Mick Punt RIP

Posted by on Oct 17, 2020 in News and Events | 0 comments

Today is the day Leeds United as we know it came into being 101 years ago. So it is poignant that on the day we celebrate the birthday of our Club, that it is the day I pay tribute to our mate, Mick Punt, as Leeds United is thing that brought us together.

Mick was Leeds through and through. His first game was in 1964 and he watched his beloved Leeds from behind the goal in the Scratching Shed until the Kop opened in 1968 and he moved there and has been there since. Even as he got older, he still preferred to watch his games from behind the goal.

Apart from one match in the Dark Days of the 3 day week during the power strikes back in the 70s. It was the Cup game against Liverpool and Mick’s boss had kindly said that anyone who had a ticket to the game could have time off to go and watch it. Mick climbed the tree at the side of the Peacock to watch the game which was all fine and dandy until the next day. As many people are aware, the Daily Mirror had a back page photo spread of fans who had tried to see the game, and Mick was there in the picture sat in a tree. His Boss wasn’t very happy about that at all, and when he quizzed Mick about it, Mick just said, ” I just told you I was going to watch the game”. Not much got past him.

Mick’s favourite player was Billy Bremner and his favourite game? The 7 – 0 against Southampton.

Mick started travelling with our branch in 2009. Curly Chris introduced us, saying that he knew “3 good lads who just wanted to go watch Leeds”, and that was that. Another reason that he started coming on our coach may have been that trip they had to the play off final against Watford in Cardiff. Steve remembers how on the way back their coach driver got lost and they ended up sat at Cardiff docks. The driver managed to turn the bus round but somehow managed to lose a bit of the back of the coach, and the passengers helpfully got off to retrieve the pieces for him. He also managed to hit the curb going over a roundabout in a journey home reminiscent of the film Speed. When they stopped at the services, they found out that the drivers’ manager had been on the phone and had sacked him halfway back. no wonder they started travelling with us, nothing like that ever happens on our bus!

Mick’s regular travelling partners were Steve Orchard and Paul Scott, and they were nicknamed the “Shaw Survivors” after the branch inadvertently stumbled into “Defend Shaw Day” prior to our FA Cup tie at Oldham Athletic in November 2009. This was one of The Chairman’s poorer pub stop suggestions.  However, considering their first game with the branch was our infamous trip to Crewe (yet again another of The Chairman’s brilliant ideas!) via Sandbach on 21st March 2009, where we found ourselves sharing the town with 250 Boro fans en route to Stoke, it could have been worse. The Rozzers ordered us to stay in one pub, which was duly noted with all due respect as everyone just went for a wander anyway.

Whatever life threw at Mick, and there have been a fair few obstacles, if Mick could physically get to a game, he did. Despite all his health problems, he made the trip to Arsenal in January – and back! He was never any trouble on the bus, and always happy to have a sit and a chat with anyone who wanted to have a beer and set the world and Leeds United to rights.

Mick will be missed by all of us in his extended Leeds United family, but he will be missed the most as a best friend, partner, father and grand father to Sue, Matt, Jo and Ella, Daniel, Isla, Caitlin and Brandon.

RIP mate.

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Jeff “let’s just have one more in here” Radcliffe RIP

Posted by on Sep 25, 2020 in News and Events | 0 comments

Jeff Radcliffe sadly passed away in the early hours of the morning before Leeds United were due to play Liverpool their first game in the Premier League for 16 years. As Jeff would say “bugger it”.

I have thought long and hard about how Jeff would have liked me to write his story. There are many, many tales of his exploits, most of which we would have been reminiscing over at his wake, but we can’t, because we’re not allowed to. So, thanks to John Farrell, Taff, Crawford and The Secretary, I have put this together, and I hope Jeff would have approved.

After waiting all this time to see us play in the PL, we finally got promoted (even though we never got to see the last few games) and on the morning of our first game back in Division One, where we belong of the game, Jeff ‘s time honoured tradition of “let’s just have one more here” was thwarted by the Grim Reaper . Let’s just be clear about this, Jeff was not seen off by the bat flu. For a start, bat flu would not have got within ten foot of Jeff’s carefully controlled constitution. Thanks in part to a dedicated lifetime of  smoking and drinking, bat flu would have stopped in it’s tracks and run off in the opposite direction, shrieking in terror at what was in Jeff’s blood stream. Jeff didn’t mess about with white and red blood cells, Jeff’s defences were provided by alcohol and nicotine.

