YEP Says: Will good times ever return to Leeds United?

Massimo Cellino watches Leeds United's defeat against Huddersfield Town. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Massimo Cellino watches Leeds United's defeat against Huddersfield Town. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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ONCE the beautiful game, top level football is now big business as Manchester United become the first British club in history to announce yearly revenues in excess of £500m – and this by a club which has endured a series of costly upheavals on and off the pitch.

It’s why Premier League survival is critical to the finances of clubs like Hull City and Middlesbrough, two of the teams who recognised the commerical importance of replacing dilapidated stadia with family-friendly grounds.

And it’s why the more wistful Leeds United fans glance enviously across the Pennines to Manchester, a city which has built much of its regeneration and leisure industry on the back of its two mega-rich football clubs.

Even though a new survey ranks Leeds as the best to place to live, they will wonder whether the true potential of their team – and council-owned land ripe for redevelopment next to Elland Road – will be realised while the club lurches from crisis to crisis under Massimo Cellino.

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For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

Leeds nostalgia: Mallard pulls into Leeds to mark 50th anniversary of world speed record... in 1988