2007–08 Leeds United F.C. season

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Leeds United
2007–08 season
Chairman England Ken Bates
Manager England Dennis Wise
(until 28 Jan 2008)[1]
Wales Gwyn Williams
(until 29 Jan 2008)[2]
Scotland Gary McAllister
Stadium Elland Road
League One 5th (qualified for play-offs)
Play-offs Runners-up
FA Cup Second round
League Cup Second round
League Trophy Area quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
England Jermaine Beckford (20)
All:
England Jermaine Beckford (20)
Highest home attendance 38,256 vs Gillingham
(3 May 2008, League One)
Lowest home attendance 11,315 vs Hereford United
(20 Nov 2007, FA Cup)
Average home league attendance 26,040
Home colours
Away colours

The 2007–08 season was Leeds United F.C.'s first ever season in the third tier of English football and saw them finish in the play-offs in League One. Dennis Wise started the season as manager, but left the club in January 2008 to join Newcastle as Executive Director of Football. Wise was replaced just days later with former Leeds captain, Gary McAllister.

In pre-season, the club were hit with a 15-point deduction for exiting administration without a CVA. However, the team won their first seven games and effectively eliminated the 15-point deduction. As the season progressed, results slipped, but the team still finished 5th in the league - qualifying them for the play-offs. In the play-off semi-finals, the club beat Carlisle over two legs, booking them a place at Wembley in the final. However, dreams were shattered when the team were beat 1-0 by Doncaster, resigning the club to a second season in League One.

Jermaine Beckford had an impressive first full season with the club, being named League One Player of the Year and scoring over 20 goals in the process. The club recorded the highest attendance in the country outside the Premier League, in the 2-1 victory against Gillingham in May.

Events[edit]

This is a list of the significant events to occur at the club during the 2007–08 season, presented in chronological order (starting from 1 May 2007 and ending on 25 May 2008). This list does not include transfers, which are listed in the transfers section below, or match results, which are in the matches section.

May[edit]

  • 4 May: Leeds' relegation from the Championship is confirmed as chairman Ken Bates puts Leeds into administration. Hours later, alongside Mark Taylor and Shaun Harvey, Bates buys back the club under a newly formed company, Leeds United Football Club Limited, from administrators, KPMG.[3] Ex-Leeds director Simon Morris reveals plans for a £10 million takeover of the club.
  • 21 May: All but four of Leeds' 36-man squad accept a wage deferral to help with the club's finances.[4]
  • 23 May: Duncan Revie, son of former Leeds manager Don, provides proof of funds to KPMG to form a takeover of the club. Simon Morris sets up a website to let fans voice their ideas on the future of the club.[5]

June[edit]

  • 4 June: The club's administrators confirm the result of the vote on the CVA (company voluntary arrangement) proposal to sell the club to Leeds United Football Club Ltd (LUFC Ltd). 75.2% of the club's creditors vote in favour of LUFC Ltd's 1p in the pound offer (i.e. 1p per every £1 owed to the creditors) to buy the club.[6]
  • 14 June: The League One fixtures are revealed with Leeds facing a difficult start at Tranmere Rovers.[7]

July[edit]

  • 2 July: Leeds United Football Club Limited up their 1p in the pound to 8p to try to avoid a legal challenge from the HMRC.[8] Leeds players return for pre-season training.
  • 3 July: HMRC confirm they will launch a legal challenge against Leeds United Football Club Limited's buy-back deal as they are owed £7.7 million in unpaid taxes.[9]
  • 6 July: Administrators, KPMG put the club back up for sale after the confirmation of legal action from HMRC. The HMRC's court case against the CVA is set for 3 September.[10]
  • 8 July: Ken Bates threatens to take legal action if the club is not sold back to Leeds United Football Club Limited.[11]
  • 9 July: KPMG close bidding for the club.[12] Simon Morris and Redbus Group chairman, Simon Franks join forces to submit a 'super-bid'.[13]
  • 11 July: Leeds United Football Club Limited is given control of the club once more,[14] but the Football League refuse to give Leeds their 'golden share' required to play in competitive football as the club left administration without a CVA. Fans who purchased season tickets are assured that their money is in a separate account and will be paid back to them in case the club cannot start their season.
  • 20 July: It is revealed that due to administration, the playing staff at the club were not paid in June.[15]
  • 22 July: Leeds fans make a cry for help by laying flowers by the statue of Billy Bremner at Elland Road.[16]
  • 27 July: KPMG reveal Leeds United Football Club Limited (LUFC Ltd) bought the club back for 11.2p in the pound (which may ultimately rise to around 50p in the pound if Leeds are promoted to the Premier League within a designated period) after Astor Investment Holdings Ltd agreed to waive their £17m debt only if LUFC Ltd were the winners. Without this waiver, despite offering more money, the other bidders would have paid less in the pound.[17]
  • 28 July: Fans hold a 'shoe protest' telling Ken Bates to stand down as Chairman.[18]
  • 31 July: Club reveal they can only receive any payments from fans in cash or cheque due to the golden share situation.[19]

August[edit]

  • 3 August: KPMG refuse to resurrect the CVA for the 'old' Leeds United company. The Football League grant United their golden share to allow them to play in League One in the 2007–08 season, but impose a 15-point deduction for the club.[20] The club reveal their new shirt sponsors are Leeds based company, Red Kite and release their new home and away kits.[21]
  • 7 August: Leeds sign 10 players on in the space of 24 hours, with only the Casper Ankergren transfer involving a fee.[22] Alan Thompson is made club captain, despite still not having signed a contract.
  • 9 August: The chairmen of the clubs in the Football League vote 64 to 5 in favour of Leeds' 15-point deduction.[23] The Football League reveal Leeds cannot take legal action against them and vice versa. Contracts for three other players, including Thompson are signed.
  • 10 August: The players' squad numbers for the new season are revealed with many changes from the previous season.[24]
  • 15 August: New signing, striker Leon Constantine is ruled out for three months with an ankle injury.[25]
  • 17 August: Ken Bates sends an open letter to all season ticket holders, members and corporate clients giving his views on the financial situation and various other topics from the last few crisis hit months.[26] He confirms that the club will be taking their 15-point deduction appeal to the FA.
  • 28 August: Assistant manager, Gus Poyet lands himself in hot water the with FA after accusing referee, Andy D'Urso of having a vendetta against himself, Wise and Leeds.[27]
  • 30 August: After the club's 100% winning start in August, manager Wise is awarded League One Manager of the Month beating former Leeds boss - Luton's Kevin Blackwell and Leyton Orient manager, Martin Ling.[28]
  • 31 August: HRMC abandoned their legal challenge against KPMG, finally putting all administorial, debt and financial matters for the club to rest.[29]