As part of his rigid health regime, keeping his body and soul in tip top form, Jeff’s pre match haunt these last few years was near the butter section of the Queens Arms Carvery on Harrogate Road . He would occasionally enhance his butter based brekkie with a bit of bacon and sausage, but as we all know, everything tastes so much better with butter. His Saturday morning trips to ER would begin with the 36 to the Toby Carvery at Chapel Allerton for his rendezvous with those little gold wrapped blocks of delight, followed by the bus into town to The Templar. Because neither Taff, Crawford, Dave Poole nor Ellie were any good at directions, more Sherpless than Sherpas, Jeff eventually decided that forking out for a taxi was the best option to save his legs, and the only sure way he could actually find his way to the Golden Lion for a decent (cheap) pint of sovereign. He would sit and marvel at the lunches produced by John at the pub, especially the chicken dinners, even though he had munched his way through his daily calorie intake just a few hours earlier. He always liked the Golden Lion ….. and it’s prices when it was his round. After the game, they would head off into town to the Three Legs where Jeff would often be found chatting up the fairer sex, before a return back to HQ on the 36.

Jeff always had a way with the ladies. There are many photos of him in their company boogieing the night away. In Torquay at a pre-season friendly, John remembers looking all over for him in some bar at 3am , only to find that he was having a whale of a time on the stage, dancing with some nice young ladies. Jeff was really enjoying himself, only to find out later that the “young ladies” were in fact a group of transvestites on a night out. On another long away, they had gone into Leeds to meet up with Steve Rankine before joining the Bradford Whites bus and Jeff got talking to 2 lasses. Jeff took them aside and cheekily said ” come with me, I’ll give you the ride of your lives ….. I’m off on a coach to Yeovil”.

From what I can gather, bearing in mind that this was a long time ago and John Farrell’s memory of it may not be as clear as what it could be (not due to tobacco either as he doesn’t smoke!), Jeff started watching Leeds United in the promotion season of ’64. Jeff was at the Cup Final against Liverpool in ’65.

Like most in the early days, Jeff just paid on the gate, but when we were forced to get season tickets, Jeff watched Leeds United from all over the ground from his seat, initially in The Captain’s Corner,  then the Kop and later on in the North East Corner. He also loved travelling to pre-season friendlies to Ireland and Scotland, and got to as many as possible. In the year we first qualified for the Champions League, Jeff went to every single game, mostly in the company of Messrs John and Jim Farrell, Harrogate’s own Three Musketeers.

On his 60th birthday, Jeff, John, Jim and Chrissie’s (Jeff’s sister) husband, Tony all went off to Limerick to watch Leeds play in the pre-season friendlies. The four of them and Chrissie were found in the Waggon and Horses most matchdays, or rather outside having a smoke. Jeff had always wanted to watch Leeds United play at the Bernabeu. This pinnacle was reached when Leeds played Real Madrid in March 2001 in the Champions League 2nd group stage, he stayed in Madrid for four days and loved every minute of it.

In one of his infamous pre-season irish tours, John recollects that they had stopped in some digs in a small town on the train line to Dublin. They left the hotel at 9.30am to catch the train. On the way to the station, Jeff spotted a friendly publican having a quiet fag outside his pub. He stopped and asked him what time the pub was open. The man said 12.30 but you can come in and have a quick one whilst you wait for the train. 6 hours later they eventually emerged to go catch the train – in Jeff’s immortal words  “we’ll, just have one more in here”.

Jeff’s unerring sixth sense of finding decent pubs came to a fore at the play off final against Donnie in 2008. They had hired a minibus and Jeff was in the front seat. Those of you who can remember that day and haven’t erased it from your memory, will recollect the huge queues on the M25 because of the roadworks. They decided to get off the motorway and head to Rickmansworth and get the train in from there, despite the fact that none of them had ever been there before. As they came off the slip road, Jeff said “go left down there, it’s the Golden Lion”. They all looked at each other and decided not to argue with him and turned duly left. And there was a pub! It was called the Golden Lion! They had one in there and got back on the minibus and miraculously Jeff did the same again and again, leading them to 5 pubs in total, en route to Rickmansworth to catch the train. They were all amazed at Jeff’s unbelievable insight into the pubs of Greater London, until he fessed up and produced a Wetherspoons map! Jeff also introduced the branch to Beckenham WMC at the Crystal Palace game when we got back into the Championship. It was adjacent to Selhurst Park, and was favoured by ourselves and a number of other branches due to the friendly welcome by the locals, cheap beer and good company, with the odd barbecue thrown in for good measure. All thanks to Jeff ,who was duly rewarded by free drink all day by the grateful committee.

