The news of how many forwards are fit, as well as Sawyer, will give Tilly plenty of thought as he goes into Blues, and Leeds, fourth league fixture in eleven days, ridiculous.
Harding will be back so Francis will return to a right back position he hasn't exactly been lording over before Dan's suspension, well done Sankofa.
Talking of Lords, Lee Barnard will have a late fitness test but unless he's 100% fit Tilly don't play him. Whatever, please start with the Frenchman.
Laurent deserves a go ahead of Walker and Revell.
If both Barnard and Freedman, already declared unfit by BBC Essex, are out, I'd still start the Frenchman. If Alex gets another chance, let's see the Swindon Revell, not the Bristol one.
I'd even give Scannell a go over the inconsistant Betsy but this probably isn't the game Tilly would take a chance.
In midfield, blimey did we miss Sawyer, hope that groin's good. Macca needs more time in the reserves whatever he thinks, though if he does play the game time against Rovers wouldn't have done him any harm. Christophe was the shock, a totally lacklustre display at the Memorial Stadium. Now he's had a rest I expect a fully charged Jean-Francois to be charging around the pitch in his usual manner.
Whatever, another very tough 90 minutes in store for team and fans alike. 1-0 Blues. The Aussie better be up for it!
Leeds United, everyone's favourite Yorkshiremen, yes, are still a big team, (it means so much to them), and the game everybody wants to win while secretly putting them in their top two at the end of the season.
Over 1,500 White fans visited Roots Hall last January after a sell out the previous season. As it's another evening kick-off a similar crowd should make it, so a very good atmosphere after some quiet away support to say the least.
While Leeds are all powerful at home, they've won their last seven, they've lost their last three away, including league defeats at Millwall and Peterborough.
Overall though it's been a steady climb up the league with one of the most exciting forward partnerships, Beckford and Becchio, in the division, with 21 goals between them. The same number that Southend have scored in the league all season! Did I say 1-0!
In midfield, early Tilson loan target Jonathan Douglas has been outstanding since returning to the side, bringing this comment from Pieman2: "Totally agree, (how well he's been playing), if it wasn't for Delph and Becchio getting a brace apiece in the last 2 home games Douglas would surely have a sizeable collection of MoM champagne by now."
The following is from Yorkshire Evening Post chief football writer Phil Hay who looks at how Leeds United's players performed against Walsall. Should carry a health warning as their away form is not as good as explained above but your get an idea of who to look out for and expect a similar team with no injuries reported.
The Danish born keeper Ankergren, who came in when first choice Dave Lucas had a stomach upset just before kick-off, is hoping he did enough to keep his place.
Casper Ankergren: His superb save from Jabo Ibehre after 22 minutes was absolutely crucial, denying Walsall a goal they did not deserve. On top of that, his kicking and handling was faultless. 8/10
Frazer Richardson: Walsall gave him no trouble defensively and Richardson did not cause himself any problems either. Still lacks that killer ball when he advances down the right wing. 7/10
Lubomir Michalik: Took on Ibehre, who was one of Walsall's better players, and used his height to good effect to dominate the striker. Won numerous headers inside his own box. 8/10
Paul Telfer: The odd error was apparent in his performance but there is no denying that Leeds look far happier as a team with Telfer in the backline. Saturday's clean sheet was a just reward. 7/10
Ben Parker: Overall, Parker was extremely solid, though both of United's scares in the first half stemmed from his side of the field. Did enough to justify him receiving the nod at left-back. 7/10
Jonathan Howson: His crossing was a little hit and miss, especially in the first half, but his passing was accurate and incisive and his confidence seems to be growing. 7/10
Fabian Delph: Will soon have more champagne than the French. Scored two brilliant goals, but they were only part of an exquisite display which landed him yet another man of the match award. 9/10
Jonathan Douglas: So much of the freedom afforded to Delph was reliant on Douglas' effort and he was happy to carry out the dirty work while leaving his team-mate to do the damage. 8/10
Neil Kilkenny: Only played for an hour but was influential during it. Look for the ball at every turn in the first half, though cutting through Walsall's defence wasn't easy, and he helped Leeds dominate possession. 7/10
Lucciano Becchio: On hand to poach his goal with a striker's instinct, and he showed his usual work ethic, dropping deep to win the ball whenever Leeds were struggling to find him up front. 8/10
Jermaine Beckford: Not as exuberant as he was against Leyton Orient and did not see the same number of chances either, though he might have won a penalty with a second-half shot which struck Boertien. 7/10
Played 5: Won 2 Drawn 1 Lost 2.
