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sheeps

Brighton (H ) 03.08.13

30,500 tickets sold to press.

Unbelievable.
Dock

Re: Brighton (H ) 03.08.13

sheeps wrote:
30,500 tickets sold to press.

Unbelievable.


I don't believe that figure. What's your source?
sheeps

Re: Brighton (H ) 03.08.13

Dock wrote:
sheeps wrote:
30,500 tickets sold to press.

Unbelievable.


I don't believe that figure. What's your source?


TV.

Bet you one pint of a brand of your choosing tomorrows game attendance is + 30,000.
Dock

Re: Brighton (H ) 03.08.13

sheeps wrote:
Dock wrote:
sheeps wrote:
30,500 tickets sold to press.

Unbelievable.


I don't believe that figure. What's your source?


TV.

Bet you one pint of a brand of your choosing tomorrows game attendance is + 30,000.


You're on.
fartcatcher

My man on the terraces tells me they've opened what's left of the upper E stand.

Who's going to shit in their dressing room?
smiling badger

32,000 + sold.
You owe Sheeps a pint me thinks, Dock.
Frazier Cranium

Incidentally, it's Gay Pride weekend here in Leeds
smiling badger

Frazier Cranium wrote:
Incidentally, it's Gay Pride weekend here in Leeds


Mincing down to ER later are we?
fartcatcher

Top 8 teams in the table this morning all begin with 'B'.  
Frazier Cranium

Much improved disp[ay to last week's friendly.  V dodgy winning goal but a good 3 points there, well done Leeds, I award you 7 out of 10 overall for the performance
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

vive la revolution. long live the Arab Spring
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
vive la revolution. long live the Arab Spring


Its blind faith, you lot are no better than fundamentalistís. Before you get the bunting out just remember out of the last ten seasons LU have won their first game of all but two seasonal starts. As a barometer of promotion and sustained wins its nothing. I wish LU all the best but why do you all start getting crazed after one match. Mad bastards, the lot of yer!!!!!

*kills the dream*
bearing

Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
vive la revolution. long live the Arab Spring


Its blind faith, you lot are no better than fundamentalistís. Before you get the bunting out just remember out of the last ten seasons LU have won their first game of all but two seasonal starts. As a barometer of promotion and sustained wins its nothing. I wish LU all the best but why do you all start getting crazed after one match. Mad bastards, the lot of yer!!!!!

*kills the dream*


*burns effigy of Dock*
sheeps

bearing wrote:
Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
vive la revolution. long live the Arab Spring


Its blind faith, you lot are no better than fundamentalistís. Before you get the bunting out just remember out of the last ten seasons LU have won their first game of all but two seasonal starts. As a barometer of promotion and sustained wins its nothing. I wish LU all the best but why do you all start getting crazed after one match. Mad bastards, the lot of yer!!!!!

*kills the dream*


*burns effigy of Dock*


Thats a waste of an effigy that is when you could have burned the real thing.
sheeps

Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
vive la revolution. long live the Arab Spring


Its blind faith, you lot are no better than fundamentalistís. Before you get the bunting out just remember out of the last ten seasons LU have won their first game of all but two seasonal starts. As a barometer of promotion and sustained wins its nothing. I wish LU all the best but why do you all start getting crazed after one match. Mad bastards, the lot of yer!!!!!

*kills the dream*


It's not blind faith, it's just a group of blokes with enough experience of LU to make the most but expect the worst.

*places order for 5,000 'LUFC CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2013/14' mugs*
Dock

sheeps wrote:
Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
vive la revolution. long live the Arab Spring


Its blind faith, you lot are no better than fundamentalistís. Before you get the bunting out just remember out of the last ten seasons LU have won their first game of all but two seasonal starts. As a barometer of promotion and sustained wins its nothing. I wish LU all the best but why do you all start getting crazed after one match. Mad bastards, the lot of yer!!!!!

*kills the dream*


It's not blind faith, it's just a group of blokes with enough experience of LU to make the most but expect the worst.

*places order for 5,000 'LUFC CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2013/14' mugs*


Grind

Put me down for one.
bearing

sheeps wrote:
Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
vive la revolution. long live the Arab Spring


Its blind faith, you lot are no better than fundamentalistís. Before you get the bunting out just remember out of the last ten seasons LU have won their first game of all but two seasonal starts. As a barometer of promotion and sustained wins its nothing. I wish LU all the best but why do you all start getting crazed after one match. Mad bastards, the lot of yer!!!!!

*kills the dream*


It's not blind faith, it's just a group of blokes with enough experience of LU to make the most but expect the worst.

*places order for 5,000 'LUFC CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2013/14'
mugs*


*Buys mug*

*Is mug*

Delete as necessary.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

bearing wrote:
Dock wrote:
Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
vive la revolution. long live the Arab Spring


Its blind faith, you lot are no better than fundamentalistís. Before you get the bunting out just remember out of the last ten seasons LU have won their first game of all but two seasonal starts. As a barometer of promotion and sustained wins its nothing. I wish LU all the best but why do you all start getting crazed after one match. Mad bastards, the lot of yer!!!!!