The Secretary was occasionally joined by Jeff in the home end at away games, especially if tickets were in short supply. This had mixed results as you can imagine. Away at Exeter City in Division 3, all was well until Jeff needed to visit the facilities, as you do. The next sighting of Jeff was as he was being led down the side of the pitch towards the visitors terrace by a helpful steward, having asked for directions to said facilities in a broad Yorkshire accent, thus blowing his cover and failing to convince said steward that he was actually a cider swilling local yokel from Devon. Whilst The Secretary stayed warm and dry, 8 inches of rain fell during the game on the uncovered visitors end and by the time he got back on the coach, Jeff resembled a drowned water vole. However, he cheerily said it had not stopped him having a fag at half time.

On another equally wet occasion at Bradford City in the home end, splattered by incessant driving rain, the miserable stewards refused to hand out those free plastic ponchos. As the stand was roofless and The Secretary and Jeff were visually incapacitated, because they did not have windscreen wipers installed on their specs, they headed to the nearest ticket office to demand a refund. Needless to say, this request was refused and there was no option but to demand that the beleaguered ticket office staff ordered them a taxi to the nearest warm, dry pub. The ticket office were happy to oblige in order to get rid of the unwelcome noisy visitors and the rest of the game was spent in a nice, warm, dry pub. Once again, there was no stopping Jeff having a fag at half time.

The one thing that anyone who remembers Jeff will think of is his love of dominoes and cards. Sadly, dominoes and cards did not appreciate his love and devotion, and his fondness for those classic pub games was a love unrequited. In fact, in John’s opinion, Jeff was THE worst dominoes and cards player in the whole world. John recollects the day they travelled to Arsenal on the train. Jeff had bought a brand new set of dominoes and a set of cards for the way down. 17 games of dominoes and numerous card games later, he had lost every single game and in a fit of pique, chucked the whole lot, dominoes, cards, pens and paper, out of the train window at Crimple Viaduct, claiming that they were all “robbing bastards”.

On a personal note, The Secretary will miss his usual Christmas Day pint with Jeff.

Thanks for the memories mate. God Bless. Rest In Peace.

Jeff In A Pub – where else would he be? …. ok outside having a fag!

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September 2020 update

Posted by on Sep 14, 2020 in News and Events | 0 comments

Well, short of us getting the point we deserved on Saturday, that was a pretty good start to September 2020. Had we actually been able to go a see us play that game, that would have been a completely different kettle of fish. We would have been the 12th man that would have made the difference and maybe Rodders wouldn’t have panicked so much in the final throws of that game and given them that pen.

I say we, but you know what I mean, the crowd. Admittedly, we probably would have only got 3,000 tickets. The AST holders would have been ecstatic and had Leeds United stuck with the loyalty tracker, there would have been no end of people whingeing on social media that they are sick of the fact that there will be no way to get an away ticket now we are in the PL until one of the saddos, who trudged to every game when we were in Division 3, pegs it. If it hadn’t of gone on the loyalty tracker and just gone for the free for all, there would have been a meltdown in the ticket office, the whole of T’internet would have gone down, despite Leeds getting another 1,000 servers on the ticketing page, no Leeds fan would have got a ticket but there would be 2,000 tickets up for sale for the bargain price of upwards of a grand each on ticketmaster. It would be funny, if only it wasn’t true……

Monthly Branch Meeting – Technically the AGM

Woo hoo! A socially distanced AGM was held at the Londesborough Club on Sunday 6th September. Thanks to all who attended including Calvin from the Stray Ferret and Craig from the Harrogate Arms.

Given there was no LUSC AGM and there have been no exec meetings since the havoc unleashed by Bat Flu, this was probably one of the shorter AGMs in recent times.

Chairman Charley:The Chairman did his usual read through of the minutes from the last AGM and these were agreed as a true record of events, proposed by Taff and seconded by Dave Poole.

Memberships:The Membership Secretary was MIA as usual but there have been sitings. Numbers were up last season to approx 179, however there are plenty of juniors and 65+ concessions to affect the accounts figures, despite increased memberships.

