Aiolikos F.C. season 2007-08

Leeds United A.F.C. season 2007-08

This article details Leeds United A.F.C.'s 2007–08 season in League One.


This is a list of the significant events to occur at the club during the 2007–08 season, presented in chronological order (starting from 1 May 2007 and ending on 25 May 2008). This list does not include transfers, which are listed in the transfers section below, or match results, which are in the matches section.


  • 4 May: Leeds' relegation from the Championship is confirmed as chairman, Ken Bates puts Leeds into administration. Hours later, alongside Mark Taylor and Shaun Harvey, Bates buys back the club under a newly formed company, Leeds United Football Club Limited from administrators, KPMG. Ex-Leeds director, Simon Morris reveals plans for a £10million takeover of the club.
  • 21 May: All but four of Leeds' 36 man squad accept a wage deferral to help with the club's finances.
  • 23 May: Duncan Revie, son of former Leeds manager, Don, provides proof of funds to KPMG to form a takeover of the club. Simon Morris sets up a website to let fans voice their ideas on the future of the club.


  • 4 June: The club's administrators confirm the result of the vote on the CVA (company voluntary arrangement) proposal to sell the club to Leeds United Football Club Ltd (LUFC Ltd). 75.2% of the club's creditors vote in favour of LUFC Ltd's 1p in the pound offer (i.e. 1p per every £1 owed to the creditors) to buy the club.
  • 14 June: The League One fixtures are revealed with Leeds facing a difficult start at Tranmere Rovers.


  • 2 July: Leeds United Football Club Limited up their 1p in the pound to 8p to try and avoid a legal challenge from the HMRC. Leeds players return for pre-season training.
  • 3 July: HMRC confirm they will launch a legal challenge against Leeds United Football Club Limited's buy-back deal as they are owed £7.7million in unpaid taxes.
  • 6 July: Administrators, KPMG put the club back up for sale after the confirmation of legal action from HMRC. The HMRC's court case against the CVA is set for 3rd September.
  • 8 July: Ken Bates threatens to take legal action if the club is not sold back to Leeds United Football Club Limited.
  • 9 July: KPMG close bidding for the club. Simon Morris and Redbus Group chairman, Simon Franks join forces to submit a 'super-bid'.
  • 11 July: Leeds United Football Club Limited is given control of the club once more, but the Football League refuse to give Leeds their 'golden share' required to play in competitive football as the club left administration without a CVA. Fans who purchased season tickets are assured that their money is in a separate account and will be paid back to them in case the club cannot start their season.
  • 20 July: It is revealed that due to administration, the playing staff at the club were not paid in June.
  • 22 July: Leeds fans make a cry for help by laying flowers by the statue of Billy Bremner at Elland Road.
  • 27 July: KPMG reveal Leeds United Football Club Limited (LUFC Ltd) bought the club back for 11.2p in the pound (which may ultimately rise to around 50p in the pound if Leeds are promoted to the Premier League within a designated period) after Astor Investment Holdings Ltd agreed to waive their £17m debt only if LUFC Ltd were the winners. Without this waiver, despite offering more money, the other bidders would have paid less in the pound.
  • 28 July: Fans hold a 'shoe protest' telling Ken Bates to stand down as Chairman.
  • 31 July: Club reveal they can only receive any payments from fans in cash or cheque due to the golden share situation.


  • 3 August: KPMG refuse to resurrect the CVA for the 'old' Leeds United company. The Football League grant United their golden share to allow them to play in League One in the 2007–08 season, but impose a 15 point deduction for the club. The club reveal their new shirt sponsors are Leeds based company, Red Kite and release their new home and away kits.
  • 7 August: Leeds sign 10 players on in the space of 24 hours, with only the Casper Ankergren transfer involving a fee. Alan Thompson is made club captain, despite still not having signed a contract.
  • 9 August: The chairmen of the clubs in the Football League vote 64 to 5 in favour of Leeds' 15 point deduction. The Football League reveal Leeds cannot take legal action against them and vice-versa. Contracts for three other players, including Thompson are signed.
  • 10 August: The players' squad numbers for the new season are revealed with many changes from the previous season.
  • 15 August: New signing, striker Leon Constantine is ruled out for three months with an ankle injury.
  • 17 August: Ken Bates sends an open letter to all season ticket holders, members and corporate clients giving his views on the financial situation and various other topics from the last few crisis hit months. He confirms that the club will be taking their 15 point deduction appeal to the FA.
  • 28 August: Assistant manager, Gus Poyet lands himself in hot water the with FA after accusing referee, Andy D'Urso of having a vendetta against himself, Wise and Leeds.
  • 30 August: After the club's 100% winning start in August, manager Wise is awarded League One Manager of the Month beating former Leeds boss - Luton's Kevin Blackwell and Leyton Orient manager, Martin Ling.
  • 31 August: HRMC abandoned their legal challenge against KPMG, finally putting all administorial, debt and financial matters for the club to rest.


