LUFC - Leeds 2008 review October - December
The final instalment now of 2008, a period which a lot of Leeds fans would like to wipe from their memory.
Jermaine Beckford picks up his first award of the season after being named PFA 2UP League One fans player of the month for September.
Leeds unbeaten run comes to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Peterborough United.
Jermaine Beckford picks up his second award of the month when named the Powerade League One player of the month.
Leeds are dumped out of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy in front of the Sky TV cameras when losing 4-2 at Rotherham.
Alan Sheehan picks up a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury in the game and is ruled out for around a month.
The Whites return to winning ways beating Brighton 3-1 in the league at Elland Road.
Leeds seem to be suffering from travel sickness after losing their third straight away game, this time at Millwall 3-1 after taking the lead.
Thankfully Leeds home form is much better and they make it seven straight home wins in a row with victories over Leyton Orient and Walsall
Malcolm Christie who has been training with the club to regain his fitness is now having a trial and plays for the reserves at Scunthorpe.
The first round of the FA Cup is drawn giving Leeds a home clash against fellow League One side Northampton Town; Setanta Sports choose the game for live coverage giving Leeds a good cash windfall of £75,000.
Leeds finish the month with another away defeat this time going down 1-0 at Southend, that result left Leeds in third place three points behind Scunthorpe.
The Whites finally get over their away sickness with a hard fought 1-0 victory at Cheltenham; Luciano Becchio gets the only goal in the first ten minutes.
Leeds are held at home in the FA Cup against Northampton 1-1 after dominating for long periods, non league side Histon Town awaits the winners in round two.
The replay between Leeds and Northampton is once again chosen for live coverage on Setanta giving Leeds another cash injection, a bigger incentive to progress is ITV choose the second round tie at Histon to be shown live meaning even more TV coverage money.
Derby end Leeds run in the Carling Cup, after trailing to two early goals Leeds dominate for long periods against their Championship opponents but cannot find an equaliser, eventually losing 2-1.
Leeds lose at home for the first time since their opening home game when being beaten in the West Yorkshire derby 2-1 against manager less Huddersfield Town.
Malcolm Christie makes his debut for the Whites in Leeds 5-2 demolition of Northampton Town in the FA Cup replay, Beckford scores a hat trick to set up a second round tie at Histon Town.
Youngster Fabian Delph continues his impressive start to the season when making his debut for England under 21`s. The exciting midfielder is being linked with a number of high profile Premiership clubs with a transfer fee of around £6 million being rumoured.
Leeds beat Hartlepool for the second time this season at Elland Road when winning 4-1 in the league.
Northampton gain quick revenge for their FA Cup defeat beating Leeds 2-1 at Sixfields as Leeds travel sickness continues in the league, with next weekend being the FA Cup Leeds finish the month in seventh place six points behind leaders Leicester City.
Jermaine Beckford suffers a hamstring injury in the Northampton game and is ruled out for around a month.
The club announce a fourteen month profit up to June 2008 of over £4.5 million, a great achievement considering the last few years at Elland Road.
Leeds are embarrassed in the FA Cup beaten by part timers Histon Town in the FA Cup 1-0.
Fabian Delph picks up his first award with the club when announced the PFA 2UP fans player of the month for November.
Andy Robinson picked up a hamstring injury in the Histon defeat and is ruled out until after Christmas.
Leeds suffer their third defeat in a row when losing 2-1 at Tranmere.
The pressure starts to mount on manager Gary McAllister when Leeds lose again, this time at home 2-1 against Colchester United.
Leeds sign French defender Mansour Assoumani to try and help the leaky defence who have failed to keep a clean sheet since November 1st.
First team coach Neil McDonald leaves Leeds to become Sam Allardyce`s new assistant at Blackburn Rovers.
Leeds lose their fifth straight game this time at MK Dons 3-1, Gary McAllister is relieved of the managers position the following day.
Early replacements for McAllister are Aidy Boothroyd and Gus Poyet although a flurry of bets for Blackpool boss Simon Grayson suspends betting.
Leeds confirm they have made an approach for Grayson but Blackpool deny Leeds permission to speak to their boss.
The following day Grayson resigns at Blackpool and becomes the new manager at Leeds, Blackpool are to report Leeds to the FA for an illegal approach for Grayson`s services.
Leeds secure a point with a last minute goal against table toppers Leicester City at Elland Road on Boxing Day in front of over 33,000 the highest football league crowd of the season.
Simon Grayson enjoys his first win as Leeds boss when the Whites come from behind to beat Stockport County 3-1 away from home, it`s Leeds first win in seven games a run that sees Leeds drop to ninth in the table, five points off the play offs and fifteen points off leaders Leicester City at the end of the year.
So another hectic year is over in the soap opera that is Leeds United, lets hope for a better 2009 under our new boss Simon Grayson.
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