September[edit]

  • 1 September: After the 1-0 win against Luton Town, Dennis Wise becomes involved in a heated exchange with former Leeds managers, Blackwell and Carver.[30]
  • 3 September: It is revealed new signing Filipe da Costa requires a contract dispute with his previous club Ionikos to be resolved by FIFA before he is allowed to appear for Leeds.[31]
  • 7 September: Leeds United reveal they have not yet regained their FA membership as KPMG had not settled all outstanding non-footballing debts, however this will not stop the club from appearing in FA competitions.[32]
  • 8 September: Leeds beat Hartlepool 2-0 to recoup the 15 points deficit imposed by the Football League.[33]
  • 10 September: Ken Bates responds to rumours about ex-Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd commenting that he "hasn't made a sensational swoop and talks aren't at an advanced stage" stating that "Leeds are not for sale, I'm here for the long haul." He has however admitted that Shepherd would be an "ideal partner".[34]
  • 19 September: Assistant Manager, Gus Poyet is charged with a breach of FA rule E3 in respect of comments made to the media about referee, Andy D'Urso. Poyet is given until 4 October to respond.[35]
  • 22 September: Leeds equal a 34-year old record by equalling the club's best ever start to a season, finishing their seventh match in a row on the winning side by beating Swansea City 2-0.[36]
  • 27 September: The FA declined to recommend referral to an independent tribunal regarding Leeds' 15-point deduction. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey released a statement on the club's official web-site commenting "We are amazed that the Football Association do not feel it is appropriate to intervene in a matter which we believe is fundamentally wrong, and sets a dangerous precedent for the future." He also stating that the club will be taking legal advice regarding the situation.[37]
  • 30 September: Dennis Wise comments to the press that the club will report referee Danny McDermid for swearing at him after the match at Gillingham the previous day, stating "I think it is totally unacceptable and we as a club will be reporting him. I have three witnesses who are going to back me up,". McDermid had sent Wise from the touchline and sent Kandol off for similar behaviour, as well as sending Kandol's fellow striker Beckford off during the match. McDermid is yet to respond to the claim.[38]

October[edit]

  • 2 October: After scoring 5 goals in the club's first eight games, Trésor Kandol is awarded the PFA League One fans Player of the Month for September.[39]
  • 3 October: Dennis Wise is charged by the FA for his "conduct towards referee Danny McDermid at half-time during the game against Gillingham". They also confirmed that they had "received a complaint from Leeds United regarding the conduct of the referee towards Wise after the conclusion of the game" which is now "under consideration".[40]
  • 4 October: Despite his charge the previous day, Wise claims the Manager of the Month award for the second month running.[41]
  • 9 October: Casper Ankergren ensures that all the month's awards go to Leeds by being awarded the League One Player of the Month for September.[42]
  • 11 October: Jermaine Beckford[43] and Jonny Howson sign new two and a half and three-year contracts respectively, whilst Ben Parker, Scott Gardner and Rob Bayly sign new two-year deals.[44]
  • 19 October: Trésor Kandol signs a one-year extension to his contract, signing until 2011.[45]
  • 23 October: Radostin Kishishev joins Leeds on a one-month loan deal.[46] Assistant Manager Gustavo Poyet is fined £1500 and warned against his future conduct for the charge brought against him on 19 September.[47]
  • 29 October: Tottenham Hotspur appoint Gus Poyet as their new first team coach after agreeing a compensation package with United.[48] Dennis Wise is given a three-match touchline ban and fined £5,000 for using abusive language towards referee Danny McDermid on 29 September.[49]

November[edit]

  • 1 November: Leeds appoint Dave "Harry" Bassett as the club's new assistant manager with a six-month contract.[50]
  • 2 November: Leeds appoint John Gannon as the club's new first team coach[51] Jermaine Beckford wins the PFA Coca Cola League One Fans Player of the Month award for October.[52]
  • 20 November: Referee Danny McDermid is cleared of using foul and/or abusive language towards Dennis Wise during the away 1-1 draw with Gillingham.[53]
  • 23 November: Leeds United request that their 15-point deduction to be adjudicated by the High Court rather than the Football Association after having failed in two requests to the FA to set up an independent commission to review that decision. The statement says: "In effect, the same individual confirmed his own earlier decision, There was no independent review."[54]
  • 28 November: The F.A. reject the club's request for a High Court hearing regarding their 15-point deduction.[55]

December[edit]

  • 7 December: A small group of Huddersfield Town supporters graffiti the statue of Leeds legend, Billy Bremner at Elland Road. The day marked the 10-year anniversary of the death of the former Leeds captain.[56]
  • 8 December: Leeds United set the highest attendance for the third tier of English football in 28 years (since 1979) with an attendance of 32,501 at the match at Elland Road against Huddersfield Town.[57]
  • 10 December: Dennis Wise reveals he has set the squad the target of being top of League One by New Years Day 2008.[58]
  • 11 December: Leeds United are warned by Leeds City Council that their stadium expansion plans must fall into the council's proposals for the area. Leeds have plans to build a concert hall, a casino, two hotels, a club megastore, a covered shopping arcade, a health club, a tourist centre, a Leeds United museum and 2,700 car-parking spaces.[59]
  • 19 December: Leeds United make a request to the FA that they refer Leeds' points appeal to an Independent Arbitration Tribunal. This would involve commissioning a three-man panel whereby the club and the FA both nominate one member each and the chairman is independent.[60]
  • 20 December: Sebastian Sorsa finalises a deal to move to Leeds on a free transfer in the January transfer window. Jonathan Douglas is ruled out for a minimum of three months with a knee injury sustained in the match against Walsall, five days earlier.[61]

