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Ken Bates: Master Of PR & All He Surveys

I should be on my knees every day, thanking my God that my only experience of Kenneth William Bates, chairman but not owner – oh no – of Leeds United, was brief and indirect. And it summed him up too. In the 1990s, Chelsea’s reserves in the old Football Combination played their “home” games at…

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August 13, 2010

The Christian Aid Secrecy League

Of all the football figures railing against the appointment of another independent FA chairman, Leeds United chairman Kenneth William Bates was the most predictable. An independent mind and independent voice would also have an independent eye. And Bates wouldn’t be one for independent eyes, in case they saw him for what he really is. That…

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June 1, 2010

Match Of The Midweek: Leeds United 0-2 Millwall

The favourites for promotion before the start of the season, Leeds United started 2009/10 as if they were in something of a hurry to finally lay the ghosts of lower division football to rest and get back to something approaching the normality of the Championship. Their credentials seemed to be confirmed by their January FA…

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March 22, 2010

Leeds United’s Owners Benefit From “League” Politics

FSF will remain anonymous, then, according to The Football League. No surprises there, but how are we supposed to take them seriously when they talk about transparceny in football club ownership.

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March 4, 2010

Lies, Damned Lies & The Words Of The “Official Club Spokesman”

As football sinks further and further into the financial mire, the official statements made by clubs themselves are becoming more and more odd, and more and more telling. Mark Murphy has been looking at some of these statements, and is less than convinced by them.

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February 9, 2010

Peter Ridsdale: Chairman Turned Repeat Offender

Cardiff City are due in court in a couple of weeks fighting off a winding up order, and the man in charge is a rather familiar one to supporters of Leeds United and Barnsley. Mark Murphy reports on Peter Ridsdale’s repeated misdemenaours and finds a predictable and depressing set of themes.

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January 28, 2010

Match Of The Week 2: Manchester United 0-1 Leeds United

Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Leeds United this afternoon. Could the time be right for a club from outside of the top two divisions to get to an FA Cup final for the first time? Much will depend on whether they can – or will – hold onto Jermaine Beckford.

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January 3, 2010
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