Secretary: The Secretary thanked everyone for attending the branch meetings in the last season and all the attendees at the LUSC exec, when we were allowed. At least we managed to use the Hospitality tickets that are part of the sponsorship package for the Reading game, and a jolly good time was had by Mally and Smuff in the free beverage area. The invite to the Legends event was attended by Phil “You Are My Sunshine” Reeves and Ruairi Stirling, who enjoyed a good do rubbing shoulders with the Great and the Good of Leeds United.

MPO: The MPO reported that the Centenary merchandise had sold well to start with, but we still have stuff to sell. Hopefully once we get back to normality, we can push these items to raise more funds. The SAB meetings throughout the season at ER have continued via Zoom because of the bat flu. The website is continuing to be useful at attracting us more new members and continues to be read. No Googleanalytics figures available, but despite the costs at £11.99 per month and then the annual fees, it remains a worthwhile investment at present. Ryan Edmondson has been sponsored again for the coming season on the same Standard Silver Sponsorship. Sponsorship package includes 4 hospitality tickets, a VIP Legends event, 2 tickets to Player of Season Awards at ER, a signed shirt and certificate of sponsorship for £1920. Form has been processed and BACS will be made as soon as invoice is raised. Raffles will be held through the season for these events and any other stuff that we can acquire to raffle off. The email list is being updated to ensure that every branch member has a chance to go for these.

Treasurer: The Treasurers report was set at 14 months as opposed to the usual 12 due to the extended Bat flu season. Overall we were in deficit, but cash in the bank has helped. We avoided accruing the usual large losses at Brentford and QPR away, by not running buses, because of the low allocation (Brentford) and the fact we got no tickets for QPR. £108 was raised from the raffle for hospitality and there has been additional fundraising to the tune of £700 by Andy during the lockdown to help out. The Cardiff bus bill will be paid now that the cheque has been signed and there were sundry items such as the bank charges and the tip to the bar staff before the Hull game. The extra ticket costs incurred by Leeds only refunding for the ticket price and not the transaction charge, will be attempted to be recovered by selling the unused tickets for £1 each to the people who had booked on. The accounts were proposed by Ray and seconded by Chrissie.

Travel: Away travel was overall fine apart from the fact we lost 4 good planned trips at the end of the season to some of the best pub stops of the season. Bloody bat flu. No other issues. See minutes for precis of away trips.

Officers: Re-election of officers, all willing to stand, proposed by Chrissie and seconded by Dave, show of hands agreed. The election of Andy Yates as the Social and Fundraising Secretary was proposed by Ricky Greenwood and seconded by Dave Poole. A vote was taken and Andy was duly elected by a majority show of hands.

A.O.B: The resolution that Ripon branch were permitted to participate in all events on par with Harrogate branch members was passed by a show of hands. Craig from the Harrogate Arms has offered to reserve seating for branch members for the televised games. We will provide Craig with a list of names in good time before each game. Andy is also coordinating with the Empress on matchdays for a branch members. Leeds are now doing home programmes, so if any branch members have anything for the LUSC programme page, please get in touch with the MPO.

A.O.B

Makaela stated that she felt it was unfair to all those Gold members who may not get to a game this season and forked out £50. This will be taken to the next exec meeting and raised at SAB. There is now a ticket exchange system at ER, which makes sense once we are allowed back to the grounds. Dave said that refunds have still not been received – this will be raised at next exec and SAB. Middy asked if there was an option, once we are allowed to travel again, if the branch would consider going by train and booking group seats. The Secretary said people had been going by train anyway when we were short of tickets previous seasons, we will see if it comes to that.

AGM closed at 9pm.

New Social and Fundraising Secretary Andy Yates

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August 2020 Update

Posted by on Aug 11, 2020 in News and Events | 0 comments

August news has become another victim of the bat flu. Like our presence at ER in the last month or so, it is sadly lacking, but nevertheless, we plough on and hope to God that we get to see our newly promoted team sometime soon. Like Barbara Dickson in another Mike Batt immortal ditty, we’ll be sailing free, one day soon nothing in the world is gonna pull me back and nothing’s gonna keep me in,

Monthly Branch Meeting held Sunday August 9th 2020

Everything got cancelled because of bat flu… The End

OK, there was a little more to it than that

No LUSC exec meetings have been held because of bat flu, so no minutes to be read out. The LUSC main AGM has now been called off because of bat flu. We will be holding ours however, see under AOB.

