the ground.

March 20: The reserves lost 2-1 at Boro tonight, but Jon Woodgate played for an hour - scoring an own goal before being replaced by Robert Molenaar. Of those likely to figure on Thursday, Matthew Jones and Alan Smith played for an hour, and Darren Huckerby the whole game. Tommy Knarvik also continued his comeback with a 30-minute stint at the end. Leeds' goal was scored by Kevin Dixon.

March 20: Young Welsh midfielder Matthew Jones has revealed that the illness that kept him out of the Bradford game was a virus - and there were concerns that it could have been meningitis. He's now fully recovered, but was ill for several days and was totally drained - it's a good job the rest of the team didn't pick it up!

March 20: Harry Kewell has publicly backed Aussie coach Frank Farina for his initiative in organising games in Europe, thus enabling the - better - Europe-based players in the national squad to be more readily available for the games. He'll be making his second visit to the Czech Republic in a week next week, when the Australian national side will play a friendly out there.

March 20: Lee Matthews has gone on loan to Gillingham until the end of the season. Matthews will link up with former England U21 boss Peter Taylor, and will hope to get a game or two to sharpen his match fitness as Gillingham aim for a play-off place.

March 19: Leeds are still being linked with Carl Cort - one of today's opponents. Played out on the wing, when his true position is really up front, his major contribution was to handle a corner to give Leeds a penalty, and was subbed at half-time. Deadline day is Thursday....

March 19: A friend of a friend told me, so it must be true. David Batty's real problem is his heart and he might never play again. Or it's a mystery complaint in his calf - and he might never play again. At 31, it would be a great shame if he had to retire, and the team have looked like they could do with his experience on several occasions, but it must be said they're coping well so far.

March 19: Alex Ferguson made a characteristically stirring intervention in the PR war for the title today, as he stated that he'd expect David O'Leary to be a front-runner for the job at Old Trafford when he stepped down. Hands off mate - he's going nowhere! It's bad enough with the "he'll walk into the Arsenal job when Wenger leaves" rumours without this as well....

March 19: Another game of two halves: after an initial scare conceding a sharp goal to Jason Euell in the 2nd minute, Leeds dominated the first half and took a 3-1 margin in to the break with two from Eirik Bakke and a pen from Ian Harte. In the second half, absolutely nothing happened - it turned into a practice match and was finally rounded off with a goal from Harry Kewell.

March 18: There are no new injury worries for tomorrow's game: David Batty and Jon Woodgate remain out of contention, but the team that won on Thursday could well start on Sunday - with possibly a slight shuffle up front to give Alan Smith or Darren Huckerby more of a chance. Wimbledon will be missing John Hartson, Hermann Hreidarsson and Ben Thatcher, but Neil Sullivan returns after injury.

March 18: In interviews today, Lucas Radebe made it clear that the team were trying to keep their feet on the ground and stay focused on winning the games as they come, and avoid both tiredness and over-confidence. He also expressed a feeling shared by many Leeds fans - that he was delighted to see Alfi Haaland back in the side. "Alfie has done brilliantly and I think he is improving with each and every game he plays. He's played his part in our outstanding defensive record, which is important if we are to do well in the league and in the UEFA Cup."

March 18: A real no-news day today, so here's a few snippets. Man U and Liverpool both won, so we're 7 points behind and 4 points ahead respectively - but Chelsea could only draw, so a win tomorrow could leave us 9 points better off than them with 9 to go. Meanwhile Noel Whelan and Rod Wallace both scored as Cov and Rangers both won convincingly.

March 17: Lee Bowyer, Jon Woodgate and the others charged in connection with the assault have been bailed to appear back at the Magistrates Court on June 9. Since this will most likely end up in the Crown Court, it could be next year before this finally gets resolved.

March 17: Leeds have been linked with a move for West Ham's England U21 midfielder Frank Lampard. It would certainly be interesting to see how he'd slot in and who would make way from the current side. They're also linked with Luton centreback Gary Doherty. Now maybe I'm being cynical, but what position do a certain pair of in-the-news players fill???