  • 1 September: After the 1-0 win against Luton Town, Dennis Wise becomes involved in a heated exchange with former Leeds managers, Blackwell and Carver.
  • 3 September: It is revealed new signing Filipe da Costa requires a contract dispute with his previous club Ionikos to be resolved by FIFA before he is allowed to appear for Leeds..
  • 7 September: Leeds United reveal they have not yet regained their FA membership as KPMG had not settled all outstanding non-footballing debts, however this will not stop the club from appearing in FA competitions.
  • 8 September: Leeds beat Hartlepool 2-0 to recoup the 15 points deficit imposed by the Football League.
  • 10 September: Ken Bates responds to rumours about ex-Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd commenting that he "hasn't made a sensational swoop and talks aren't at an advanced stage" stating that "Leeds are not for sale, I'm here for the long haul." He has however admitted that Shepherd would be an "ideal partner.
  • 19 September: Assistant Manager, Gus Poyet is charged with a breach of FA rule E3 in respect of comments made to the media about referee, Andy D'Urso. Poyet is given until 4 October to respond..
  • 22 September: Leeds equal a 34 year old record by equalling the club's best ever start to a season, finishing their seventh match in a row on the winning side by beating 2-0.
  • 27 September: The FA declined to recommend referral to an independent tribunal regarding Leeds' 15 point deduction. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey released a statement on the clubs official web-site commenting "We are amazed that the Football Association do not feel it is appropriate to intervene in a matter which we believe is fundamentally wrong, and sets a dangerous precedent for the future." He also stating that the club will be taking legal advice regarding the situation. .
  • 30 September: Dennis Wise comments to the press that the club will report referee Danny McDermid for swearing at him after the match at the previous day, stating "I think it is totally unacceptable and we as a club will be reporting him. I have three witnesses who are going to back me up,". McDermid had sent Wise from the touchline and sent Kandol off for similar behaviour, as well as sending Kandol's fellow striker Beckford off during the match. McDermid is yet to respond to the claim.


  • 2 October: After scoring 5 goals in the club's first eight games, Trésor Kandol is awarded the PFA League One fans Player of the Month for September.
  • 3 October: Dennis Wise is charged by the FA for his "conduct towards referee Danny McDermid at half-time during the game against Gillingham". They also confirmed that they had "received a complaint from Leeds United regarding the conduct of the referee towards Wise after the conclusion of the game" which is now "under consideration.
  • 4 October: Despite his charge the previous day, Wise claims the Manager of the Month award for the second month running.
  • 9 October: Casper Ankergren ensures that all the month's awards go to Leeds by being awarded the League One Player of the Month for September.
  • 11 October: Jermaine Beckford and Jonny Howson sign new two and a half and three year contracts respectively, whilst Ben Parker, Scott Gardner and Rob Bayly sign new two year deals..
  • 19 October: Trésor Kandol signs a one year extension to his contract, signing until 2011..
  • 23 October: Radostin Kishishev joins Leeds on a one-month loan deal. Assistant Manager Gustavo Poyet is fined £1500 and warned against his future conduct for the charge brought against him on the 19th September.
  • 29 October: Tottenham Hotspur appoint Gus Poyet as their new first team coach after agreeing a compensation package with United. Dennis Wise is given a three-match touchline ban and fined £5,000 for using abusive language towards referee Danny McDermid on 29th September.