Memberships

No new memberships because of bat flu. The Membership Secretary has been seen during the pandemic but was absent from the monthly branch meeting, not because of bat flu though.

Away Games

Got cancelled because of the bat flu. Not looking likely that we will entering a football ground anytime soon, but, if and when we are allowed in, we will look to pursue adequate arrangements as soon as possible until normal service resumes.

A.O.B

AGM

Our AGM will be held on Sunday 6th September at the Londesborough Club 8pm prompt start please. The bat flu rules apply, so you will all have to sign in at the door, leaving a contact number and walk through the one way system to get to the bar and upstairs. There will not be a bar available upstairs unfortunately due to staffing, but drinks can be sourced downstairs. If you can confirm your attendance in advance, please can you do so, usual channels. The deadline for agenda items and proposals for committee members has now passed. Andy Yates has been proposed as the new social secretary by Ricky Greenwood, seconded by Dave Poole. The branch exec officers will be up for re-election as per usual. However, there were no takers by the deadline date of August 9th.

Renewals and new memberships

Renewal forms will be emailed out imminently, please can you include a stamped addressed envelope for your membership card to be returned to you quickly and efficiently. There will be forms available at the AGM, please bring an envelope with you if possible. New membership forms are available via the link below:

New members Form

Please note that TWO passport sized photos are required for your photocard.

Media & Publicity

Two interviews were done by the MPO. They appeared in the Harrogate Advertiser and The Stray Ferret. The branch were also involved in a film for the Sunday Times, hopefully to be shown just before the start of the new season in a few weeks. Thanks to Dave Rowson, Phil Reeves and Angus Smith for their invaluable contributions.

Again, anyone who is wordpress savvy and wants to help with the website, please get in touch, especially with the gallery side of the website.

Champions Trophy

Congratulations to Phil Reeves and Ruiari Stirling for winning the two places at the Champions Trophy event. Hopefully everyone will have received the email with all the photos from the event. Incidentally, congratulations to branch member Phil Reeves on his new book which I hope branch members will purchase.

Lastly, thank you to Dave Rowson for the moment of comedy gold at The Chairman’s expense – brilliant

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February 2020 update

Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 in News and Events | 0 comments

It’s snowing!

Apologies for the delay to the February 2020 update, it’s been a bit busy

Monthly Branch Meeting

Branch meeting was held Sunday February 2nd, thanks to all who attended. It was decided to allow a little longer to try sell a few more raffle tickets for the Hospitality for the Reading game. There was a bit of a discussion about how difficult it has been trying to order tickets and how different it used to be when we were rubbish, when there were never any problems getting tickets. There was some feedback from the IAG meeting and the potential cut (again!) to the Hull  City allocation this season due to persistent standing. We, as a supporters club, have seen the away ticket allocations serially cut over the last few years. It is undoubtedly due to the poor behaviour of fans at away games. But, as we well know, there is an element of Leeds United fans who are far too busy enjoying their big day out to think about the connotations of their actions and the impact it has on the following seasons. It’s not just about the standing and blocking the aisles, the beer fights, smoking in and then the trashing of the toilets, the banging on the shutters because the home team are refusing to serve the people having beer fights any more beer, the climbing on the walls… need I go on? But it’s also about the misuse of alcohol and other substances which ruin it for the majority of people who genuinely are only there to watch the game.

I can only see it getting worse, so I think we will be saying goodbye to the days of managing to get to every game in a season very soon. Thank the Lord we enjoyed it while it lasted.

Moving on…

Memberships

The branch is showing a very healthy growth in numbers. May it long continue…..  The branch is not just about away games, 50% of our branch would never be able to get a ticket to an away game anyway! Our branch attend the LUSC exec meetings fortnightly, vote for the Player of The Month on your behalf,  organise monthly branch meetings, and we proudly sponsor home grown Harrogate talent Ryan Edmondson. We attend the LUSC Annual Quiz (and do badly but enjoy the pie and peas supper), the LUSC Annual Dinner and try to promote the LUSC best we can. We have our own website with it’s star, Chairman Charley at the helm. To top it off we have a pretty good end of season BBQ. It’s a diverse group and we don’t all agree with each other, safe to say, no one agrees with anybody else most of the time, but we are a nice group of people on the whole. We may not be as active as some supporters groups, but we make as much effort as we can within the limits of work and organising trips.