January[edit]

  • 1 January: Assistant Manager Dave Bassett claims Vice-captain, Shaun Derry refused to cut short his loan spell with Crystal Palace after manager Dennis Wise asked him to come back to Elland Road to help out with the current midfield injury crisis.[62]
  • 3 January: Crystal Palace manager, Neil Warnock, admits that he blocked Shaun Derry's return to Leeds United, and not Shaun himself.[63] Chairman, Ken Bates admits that he had Dennis Wise in mind as manager of Leeds from the day he took over. Bates says that he and Wise are at Leeds for the long haul.[64]
  • 4 January: Leeds form a partnership with Argentinian team San Lorenzo de Almagro. The deal with see a host of South American players arriving at Elland Road on trial and permanently. The first two players to join up for training will be Jonathan Bottinelli and Nicolás Bianchi Arce, who will arrive at Thorp Arch next week.[65]
  • 7 January: Leeds' withdraw their bid for Dean Morgan, which was accepted by the administrators of Luton Town, having been unable to agree acceptable personal terms with the player's representatives.[66]
  • 8 January: Leeds extend the contract of goalkeeper David Lucas until the end of the season.[67] Young striker Tomi Ameobi extends his loan spell with Championship side Scunthorpe United until the end of the season.[67]
  • 11 January: Young defender, Fabian Delph signs a two and a half-year professional contract.[68]
  • 15 January: Dennis Wise causes controversy when he states: "I've no intentions of selling the kid (Jermaine Beckford). I keep getting asked about Derby, but sorry Derby we are a bigger club."[69]
  • 18 January: Chairman, Ken Bates reveals he wants Elland Road to be one of the 12 host venues should England win their bid to hold the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Bates plan would be to renovate the West Stand so it will hold an additional 10,000 seats, increasing the total capacity of the stadium to 50,000.[70]
  • 21 January: Ken Bates confirms that Leeds shall be taking legal action in regards to the 15-point sanction imposed by the Football League on the eve of the season.[71]
  • 22 January: Leeds reward hard-working young midfielder Ollie Hotchkiss with a professional two and a half-year contract.[72]
  • 28 January: Dennis Wise quits as manager to take up take a job as Executive Director at Newcastle United.[73]
  • 29 January: Assistant Manager, Dave Bassett and First Team Coach, John Gannon leave the club.[74] Former club captain Gary McAllister is appointed as manager of the club.[75]

February[edit]

  • 4 February: Steve Staunton is appointed as Leeds' third Assistant Manager of the season.[76]
  • 6 February: Striker, Trésor Kandol denies rumours of a bust up between him and manager, Gary McAllister.[77]
  • 7 February: Leeds appoint Lincoln City assistant manager Neil McDonald as first-team coach.[78]
  • 9 February: Leeds confirm they have served their High Court writ on the Football League in regard to the 15-point deduction.[79]
  • 11 February: At a press conference, Leeds announce a four-season kit deal with emerging Italian sportswear brand Macron starting in the 2008-09 season.[80]
  • 11 February: Jermaine Beckford is voted the PFA's Official Fans' Player of the Month for January.[81]
  • 16 February: Leeds' match against Doncaster Rovers is postponed due to a frozen pitch.[82]
  • 23 February: Bradford City joint-chairman, Julian Rhodes offers his support to Leeds in their fight against their 15-point deduction.[83]
  • 27 February: The Football League agree to an arbitration panel over Leeds' 15-point appeal only hours before the deadline to respond to a writ Leeds had issued them via the High Court regarding an independent hearing in the High Court. The arbitration hearing will take place in private with the panel consisting of a high court judge, a member appointed by Leeds United and a member appointed by The Football League.[84]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 3 April: Manager Gary McAllister signs a new 12-month rolling contract with the club.[94]
  • 11 April: Leeds release reserve team players Simon Madden and Gavin Rothery. Meanwhile scholars Chris Fisher, Stefan Connor, Duane Grace, and Jason Mycoe are informed that they will not be offered professional contract by the club.[95]
  • 14 April: Defender, Paul Huntington apologises to Carlisle United fans after receiving death threats from the Cumbrian fans. During Leeds' 3-2 defeat of Carlisle, Carlisle born Huntington turned to face the away fans each time Leeds scored, celebrating enthusiastically.[96]
  • 16 April: Due to high demand for tickets, for the first time in two years, the upper tier of the East Stand at Elland Road is opened for the final league match of the season against Gillingham.[97]
  • 16 April: Swansea City, Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers all admit they may take action against The Football League should Leeds be given their 15 points back.[98] Doncaster Rovers chairman, John Ryan embarrasses himself after making comments regarding Leeds' arbitration. Believing that Leeds are contesting against the 10 points deduction for the 2006-07 season compared to the 15 points deducted prior to the 2007-08 season, Ryan says: "What would happen next? Would Bournemouth, Luton, Rotherham - all the other teams that have lost 10 points, take on the Football League?"[99] Meanwhile, the independent tribunal considering Leeds' 15-point deduction commences.[100]
  • 18 April: The independent tribunal in to Leeds' 15 docked points is extended a further day until 5 May with a decision to be announced by 1 May at the latest.[101]
  • 23 April: Leeds decline to comment on claims they may have broken Football Association rules relating to their arbitration hearing against The Football League. It is believed that Leeds' Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey sent a letter outlining the argument which Leeds planned to present to the arbitration hearing.[102]
  • 24 April: Leeds goalkeeper, Casper Ankergren is fined £750 and warned about his future conduct by the FA after it was alleged he threw an object in to the crowd during the match against Swindon Town in March.[103]
  • 25 April: Leeds cement a place in the League One Play-offs after a 1-0 win at Yeovil Town.[104]
  • 29 April: At Leeds' Player of the Year Awards, Jermaine Beckford wins Fans' Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and Goal of the Year. Jonny Howson picks up Fans' Young Player of the Year and Players' Young Player of the Year whilst Casper Ankergren is awarded the community award.[105]