*kills the dream*


*burns effigy of Dock*


hits mural of Dock with a shoe
Late Doors

Just when you thought that Summer might last forever the new season draws open its curtains to usher you in to the nine month abyss that awaits. As usual I'm nowhere near ready. The Ashes only half way through, t shirts and Shorts at the front of the wardrobe and the factor 30 ever present in the bathroom.

Reports suggested that I might be alone in my neutralised indifference to the season as post Bates/Warnock optimism fired a nigh on sell out crowd to prompt an earlier departure than usual on the 11.16. The Transpennine trundler was already peppered with Leeds fans arriving from over the hill as dozens more alighted in Huddersfield. Assorted LUFC chat passed the twenty minutes quickly but alas the officials at both the Brewery Taps and the Adelphi saw fit to hold back the doors until the normal noon opening leaving us to wander down Dock St to the Palace where two pints of rejuvenated Tetley bitter awaited. Maybe the former establishments were bracing themselves for the heaving throngs maybe even the heaving thongs of the Leeds pride Gay festival around the town for the weekend. Next up a nice saltaire ale on the riverside in the Aire Bar where other Leeds fans also gathered to soak up the summer on the terrace and discuss the coming season. Assorted forum friends were also gathering at the Midnight Bell our next port of call before an urban nature trail through Holbeck, passed the sadly boarded up Britannia took us to the ground.

No change in the Kop as handshakes and waves were exchanged amongst the familiar faces as the teams came out to the adulation of the sundrenched crowd in good voice and spirits. Brighton kicked off attacking the Kop and Warnock was quickly in with a block at left back. Paddy picked the loose ball from the throw and fed Peltier at right back as 3 sides of ER joined in with a lament for our now departed saviour. Tom Lees hammered a ball into touch and Brighton patiently built the next attack . They looked sharp and comfortable on the ball. Peltier made a block for a corner that Paddy punched clear. A butterfly, clearly disturbed out of its fleeting summer frolic fluttered above our anxious heads as the returning shot swerved for Paddy to just beat away. The visitors had made a dangerous start.

Varney latched onto a ball lofted into our gaping left wing area and commenced our first attack that Brighton blocked away to appreciation from the fans around us desperate to approve of anything resembling positive. Peltier made a tackle from the break and quickly got back into position to keep our back four shape which looked pretty solid. Some decent left wing possession gained us a corner as we finally got into the game with some questions of our own but it was Brighton who struck first catching us off guard with a cute through ball into the box that was pounced on to make it 0-1.

We responded trying to find Varney in the box to no avail but still kept up a steady momentum. The ease of their goal seemed to knock a bit of the fervour out of the crowd and we needed a quick response. A good through ball just went dead as we probed but the next cross from the right found Ross with plenty to do but he composed himself and hit a low shot in to make it level and restore a bit of confidence around us.

Luke Murphy was in well from the restart and fed Varney. Just like McAllister MDM said . Another cross from the right just evaded everybody and by now we were well back into the game, almost on top. Warnock though came to our rescue with a good headed clearance as Brighton reminded that they were here to win a game of football playing good stuff with capable players. Ross picked up the break  and fed Murphy whose good shot went just wide. Warnock was again on hand to clear danger with a terrific tackle when there was only him between Brighton and Paddy.

Pieman informed us of his summer holidays before successive corners ended with Murphy cutting in and firing wide. Pieman finishing the account of his Day in Scarbro' later. Green was in well playing in a holding midfield role before Peltier commenced a little period of uncertainty in himself giving the ball away more than once. Pearce was also in with a strong challenge before Varney was book after an untidy lunge. Peltier again found a Brighton shirt with two consecutive passes before Brighton showed they too can give it away with loose balls of their own both finding touch.

Peltier made a recovery winning well and also gaining the free kick as he dug in. Brighton though came at us with a period of pressure that we cleared through Pearce, Warnock and the Varney before their volley went harmlessly over. More good defending by Pearce finished with a good ball to the left as WAL rang out from a rejuvenated crowd . This prompted an attack of our own with the final ball into the box challenged by both Varney and their keeper as they collided.

The ever willing Ross was back defending covering the overlapping Peltier  but Paddy made a rare hash of the clearance straight into touch. Lees rescued the situation by finishing the Brighton attack with a brilliant tackle that also won us the dead ball. Lees was on hand again to head danger away to the right and Peltier scrambled up field with the ball. His cross though was disappointing even though their keeper did drop the ball, there was no one to challenge.

Varney made a terrific  chase to win back the ball but Peltier again delivered a cross that was easily blocked. Moments later he put another cross in for a vey flimsy penalty appeal as Varney claimed he was pushed going for the header. That was the last of the half's action as half time came to end an enjoyable 45 minutes of competitive football between two different sides both looking for the first win of the season.

