Match Of The Week: Leeds United 5-1 Kettering Town


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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9 Responses

  1. Seán O'Connell says:

    Spot on with your summarising of this match. I followed the Leeds messageboards throughout the match and what a shame the contributors can’t be as reasoned or objective as yourself. One minute virtually all of the Leeds players are reviled with a stream of abuse bordering on hatred, and the next (when their team finally score) they are lauded as heroes. Admittedly Leeds were unlucky (how many times have we said that about our team) but they really should have put this match to bed at 1-0. Full praise to Kettering for their never-say-die approach as a result of which they equalised. Like most of those gloom-and-doom fellow Leeds fans, I was beginning to think the gods were against us – until we produced a god of our own. From across the water! Scoring from that point seemed like second nature. In the cold light of day, Kettering fans may say they were hard done by. Understandable, but that’s just the myopia of one-sided passion that we all suffer from time to time. In truth, though, Leeds were the better team and deserved winners but they’ll have to a lot better when they cross the Pennines.

  2. “They’ll need a major improvement on their performance for much of this evening if they are not to find themselves on the end of something that approaches being just as humiliating at Old Trafford in the next round next month.”

    I don’t agree. This was an outstanding performance from Leeds. They could easily have won the original tie 5-1, this one could have been 15-1 given how well Leeds played and the chances they created.

    That they didn’t is a testament to a truly heroic effort from Kettering. Don’t take anything away from them by suggesting this was a poor Leeds performance. The simply rose to the task, made the most of their limited opportunities, and fully deserved the plaudits that people are throwing their way.

    It would have pleased the romantics had they somehow snatched a winner during that 20-25minute period when they had Leeds rattled and levelled the tie, but it would have been very harsh on Leeds who were emphatically the better side over both ties.

    Kettering fans should be proud of what their team has done, and the team should walk away from this with their heads held high. Kettering council should be embarrassed that their actions are putting this club in jeopardy, and I hope the profile and honour the team has earned over this month shames them into a reconsideration of their actions.

    As a Leeds fan, I shall be very happy to reacquaint ourselves with our old rivals, even if the result is a parallel to tonight’s. Leeds deserved to win tonight, the best team over the tie, by a street won…. kettering however, deserve respect and honour for their valient efforts, and especially they deserve better treatment from their local authority. I wish them well and will be interested to see how things turn out for them

  3. Save our Kettering says:

    Aa a Kettering fan I must thank you for the kind comments. I think we all realise that Leeds were the better side and we rode our luck in both games but that could happen to Leeds at Old Trafford. It seems however that our chairman is also to blame for putting our club in danger as the council. As you could see/hear from our support last night, there are plenty of people who care a lot about their home town club even at non league level but we are just at risk of chairmen ruining clubs as you are.
    Very well written report by the way.

  4. James Loader says:

    Kettering Towns assistant manager, John Deehan, was sacked straight after the game!

  5. RobW says:

    Good to see Anthony Elding get on the scoresheet. Never quite cut it at Lincoln, but i’m sure as an ex-Leeds player he took a lot of pleasure in scoring the equaliser. Can’t quite believe that John Deehan has been sacked as Kettering’s assistant manager in light of this defeat!

  6. mick says:

    10000 eh? massive club………..

  7. Martin says:

    “that one match there could shape the club’s future for the next five years.”


    Kettering are a full-time professional football club paying anything between £500,000 and £1m pa. on wages alone, perhaps even more.

    Exeter City made £800,000 (that kept the taxman from liquidating them) from playing Man United TWICE in the FA CUP a few years ago.

    This sort of ridiculous exaggeration is a plague on the reporting of lower league football finances.

  8. Chris Taylor says:

    Give over, Martin.

  9. Paul says:

    Poppies fans are now seriously questioning if they have the right man as Chairman and whether they can believe anything he tells them. Many consider they were duped in the red card protest against their local council over ground issues despite Kettering Borough Council having a track record of not being particularly helpful to past Chairman.
    On thing is for certain from my experience in planning matters with this and other Councils, you piss them off and, unfortunately, you find that you’re battling against the tide.
    A sorry state of affairs.

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