DonLOuthBranchAlways Leeds always loyal. Edited by Gerry Cunningham. Membership is open for Louth LUSC 2012/13. Adults = €15 Euro Under 16s and Over 65s €7 Euro and Families €30 Euro. Committee members are in Peadars every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 8:30PM until 10:30PM) The Louth branch wish Brian McDermott every success as new boss of Leeds United - I will be travelling from 26th of May until June 9th so updates will be sporadic at best.



Weds May 22nd. Brian Greenhoff RIP. Former Leeds United defender Brian Greenhoff has died at the age of 60. Greenhoff – the brother of ex-Leeds striker Jimmy – passed away at his home in Rochdale this morning. (May 22)The centre-back, who was born in Barnsley, joined Leeds in a £350,000 move from Manchester United in 1979. He played 78 times for the Elland Road club and scored once before leaving in 1982. Greenhoff also won 18 caps for England with his last coming as a substitute against Australia in 1980. Many of us remember that Jimmy Adamson side struggling in the early eighties. Jimmy, his brother won a Fairs Cup medal withal Leeds in the late 60s and made the switch (the other way) to Man United, unlike Brian who came from Man United. He was by no means the best player we ever had but once they put that white shirt on, they deserve to be remembered.  RIP Brian.

Weds May 22nd. Eddie joins “Hall of Fame”. Leeds United legend Eddie Gray was last night named among the latest additions to the National Football Museum’s prestigious Hall of Fame – and immediately dedicated his inclusion to former colleagues at Elland Road. Gray – United’s ex-player, manager and coach – will join the Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in September, following in the footsteps of Leeds icons John Charles, Jack Charlton, Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles and Don Revie. The talented winger was a mainstay in the team built by ex-Leeds boss Revie in the 1960s and 70s, playing 579 times and winning a host of honours during 22 years as a player at Elland Road. He went on to manage United on two occasions and worked as academy coach and first-team coach under David O’Leary. Gray is one of five retired footballers who will enter the Hall of Fame on September  25. Matt Le Tissier, Cliff Jones, Mike Summerbee, Peter Schmeichel and Ray Wilkins are due to be inducted alongside him. “It’s a terrific honour,” Gray said. “I’m delighted not just for myself but for the other people who’ve help me achieve what I achieved. “It’s as much a reflection on the players I played with, the boys who were part of those great years at Leeds, because being in a team like that makes things a bit easier, doesn’t it? “It helps as well to have a manager who did what Don Revie did for a lot of us. “Leeds United’s a great club and I’ve been lucky to have 50 years associated with them. “Some of the boys I played with are already in the Hall of Fame and when you look at the list as a whole – all the great names – it’s extremely nice to be recognised. It means a lot to me.”The 65-year-old’s stellar playing career was affected in parts by a chronic thigh muscle injury but he ranks seventh in the list of all-time appearance makers at Elland Road. He joined United in 1965, taken south by Revie from the junior leagues in Scotland, and continued to play until 1983. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are chosen by a panel including Sir Bobby Charlton – brother of Jack – and Sir Alex Ferguson. The stipulations restrict nominations to those over the age of 30 who have played or managed in England for at least five years. September’s inductions ceremony will see two other additions – Jack Taylor, the first Englishman to referee a World Cup final, and long-serving Chorley Ladies stalwart Sheila Parker. Taylor is the first match official to earn a Hall of Fame nomination. A true Leeds superstar and a gentleman right through to the the tips of his toes. Well deserved.

May 22nd. The big Georgian decides to stay in Turkey. The commentators on the Football League show heaved a big sigh of relief today, with the news that former Reading player Zurab Khizanishvili will not be coming to Leeds after all. The central defender was the third ex-Royals player to have been rumoured to be linking up with  Brian McDermott again, but the 31-year-old has decided to stay with Turkish club Kayserispor and has extending his current deal for another season. His agent told the Yorkshire Post “He has signed a contract, there is no more to say.”Supposedly we faced competition for his signature from his old club Reading, as well as Norwich City (who might want to cut out the middle man and sign some Leeds targets before they’ve even arrived at Elland Road) but it seems all this speculation has come to nothing. Brian McDermott is keen to sign another central defender for next season, with his options in that area currently consisting of Lees, Pearce and Peltier, but he will now have to look elsewhere.