May[edit]

  • 1 May: Leeds lose their appeal against the 15-point deduction.[106] Two of the main reasons given for the rejection by the three-man arbitration panel include the impact of a reinstatement of any points on other teams near the top of League One as well as Leeds' delay in bringing the matter to arbitration.[107] Leeds Chairman, Ken Bates accepts, but criticises the decision, calling for the resignation of Football League chairman, Lord Mawhinney[108] and saying: "if this is justice, I am a banana".[109]
  • 2 May: Ken Bates blasts Gillingham chairman, Paul Scally who applauded the decision not to give Leeds back their 15 points. Bates states that he hopes "poetic justice" is done at Elland Road on Saturday when the two teams meet for the final league match of the season.[110]
  • 3 May: Leeds relegate Gillingham after beating them 2-1 at Elland Road[111] in front of a Football League record seated crowd of 38,256. Leeds finish the season in 5th place, with their play-off semi final opponents confirmed as Carlisle United.[112] Leeds announce that the Crosswater Holdings Group will be the club's official ticket sponsor for the 2008-09 season in a six figure deal.[113]
  • 6 May: After Stoke City are promoted to The Premiership, Leeds receive £200,000 due to a promotion clause in the deal which took Richard Cresswell to the Potters last season.[114] Dougie Freedman is named the League One Player of the Month.[115]
  • 8 May: Leeds' online ticket sales are suspended due to a high demand for tickets bringing the server to a halt.[116]
  • 9 May: Carlisle United return a number of tickets they were allocated for the South Stand for their Play-Off semi-final match against Leeds.[117]
  • 15 May: Leeds reach the League One play-off final after beating Carlisle United 2-0 to win the Play-off semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.[118]
  • 16 May: Leeds' opponents in the Play-off final are confirmed as Doncaster Rovers after their 5-1 victory against Southend United.[119]
  • 20 May: Central defender, Rui Marques signs a new two-year contract with the club.[120]
  • 21 May: Tickets for the Play-off Final in the Leeds end are completely sold out.[121]
  • 25 May: Leeds lose 1-0 to Doncaster Rovers in the League One Play-off Final, confining them to a second season in the third tier of English football.[122]

Other Sources: BBC Sport, Yorkshire Evening Post and Leeds United

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK  DEN Ankergren 28 EU 2007 64 0 2010 Undisclosed Leeds United
2 DF  ENG Richardson 25 EU 2001 144 5 2009 Youth system
3 DF  ENG Huntington 20 EU 2007 24 3 2010 Undisclosed BBC Sport
4 MF  IRE Douglas (VC1) 26 EU 2006 115 9 2009 Undisclosed Sky Sports
5 DF  ANG Rui Marques (VC3) 30 EU 2005 58 3 2010 Free Leeds United
7 MF  ENG Prutton 26 EU 2007 49 4 2009 Free Leeds United
8 MF  ENG Thompson (captain) 34 EU 2007 25 5 2008 Free Leeds United
9 FW  ENG Beckford 24 EU 2006 57 20 2010 £50k Leeds United
10 FW  ENG Constantine 30 EU 2007 6 2 2009 Free BBC Sport
11 MF  ENG Westlake 24 EU 2006 52 3 2009 £500k PX BBC Sport
12 GK  SCO Martin 19 EU 2007 0 0 2009 Undisclosed Leeds United
14 MF  ENG Howson 20 EU 2006 46 6 2010 Youth system Leeds United
16 MF  ENG Johnson 21 EU 2008 24 2 2011 £250k BBC Sport
17 MF  FRA Carole 25 EU 2006 52 3 2009 Free Sky Sports
18 MF  IRE Bayly 19 EU 2006 3 0 2009 Youth system Leeds United
20 FW  COD Kandol 26 EU 2006 66 12 2011 £200k Leeds United
22 MF  ENG Hughes (VC2) 30 EU 2007 43 1 2009 Undisclosed Leeds United
23 MF  ENG Weston 21 EU 2007 11 1 2009 Free BBC Sport
24 MF  SCO Sweeney 23 EU 2008 9 0 2010 £150k Leeds United
25 GK  ENG Lucas 30 EU 2007 6 0 2008 Free Leeds United
26 DF  ENG Parker 20 EU 2007 15 0 2009 Youth system Leeds United
27 DF  ENG LUX Gardner 20 EU 2007 2 0 2009 Youth system Leeds United
28 DF  ENG Delph 19 EU 2007 3 0 2011 Youth system Leeds United
29 FW  ENG Elliott 18 EU 2007 4 0 2011 Youth system Leeds United
31 FW  NGR ENG Ameobi 19 EU 2007 2 0 2008 Youth system Leeds United
32 DF  IRE Sheehan 21 EU 2008 10 1 2008 Loan Leeds United
33 DF  SVK Michalík 24 EU 2008 27 0 2011 £200k Leeds United
35 DF  ENG Kenton 29 EU 2008 15 0 2008 Free Leeds United
36 MF  FIN Sorsa 24 EU 2008 0 0 2010 Free Leeds United
37 MF  AUS ENG Kilkenny 22 EU 2008 19 1 2011 £150k Birmingham City
38 FW  SCO Freedman 34 EU 2008 14 6 2008 Loan Leeds United
39 FW  ENG Elding 26 EU 2008 9 1 2010 £125k Leeds United
Yorkshire Post
  • Last updated: 25 May 2008
  • Source: Wikipedia players' articles, Leeds United, Sky Sports and Leeds, Leeds, Leeds Magazine (April–May 2007 issue)
  • Ordered by Squad Number.
  • Player must own an EU passport or be a full, current, 'A' international to legally play in English football. (Source)
  • Squad size is unlimited.

