FLASHBACK: Sparkle absent at Elland Road from England’s ‘golden generation’

Leeds United have long since had a love affair with England’s preparations for the World Cup finals.

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Leeds United's Alan Smith (centre) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Wolves in February 2004. Right, last-minute scorer Mark Viduka. PIC: Gareth Copley

Leeds United Bygones: Whites dare to dream tearing Wolves apart

Leeds United moved off the foot of the Premiership table 14 years ago this week with a resounding 4-1 win over fellow strugglers Wolves.

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Stephen McPhail. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Bygones: ‘He was that good’ - Eddie Gray on what made Leeds United’s Stephen McPhail so special

WHERE many of the fated David O’Leary ‘babes’ went on to superstardom, it’s fair to say that one or two of them ended up falling by the wayside.

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Ryan Barker, of Hall Green United, takes a tumble after being fouled by Swillington's Sean O'Neill. PIC: Steve Riding

West Yorkshire League: Ilkley eye long-term step up to semi-pro’ level

Back-to-back cup defeats are a minor setback in a journey that will see Ilkley Town make the transition to semi-professional football in the coming years.

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Ollie Nightingale, of Rawdon Old Boys, is trapped by East End Park's Liam Douglas and Adam Tunnicliffe. PIC: Steve Riding

West Yorkshire League: Newsome’s finally managing to pool his resources together

WHEN Pool AFC set out to plan their 50th birthday celebrations, it’s fair to say they didn’t quite have this in mind.

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Jermaine Beckford

Flashback: When barren run of Leeds United’s Beckford was given boot by timely treble

IT’S nine years to the week since Jermaine Beckford gave a seven-game barren run the boot with a sensational FA Cup hat-trick at Northampton.

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Action from East End Park v Whitkirk Wanderers in West Yorkshire League Division 1. PIC: Steve Riding

West Yorkshire League: Reid plans five-year pathway to success for Huddersfield YM

Huddersfield YM’s run of five wins in six matches is just a stepping stone in their mission towards bigger and better things, according to manager Mark Reid.

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Aire-Wharfe League Division 1 champions Beckwithshaw. PIC: Steve Riding

Aire-Wharfe League: ’Shaw skipper Lilley is given ‘perfect send-off’

Beckwithshaw skipper Alex Lilley has said winning the league and cup double is the perfect way to bid farewell to his home club – for the time being.

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Istikhar Hussain took five wickets for Follifoot against Ben Rhydding. PIC: Steve Riding

Aire-Wharfe League: Title race reopened by points deduction

The division one title race is back on despite Beckwithshaw’s comprehensive win over Burley on Saturday after the leaders were given a 20-point deduction for repeated disciplinary issues.

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Adel batsman Andy Laws who hit 89 including 10 4's and a six as Adel beat Calverley by 37 runs to go 51 points above third with four games to play - and needing only one win to secure promotion. PIC: Steve Riding

Aire-Wharfe League: Collingham accept the drop with no regrets after doing ‘things the right way’

Collingham will continue to ‘do things the right way’ despite their likely relegation from the top tier of Aire Wharfe cricket, says their captain Stephen James.

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Kirkstall Educational's king of spin Shamsullah Dost, who took five wickets against Adel. PIC: Steve Riding

Aire-Wharfe: Beckwithshaw captain Lilley eyes historic double after Waddilove Cup final triumph

Beckwithshaw’s Waddilove Cup victory over Bilton was the first reward for a squad full of resilience and determination, said their skipper Alex Lilley.

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Marcus Berryman, of Rawdon, who scored 85 off 71 balls in the win at Bilton. PIC: Steve Riding

Aire-Wharfe League: Horsforth hauled up ladder by ‘local lads’

The secret to a mid-season resurgence is simple, according to Horsforth skipper Ollie Hardaker.

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Luciano Becchio celebrates a goal on debut against Yeovil Town in 2008. PIC: James Hardisty

Leeds United Bygones: Luciano Becchio’s shortlived career was still a big hit with Whites fans

Leeds United’s continued flirtation with the signing of a new striker would do well to finish as favourably as it did on this day in 2008, when a little-known Argentine called Luciano Becchio completed his move to the Whites.

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Nick Bulcock

Aire-Wharfe League: Burley must learn to adapt under pressure warns captain Brown

Burley’s batsmen need to be more ‘professional’ and perform better under pressure if they are to overtake Beckwithshaw and win their first league title since 2010.

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Richard Atkins runs in for New Farnley against Pudsey St Lawrence. PIC: Steve Riding

Bradford League: Farsley’s youngsters are playing without pressure

Farsley’s youthful side are feeling no pressure at the top of the table, so says their skipper Ryan Cooper.

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Bilton's Vic Craven.

Aire-Wharfe League: Bilton bid farewell to ‘class act’ Craven

A weekend of mixed fortunes for Bilton saw them dealt a double blow despite celebrating qualification for the Waddilove Cup final.

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Second-tier action from Follifoot v Kirkstall. PIC: Steve Riding

Aire-Wharfe League: Horsforth overturn torrid start to season

new-look Horsforth continued their upturn in fortunes since the takeover of Ollie Hardaker as captain as they shocked Bilton in a low-scoring three wicket win on Saturday.

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Beckwithshaw bowler and captain, Alex Lilley. PIC: Steve Riding

Aire-Wharfe League: Beckwithshaw stalwart Hudson hits out at Bullen ban

Beckwithshaw stalwart Stuart Hudson has lashed out at the treatment of team-mate Steve Bullen by the Aire-Wharfe League following the opening batsman’s 13-week ban from cricket.

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