Pat and Deano

Pat and Deano

Tues 21st of May. Macca out in the cold for Scotland. Ross McCormack’s international career has suffered another setback after Scotland coach Gordon Strachan omitted the striker from his squad to play Croatia next month. The Leeds United forward was tipped to feature in the World Cup qualifier on June 7 but he was not among the 28 players chosen by Strachan yesterday. Scotland’s new manager will take an experimental group to Zagreb for a fixture rendered meaningless by defeats to Wales and Serbia in March. The Scots are bottom of Group A with just two points from six matches and Strachan’s pool included four players selected for the first time, among them Celtic’s 19-year-old striker Tony Watt. Watt was one of four forwards called up by Strachan along with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Leigh Griffiths – currently on loan at Hibernian – Blackburn Rovers’ Jordan Rhodes and Wigan Athletic’s Shaun Maloney. Griffiths and Rhodes both cleared the 20-goal mark for their clubs this season while Watt scored six times in his first full year with SPL champions Celtic. McCormack, who claimed 19 goals for Leeds during the 2011-12 term, produced eight and criticised United’s Championship campaign as “a complete waste, both personally and for the team.” The 27-year-old said he was “gutted” to be left out by Strachan but insisted: “I’m sure what I do next year for Leeds will have me back in there.” United manager Brian McDermott also voiced his surprise, saying: “Going by how he played in the last few games of the season and the games I had as manager, I thought he’d have been involved. “He’ll be disappointed, understandably, but it does mean that he can have a proper rest and come back fit and fresh for us. I’m surprised though.”

Tues 21st of May. Macca linked with Georgian Brian McDermott will launch his rebuilding programme at Elland Road by adding vastly-experienced Georgia centre-back Zurab Khizanishvili to a youthful Leeds defence. Sportsmail Online understands McDermott sees the former Blackburn defender’s know-how as a useful foil to the potential of Tom Lees and Sam Byram and that an agreement is in place to sign him this summer. Leeds’ recently-appointed boss knows all about the 31-year old after twice taking him to Reading on loan from Blackburn and seeing him help them reach the 2010-11 Championship play-off final, where they lost to Swansea. After five years at Ewood Park, the 86-times capped 6ft 1in central defender joined Turkish side Kayserispor. He is now ready to return to England on what is expected to be a free transfer and will be the first of several summer signings for McDermott. Handed a three-year contract at Elland Road, following a harsh dismissal by Reading, McDermott has met with board representatives Hisham Alrayes and Salah Nooruddin and handed them a list of ‘five or six’ transfer targets. Not a signing to get the hairs rising on the back of Leeds United fans’ necks.

Tues 21st of May. El Hadji Diouf ‘beaten up in toilets of Senegal bar’ Leeds United forward El Hadji Diouf was reportedly beaten up in the toilets of a bar in his homeland of Senegal. The 32-year-old, who is no stranger to controversial incidents on the pitch, is thought to have got involved in a war of words with fellow drinkers at beach bar Five in Almadies. Local newspaper Le Populaire claimed that the former Blackburn Rovers player was followed into the restrooms by a man and his friend, who beat him up for “at least 10 minutes”, according to The Sun. Diouf is thought to have been with his wife at the bar.

Mon May 20th. Macca “positive about “progress”. There are some for whom the football season never truly ends. In a summer when Brian McDermott admitted that Leeds United “need a break”, as many as five of his squad will engage in international duty in countries across the world. McDermott watched with satisfaction last week as Tom Lees and Sam Byram were selected by England for tournaments abroad, and he knew before the domestic season finished that Rodolph Austin – a player who more than any other might have benefitted from prolonged downtime – would appear as many as three times for Jamaica in the first two weeks of June. FIFA’s latest round of World Cup qualifiers are arranged for the start of next month and Ross McCormack, the Leeds striker, is expected to be part of the Scotland contingent who fly to Zagreb to face Croatia on June 7. Midfielder Paul Green is also preparing for four Republic of Ireland matches after earning a place in Eire’s provisional squad. Byram’s selection for the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey is also provisional but he is highly likely to make the final cut when England youth coach Peter Taylor disappoints 14 of the 35 players he chose on Friday. Byram and Lees, who is due to take part in the European Under-21 Championship in Israel, will be out of the country for a matter of weeks while McDermott readies himself for the first day of pre-season training. United’s manager has set June 27, a date which falls five weeks on Thursday, for the start of training at Thorp Arch but he will give careful thought to the handling of the players tied up by international football. All five of those concerned are part of his plans for the 2013-14 season, though Austin will start the new campaign with a two-match ban following his dismissal against Brighton last month. McDermott said: “We’re proud for all of the players who’ve been selected, they’ll be proud to represent their countries, and it’s good for the club to have the players recognised. We’ll make sure all our internationals have the right amount of rest when they return.” The new Championship season will kick off earlier than usual, beginning on August 3, and the Football League is planning to announce its fixture list on Wednesday, June 19. McDermott has completed a short holiday taken after the final weekend of the 2012-13 term and is looking to make inroads into the list of transfer targets he left behind with the board at Elland Road. United’s boss has not spoken in detail about the scale of his plans to alter his squad, saying only that he has presented chief executive Shaun Harvey and technical director Gwyn Williams with the names of “six or seven” players who he hoped to speak to. McDermott’s work this summer, like that of his predecessor Neil Warnock, depends heavily on United’s ability to fund his first-team vision. The fortnight since the end of the season has seen more speculation about the club’s owner, GFH Capital, than it has about potential signings, with intriguing revelations arising from the accounts of GFH Capital’s parent company, Gulf Finance House. Gulf Finance House’s financial results for the first three months of 2013 showed an overall profit of around £1million and stated that GFH Capital’s stake in the club – previously a 100 per cent shareho