The new season photo-call is an integral part of football. The only thing is, Leeds United haven’t done one yet.
But anyway. While Leeds get themselves sorted out, The City Talking and The Square Ball are here to help. Downloadable at the link below, in three handy sizes for your computer, is the squad poster that Joe Gamble made for this season’s first issue of The Square Ball magazine.
"Away from football, fashion was his thing. Gary was a great supporter in the early days of Martin Schneider and Accent, he would get all the Leeds boys down there to smarten them up a bit. He was always fashion conscious."
We’d seen a bit of it on the pitch at Leeds. The tousle-haired youngster who lifted the championship trophy in May 1992 returned with a flowing, gelled mullet in August. It would flow behind him as he ran around the field, and in slow motion his signature headed goals became an explosion of flicked black hair.
It’s not quite the football we want, and I think it’s not quite the football the players want to play. But it’s two goals, a win, and a Mowatt, and that’s enough for me.
It was nearly perfect. Alex Mowatt, an eighteen year old making his league debut, did just what he was put in the side to do. Springing on to a loose ball on the left wing, he composed himself and sent a beautiful curved pass through the air that landed at the feet of Ross McCormack at the edge of the six yard box.
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“Autumn is well and truly here, and the kinder fixtures now fall before us like dead brown leaves. Millwall: relegation candidates and due a beating. Bournemouth: they’ve no business being above us in the table, and their posh boy manager Eddie Howe proved at Burnley that he can’t hack it in the north. Derby: Nigel Clough has carved a mid-table niche for them while wearing a smug face that fools people into thinking he knows what he’s doing. After them: Birmingham, Huddersfield, Yeovil, Charlton. Bring them all on.”
Lukeo Varn Basten scored the winning header early on, but it’s organisation and togetherness that are bringing Leeds success away from home.
— Bolton v Leeds match report at The City Talking.
“It wasn’t until I got to writing about Ridsdale, Bowyer and Woodgate that I realised how special Gary Speed was. A goodhearted teamplayer, a true professional. The last real mohican. We all need a person like that in our lives. Then the hardest question remains - why is it the good ones that have to die?”
— Interview with Lars Vaular about his new song Gary Speed for The City Talking.
"I remember Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray, Peter Lorimer, all those guys, Terry Cooper, walking out: it was like a bunch of soldiers walking out on to the pitch. It was bordering on intimidating, I felt at the time, but it was just something different that nobody else did, and it was a great tradition. Even the tracksuit tops with the names on the back, I really liked it. And I do respect the history of the football club."
— Brian McDermott, speaking to me at The City Talking.>