Two different games at Roots Hall, both exciting. One a draw that, following our 0-4 defeat at Hull, (whatever happened to them?), set in motion our march back to League One, where Leeds kindly joined us. The other a one goal margin with the winner a full debut goal by Lee Barnard on the day Gary McAllister had been announced at the new Leeds manager.
If only Freddie's shot had gone in instead of hitting the post, read about it here: www.thelittlegazette.com/news/loadrprt.asp?cid=MTCH&id=330064
The last game and the Lord's glorious winner: www.thelittlegazette.com/news/loadrprt.asp?cid=MTCH&id=374850
The man in the middle is Pat Miller, from Bedfordshire. This is his second Southend match, the last being the 1-1 draw with Swansea last season where he gave out 5 yellows including Macca!
Tuesday, 28 October 2008, (all 19.45): Brighton v Leicester, Carlisle v Hartlepool, Crewe v Peterborough, Huddersfield v Yeovil, Leyton Orient v MK Dons, Millwall v Hereford, Northampton v Colchester, Oldham v Scunthorpe, Stockport v Tranmere, Walsall v Swindon.
Bet of the Day: Southend! 2-1, at home, go for it!
Best for Leeds are 4/6 Promotion, 1/2 top three finish and Beckford is 100/30 to be the League One top scorer.
Southend have drifted out to 11/2 for promotion after Saturday's defeat but a best of 14/1 for Bristol Rovers might be worth looking at especially if they keep Lambert!
For a full update on all the footy odds go to www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-one.
Leeds United's predecessor team Leeds City FC was formed in 1904, but was forcibly disbanded by The Football League in 1919 in response to allegations of illegal payments to players during the First World War.
A new club, Leeds United, was formed and the club received an invitation to enter the Midland League from the league secretary, Mr. J Nicholson. Leeds United were voted into the Midland League on 31 October 1919, taking the place vacated by Leeds City Reserves.
Yorkshire Amateurs, who occupied Elland Road, offered to make way for the new team under the management of former player Dick Ray. The chairman of Huddersfield Town, Mr. Hilton Crowther loaned Leeds United £35,000, to be repaid when Leeds United won promotion to Division One. He brought Barnsley's manager Arthur Fairclough to Leeds and on 26 February 1920, Dick Ray stepped down to become Fairclough's assistant.
On 31 May 1920, Leeds United were elected to the Football League.
Over the following few years, Leeds consolidated their position in the Second Division and in 1924 won the title and with it promotion to the First Division.
However, they failed to establish themselves and were relegated in 1926-27. After being relegated Fairclough resigned which paved the way for Ray to return as manager.
In the years up until the start of World War II Leeds were twice relegated, both times being instantly re-promoted the following season. On 5 March 1935 Ray resigned and he was replaced by Billy Hampson, who remained in charge for 12 years. In the 1946-47 season after the war, Leeds were relegated again with the worst league record in their history. After this season, Hampson resigned (he stayed with Leeds as their chief scout albeit for only 8 months) and was replaced in April 1947 by Willis Edwards.
In 1948 Sam Bolton replaced Ernest Pullan as the chairman of Leeds United. Edwards was moved to assistant trainer in April 1948 after just one year as manager. He was replaced by Major Frank Buckley.
They remained in the Second Division until 1955-56, when Leeds once again won promotion to the First Division, inspired by Welsh legend John Charles. However, Charles was hungry for success at the highest level, and manager Raich Carter was unable to convince him that Leeds could satisfy his ambitions. Charles was sold to Juventus for a then world record of £65,000; the loss of such a key player led to Leeds' decline, and the team was relegated to the Second Division in 1959-60.
In March 1961 the club appointed Don Revie as manager. His stewardship began in adverse circumstances; the club was in financial difficulty and in 1961-62 only a win in the final game of the season saved the club from relegation to Division Three. Revie turned the team around, winning promotion to the First Division in 1963-64. Between 1965 and 1974, Revie's Leeds never finished outside of the top four, won two League Championships (1968-69 and 1973-74), the FA Cup (1972), the League Cup (1968) and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups (1968 and 1971).
Set against the success was an unenvied record of second places; during the same period Leeds were runners up in the League five times, losing finalists in the FA Cup three times, runners up in the Fairs Cup once, and losing finalists in the European Cup Winners Cup. Revie's last season at Elland Road was in 1974, and he left Leeds to take up the role of managing the English national team.
Brian Clough was appointed as Revie's successor. This was a surprise appointment, as Clough had been an outspoken critic of Revie and the team's tactics. The team performed poorly under Clough, and after only 44 days he was dismissed and replaced by former England captain Jimmy Armfield.
Armfield took Revie's ageing team to the final of the 1974-75 European Cup, where they were defeated by Bayern Munich. Assisted by coach Don Howe, Armfield rebuilt Revie's team, and though it no longer dominated English football, it remained in the top ten for subsequent seasons. However, the board was impatient for success and dismissed Armfield, replacing him with Jock Stein, who also lasted just 44 days before leaving to manage Scotland.
The board turned to Jimmy Adamson but he was unable to stop the decline. In 1980 Adamson resigned and was replaced by former Leeds and England star Allan Clarke. Despite spending freely on players, he was unable to stem the tide and the club was relegated at the end of 1981-82. Clarke was replaced by former team-mate Eddie Gray.
With no money to spend on team building, Gray's concentrated on youth development, but was unable to guide them to promotion from the Second Division. The board again became impatient and sacked him in 1985, replacing him with another former Revie star, Billy Bremner. Bremner carried on where Gray had left off, but found it just as difficult to achieve promotion, though he did bring the club close; Leeds got to the 1987 play-off final but were defeated by Charlton Athletic after extra time, a result which prevented Leeds from winning promotion and ensured that Charlton avoided relegation. Leeds also endured a near miss in the FA Cup, losing to Coventry City in the semi-finals.
In October 1988, with the team 21st in the Second Division, Bremner was fired to make way for Howard Wilkinson, who oversaw promotion back to the First Division in 1989-90. Under Wilkinson the club finished 4th in 1990-91 and then won the title in 1991-92.
However, the 1992-93 season was a poor one, with Leeds exiting the Champions League in the early stages, and eventually finishing 17th in the League, narrowly avoiding relegation. Wilkinson's Leeds were unable to provide any consistent challenge for honours, and his position was not helped by a poor display in the 1996 League Cup final which Leeds lost to Aston Villa. Leeds could only finish 13th in 1995-96, and after a 4-0 home defeat to Manchester United early in 1996-97, Wilkinson had his contract terminated.
Leeds appointed George Graham as Wilkinson's replacement. The appointment was controversial as Graham had previously received a one year ban from The Football Association for receiving illegal payments from a Football Agent. Graham made some astute purchases, and by the end of the season Leeds had qualified for the following season's UEFA Cup.
In October 1998 Graham moved on to become manager of Tottenham Hotspur, and Leeds opted to replace him with assistant manager David O'Leary. O'Leary introduced promising youngsters, and under the coaching of Eddie Gray Leeds secured 3rd place in the league, sending the club into the UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately, Leeds' image was tarnished when players Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer were involved in an incident which left an Asian student in hospital with severe injuries. The resulting courtcase took nearly two years to resolve; Bowyer was cleared, and Woodgate convicted of affray and sentenced to community service.
In the UEFA Cup, Leeds reached their first European semi-final in 25 years and were paired against Turkish champions Galatasaray in Istanbul. Leeds lost the game, but the result was overshadowed by the death of two Leeds fans, Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight, who were stabbed to death before the game. Leeds were only able to draw the return leg at Elland Road, thus going out of the competition. A minute's silence is held every year at the match closest to the anniversary of the incident to remember Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight.