  • 1 November: Leeds appoint Dave "Harry" Bassett as the club's new assistant manager with a six month contract .
  • 2 November: Leeds appoint John Gannon as the club's new first team coach. Jermaine Beckford wins the PFA Coca Cola League One Fans Player of the Month award for October.
  • 20 November: Referee Danny McDermid is cleared of using foul and/or abusive language towards Dennis Wise during the away 1-1 draw with .
  • 23 November: Leeds United request that their 15-point deduction to be adjudicated by the High Court rather than the Football Association after having failed in two requests to the FA to set up an independent commission to review that decision. The statement says: "In effect, the same individual confirmed his own earlier decision, There was no independent review.
  • 28 November: The F.A. reject the clubs request for a High Court hearing regarding their 15 point deduction.


  • 7 December: A small group of Huddersfield Town supporters graffiti the statue of Leeds legend, Billy Bremner at Elland Road. The day marked the 10 year anniversary of the death of the former Leeds captain.
  • 8 December: Leeds United set the highest attendance for the third tier of English football in 28 years (since 1979) with an attendance of 32,501 at the match at Elland Road against .
  • 10 December: Dennis Wise reveals he has set the squad the target of being top of League One by New Years Day 2008.
  • 11 December: Leeds United are warned by Leeds City Council that their stadium expansion plans must fall into the council's proposals for the area. Leeds have plans to build a concert hall, a casino, two hotels, a club megastore, a covered shopping arcade, a health club, a tourist centre, a Leeds United museum and 2,700 car-parking spaces.
  • 19 December: Leeds United make a request to the FA that they refer Leeds' points appeal to an Independent Arbitration Tribunal. This would involve commissioning a three-man panel whereby the club and the FA both nominate one member each and the chairman is independent.
  • 20 December: Sebastian Sorsa finalises a deal to move to Leeds on a free transfer in the January transfer window. Jonathan Douglas is ruled out for a minimum of three months with a knee injury sustained in the match against Walsall, five days earlier.



  • 4 February: Steve Staunton is appointed as Leeds' third Assistant Manager of the season..
  • 6 February: Striker, Trésor Kandol denies rumours of a bust up between him and manager, Gary McAllister.
  • 7 February: Leeds appoint assistant manager Neil McDonald as first-team coach.
  • 9 February: Leeds confirm they have served their High Court writ on the Football League in regard to the 15 point deduction.
  • 11 February: At a press conference, Leeds announce a four-season kit deal with emerging Italian sportswear brand Macron starting in the 2008-09 season.
  • 11 February: Jermaine Beckford is voted the PFA's Official Fans' Player of the Month for January.
  • 16 February: Leeds' match against Doncaster Rovers is postponed due to a frozen pitch.
  • 23 February: Bradford City joint-chairman, Julian Rhodes offers his support to Leeds in their fight against their 15-point deduction.
  • 27 February: The Football League agree to an arbitration panel over Leeds' 15 point appeal only hours before the deadline to respond to a writ Leeds had issued them via the High Court regarding an independent hearing in the High Court. The arbitration hearing will take place in private with the panel consisting of a high court judge, a member appointed by Leeds United and a member appointed by The Football League.



  • 3 April: Manager Gary McAllister signs a new 12-month rolling contract with the club.
  • 11 April: Leeds release reserve team players Simon Madden and Gavin Rothery. Meanwhile scholars Chris Fisher, Stefan Connor, Duane Grace, and Jason Mycoe are informed that they will not be offered professional contract by the club.
  • 14 April: Defender, Paul Huntington apologises to Carlisle United fans after receiving death threats from the Cumbrian fans. During Leeds' 3-2 defeat of Carlisle, Carlisle born Huntington turned to face the away fans each time Leeds scored, celebrating enthusiastically.
  • 16 April: Due to high demand for tickets, for the first time in two years, the upper tier of the East Stand at Elland Road is opened for the final league match of the season against Gillingham.
  • 16 April: Swansea City, Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers all admit they may take action against The Football League should Leeds be given their 15 points back. Doncaster Rovers chairman, John Ryan embarrasses himself after making comments regarding Leeds' arbitration. Believing that Leeds are contesting against the 10 points deduction for the 2006-07 season compared to the 15 points deducted prior to the 2007-08 season, Ryan says: "What would happen next? Would Bournemouth, Luton, Rotherham - all the other teams that have lost 10 points, take on the Football League?" . Meanwhile, the independent tribunal considering Leeds' 15 point deduction commences.
  • 18 April: The independent tribunal in to Leeds' 15 docked points is extended a further day until 5th May with a decision to be announced by the 1st May at the latest.
  • 23 April: Leeds decline to comment on claims they may have broken Football Association rules relating to their arbitration hearing against The Football League. It is believed that Leeds' Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey sent a letter outlining the argument which Leeds planned to present to the arbitration hearing.
  • 24 April: Leeds goalkeeper, Casper Ankergren is fined £750 and warned about his future conduct by the FA after it was alleged he threw an object in to the crowd during the match against Swindon Town in March.
  • 25 April: Leeds cement a place in the League One Play-offs after a 1-0 win at Yeovil Town.
  • 29 April: At Leeds' Player of the Year Awards, Jermaine Beckford wins Fans' Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and Goal of the Year. Jonny Howson picks up Fans' Young Player of the Year and Players' Young Player of the Year whilst Casper Ankergren is awarded the community award.