March 17: Finally back home after last night's game - and what a performance! Great goals from Wilcox, Kewell and Bowyer, a tremendously solid defensive performance - the only downside being the fact that we could/should have scored more. Lee Bowyer's booking means he misses the return leg - which is no bad thing since it leaves him clear for the semis.

March 15: Liverpool's Michael Owen missed a penalty as they failed to take advantage of their game in hand tonight, drawing 0-0 with Villa and leaving Leeds 7 points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea with 10 games to go.

March 15: Alan Smith today said that he felt that he was improving his overall game and contributions to the team's performance - but he wasn't happy about his lack of goals in a season that has been hampered by a niggling ankle injury.

March 15: Harry Kewell has once again moved to dispel rumours about his future at Leeds. He's indicated he's happy and settled there, and although a spell in Italy in the future was still a target, he was still happy to stay and play in such a successful side.

March 15: It now looks like David Batty could be out for the rest of the season - and miss England's Euro 2000 campaign into the bargain. The injury is not clearing up, and this must now question his overall future in football.

March 14: Jon Woodgate and Lee Bowyer were today charged with causing GBH to Sarfraz Najeib on January 12. Both maintain their innocence, and the club have indicated that neither will be dropped as result of the charges: they remain innocent until proven guilty in the courts. The pair are expected to make an appearance at Leeds Magistrates Court on March 17. Michael Duberry and Tony Hackworth have had their bail renewed. Three other people have been charged in connection with the assault.

March 14: DOL will be judging an art competition in Ilkley at the weekend. He'll be picking the winner of the inaugural Bryan Mosley Memorial Award (named for the actor who played Alf Roberts in Coronation Street) at the British Society of Painters Exhibition in Ilkley on Saturday.

March 14: Leeds are giving a week's trial to Raith youngster Kevin Nicol.

March 14: DOL has spoken out against Arsene Wenger's moaning about the lack of time to recover from UEFA Cup games. He's pointed out that Wenger's team are lucky to be in the competition after gaining entry through the back door by failing in the Champions League.

March 14: That was quick! The FA have said that they're not intending to take the Martyn/Cadete incident any further after reviewing a tape of the clash.

March 14: With Matt Clarke injured and Neville Southall pressed into action, Bradford have put in a bid for Leeds reserve goalkeeper Paul Robinson. Robinson is currently battling for the gloves of the England U-21 squad and is unlikely to be released.

March 14: The reserves beat Villa 5-2 last night with a couple of goals from David Hopkin and one each from Danny Mills, Harpul Singh and Tommy Knarvik.

March 14: The game against Sheffield Wednesday has been put back to Sunday 30 April for Sky, amd the game against Watford - scheduled for April 24 will now be played on May 3.

March 14: The FA intend to view a video of the incident that took place between Nigel Martyn and Jorge Cadete in Sunday's game. Cadete came sliding in, quite late and with his studs at thigh height. Martyn in turn swung for him with his boot on the way back - but didn't make much contact. While they're at it, maybe they can look at Peter Beagrie stamping on Lee Bowyer's head....

March 13: Harry Kewell will be available again on Thursday after being suspended yesterday, and Matthew Jones should have recovered from illness to start. Slavia Prague warmed up for the UEFA tie with a win that takes them four points clear at the top of their league - so we'd better be aware that they will be no pushovers.

March 13: The reserves face Villa away tonight, but the squad won't be announced until close to kick off. Definitely out are Paul Robinson who will be rested to protect his dislocated finger and David Batty who is still no closer to a comeback.

March 13: Jon Woodgate's calf injury could keep him out of the side for 2-3 weeks - and with the currently crowded fixture list could mean he misses 5 or 6 games. Alfi Haaland has been doing an excellent job deputising, but is a little less cool under pressure - and yesterday was very lucky to be on the field by the end of the game.