We started the second half well winning a header on the right before Ross picked up the ball and delivered a cross that was too easy for the keeper to collect. We kept up the pressure but seemed to have no clinical decisiveness in front of goal despite our slight edging of the game. Brighton were becoming more and more sneaky. Little pushes and knocks were being missed by the ref and our players seemed to be getting frustrated. Still our attacks were getting more threatening. Brighton were restricted to an occasional break but still looked capable giving the game a nervy edge. Peltier headed safely away for a corner before more Left wing possession produced a cross too deep to worry the Visitors and the ball went dead.

Varney spun wide and collected before cutting in. He had options but chose the shot that he scuffed well wide. Brighton hit back with a deflected shot that Paddy had to readjust to and collect. Varney kept up his eager if unfruitful work with a good headed challenge as a Brighton player hit the deck and we hit the ball into touch to halt play.

Peltier picked up a yellow card for a challenge I thought he had every right to go for but the Brighton players reaction must have influenced the ref. They were beginning to annoy me now with their gamesmanship. Varney lifted my spirits with a great take then trampled all over them with a clumsy knock into touch after he had done all the hard work.

33432 came the announcement of the crowd to good acclaim and more Bates chants. Brighton sensed a chink and only Paddy prevented them taking the lead with a terrific save. It was about 65 minutes and it was time to take a fresh initiative, Poleon came on for Hunt and immediately we looked more threatening. The lad obviously keen to work hard and impress.

Peltier went on the overlap but was tackled. He again put in a little cross moments later that Poleon dummied around before turning and only just failing to get any purchase on his shot. More Leeds pressure followed with corners and crosses. Ross put in a cross from left wing that found Poleon who beat his man and was clearly pulled. He managed to burst clear but it was indicative of Brighton's ploy yet still the ref remained silent on the issue. I was well livid by this time, the summer cool well and truly demolished.

The excellent Paul Green was immense in midfield all game and really came to the fore in the latter stages of it completely dominating. He fed Ross operating wide and again his cross into the box was met with a sneaky push from the defender. All right in front of our eyes in the kop but out of sight of the ref.

Drury replaced Warnock in a like for like swap and after another good cross from Ross with no finale Smith replaced Varney. Drury made a great first impression on the game with a tremendous challenge that had his Brighton counterpart pole axed. This must have woken the ref up as moments later he saw a Brighton push and penalised it to mass cheers around our area if not all around the ground . Peltier kept up the pressure winning a corner then Poleon broke again held and again broke loose. His shot was saved and Green hit the rebound over when he could have done better. 90 minutes was announced and we turned up the pressure for the final few minutes. Lees had a good header blocked and this game still had lots in it. Brighton attacked and another brilliant save from Paddy had us despairingly setting for the draw.

Pearce won another good challenge before Ross gave away a silly foul to send a few of the faithful home thinking that was that. They hadn't counted on the splendid Luke Murphy, still full of running bursting through the middle towards us and the goal as he collected the ball. Maybe a hand bounced the ball forward? it looked like it to me but he was on goal now under pressure with only the keeper to push it past. He did, just and the ball bounced over the line into the net with all hell breaking  loose around us. The noise was immense. Brighton protested, then kicked off, the game coming to an end almost immediately after.

Maybe a tad fortunate, Brighton were a good side but we were also good in a different way. We had depths and levels not seen last season, clearly down to the manager. The players looked fit and organised. Our clear limitations of pace, flair and width more than compensated for with terrific solidarity across the pitch in all areas. Murphy and Green were excellent and the other two new lads looked positive signings.

So disappointingly I had to get the train back straightaway so couldn't meet up in the Palace but the little journey home reminded me that one cannot spend all year idling about cycling and supping ale in the sun watching cricket and listening to music. There is serious business coming up.
fartcatcher

Thanks for the report LD.

My man on the terraces was actually on the terraces and tells me the new owners took a wander round the pitch and actually spoke to some fans.

Something the fungus-faced, piggy-eyed, drivel-dispensing, expense-fiddling tax exile never managed in his eight years.
sheeps

Cheers for the report M.
sheeps

someone owes me a jar
Dock

sheeps wrote:
someone owes me a jar




Frazier Cranium

Knob.
smiling badger

Superb write up LD.
Glad that you have found your mojo and glad that we sounded that much better compared to last season. A goal down and we would have usuallly wilted and waited for another to be put past us. Seems we have more of the will to play/win.
Early days i know but sounds very encouraging!
Thanks for the report.
sheeps

17,000 at t'match last night.
Forest

sheeps wrote:
17,000 at t'match last night.


2000 were Chesterfield
Grind

Forest wrote:
sheeps wrote:
17,000 at t'match last night.


2000 were Chesterfield


Fair play to 'em.

By all accounts, they were a good team too.
fartcatcher

Two successive games we've come from behind  

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