  • 1 May: Leeds lose their appeal against the 15-point deduction. Two of the main reasons given for the rejection by the three man arbitration panel include the impact of a reinstatement of any points on other teams near the top of League One as well as Leeds' delay in bringing the matter to arbitration. Leeds Chairman, Ken Bates accepts, but criticises the decision, calling for the resignation of Football League chairman, Lord Mawhinney and saying: "if this is justice, I am a banana".
  • 2 May: Ken Bates blasts Gillingham chairman, Paul Scally who applauded the decision not to give Leeds back their 15 points. Bates states that he hopes "poetic justice" is done at Elland Road on Saturday when the two teams meet for the final league match of the season.
  • 3 May: Leeds relegate Gillingham after beating them 2-1 at Elland Road in front of a Football League record seated crowd of 38,256. Leeds finish the season in 5th place, with their play-off semi final opponents confirmed as Carlisle United. Leeds announce that the Crosswater Holdings Group will be the club's official ticket sponsor for the 2008-09 season in a six figure deal.
  • 6 May: After Stoke City are promoted to The Premiership, Leeds receive £200,000 due to a promotion clause in the deal which took Richard Cresswell to the Potters last season. Dougie Freedman is named the League One Player of the Month.
  • 8 May: Leeds' online ticket sales are suspended due to a high demand for tickets bringing the server to a halt.
  • 9 May: Carlisle United return a number of tickets they were allocated for the South Stand for their Play-Off semi-final match against Leeds.
  • 15 May: Leeds reach the League One play-off final after beating Carlisle United 2-0 to win the Play-off semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.
  • 16 May: Leeds' opponents in the Play-off final are confirmed as Doncaster Rovers after their 5-1 victory against Southend United.
  • 20 May: Central defender, Rui Marques signs a new two year contract with the club.
  • 21 May: Tickets for the Play-off Final in the Leeds end are completely sold out.
  • 25 May: Leeds lose 1-0 to Doncaster Rovers in the League One Play-off Final, confining them to a second season in the third tier of English football.

Other Sources: BBC Sport, Yorkshire Evening Post and Leeds United


Squad information

Appearances (starts and substitute appearances) and goals include those in The Premiership, The Championship (and playoffs), League One (and playoffs), FA Cup, League Cup, Football League Trophy, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup.
Squad includes players registered with the club on the last day of the season (25 May 2008) only.

Squad stats

Most frequent start

Disciplinary record



Player of the Year Awards

The results of the 2007-08 Leeds United A.F.C. Player of the Year Awards were announced at a dinner on 29th April 2008 at Elland Road .

Team of the Week

The following players have been selected in the official Coca-Cola Football League One team of the week.

Other Awards

The following Leeds United A.F.C. players and staff have won the following awards whilst contracted to the club in the 2007–08 season.




1Original transfer fee was £300k, but rose to £500k when Stoke City were promoted to The Premiership.
Detailing transfers up to 25 May 2008 only.


Details loan moves up to 25 May 2008 only.



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Coaching and medical staff

Includes staff registered with the club on the last day of the season (25 May 2008) only.

Former staff

Other information


Overall summary

1 Qualified for play-offs. Lost to Doncaster Rovers in the final.

League One


Results summary

Results by round


Last updated: 25 May 2008.
Source: The Football League





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