March 13: Michael Bridges praised his team-mates for their tenacity and fighting spirit after yesterday's game. DOL in turn had praise for Bridges - but pointed out that the young striker often left him pulling his hair out for giving the ball away far too much.

March 12: Peter Ridsdale, chairman, friend of the fans and now superhero. When a mother and daughter - both Leeds fans - were on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse from surrounding Bradford fans, and with the stewards generally doing nothing useful, Peter Ridsdale and his youthful sidekick, Bradford chairman Geoffrey Richmond, swooped down from the directors box and plucked the pair to safety. After the game, Ridsdale said: 'Football is a family game and I am not prepared to sit back and watch this sort of thing.'

March 12: Two goals from Michael Bridges sealed a good win in an not totally even-tempered game at Bradford today. Ref Paul Durkin was forced to flash his card more than once, and players on both sides had to be grateful for his leniency. Bradford's keeper crisis was solved by Neville Southall, and although he was never the most agile of keepers, he showed that he's still got a sound pair of hands and had little chance with both goals.

March 11: The club have made an offer of a £50 discount on the Prague trip to fans who were delayed on the way out - resulting in missing the game - and back - being stuck at Luton for over 3 hours - in the trip to Rome. Some of the fans concerned have described it as "insulting" - but it's better than what they are forced to offer.

March 11: Bradford keeper Matt Clarke could make a surprise comeback in tomorrow's game after being out injured recently. Harry Kewell is suspended, and Jon Woodgate is still a doubt for Leeds, and Bradford's recent signing Jorge Cadete is likely to start on the bench with Paul Jewell keeping faith with his current strike force of Saunders and Windass. Jamie Lawrence will apparently be wearing his hair turquoise tomorrow - he's going to run out of colours soon...

March 11: David Robertson has been forced to retire from the game at the age of 31 after failing to recover from persistent injuries. Robertson hasn't appeared for Leeds since May 1998, and with the emergence of Ian Harte he didn't really have a chance of reclaiming the left back slot. He's been linked with a few Scottish and First Division clubs, but his injuries are not going away and he's been forced out.

March 11: Mark Jackson has gone to Scunthorpe on a free transfer after nearly a year of loan moves, trials and speculation. He's taking a pay cut, but at least he'll have a chance of first-team football.

March 10: Peter Ridsdale has issued a definite "hands-off" warning to the Italian clubs who are sniffing around Harry Kewell, Alan Smith and others. Big-spending Inter are thought likely to have a serious interest in Kewell, but Juve and Lazio would also be in the hunt should a bidding war take off.

March 10: Tickets for the home leg against Slavia Prague are on sale now to season ticket holders, priced at £18 for adults and £9 for concessions. Tickets go on general sale on Monday.

March 10: According to the manager of Rosenborg, John Carew will be sold, and the club has 4 formal bids - from Borussia Dortmund, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia and.....Leeds United. £6 million should bag him - but is he worth more than Michael Bridges?

March 10: The Benelux branch of the Leeds Supporters Club presented Heerenveen council with a donation of £100 to be given to a local charity as a thank you for the town's handling of the hastily-arranged game against Partizan in September.

March 09: DOL described tonight's result as "the best yet" and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone to disagree with him. Fabio Capello singled out Harry Kewell for praise, but DOL reckoned he'd had a fairly average game - but was worried how tired the team would be for Sunday's game at Bradford.

March 09: Oh Harry Kewell! Harry Harry Harry Kewell....! Apparently we're looking to increase his pay to keep him sweet - after tonight's 30-yard 70mph special, how much is enough? Prague here we come - a superb performance, and man-of-the-match for me must be Alfi Haaland - fantastic play in place of Jon Woodgate at the back.

March 09: There's a story in this morning's Daily Mirror that Michael Duberry has been arrested in connection with the assault on Sarfraz Najeib. Duberry was with the other players earlier in the evening and returned to pick them up after the incident, and according to the paper, may face a charge of aiding and abetting a crime or plotting to pervert the course of justice.