Appearances (starts and substitute appearances) and goals include those in The Premiership, The Championship (and playoffs), League One (and playoffs), FA Cup, League Cup, Football League Trophy, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup.
Squad includes players registered with the club on the last day of the season (25 May 2008) only.

Squad stats[edit]

Total Football League One FA Cup Football League Cup Football League Trophy
No.
P
Nat.
Name
Sts
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
1 GK  DEN Ankergren 50 54 50 2 2
2 RB  ENG Richardson 45 45 1 42 1 1 1 1
3 LM  USA Lewis 2 2 1 1
3 CB  ENG Huntington 19 24 3 20 2 2 2 1
4 CM  IRE Douglas 28 31 3 27 3 1 2 1
5 CB  ANG Rui Marques 38 40 3 37 3 1 1 1
6 CB  ENG Heath 30 32 1 26 1 2 2 2
7 RM  ENG Prutton 44 49 4 46 4 2 1
8 CM  ENG Thompson 10 14 3 13 3 1
9 FW  ENG Beckford 45 47 20 43 20 2 2
10 FW  ENG Constantine 1 6 2 3 1 2 1 1
11 LM  ENG Westlake 12 23 3 20 2 1 1 1 1
12 GK  SCO Martin
14 CM  ENG Howson 30 35 5 29 5 2 2 2
16 FW  ENG Andrews 2 2 1 1
16 CM  ENG Johnson 21 24 2 24 2
17 LM  FRA Carole 22 33 3 28 3 2 2 1
18 CM  IRE Bayly 1 1
19 FW  NOR Flo 4 22 3 22 3
20 FW  COD Kandol 36 48 11 43 11 2 2 1
22 CM  ENG Hughes 33 43 1 42 1 1
23 CM  ENG Weston 3 11 1 7 1 2 1 1
24 LB  ENG Clapham 12 15 13 1 1
24 LM  SCO Sweeney 6 9 9
25 GK  ENG Lucas 5 6 3 1 2
26 CB  ENG Parker 12 15 9 2 2 2
27 RB  ENG
 LUX
Gardner 2 2 1 1
28 CB  ENG Delph 2 1 1
29 FW  ENG Elliott 1 1 1
30 LM  POR da Costa 1 7 4 1 2
31 FW  ENG Ameobi 1 2 1 1
32 FW  NED
 SUR
de Vries 3 8 1 6 1 2
32 LB  IRE Sheehan 10 10 1 10 1
33 CM  BUL Kishishev 5 7 7
33 CB  SVK Michalík 20 20 20
34 RB  IRE Madden 1 1 1
35 RB  ENG Kenton 16 16 16
36 RM  FIN Sorsa
37 CM  AUS
 ENG
Kilkenny 19 19 1 19 1
38 FW  SCO Freedman 12 14 6 14 6
39 FW  ENG Elding 4 9 1 9 1


Last updated: 25 May 2008
Source: Leeds United
Ordered by Squad Numbers
0 shown as blank

Most frequent start[edit]

No.
Pos
Nat
Name
MS Notes
1 GK  DEN Ankergren 50
2 RB  ENG Richardson 45 Player has also played LB and RM
6 CB  ENG Heath 30
5 CB  ANG Rui Marques 37
22 LB  ENG Hughes 33 Player has also played CM
7 RM  ENG Prutton 44 Player has also played CM and LM
4 CM  IRE Douglas 28
14 CM  ENG Howson 30
11 LM  FRA Carole 22 Player has also played RM
20 FW  COD Kandol 36
9 FW  ENG Beckford 45

Last updated: 25 May 2008
Source: Squad stats.
Starts in League One, FA Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy only.
If two players in the same position have same amount of starts in all competitions, the player with the high amount of starts in League games is listed.
Ordered by position on pitch (from back right to front left).
Country: 1st flag=country of birth, 2nd flag=country that plays for internationally (if different); N = number on jersey; P = Position; Name = Name on jersey (for more extensive name, pause mouse pointer on the name).


Disciplinary record[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Notes
22 CM  ENG Hughes 11 0 0
20 FW  COD Kandol 8 1 0
9 FW  ENG Beckford 8 1 0
4 CM  ENG Douglas 8 1 0
7 RM  ENG Prutton 8 0 0
6 CB  ENG Heath 5 0 0
5 CB  ANG Rui Marques 5 0 0
8 CM  ENG Thompson 5 0 0
14 CM  ENG Howson 4 0 0
3 CB  ENG Huntington 3 0 0
35 CB  ENG Kenton 3 0 0
37 CM  ENG Kilkenny 3 0 0
33 CB  SVK Michalík 4 0 0
11 CM  ENG Westlake 3 0 0
32 LB  IRE Sheehan 2 0 1
1 GK  DEN Ankergren 2 0 0
17 LM  FRA Carole 2 0 0
30 LM  ENG da Costa 0 0 1
16 FW  ENG Andrews 1 0 0
24 LB  ENG Clapham 1 0 0
32 FW  NED SUR de Vries 1 0 0
29 FW  ENG Elliott 1 0 0
16 CM  ENG Johnson 1 0 0
26 LB  ENG Parker 1 0 0
24 MF  SCO Sweeney 1 0 0

Last updated: 25 May 2008
Source: BBC Sport
Only competitive matches
Yellow card = Number of bookings; Second yellow card = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; Red card = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Captains[edit]

No. P Name Country No. Games Notes
4 CM Douglas  IRE 24 Vice-captain #1
22 CM Hughes  ENG 12 Vice-captain #2
8 CM Thompson  ENG 9 Club Captain
5 CB Rui Marques  ANG 6 Vice-captain #3
14 CM Howson  ENG 1
7 RM Prutton  ENG 1

Last updated: 25 May 2008
Source: Competitive match reports.
Competitive matches only
Matches started as captain only
Country: FIFA nationality; No.: Squad number; P: Position; Name: Player name; No. Games: Number of games started as captain.