Away Games

Enjoying it while it lasts! There will be a trip to Boro (details to be posted imminently) and then tickets pending, there may well be a smaller trip to Hull.

A.O.B

LUSC Annual Dinner

The Centenary LUSC Annual Dinner is pencilled in for Luton on the Spring Equinox, Saturday 21st March. The usual 3 course meal and disco. The branch will be subsidising the ticket and travel costs are per usual. It is a good chance to meet up with other branches for a natter and see how well people scrub up when they are not dressed in football gear. We are hoping that the Club allow us our usual access to the players post match, before the meal. Normally The Deputy manages to get photos with all of them, so that shows you how long we get before they leg it back to their hotel. We are hoping that they will honour the fact that 3 of the LUSC branches spend money sponsoring players, so crossing our fingers that they let us have Kalvin, Klich and Ryan for a little longer. If anyone sees Bielsa in Wetherby, can you ask him nicely please?

LUSC Annual Quiz

Likely to be held somewhere in the East Stand on Thursday 16th April, which is the week of the Barnsley game. It is Easter the week before, so Stoke at home on Good Friday and Swansea away on Easter Monday (unless SkyTVisf**kings**t decide to change it). Pork pie and peas supper for the meat eaters and grass for the rest I am guessing. The questions are difficult, even harder after a few pints, and positively impossible after bottle of red wine… yet somehow someone still manages to get some answers correct. We had 3 teams last year, 4 if you include  Ripon bringing a team as well. We didn’t do very well, but it was a good laugh and we really need to start revising well before the week before. 4 people to a team, the branch pays the team entry fee and subsidises drink and travel. Let us know if you are interested, we don’t stick a chance of winning unless we sign up one of the people from The Chase.

Hospitality for Reading and other Sponsorship benefits

The winners of the two pairs of Reading tickets were….. Mally (I never win anything – EVER) Appleyard and Smuff (yeah give us a tenners worth) Paul Smith. Congratulations to you both. When the tickets arrive we will sort out getting them to you with the itinerary. Thanks to everyone who took part, any monies raised go towards the cost of Ryan’s sponsorship.

When the Thorp Arch event is confirmed, the branch will do the same and raffle off the places to branch members. I think last year the Thorp Arch places were split into a parent and child pairing and then two individual places. It’s worth remembering that the Thorp Arch event is always at the last minute.

There is still the LUSC Hospitality tickets which have yet to be announced.

Player Of The Month

There was a great response to vote for Player of the Month last month. Please can you continue to do so, regardless of whether some of them deserve it or not…. as at the end of the season there needs to be a winner to accept the LUSC Player of The Season trophy. The last few seasons someone from the LUSC has been able to present the trophy pitchside before a game. If anyone wishes to be put forward for that, please get in touch.

Programme Page

Most of you will have seen Bruce Reid got a picture and congratulations from the branch for doing his bit spreading Christmas Cheer round Harrogate. If anyone else has got anything like this, please get in touch with us.

Finally, monthly branch meetings etc.

The branch hold a monthly meeting on the 1st Sunday of every month (unless we are playing that day). It normally only lasts an hour or so, it’s not that much time out of your evening to come down to the Londesborough for a pint or two. If you have anything to contribute or wish to volunteer to help out with anything, please do so. This is your branch, so if you want anything to change, think the branch could do more or have any other (sensible) suggestions, this is where you need to do it. Other than The Membership Secretary (who has a job for life – not just Christmas) and probably Chairman Charley, all of the places on the Committee are up for grabs. If anyone wants to take the responsibility of ordering tickets, sorting coaches and refreshment stops and all the other social media, communications and admin stuff that comes with the job, all you need to do is put your proposals in, with a seconder, in WRITING four weeks before the AGM. The AGM is usually 1st Sunday in July, so as long as we have received your written proposal in time (so June 1st normally) for the agenda to be printed out, it can be put forward, debated and voted on at the AGM.

 

 

 

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January 2020 update

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in News and Events | 0 comments

Apologies for lack of correspondence since October. There have been lots of long away trips etc. to deal with. Once again, if anyone in the branch can help out with this website to keep it up to date, any offers greatly appreciated.

Monthly Branch Meeting.

