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August 09: Police are advising people to turn up early for Saturday's game at Prenton Park with the Leeds end already sold out. Leeds fans were reminded that they won't be able to buy tickets for the home end so should not travel without tickets. Yeah right. Like they'll want a bunch of ticketless fans ambling around the place for a few hours: they'll be rounded up and shoved into an empty pen just like the old days. Serious concerns that this could be another Grimsby (for those of you without long memories, we trashed the ground and surroundings on our relegation from the top flight in the early 80s and set the tone for the reception we received from the local plod at every other ground in the country).

August 09: Alan Thompson and Tore Andre Flo have signed initial one-year deals bringing them "back" to Leeds after their loan/short-term contract spells with the club last season.

August 09: To the surprise of nobody at all, the FL chairmen voted heftily in favour of maintaining the 15-point penalty on Leeds. In other news, not one turkey we spoke to had a word to say in favour of Christmas!

August 08: (Briefly) former Leeds captain Kevin Nicholls has hit out at Dennis Wise and Ken Bates, branding them "bullies" and "not very nice men to work for". Wuss. Nicholls said: "Last season wasn't just the worst season of my career, it was the worst time of my life. It wasn't a nice time either for those I care about dearly, my wife, my family, my two kids." Yeah, must have been hard learning that your husband/father is a bottle-less quitter. Maybe as club captain he should have taken it upon himself to stand up to "the bullies" on behalf of the team rather than attempt to slink out the back door at the first opportunity.

August 08: FL boss Lord Mawhinney's letter to the club chairman ahead of Thursday's appeal appears in the YEP here, and the response from Chairman Ken is here. To save you wading through the latter, the summary is "We were unlucky and those nasty men from HMRC ganged up on us. Please take pity on us poor victims of circumstances". Unless Bates accompanied his letters to the chairmen with photos and details of where their bodies happen to be buried, I think we've no chance...

August 08: Peter Ridsdale is working with a Daily Mirror journalist to give a behind-the-scenes look at what went on at Elland Road during his tenure. Hmmmm...Ridsdale + Mirror... looks like this one will be filed under "Fairy Stories" in the library. Can't see this heading anywhere other than straight to the remainder table - any Leeds fan won't want to push another penny in Ridsdale's direction, and few other fans will be remotely interested in anything he has to say.

August 07: Even though the original CVA has been cancelled, HMRC are still intending to pursue the legal challenge to KPMG's sale of the business to Ken Bates with the court date set for September 3. There's clearly a wider agenda here - but whether they're aiming at football in general or Ken Bates in particular is not yet clear.

August 07: Colin Burgon - the local MP who was very vocal in his opposition to the way KPMG handled the administration and sale of the club - has weighed in against the Football League's 15-point penalty. He wrote to FL chairman Brian Mawhinney saying: "Why should the fans have to suffer as a result of the actions of the chairman Ken Bates who assured the fans that the corner was being turned financially as the season progressed only to discover with days to go before the end of the season that the club faces £30m of debt?" He went on to say that the FL should "make sure that it is the people who are responsible for financial mismanagement that pay the price for their obvious failings, not the loyal supporters of the club."

August 07: Former loanee Matt Heath has followed Casper Ankergren in signing permanent terms with the club. Heath is joined by two of the triallists who have been with the club through pre-season - Curtis Weston and Leon Constantine. At this rate we might even have a team for Saturday!

August 07: A fairly young second string side went down 2-0 at Guiseley on Monday night. A crowd of over 2000 saw Leeds turned over by the hosts courtesy of a free kick and a free header. Tom Elliott, Rob Bayley and Casper Ankergren were the only "experienced(!)" players on show for Leeds as the countdown to the season's kick-off continues.

August 06: Casper Ankergren became the first signing of the summer as he arrived from Brondby to complete the deal that had been sketched out before he came over on loan last season. He signs on a 3-year deal with the fee undisclosed but believed to be around 300K.

August 03: So it's official: we're allowed to start the season next week. But the Football League have insisted that we'll do so on -15 points after Ken Bates failed to convince them that "exceptional circumstances" meant that the absence of a CVA shouldn't disbar the club from playing. The club will appeal - but I wouldn't hold out much hope. Division 4 here we come...

August 02: Richard Cresswell's move to Hull fell through after he failed a medical - but he was instantly snapped up by Stoke, with boss Tony Pulis over the moon. He said: "I wasn't aware of his availability until I got a call the other day. There have been a number of clubs after him. I am absolutely delighted to be signing him. I think he is a top player and a very hard worker and has great finishing ability."

August 02: Alan Smith has joined Mark Viduka at Newcastle in a £6m move. The striker's prospects at Old Trafford look limited with little chance of a new contract or a starting place, so despite Fergie's much-trumpeted admiration for his work-rate and application in getting fit after that horrendous leg-break, Smithy has been allowed to leave.

August 02: Leeds United Ladies have new sponsors - the Leeds Met University, with the "Leeds Carnegie" logo advertising the University's sports faculty appearing on the shirts. England International and top Leeds United Ladies player Sue Smith will act as a "Carnegie champion" for the University and will work closely with Leeds Met continuing the community work the club does locally, and supporting its flourishing youth development programme. The partnership will provide additional opportunities for Leeds Met students who currently play for the university_s women_s football team and a new Leeds United scholarship programme will be developed. As part of the new partnership, the club_s development team will be known as Leeds Carnegie development team and will wear Leeds Carnegie on their shirts.

August 02: The dubious status of the club means that no card processors are willing to deal with us - so applications for tickets to away games are being passed to the host clubs in the hope that their ticket offices will be able to sort out the hundreds of Leeds fans who will be pushing hard for tickets for all these new and exotic grounds on the itinerary.

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