March 08: Rod Wallace more or less wrapped up the Scottish Championship for Rangers this evening as his 85th minute goal was enough to beat Celtic at Parkhead.

March 08: Brazilian full-back Cafu is likely to be ruled out with a knee injury - which should give Jason Wilcox some incentive to drag himself off the treatment table - and striker Francesco Totti is likely to play but hasn't been able to train for the last couple of days due to an injury to his foot (hopefully his goalscoring one).

March 08: Stephen McPhail is hoping to take out a month of frustration on Roma after missing the first leg and the Man U game with a hamstring injury. McPhail is a class player who might be able to give Leeds more of an attacking edge - but the questions over his defensive abilities should be resolved one way or the other with what will be a tough test tomorrow.

March 08: DOL has said that he thinks Leeds have gone about as far as they can go in the competition and - with an eye on keeping our place in the league - wouldn't be totally devastated if we were to be knocked out now. Lee Bowyer, Jon Woodgate and Jason Wilcox are all injury doubts for tomorrow night. Whoever wins tomorrow night will play at home on March 16, and away in Prague on March 23 in the quarter-finals.

March 07: If Leeds can overcome Roma on Thursday they will face Slavia Prague who went down 2-1 at Udinese tonight, but went through 2-2 on away goals.

March 07: Tony Hackworth became the third Leeds player to be interviewed by police about the assault on Sarfraz Najeib. A spokesperson for the club stated: "We would remind everyone that as of today's date, none of those people have been charged. The club will make no further comment until or unless the position changes."

March 07: DOL praised "his own Dennis Bergkamp" - Michael Bridges - as more denials further confused the picture of just who it is Leeds have bid £5 million for. "In five years' time, if he keeps listening to advice, I think he will be a quality player for England. I liken him to Dennis Bergkamp; that link-up kind of player," said O'Leary. Steffen Iversen was apparently not the target in question, but Peter Ridsdale's statement that the bid was not likely to go through in conjunction with the failure of John Hartson's transfer to Spurs opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities. That's "interesting" as in "Lee Sharpe", since the two strongest possibilities outside of Iversen are Darren "Sicknote" Anderton and Chris "which way did you say the goal was" Armstrong.

March 06: Lee Matthews bagged a pair against Newcastle Reserves tonight as the second string came from behind to win 3-2. Robert Molenaar played for the full 90 minutes but there was still no place for David Batty.

March 06: Porto's Brazilian striker Jardel and Bolton's Icelandic star Eidur Gudjohnsen are the latest two players linked with Leeds as it appears that the John Carew bid is yet more mist rising from the rumour lake rather than hard fact. In later news, Peter Ridsdale indicated that the move was unlikely to proceed: maybe this could point the finger at Steffen Iversen of Spurs, with the move being stymied by John Hartson's failure to pass a fitness test and move to White Hart Lane.

March 06: Jon Woodgate is a slight doubt for Thursday's game after coming off at half time to be replaced by Alfi Haaland yesterday. More tomorrow...

March 06: David Batty is due to turn out for the reserves at Newcastle tonight in yet another episode in his fight to come back from injury.

March 05: A solid performance against below-par opposition produced a comfortable 3-0 win with well-taken goals from Harry Kewell, Michael Bridges and Jason Wilcox. Now let's have the same again on Thursday.

March 04: Normally they keep these rumours for the Sunday tabloids, but today one sneaked out that Juve were interested in signing Alan Smith. Smith is on a 5-year contract, but will see his opportunities limited if DOL persists with Michael Bridges and Harry Kewell up front. Either way, it's hard to put credence in a rumour that has one of the biggest clubs in the world bidding £10 million for a player who has scored 6 goals this season.

