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B^^^^^Hi^'" Meanwhile, congratulations to two more of our Academy graduates who returnedfrom playing fortheir respective countries.

Tom Lees (pictured) made his England Under-21 debut and Aidy White captained the Republic of Ireland Under-21 team. Rodolph Austin scored a goal for Jamaica and Ross McCormack was on the bench for Scotland. Neil heaved a big sigh of relief when they all returned ft and ready for duty. i Ironicallywe then went to Wales! Following my notes in the last programme, we have hadfurther positive discussions with the Supporters Club about their relationship with Leeds United going forward. We expect these discussions to be resolved in a positive and constructive manner. One thing that has to be acknowledged is that throughout our differences, the Supporters Club have never triedto do anythingthatwould harm the club or its public image. Elsewhere, those that do apparently don't realise the negative image that creates to the outside world or they simply don't care about it - despite their hollow protestations of their love and loyalty! An example ofthe way it affects Leeds United is police costs. Policing levels (and the resultant costs) are gauged on their assessment of the degree of calm or disturbance likely to occur. Their assessment includes looking at the visitors, any history between the two clubs and the home fans record of behaviour. The better the record, the less police are needed and the costs come down accordingly. A related subject is the disclosure of the official report into the Hillsborough disaster which after allthese years of official procrastination has exonerated the Liverpool fans, who have taken the blame for all these years. I endorse completely Sir Alex Ferguson's appeal that now is the time to end all the sick chanting at matches. Leeds has suffered at times with reference to Galatasaray; some of our so-called fans have also been guilty as well, particularly in relation to Munich. Perhaps it is time for a fresh start with fans concentrating on the game and supporting the team. The Olympics havejust finished and already the nights are drawing in and it's time to start thinking of Christmas and as usual, Elland Road will be the place to be. Parties andfunctions will be stagedthroughout the month with the Member's Party with the players in the Centenary Pavilion on December 22 afer the Middlesbrough game, followed by t our annual Christmas Day Dinner on the 25th. Whether it's personal, office or corporate events, we have the best facilities and the best food in Leeds. Full details from Laura Hitchen or Fiona Hanley on 08713341919 or email Christmas@ leedsunited.com

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