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Friday, 12th April, 2013

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MP Stuart Andrew calls for hospitals to be held under more scrutiny - Page 3

£240K spent on local potholes. - Page 4

Anger as Whitehall gives homes plan green light

by Jon Cronshaw

A ‘ludicrous decision’ to overrule Leeds City Council’s decision to refuse a controversial housing development in Horsforth has been met with anger from the community.

The plans by Harrow Estates to build 400 homes on Calverley Lane was rejected by the council in 2011 after residents voiced concerns that the town didn’t have the infrastructure to cope with it. But the decision was overturned by the Government, which ignored the pleas of local residents and has given the project the green light. Now councillors and residents are furious that the development can go ahead, which will see the building of new houses and shops on the grounds of the old Clariant Works chemical plant. Coun Brian Cleasby said: “It’s in a ridiculous position, it’s completely daft – it really is unsustainable.” A spokesperson for Har-

row Estates said: “The opposition by local councillors throughout the promotion of this site is disappointing given the overwhelming pressure for new homes in Leeds.” The original proposals were rejected in the most part because of the difficulty residents will have gaining access to local shops, schools and the public transport network without the use of a car. However, a Leeds City spokesperson said this week: “The scheme will bring new jobs, new homes and meet a number of other needs of the local neighbourhood as well as contributing to the ambitious housing target the city has for the future.” Horsforth resident Ruth Morris, 26, said: “They haven’t thought it through at all. “The A65 is a nightmare already at most times and the Horsforth roundabout is a nightmare at rush hour because you cannot get across it.” Coun Cleasby explained that when a proposal is

AMAZED: Coun Brian Cleasby outside chemical plant.

considered by the council, it has to be evaluated with consideration to factors such as the layout of local roads and the amount of cars on them. He said: “The only way to get off the site is to use the ring road – which was our first objection. Going to work, going to school, they’d have to use the ring road.” Concerns have also been raised over school places. Coun Cleasby added: “What’s most ridiculous is that the site falls under an

LS18 postcode. This means that now Horsforth School has changed their admissions policy, they’ll have to give priority to the new families moving into the new houses. “There’s no extra capacity, and we’ve got a minimal amount of money for more secondary school places.” A spokesperson from Leeds City Council said: “The site will deliver 50 affordable housing units with a mix of two and three Continued on Page 3

LEFT AND BOTTOM: Artist’s impressions of new housing to be built.


When Mrs Thatcher tucked into fish and chips in Guiseley 2 Friday, 12th April, 2013

by Samantha Hepworth & James Grayson

MARGARET Thatcher is dead. And even in death she divides opinions. Love or hate her , no-one can stop talking about the past and the present events surrounding the woman from Grantham.

Baroness Thatcher came to Guiseley to eat fish and chips at the famous Harry Ramsdens, now known at The Wetherby Whaler, back in 1979 and on May 26, 1983. Both dates were part of her election campaigns. In 1983 crowds gathered in Guiseley to see the Iron Lady, but not all were her fans. A couple of young students came in their school lunch break from St Mary’s in Menston . One of them was Damian Waters, 46, originally from Horsforth. “Some people wanted to boo her, but when we got there we couldn’t get that close and only saw the back of her head,” he said. Leeds Councillor Bernard Atha (Lab, Kirkstall) met her on a few occasions, but was not a fan of the former Prime Minister. However, he did have a few kind words about her as a strong woman in a man’s world. “I admired the skill by which she managed her public life. She could have taught even Tony Blair a thing or two about how to manage an image,” he said. She is often blamed for the demise of industry and this is something Coun Atha wants us all to remember. “Now she is gone, I say RIP but let us

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never forget the damage to society, the economy and industry her power and authority created.” In the Yorkshire area there have been strong opinions expressed about her as leader of the nation and, in Leeds city centre, an impromptu party was held on Tuesday to ