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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October 2019

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in News and Events | 0 comments

Apologies for missing Septembers update. October 2019 will have to just be a hotchpotch.

Monthly Branch Meeting

There have been no formal meetings since August 2019. The September and October ones have been hijacked by other pressing events, so there are no minutes available for either of these mini meetings. Our next branch meeting will be Sunday November 3rd. The day after QPR at home and the day before Mischief Night. As we are British, we won’t be subscribing to the whole Americanisation of celebrating Halloween as a “special” day, but if anyone has any chocolate (as long as it isn’t that Ferrero Rocher!) left over, you are most welcome to bring it along. That “Trick or Treat” lark is just an excuse to hike the prices up of sweets and chocolate for two weeks before October 31st. It’s just another ruse to waste your money and another opportunity to get your kids addicted to more crap sugar, although given all the laws we are going to be subject to from the fun police, it probably won’t be proper sugar and chocolate anyway. It’ll be some vegan, chemical sugar substitute that in decades to come, some scientist will tell us that it induced hyperactivity in kids and given a whole generation long term health problems.

No, there won’t be any high jinks that evening unless someone decides to knock on the door and runs away before The Chairman opens it. I have to say that “Ring” device or them video door cameras are just sucking the joy right out of Mischief Night.

Memberships

Mysteriously, we are still getting requests for people wanting to join. I honestly don’t know why as everyone knows by now that the Supporters Club’s can’t get tickets like we used to. I think The Chairman’s popularity on social media must be having an impact. Either that or people are desperate to see what we post on the closed facebook group – which frankly isn’t very much apart  from departure times. Either way, it is good that more people are wanting to join the branch, as it means that we can put more money towards Ryan’s sponsorship package bill and of course any extra funds will go towards the Annual Harrogate Branch End Of Season BBQ. Everyone will get a very smart free LUSC Centenary branch wallet for their membership cards (maybe that’s why people are joining up) provided you send The Membership Secretary a stamped addressed envelope. Anyone who hasn’t had their membership card yet, please be patient as their has been a bit of a backlog.

Away Games

There have been away games and we have struggled with tickets – The End

Seriously, thanks to everyone who has been trying for their own tickets on ticket selling day. It has been a bit of a nightmare this season, probably worse than last and this interest in away games has been unprecedented in my lifetime, frankly. We are told that it is because Leeds as a city is getting bigger and because of that and the “Northern Powerhouse” the profile of Leeds United is increasing. Because of all of this, the media profile is getting bigger and so more people are turning into fans of Leeds United. And that, ladies and gentlebeans, is why away tickets are getting harder and harder to come by.

Of course Leeds United have never had such a big fan base before this season right?

The biggest attendance at Elland Road is??? 15th March 1967, FA Cup 5th Round Replay 57,892.  I’ll spell it out, fifty seven thousand, eight hundred and ninety two people in the year nineteen sixty seven. Yes, it was the FA Cup – yes, that’s right a CUP game. And it was only the 5th round, not even the quarter final or semi. And to top it all off – it was a REPLAY. That’s right, a replay, this is something that used to happen when there was a draw at the end of the 90 minutes of normal play. Games used to be replayed until you got a result. I think the record goes to Alverchurch v Oxford City (gonna check with The Chairman) – they did 6 ties in 1971. This was in the “old days” where there was a bit of pride in the game, before the FA decide to get rid of replays to “ease fixture congestion”. “Fixture congestion” to “rest” players that were worn out from all these European games that they all played, seeing as the squads were so small that they had to field the “top” players all the time and no “big” club would ever field a weakened team in the League or FA Cup, ever. Plus NONE of the “big” clubs ever went to the Far East, Middle East, USA or Australasia to play in money spinning  “friendlies”, did they?

I’ve gone off on a complete tangent, apologies. Anyway. Everyone knows what I am getting at. We all know the reason why people have started wanting to go Leeds United away games again. The branch will run travel for as long as we can dependant on whether we get tickets or not. Please try order your own. Departure details will be published on the closed facebook group.

Website and social media

As soon as I get time, the gallery will be updated with photos etc. Eric Ware was in the Derby programme on the LUSC page, if anyone else has an interesting article, please get it to us as soon as. By the way Eric was in that 57,892 crowd at Elland Road that day.

The closed facebook group has had the first cull. Anyone else in the group who hasn’t filled a form in will be removed shortly. It’s pretty simple, join the branch, join the closed group. The public page will remain public and facebook will do whatever it does to get some sort of revenue into it’s funds by suggesting adverts or links to clickbait. I think it has asked me to try get more likes to the page or something. I’m not really bothered, so I’m not going to. If anyone posts anything on there I don’t like, I’ll delete it anyway.

A.O.B

Ryan Edmondson

Ryan continues to be our sponsored player. He had gone from U23 top goal scorer at Leeds United to having the Number 9 shirt for England Under 19 team. To time of writing, Ryan has got 3 England caps and scored a goal. Whilst he still hasn’t got his 1st team call up, hopefully Bielsa has a plan and realises than whilst Eddie has got some skills, Ryan might be a better sub or even partner up front with Patrick Bamford. Two up front at home, come on Marcelo.

Centenary Merchandise

It’s flying off the shelves and hopefully it will all be sold by Christmas. All items are just one offs and even though there has been interest, there will be no more merchandise once it all gets sold. Sorry.

 

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July 2019

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in News and Events | 0 comments

The summer is over and the season begins on Sunday.

Monthly Branch Meeting

The last meeting was the AGM (write up soon- less heavily redacted speech from Mr Rowson) and as we will be coming back from Bristol on Sunday, the next monthly branch meeting will be Sunday 11th August, 8pm, the Londesborough Club, Bower Road, Harrogate. Anyone who hasn’t paid their subs and isn’t coming to Bristol can bring their pennies and completed forms along with them on the night please. Please try to attend your branch meeting, as it is the best way to book on for away games and keep up to date with what’s going on.

Memberships

The Membership Secretary is alive and kicking, and currently heavily burdened with processing the renewal forms. He thanks everyone who has included a stamped addressed envelope for the returns. Most of you will receive your membership cards and free (branch has paid for them) Leeds United Supporters Club centenary wallet in the post in the next few days. Anyone who hasn’t yet received a renewal form will be able to fill one in on the bus on Sunday otherwise please get in touch , usual channels.

Away Games

As usual we will order tickets for away games for people who cannot order their own on ticket sale day and have a valid Leeds United customer number. We CANNOT guarantee that we will get all the tickets required, as it is wholly dictated by Leeds United’s selling arrangements and the reliability of T’internet connection. The only way to ensure you get a ticket is to order your own. If anyone wants any home tickets ordering, please can you get in touch as soon as, as again, if the team are doing well, home tickets will be in short supply.

The departure details have been posted on facebook for Bristol.

Salford have only given us 1400 or so tickets, so after deducting the ASTs, it only leaves a paltry amount for us plebs. Alternative transport arrangements will have to decide after the appropriate discussions have taken place with any other interested parties.

A.O.B.

Social Media

The public facebook page was changed by facebook for whatever reason they did. We will try to change the name back to Harrogate Whites if they let us. Not completely sure what went on but either way, they have done it. The website continues to be put on the backburner behind facebook but at some point the pictures from the BBQ and preseason will be posted. All departure details will be posted on the CLOSED facebook group only, and you need to have filled in your membership form in order to be in that closed group.

Centenary Goods

We will be selling the bags, wristbands,glasses, car stickers etc. in earnest from now on. All in aid of our sponsorship of Ryan (see below) and the now obligatory end of season BBQ. We don’t have paypal, but you can request stuff to be brought to the monthly branch meetings or on the bus,

Ryan’s Sponsorship

It was agreed at the AGM that we go for the silver sponsorship package for Ryan this season, plus if we went for the Gold package our former secretary would have probably imploded. It would have got very messy. Hopefully we will get our official certificate in the post this year. This package includes invitational places at a training session at Thorp Arch and hospitality tickets to a home game (date/time etc. to be confirmed by the Club) as well as a shirt. We will look to raffle these off to raise funds for our (hopefully) future continued sponsorship of Ryan as he makes his mark on the first team this season. Any help with these raffles and any other fundraising activity is most welcome. I probably don’t need to remind you that the branch is a not for profit organisation, but like Leeds United we need to make ends meet and our outgoings must be balanced by other forms of income.

Lastly, anyone who can help out on the website (uses wordpress), please get in contact. The website is viewed more often than we think and it is a worthwhile opportunity to publicise the branch and the LUSC as a whole.

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May 2019 Update

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in News and Events | 0 comments

Here is a brief May 2019 update to replace the one that disappeared.

Monthly Branch Meeting

There are no further monthly branch meetings planned for this season. The next meeting will be the AGM on Sunday July 7th. 7.30 pm for an 8.00pm start please.

Annual Branch BBQ

Currently on hold until we know what is going on. I am sincerely hoping that it will be cancelled because we will be playing at Wemberley on that day.

Memberships

The Membership Secretary remains incognito at present but we will be fully expecting him to emerge like a butterfly from his chrysalis for the AGM. Renewal forms will be formulated and then sent out sometime in June. Please return with a stamped addressed envelope (that actually sticks otherwise we will charge extra for the sellotape) for the return of your LUSC membership card and your LUSC Centenary wallet. Renewals will be accepted at the AGM, cold hard cash/cheques/postal orders but not blood this year. Please note, even though you have been a branch member for the last 20 years, you STILL have to fill in and sign the renewal form which ensures your details are current!

Away Games

Currently taking bookings for Derby. We will deal with the final when we come to it. If you are NOT a paid up member, you will NOT get a seat on the bus.

Sponsorship

We are sponsoring (top goal scorer u23s) Ryan Edmondson for the rest of the season. Should we be allowed to sponsor him next season, we will need to raise a lot of money. The branch is a non profit organisation, and we have always kept the travel down to a minimum, but we will need to raise funds to achieve this. Anyone with any ideas, please contact us. The Centenary merchandise will be with us shortly. Thanks to Makaela for volunteering her assistance. I’m not asking for anyone to go out and sell blood, eggs, sperm (or any other bodily fluids), organs, their bodies (!) etc. but any workable ideas will be greatly appreciated. We do have signed shirts and other donated goods to raffle off, anything else is most welcome.

Thorp Arch

Congrats to Makaela and Jack and Brent Ward who won the raffle to attend the Thorp Arch event with The Deputy. A good day was had by all even though Ryan wasn’t there because he was at Selhurst Park playing in the u23s. Hopefully Leeds United will let us have another shot at meeting him to give us our certificate of sponsorship. The photos from the day will hopefully be added to the Gallery section soon.

Website

It currently costs the branch £20+ for the annual fee and £8+ monthly for the website. It also takes a lot of hard work to run it as well. According to GoogleAnalytics, people are regularly looking at it, so it is probably worthwhile keeping it running, even if it does piss some people off. If anyone wishes to contribute to it, any help is very welcome.

LUSC AGM

The main LUSC AGM will be held on the afternoon of Sunday July 7th. It will be 11.30am for 12 noon start please, Eddie Gray Suite, East Stand (tbc). If anyone wishes to attend, please bring along your LUSC membership card. Hopefully Josh will be there again this year with his new belt.

Finally, thanks to Lesley Hope and Jane Taylor for this – HarrogateWhites’s very own Bielsa…. Happy Birthday Steve Mawtus

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