Hello, welcome to Season 11!
Last season Niall Warnock switched allegiance from Crewe to Leeds, and managed to overhaul a 10 point deficit. Niall managed to save Leeds from relegation whilst simultaneously reaching the FA Cup final. Take that, Colin!
This season Naill switches his focus on Promotion to the Premier League!
It’s been a busy pre-season! Matt Le Tissier junior [Kevin Clarke] joins permanently after being on loan last season. Clarke is joined by Alessandro Pistone, Hungarian U21 player Emil Kovacs, Bolivian playmaker Ricardo Mercado, experienced stopper Alex Manninger, Niall Warnock regulars Kirk Sorvel and Christian Westley, Henning Berg regen Vegar Kvernflaten, and veteran Chris Sutton to replace Alan Shearer. I also add loan signings Cec Dunnett (Craig Short) and Brian Laudrup regen Stefan Borup. Phew.
Christian Westley joining means we pass another milestone. That’s one player signed for five different clubs! Westley followed Niall to Kidderminster, Forest (L), Cheltenham (L), Plymouth (L), Plymouth (permanent) and now Leeds!
Oh, and I dig out Big Al’s regen.
This is how we line up for our first game against Stoke. The Shearer and Sutton connection connects again! Kirk Sorvel, my captain at Nottingham Forest, takes the armband again.
It’s not the result we wanted. Maybe having nine new players in the lineup unsettled the lads.
After the game I sign Irishman Paul Lynch for £1.9m. He was with me at Argyle and again at Crewe and will give Mercado competition.
Oh, and the Football Association go Crazy.
We concede three goals again, this time against Palace. We were holding our own in the first half. Youngsters Serrant and Barrett get themselves going for the season. Though, it’s a poor start.
We break the duck at Walsall. Rebrov comes off the bench to score a winner, and prove he can mix it with the youngsters. German Left back Marcel Ketelaer hobbles off after a minute, so veteran Brazilian right back Vagner slots in and does well.
It’s a defensive win at Luton – stand in left back Vagner gets us underway and captain Sorvel doubles the lead on halftime.
Rebrov and Serrant are starting to form an effective partnership and each score a brace. Sutton is struggling to make the matchday squad at the moment! Young defender Moncur adds a fifth on the hour and we cruise home.
The lads have hit their groove, and Bruno tries to restore his standing in the eyes of the Leeds fans. Too little, too late, I think! Big Al junior misses a penalty.
Barrett makes up for it against Wolves. That’s now five wins on the bounce.
Maybe spoke too soon. Everton go gaga for Gargo, it seems.
We are drawn Legia Warsaw in the Cup Winners Cup, and take control of the first leg at Elland Road. It means we can rotate for the return fixture.
We fall behind early against Doncaster, but the lads keep their heads and pull one back. We sneak ahead before being pegged back once more. Substitute Sefan Borup scores his first professional goal to secure the win.
That brings up our tenth league game. After a shaky start, the lads find themselves two points behind Palace and Forest.
In the League Cup, Brentford feel the full Dirty Leeds effect. The lads cope well with ten players, but concede twice in quick succession after going down to nine.
Serrant takes his cup form into the league, with two more goals. Seventh places Sheffield Unitied are only two points behind us in the league, and it’s a good statement result.
The return fixture against Legia Warsaw sees Serrant score a third brace in a row. The boy from Coventry is flying!
Wimbledon are the latest team to fall, as Rebrov and Le Tiss junior do the damage.
We suffer a crisis of injuries and U21 international call ups as we prepare to face Reading. Chris Sutton needs to slot into the CB position alongside Bevan Flatts.
We concede three… but score four! That was not fun!
Normal clean sheet service resumes at Birmingham as the U21 lads return.
Brentford hold us to a 0-0 draw in the League Cup return fixture. It means we are dumped out on away goals. Balls.
Our 15th league game is safely navigated against Ipswich. The Rebrov/Serrant partnership needs a name. I’ll leave that to you, journeymen!
Our Cup Winners Cup run means have games in hand. We are two points off the top with two games to make up.
All looks rosy – join us next time as we play through to game week 30! Thanks, Colin!