Monthly branch meeting was held on Sunday January 5th 2020. Thanks to all who attended despite the Christmas run in of Fulham, Birmingham and West Brom away, with Arsenal in the FA Cup imminent, it was a good turn out. The branch had donated some alcohol free (yes such things exist) beer etc. to Harrogate Fire Station for their Christmas Day open door event. Bruce Reid who has been a branch member for quite a while, works there and was happy for us to share the event on social media etc. The branch also donated some memorabilia which may go towards fund raising in the future. Hopefully, there will be a piece about this on the LUSC programme page in a future Leeds United programme. The Club have got back to us about our Hospitality places. A vote was taken at the meeting and we have gone with either Reading or Luton as our chosen game. See AOB below.

Memberships

Healthy numbers for this season. The Membership Secretary is returning all the forms to The Secretary as soon as he can and any membership cards will be sent out as soon as possible if there was a stamped addressed envelope provided. If no envelope was provided, you will have to wait until we see you at a home game or on the bus at an away game for your card and free LUSC white Centenary wallet.

Away Games

We will be trying for QPR but as it is a free for all sale, we are not holding our breath. ***Update failed to get any in the season ticket holders sale, managed a few gold members tickets on Weds*** . There will not be any transport arranged for QPR due to lack of tickets. Forest is the next away  game and once we know the ticketing arrangements, we will sort transport accordingly. Brentford, frankly is a non starter. The members who qualify for the tiny amount of available tickets will be informed. Future travel will depend on what Leeds United decide re tracker v free for all. Any decisions re transport will be done on a match by match basis. If we end up getting promoted, next season will be a nightmare. We will have to see what happens when that situation arises.

A.O.B

Tickets

If anyone can please order their own away tickets when it comes to the free for all sales, PLEASE do so. It is a tremendous help and judging by our luck when it comes to free for alls, it is probably the only way to guarantee your ticket. I know the broadband signal in North Yorks is patchy but some branch members have been extremely lucky with their efforts this season, so keep up the good work. Also, do not disturb us anytime between 10.30 and 11.30 on ticket selling day. Messenger and facebook really do not help at all in these moments of crisis. If you are lucky to get your own tickets, let us know lunchtime-ish or at least after the red sold out bar comes up on the Leeds website.

Since we have been doing better, home tcikets are selling out very quickly. We can TRY to order you tickets on your numbers, but can you please give as much notice as possible. If you are trying to order your own, please remember that it won’t let you order in the family stand unless you are ordering two adults and two children at the same time. The only ones you can get are at the top of the East Stand and they won’t let young children sit up there.

Hospitality package

We will confirm whether it is the Reading or Luton  game for the hospitality package in the Gary Speed Suite. There are four places available and we will raffle them as two pairs of tickets. It will be free food and tea/coffee, free programme and then seats in the East Stand. The view is excellent and the prize is well worth it. We will be selling the raffle tickets, same as last year, at £1 per ticket to branch members only. Tickets can be purchased on the bus, in the pub (Golden Lion) if you see us on matchday, at the next branch meeting or you can email/message us and pay us by BACS for the tickets. The winning tickets will be drawn at the nearest monthly branch meeting to the game. Hopefully, this will be the Reading game and therefore will be at the NEXT monthly branch meeting. all money raised will go towards branch funds and hopefully the continued sponsorship of Ryan Edmondson. There has been no information yet regarding the Thorp Arch event, as soon as I know, we will let you know.

LUSC Programme Page.

If anyone has anything that they wish to have on the page, please get in touch. Hopefully Bruce Reid will be on the next one. Text has to be about 220 words long and a picture would be great. It publicises the LUSC  and the branch, so all good. The branch has done several articles. the MPO can help out if you need any further advice.

Centenary Merchandise

Still have some stock, especially the wristbands and car stickers. Any proceeds go back into the branch, so get in touch if you can help sell any of the items please.

Social Media

Just a reminder that the Harrogate Whites facebook page is PUBLIC and where we post any old rubbish that happens to be interesting at the time. The Harrogate & District LUSC page is the CLOSED group for paid up branch members who have filled in a form. If you haven’t filled a form in, you aren’t in it and this is where we post departure details etc. If I have missed anyone, I will add you to the group eventually with a reminder. If you aren’t a branch member, soz.

Website

Any help appreciated, especially if you know how to put photos in the gallery section. It is still getting sufficient views to continue with it, so even though it is yet another thing to do, we are persevering with it.

Football Cards

Just like to thank Ripon Mark and Bev for helping to do the football cards on the bus. Everything helps!

 

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