O'Leary's Leeds never finished outside of the top five, but following their appearance in the UEFA Champions League 2001 semi-final against Valencia their fortunes began to change. Under chairman Peter Ridsdale, Leeds had taken out large loans against the prospect of the share of the TV rights and sponsorship revenues that come with UEFA Champions League qualification and any subsequent progress in the competition. However, Leeds narrowly failed to qualify for the Champions League, and as a consequence did not receive enough income to repay the loans. The first indication that the club was in financial trouble was the sale of Rio Ferdinand to Manchester United for approximately £30 million Ridsdale and O'Leary publicly fell out over the sale, and O'Leary was sacked and replaced by former England manager Terry Venables.
Leeds performed badly under Venables, and other players were sold to repay the loans, including Jonathan Woodgate whom Ridsdale had promised Venables would not be sold. Tensions mounted between the pair, eventually resulting in the sacking of Venables, who was replaced by Peter Reid. By this time Leeds were in danger of relegation, but Reid saved Leeds from the drop in the penultimate game of the season. During this time Ridsdale had resigned from the Leeds board, and was replaced by economics expert Professor John McKenzie. An unsuccessful start to the 2003-04 season saw Peter Reid dismissed, and head coach Eddie Gray took over as caretaker manager until the end of the season.
Gerald Krasner, an insolvency specialist, led a consortium of local businessmen which took over Leeds and under his chairmanship oversaw the sale of the clubs' assets, including senior and emerging youth players of any value.
Caretaker manager Gray was largely blameless for the performance of the team during the 2003-04 season as the majority of the squad was sold out from underneath him and despite his best efforts, Leeds were relegated after 14 years in the top flight. Following relegation, Gray's reign as caretaker manager was terminated, and Kevin Blackwell was appointed manager. Most of the remaining players were sold or released on free transfers to further reduce the wage bill. Leeds were eventually forced to sell both their training ground, for £4.2 million, and their Elland Road stadium in the autumn of 2004.
The board finally sold the club to Ken Bates for £10 million. Blackwell stabilised the team by signing players on free transfers and low wages and Leeds finished the 2004-05 season mid-table in the Championship. In the 2005-06 season Leeds finished in the top 6 and made the promotion playoff final, which they lost to Watford. On 10 September 2006, Kevin Blackwell announced that within a year the club would be debt-free. However, the 2006-07 season started badly and on 20 September 2006 Kevin Blackwell's contract as manager of Leeds United was terminated.
Dennis Wise was eventually installed as his replacement after a month without a permanent manager, but was unable to lift the team out of the relegation zone for much of the season, despite bringing a number of experienced loan players into the squad. With relegation virtually assured, Leeds entered a Company Voluntary Arrangement (administration) on 4 May 2007, thus incurring a league imposed 10 point deduction which officially relegated the club to the third tier of English football.
The CVA was due to end on 3 July 2007 which would have allowed Bates to regain full control of the club. However HM Revenue & Customs challenged the CVA, a decision which could ultimately have resulted in the liquidation of the club. Under league rules, if the club were still in administration at the start of the next season, Leeds would have been prevented from starting their campaign by the Football League. Following the challenge by HMRC, the club was put up for sale by KPMG, and once again Ken Bates' bid was accepted. The league eventually sanctioned this under the "exceptional circumstances rule" but imposed a 15 point deduction due to the club not following football league rules on clubs entering administration. On 31 August 2007 HMRC decided not to pursue their legal challenge any further. Wise guided Leeds to the play-off places at the start of 2008, despite the 15-point deduction. However, he controversially quit as manager on 28 January to take up a position in Kevin Keegan's new set-up at Newcastle United.
The following day former club captain Gary McAllister was appointed as manager of the club. In spite of this mid-season managerial change, plus the well-publicised 15-point deduction, Leeds went on to secure a play-off place with one game to spare. They were however beaten 1-0 in the final by Doncaster Rovers in their first appearance at the new Wembley Stadium.
(Thanks to the usual suspects for their help with this article.)