Don Warters - Leeds United Publishing £9.99 -
It seems distinctly unimaginable today, with Leeds United, under
a new regime, bumping along in a trough of the greatest depression
imaginable with their expensive squad of stars thoroughly under
performing and lacking in spirit, slipping almost inevitably into
the doldrums, that only a couple of years ago they were one of
the most exciting young sides around. Following David O'Leary's
surprising succession of George Graham as the Leeds manager, the
young Irishman pursued a policy of blooding his youngsters and
buying gifted British talent, and swept pretty much all before
them at home and abroad, reaching two European semi finals and
emerging as potential successors to the thrones of Old Trafford
Don't believe all those bleats about being 'too good to go down'.
Nottingham Forest under Cloughie were too good to go down and
hundreds of others have had their eyes opened by grim reality.
However, that's for another day (hopefully a long way off), and
the subject at hand is the Leeds United of a couple of years ago,
when they were seemingly
everybody's second favourite team, when the robust challenges
and poorly controlled tempers of Mills, Smith and Bowyer were
only vague stirrings. Way back then Leeds United were an exciting
team, brim full of promising youth, eager to shake the status
quo of the game to their boots. It was a heady time.
Inside Leeds United by long time Leeds United camp follower and
writer Don Warters is a breathtaking and memorable record of the
1999-2000 season, when Leeds
dared to hope they could secure an unexpected triumph in Europe
and led the Premiership from Manchester United for many weeks,
yet ended in the grim tragedy of Istanbul and the news that a
number of players and their friends had been involved in a violent
altercation in the darkened streets of Leeds clubland.
Warters' writing style is breathless and engaging and he quotes
liberally from participants in a wonderful adventure. There are
pages and pages of exclusive and excellent photographs and this
book is a wonderful record of a totally gripping period in a football
club's history. Leeds United fans will love it, while fans of
other clubs will find it an enthralling read. If you don't like
football, you won't be particularly switched on, but there's much
here to entice even the passing traveller.
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INSIDE LEEDS UNITED is the inside story in words and pictures
of Leeds United's rollercoaster 1999-2000 season, told exclusively
by the man on the inside, Don Warters.
INSIDE LEEDS UNITED tells the full story on the sale of Hasselbaink,
the planning that took Leeds to the top of the Premiership, their
unforgettable European campaign and Chairman Peter Ridsdale's
personal views on the twelve months.
Don Warters spent the season working side by side with the team,
the management and backroom staff, experiencing at first hand
the emotional highs and lows of the year - the year which sealed
United's reputation as one of the most youthful, dynamic and exciting
teams in Europe.
What was the true story behind Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's transfer
to Atletico Madrid; why did Peter Ridsdale think it necessary
to give Leeds United a 'Back me or sack me' ultimatum as chairman
and do David O'Leary and George Graham really hate each other
as much as the newspapers would have you believe? And where does
Saddam Hussein come into the picture?
The answers to these intriguing questions are to be found in
Inside Leeds United, the story of the Elland Road club's Millennium
season written by Don Warters, who was given unprecedented access
behind the scenes at the club.
Find out also who is the biggest moaner at the club, the best
treatment room patient, the Number One prankster, who is the fastest
and who bought 11 Russian imitation fur hats to bring back from
The book captures the feelings of the players and management
through a wonderful rollercoaster of a season in which United
achieved their ambition of qualifying for the Champions' League
and experienced a stunning Premiership and UEFA Cup campaign.
It was a season tinged with great sadness, of course, following
the deaths of two supporters in istanbul and both the chairman
and manager recall the tragedy.
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