Awards[edit]

Player of the Year Awards[edit]

The results of the 2007-08 Leeds United F.C. Player of the Year Awards were announced at a dinner on 29 April 2008 at Elland Road.[123]

Team of the Week[edit]

The following players have been selected in the official Coca-Cola Football League One team of the week.

Other Awards[edit]

The following Leeds United F.C. players and staff have won the following awards whilst contracted to the club in the 2007–08 season.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

N
P
Name
EU
Country
Age
Type
Moving from
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
1 GK Ankergren EU  DEN 27 Transfer Brøndby IF Denmark Summer 2010 Undisclosed Leeds United
10 FW Constantine EU  ENG 29 Free Agent Port Vale Summer 2009 Free Leeds United
23 MF Weston EU  ENG 20 Free Agent Swindon Town Summer 2009 Free Leeds United
7 MF Prutton EU  ENG 25 Free Agent Southampton England Summer 2009 Free Leeds United
8 MF Thompson EU  ENG 33 Free Agent Celtic Scotland Summer 2008 Free Leeds United
22 MF Hughes EU  ENG 28 Transfer Norwich City England Summer 2009 Undisclosed Leeds United
12 GK Martin EU  SCO 18 Transfer Motherwell Scotland Summer 2009 Undisclosed Leeds United
3 DF Huntington EU  ENG 19 Transfer Newcastle United Summer 2009 £150k Leeds United
30 MF da Costa EU  POR 23 Free Agent Ionikos Greece Summer 2008 Free Leeds United
25 GK Lucas EU  ENG 29 Free Agent Barnsley Summer 2008 Free Leeds United
36 MF Sorsa EU  FIN 23 Free Agent HJK Finland Winter 2009 Free Leeds United
37 MF Kilkenny EU  AUS
 ENG
22 Transfer Birmingham City Winter 2011 £150k Leeds United
16 MF Johnson EU  ENG 20 Transfer Northampton Town Winter 2011 £250k Leeds United
24 MF Sweeney EU  SCO 23 Transfer Stoke City Winter 2010 £150k Leeds United
35 DF Kenton EU  ENG 29 Free Agent Leicester City Winter 2008 Free Leeds United
33 DF Michalík EU  SVK 24 Transfer Bolton Wanderers Winter 2011 £200k Leeds United
39 FW Elding EU  ENG 25 Transfer Stockport County Winter 2010 £100k Leeds United
Yorkshire Post

Out[edit]

N
P
Name
EU
Country
Age
Status
Moving to
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
2 DF Kelly EU  IRE 32 Retired Retirement Summer n/a Leeds United
22 FW Moore EU  ENG 30 Released Hartlepool United Summer n/a BBC Sport
3 DF Crainey EU  SCO 25 Released Blackpool Summer n/a BBC Sport
1 GK Sullivan EU  SCO 37 Released Doncaster Rovers Summer n/a BBC Sport
DF Hird EU  ENG 19 Released Doncaster Rovers Summer n/a BBC Sport
20 DF Foxe EU  AUS 30 Released Perth Glory Summer n/a Sky Sports
12 DF Elliott EU  ENG 33 Released Hartlepool United Summer n/a Sky Sports
18 MF Nicholls EU  ENG 28 Transferred Preston North End Summer Undisclosed Sky Sports
9 FW Healy EU  ENG 27 Transferred Fulham Summer £1.5m BBC Sport
28 FW Blake EU  ENG 31 Transferred Burnley Summer £250k BBC Sport
DF Gordon EU  ENG 16 Transferred Chelsea Summer £375k Vital Football
42 MF Rose EU  ENG 17 Transferred Tottenham Hotspur Summer £1.0m Leeds United
Tottenham Hotspur
25 FW Cresswell EU  ENG 28 Transferred Stoke Summer £500k1 BBC Sport
3 MF Lewis Non-EU  USA 33 Transferred Derby County Summer Undisclosed BBC Sport
16 MF Einarsson EU  ISL 28 Released Brann Summer n/a Leeds United
21 MF Derry EU  ENG 30 Transferred Crystal Palace Winter £200k Leeds United
19 FW Flo EU  NOR 34 Retired 2 Retirement Winter n/a Leeds United
MF Rothery EU  ENG 20 Released Winter n/a Leeds United
34 DF Madden EU  IRE 19 Released Shamrock Rovers Winter n/a Leeds United
30 MF da Costa EU  POR 23 Released CSKA Sofia Winter n/a Leeds United
6 DF Heath EU  ENG 26 Transferred Colchester United Winter Free Leeds United

EU = if holds or not a European Union passport; Country: when 2 flags, 1st flag = country that plays for internationally, 2nd flag = country of birth; N = number on jersey; P = Position (for position name, pause mouse pointer on abbreviation); Name = Name on jersey (for more extensive name, pause mouse pointer on name); Age = age on the day of the signing; Moving from = only indicate the club the player was playing before start playing for this club in this season, for the type of the moving see Status column; Moving to = only indicates the club the player is going to play next, for the type of the moving see Status column; Ends = when the player's current contract ends; n/a = Not applicable.

1Original transfer fee was £300k, but rose to £500k when Stoke City were promoted to The Premiership.[114]
2Player came out of retirement in November 2008 to play for MK Dons.
Detailing transfers up to 25 May 2008 only.

