02nd May2013

Andy Hughes Interview – It was an honour to play for Leeds

by Right In The Gary Kelly's

When we decided to do one final interview for this season it was unanimous amongst the Right in the Gary Kelly’s team who we all wanted.

We’ve already interviewed some of Leeds United’s greats this year, Michael Bridges, newly appointed club ambassador Dom Matteo, promotion winning captain and current under 18s manager Richard Naylor,  Danny Mills and David Haigh and Salem Patel 24 Hours after the takeover of the club.  But one player in recent seasons embodies the classic `fan on the pitch’ ethos no better than Andy Hughes.

Possibly Dennis Wise’s best signing of all Andy Hughes joined us when we were -15 at the bottom of league one from recently relegated to the championship Norwich City. It was clear Mr Hughes liked a challenge.

This is a man who knows what its’ like to be a Leeds United fan. The man who gave it his all for the white shirt. The man who was part of that famous day at Old Trafford, the man who when the final whistle went at Elland Road of the final day of League one in 2010 instead of running off the pitch when the fans invaded the pitch ran towards the Kop to embrace the celebrations of finally getting promoted to the Championship. Step forward Andy Hughes.

In what has to be the most frank and honest assessment from any player we have interviewed Hughes tells us what it meant to him playing for Leeds United… enjoy!

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02nd May2013

Danny Mills Interview – Ken Bates Refused To Have Me Back

by Right In The Gary Kelly's

Last week we had the pleasure of an invite to Thorp Arch to meet up with LUFC Channel Rowing team.

The team is to embark on rowing both directions on 8/6/14 hoping to raise awareness and much-needed funds for Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Cancer Research.

The team is made of Campbell Watt,(Sports Massage Therapist), Chris Short,(Conditioning Coach, Ex Sheffield Utd, Notts County),Harvey Sharman,(LUFC Head Physiotherapist), Craig Short,(Head of Recruitment Derby County ex Everton, Blackburn Rovers),  LUFC’s Jamie Ashdown and Danny Mills,(Ex England, Man City, Boro and LUFC), after the photo calls and interviews with the team we caught up with Danny Mills and talked about his time at Leeds United.

Danny joined the club in 1999 for £4.1 million from Charlton Athletic, at the time he was much in demand, a pacey and powerful right back, in the mould of Micah Richards for the younger amongst you. Leeds beat off the likes of Newcastle, Spurs and Liverpool for his signature, but hey, money was no object. He quickly became a key defender for club and country.

He lived the highs of the clubs Champions League adventure but then also experienced the lows of the clubs financial meltdown. He talks in detail the events which surrounded his departure and why Ken Bates refused to take him back.It only seems like yesterday but Danny’s hometown club were none other than Norwich – imagine that  a footballer signed from Norwich – how times have changed.

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18th Mar2013

Leeds United – Reality Bites

by Right in the Gary Kelly's
Leeds need to look to the future - and not delay..

Leeds need to look to the future - and not delay..

 Is it the time to play safe – and wait? Or the time to strike while the iron’s hot? What do you think!

Neil Warnock today urged GFH Capital not to act rashly, that he believes ideally he ought to stay until the end of the current term. This was in the wake of our `near fatal’ blow to securing a play off place, with Huddersfield’s last minute winner at Elland road. But as Eddie Gray puts it, all too succinctly in todays YEP, there is no escaping quite how poor we have been in our last 2 homes games, an area we had hoped to have some kind of reliability in, n terms of our results.

Those of us unfortunate enough to watch the debacle against Peterborough will have seen the Huddersfield result a mile off. A side probably undeserving of their bottom half status, admittedly, Huddersfield did a job on Leeds. They exposed our lack of pace at front and back, and lack of a match winner.

Neil Warnock has had a job on his hands since Ken Bates disappeared from the lobby of the Cafe de Paris in Monaco leaving him to pick up the bill.. (I jest) But in all seriousness though he has not had the best hand dealt him, (or certainly not what he expected).  Can he be totally blameless? Of course not.

Managers such as Ian Holloway, Owen Coyle, and to an extent Billy Davies have made more out of their squads than we have – and of the loan market. For Warnock to claim the players aren’t out there seems unbelievable. What we wouldn’t have given for a player Like Peterborough’s Dwight Gayle (surely available in January for the right price) or dare I say James Vaughan? The list of players deemed not good enough is nearly as long as the list of players not given a chance under Warnock.. Step forward Robbie Rogers, Ramon Nunez, Ryan Hall, and of course Habibou, the latter two only really coming into contention when no one else was available.

Leeds didn’t HAVE to spend big to get the players they wanted, but fees were spent, on Kenny, Peltier, Varney, Norris, Hall..  Those were Warnock decisions so its wrong for him to bemoan his situation entirely.

Leeds do still mathematically have a shot at promotion, but in practice this is unrealistic, and for once as a club and fans we collectively need to get our head out of the clouds and start planning for next season.

I do agree that in the clique of decision makers at Elland road Neil Warnock is probably the most knowledgeable in terms of football, probably moreso that Bates ‘Guru’ Gwyn Williams.

So he should be listened to, and he’s right no decision should be rushed. For me though securing someone like Brian McDermott, Nigel Adkins or even if we are insane enough, Di Canio should not be delayed too much longer.

Leeds need to get a budget in place, get the package right and approach these guys now because if we dont – someone else will. The days of Bates & Harvey dithering over transfer targets, investment or anything else critical need to be put to bed.

Reality has bitten, and we need to move on.

Give Richard Naylor and Neil Redfearn more cash, get either or both of them working closer to this new man too, so they can feed through the talent on the conveyor belt – Dawson, Mowatt, Poleon, Lenighan.. there is much to be done, delaying, and considering are one thing, but surely we’ve now had over 12 months of this situation and the time has already been taken… make that decision.

What would be truly sad would be the lost opportunity, Leeds have new owners, a gradually re-energising fanbase, and a crop of highly talented youngsters waiting in the wings. The time to strike is surely now.. don’t be rash, but dont be too slow either.

ReporterMatthew Brown-Bolton

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14th Dec2011

WHY LEEDS UNITED IS MY CLUB

by Right In The Gary Kelly's

This weeks why Leeds United is my club comes Chris Liversidge. Chris is a passionate supporter of the club and currently a season ticket holder. Here is why Leeds United is Chris’s club..

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16th Nov2011

WHY LEEDS UNITED IS MY CLUB – Andy Walker

by Right In The Gary Kelly's

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This weeks why Leeds United is my club comes from Andy Walker. Andy is a life long Leeds fan and has been living in the U.S.A for twenty years. He was born two miles from Elland Road and recently attended the Don Revie fundraiser dinner to raise money for the planned statue of the great man. Here is why Leeds United is Andy’s club…

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17th Jan2011

When Eddie walks on snow he doesn’t leave snowprints.

by Right In The Gary Kelly's

RITGK explains why Eddie is highly thought of at the club and why he will always be a Leeds United legend.

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06th Jan2011

‘One Simon Grayson, theres only one Simon Grayson…’

by Right In The Gary Kelly's

Jeff Griffiths makes his debut for RITGK and  takes a look at  Simon Grayson rise from LUFC reserve player to the manager he is today..

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