March 04: Leeds jumped in ahead of Spurs to sign Reading's 17-year-old keeper Shaun Alloway for an initial £200,000 - but that could rise to nearly 10 times that depending on appearances. Although we do need squad cover, his arrival casts doubts over the future of one of Paul Robinson and Danny Milosevic.

March 04: The mystery striker that Leeds have made a bid for is Rosenborg's John Carew - a Norwegian U-21 team-mate of Eirik Bakke. The 20-year-old has scored 14 goals so far this season and has impressed in his European appearances.

March 03: UEFA might take action against Leeds after they left the Stadio Olimpico without attending the obligatory press conference. With the Coventry game on Sunday, DOL wanted the team back as soon as possible and needed to leave to ensure they caught the flight, which was scheduled to leave some 2 hours after the match finished.

March 03: Peter Ridsdale confirmed that he had made a £5 million bid for an unnamed striker last weekend, but as yet had received no response. Sounds like it might be the Carl Cort bid finally materialising but you never know...

March 03: DOL will take a look at the squad tomorrow morning to determine who he can afford to risk on Sunday. Michael Bridges, Harry Kewell and Matthew Jones all picked up knocks last night (the latter from an horrific two-footed late challenge by a Roma player that - like several other fouls - went completely unpunished) but all are hopeful to be fit to appear on Sunday. Darren Huckerby might be given a start against his old club, and Jason Wilcox should return on the wing after being suspended for the Roma game.

March 03: A 16-year-old Leeds fan was stabbed in Rome last night along with his father who was also shot with a flare pistol. A large number of Roma fans attacked the Leeds pair as they crossed a bridge in the city. Elsewhere there were a few reports of drunken behaviour and a couple of minor skirmishes as Leeds fans' coaches were surrounded by Roma fans on arrival, but nothing seriously untoward happened.

March 02: Danny Milosevic was named in the Olyroos squad to play friendlies against Slovakia and the Netherlands later this month.

March 02: Steve Froggett, Cedric Roussel and Carlton Palmer are all doubts for Coventry for Sunday's visit to Elland Road. Leeds will have Michael Bridges back for a league game at last, but will still be without David Batty and Stephen McPhail.

March 02: Leeds target Olivier Dacourt and greedy goal-scorer Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink both netted twice as Atletico Madrid drew 2-2 with Lens tonight.

March 02: A strong performance by Nigel Martyn in Rome kept Leeds in the hunt in the UEFA Cup tonight. Harry Kewell and Eirik Bakke both fluffed good chances, and the Italian strikers Totti and Delvecchio must have been wondering how they escaped without a booking after 4 dives (one of which could have seen a penalty awarded and Martyn red-carded) and a deliberate handball, but the ref was very lax in his application of the laws, while being fussy with his whistle. Nigel Martyn later said that he hadn't been counting the number of Roma shots he'd saved, but - with characteristic modesty - he said he thought that most of the shots were straight at him and quite easy. Pick him for England now, Kev - you know he's the best.

March 01: Australian national coach Frank Farina said that he'd like to set up a base in London to train his Europe-based players without going through all the problems of dragging them round the world, and would look to set up a few friendlies at London grounds. Wow. Sounds like they've seen the light at last....

March 01: Former Leeds chief Bill Fotherby was today expected to be unveiled as the new chief executive of high-flying Harrogate Town. It's been non-stop success for Fotherby after his departure from Leeds, where he was better known to the fans for his foreign trips, failure to sign anyone decent and the fact that the club very generously stepped in to buy his house when nobody else wanted it. From Leeds United to Hunslet Hawks to Harrogate Town and the Unibond League. Where will he go next....?

March 01: Leeds and Ian Harte will appear in front of the FA on March 29 to answer disrepute charges brought as a result of incidents in the Spurs game. Chairman Peter Ridsdale indicated he was confident of a positive outcome.

March 01: The youth team are out of the FA Youth Cup after losing 5-2 to Arsenal at Elland Road last night. Harpal Singh and Caleb Folan got Leeds goals against the more experienced Arsenal side.

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