Loans[edit]

No.
P
Name
Country
Age
Loan club
Started
Ended
Start source
End source


24 DF Clapham  ENG 31 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 August 20 November BBC Sport Leeds United
16 FW Andrews  ENG 29 Coventry City 1 October 27 October BBC Sport Leeds United
32 FW de Vries  NED
 SUR
32 Leicester City 1 October 15 January Leicester City Leeds United
33 MF Kishishev  BUL 33 Leicester City 23 October 23 January BBC Sport BBC Sport
31 FW Ameobi  ENG 19 Scunthorpe United 15 November 4 May Sky Sports Sky Sports
21 MF Derry  ENG 29 Crystal Palace 19 November 19 January Sky Sports Sky Sports
37 MF Kilkenny  AUS
 ENG
22 Birmingham City 4 January 7 January BBC Sport Leeds United
35 DF Kenton  ENG 29 Leicester City 10 January 31 January Leicester City Leeds United
8 MF Thompson  ENG 34 Hartlepool United 22 January 22 February Leeds United Leeds United
26 DF Gardner  ENG
 LUX
19 Farsley Celtic 22 January 24 February Leeds United Leeds United
32 DF Sheehan  IRE 21 Leicester City 31 January 25 May Yahoo Sport TEAMtalk
21 DF O'Halloran  IRE 20 Aston Villa 28 February 4 March BBC Sport Leeds United
26 DF Parker  ENG 20 Darlington 26 February 17 May Sky Sports BBC Sport
11 MF Westlake  ENG 24 Brighton & Hove Albion 4 March 4 May Sky Sports Sky Sports
23 MF Weston  ENG 21 Scunthorpe United 4 March 4 May Sky Sports Sky Sports
10 FW Constantine  ENG 30 Oldham Athletic 5 March 7 April Leeds United Leeds United
38 FW Freedman  SCO 33 Crystal Palace 7 March 25 May TEAMtalk Yorkshire Evening Post
6 DF Heath  ENG 26 Colchester United 14 March 4 May Sky Sports Sky Sports

Sources: For loan start source see "Start source". For loan end source see "End source".
EU = if holds or not a European Union passport; Country: when 2 flags, 1st flag = country that plays for internationally, 2nd flag = country of birth; No. = number on jersey; P = Position (for position name, pause mouse pointer on abbreviation); Name = Name on jersey (for more extensive name, pause mouse pointer on name); In/Out = In: The player came in on loan, Out: The player went out on loan; Loan club = the club that the player moved on loan to or the club that the player came from on loan; Started = the date when the player's loan started; Ended = the date when the player's loan ended.

Details loan moves up to 25 May 2008 only.

Club[edit]

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Admiral
Sponsor(s): Red Kite, OHS

Home
Away

Source: Leeds United (Admiral, Red Kite), Leeds United (OHS)

Coaching and medical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Scotland Gary McAllister
Assistant manager Republic of Ireland Steve Staunton
Technical Director Wales Gwyn Williams
1st Team coach England Neil McDonald
Goalkeeping coach England Andrew Beasley
Academy manager England Neil Thompson
Under 18s coach Wales Daryl Pugh
Head physiotherapist England Harvey Sharman
Assistant physiotherapist England Paul Perkins
Assistant physiotherapist England Donna Gormley
Kit Man England Chris Beasley
Video Analyst England Darren Mowbray
Groundsman England Norman Southernwood

Last updated: 8 Feb 2008
Source: Leeds United A.F.C. Matchday Programme[147]

Includes staff registered with the club on the last day of the season (25 May 2008) only.

Former staff[edit]

Position Staff Date Reason Notes Source
Assistant Manager Uruguay Gus Poyet 29 October Resigned to join Tottenham Hotspur BBC Sport
Manager England Dennis Wise 28 January Resigned to join Newcastle United BBC Sport
Assistant Manager England Dave Bassett 29 January Released Joined the club mid season in Nov. Yorkshire Evening Post
First Team Coach England John Gannon 29 January Released Joined the club mid season in Nov. Yorkshire Evening Post
Coach England Joe Allon 8 February Released

Date = Date the staff member left the club. Reason = Reason for departure from the club.


Other information[edit]

President England George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood KBE
Chairman England Ken Bates
Director, Chief Executive Officer England Shaun Harvey
Director England Mark Taylor
Mascot Lucas the Kop Cat
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Elland Road (40,224 / 105x65m)

Last updated: 23 Aug 2007
Source: Leeds United

Competitions[edit]

Overall summary[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Football League One 5th1 11 August 2007 3 May 2008
Football League Cup 1st round 2nd round 14 August 2007 28 August 2007
Football League Trophy 2nd round Area QF 9 October 2007 13 November 2007
FA Cup 1st round 1st round 9 November 2007 20 November 2007

Last updated: 4 May 2008
Source: Competitions
1 Qualified for play-offs. Lost to Doncaster Rovers in the final. With the 15-point deduction, would have finished second and received automatic promotion.

League One[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Swansea City (C) (P) 46 27 11 8 82 42 +40 92 Promotion to the League Championship
2 Nottingham Forest (P) 46 22 16 8 64 32 +32 82
3 Doncaster Rovers (P) 46 23 11 12 65 41 +24 80 Qualification to the Football League One playoffs
4 Carlisle United 46 23 11 12 64 46 +18 80
5 Leeds United 46 27 10 9 72 38 +34 0761
6 Southend United 46 22 10 14 70 55 +15 76

Updated to games played on 25 May 2008.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Deducted 15 points for failure to comply with rules on insolvency.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 27 10 9 72 38 +34 761 15 4 4 41 18 +23 12 6 5 31 20 +11

Last updated: 4 May 2008.
Source: The Football League
1 Deducted 15 points for failure to comply with rules on insolvency.

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground A H A H H A H A A H H A H A A H A H H A H A A H H A H A A H A H H A H H A H H A A H A A A H
Result W W W W W W W D W W D W W L W W L W W D W D L L W W L D L L D D D W W L D W D W W W L W W W
Position 24 24 24 24 24 20 18 20 14 12 12 9 6 9 7 4 5 5 5 5 3 3 3 5 4 3 5 5 6 8 8 7 9 8 7 7 10 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 5

Last updated: 5 May 2008.
Source: Competitive Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi finals Final
                     
3  Doncaster Rovers 0 5 5  
6  Southend United 0 1 1  
     Doncaster Rovers 1
   Leeds United 0
4  Carlisle United 2 0 2
5  Leeds United 1 2 3  

Last updated: 25 May 2008.
Source: The Football League

Matches[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Match
Date
Competition or tour
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Scorers
GD
1 7 Jul 2007 Pre-season A Republic of Ireland Shelbourne Republic of Ireland 2 - 0 Blake, Prutton 2
2 13 Jul 2007 Pre-season A York City 0 - 0 0
3 18 Jul 2007 German Tour A Germany 1. FC Union Berlin Germany 0 - 2 -2
42 21 Jul 2007 German Tour A Germany Dynamo Dresden Germany
5 21 Jul 2007 German Tour A Czech Republic Slovan Liberec Czech Republic 0 - 1 -1
6 23 Jul 2007 German Tour A Germany Energie Cottbus Germany 1 - 2 Kandol -1
7 28 Jul 2007 Pre-season A Burnley 0 - 2 -2
8 31 Jul 2007 Pre-season A Darlington 1 - 0 Beckford 1
9 4 Aug 2007 Pre-season H Wigan Athletic 1 - 2 Beckford -1
10 6 Aug 2007 Pre-season A Guiseley 0 - 2 -2

Last updated: 6 Aug 2007
Source: Leeds United
1Leeds goals come first.
Country's flag depict country of foreign team to that of Leeds.
2German police cancelled the game due to security concerns prior to kick-off.
Ground: H = Home; A = Away; N = Neutral; HR = Home replacement; AR = Away replacement; GD = Goal difference

Competitive[edit]

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
1 11 Aug 2007 Football League One 1 A Tranmere Rovers 2 – 1
2 14 Aug 2007 Football League Cup 1st round A Macclesfield Town 1 – 0
3 18 Aug 2007 Football League One 2 H Southend United 4 – 1
4 25 Aug 2007 Football League One 3 A Nottingham Forest 2 – 1
5 28 Aug 2007 Football League Cup 2nd round A Portsmouth 0 – 3
6 1 Sep 2007 Football League One 4 H Luton Town 1 – 0
7 8 Sep 2007 Football League One 5 H Hartlepool United 2 – 0
8 14 Sep 2007 Football League One 6 A Bristol Rovers 3 – 0
9 22 Sep 2007 Football League One 7 H Swansea City Wales 2 – 0
10 29 Sep 2007 Football League One 8 A Gillingham 1 – 1
11 2 Oct 2007 Football League One 9 A Oldham Athletic 1 – 0
12 6 Oct 2007 Football League One 10 H Yeovil Town 1 – 0
13 9 Oct 2007 Football League Trophy 2nd Round A Darlington 1 – 0
14 13 Oct 2007 Football League One 11 H Leyton Orient 1 – 1
15 20 Oct 2007 Football League One 12 A Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 0
16 27 Oct 2007 Football League One 13 H Millwall 4 – 2
17 3 Nov 2007 Football League One 14 A Carlisle United 1 – 3
18 6 Nov 2007 Football League One 15 A Bournemouth 3 – 1
19 9 Nov 2007 FA Cup 1 A Hereford United 0 – 0
20 13 Nov 2007 Football League Trophy QF H Bury 1 – 2
21 17 Nov 2007 Football League One 16 H Swindon Town 2 – 1
22 20 Nov 2007 FA Cup 1 H Hereford United 0 – 1
23 25 Nov 2007 Football League One 17 A Cheltenham Town 0 – 1
24 4 Dec 2007 Football League One 18 H Port Vale 3 – 0
25 8 Dec 2007 Football League One 19 H Huddersfield Town 4 – 0
26 15 Dec 2007 Football League One 20 A Walsall 1 – 1
27 22 Dec 2007 Football League One 21 H Bristol Rovers 1 – 0
28 26 Dec 2007 Football League One 22 A Hartlepool United 1 – 1
29 29 Dec 2007 Football League One 23 A Wales Swansea City Wales 2 – 3
30 1 Jan 2008 Football League One 24 H Oldham Athletic 1 – 3
31 5 Jan 2008 Football League One 25 H Northampton Town 3 – 0
32 15 Jan 2008 Football League One 26 A Crewe Alexandra 1 – 0
33 19 Jan 2008 Football League One 27 H Doncaster Rovers 0 – 1
34 26 Jan 2008 Football League One 28 A Luton Town 1 – 1
35 29 Jan 2008 Football League One 29 A Southend United 0 – 1
36 2 Feb 2008 Football League One 30 H Tranmere Rovers 0 – 2
37 9 Feb 2008 Football League One 31 A Northampton Town 1 – 1
38 12 Feb 2008 Football League One 32 H Nottingham Forest 1 – 1
39 23 Feb 2008 Football League One 33 H Crewe Alexandra 1 – 1
40 1 Mar 2008 Football League One 34 A Swindon Town 1 – 0
41 8 Mar 2008 Football League One 35 H Bournemouth 2 – 0
42 11 Mar 2008 Football League One 36 H Cheltenham Town 1 – 2
43 15 Mar 2008 Football League One 37 A Port Vale 3 – 3
44 22 Mar 2008 Football League One 38 H Walsall 2 – 0
45 29 Mar 2008 Football League One 39 H Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 0
46 1 Apr 2008 Football League One 40 A Doncaster Rovers 1 – 0
47 5 Apr 2008 Football League One 41 A Leyton Orient 2 – 0
48 12 Apr 2008 Football League One 42 H Carlisle United 3 – 2
49 15 Apr 2008 Football League One 43 A Huddersfield Town 0 – 1
50 19 Apr 2008 Football League One 44 A Millwall 2 – 0
51 25 Apr 2008 Football League One 45 A Yeovil Town 1 – 0
52 3 May 2008 Football League One 46 H Gillingham 2 – 1
53 12 May 2008 Football League One playoffs SF (1st leg) H Carlisle United 1 – 2
54 15 May 2008 Football League One playoffs SF (2nd leg) A Carlisle United 2 – 0
55 25 May 2008 Football League One playoffs Final N Doncaster Rovers 0 – 1

Last updated: 25 May 2008
Source: Leeds United
1Leeds goals come first.
National flags for Ground and Opponent columns are only shown when different to that of Leeds.
M = Match; Ground: H = Home, A = Away, N = Neutral, HR = Home replacement, AR = Away replacement.

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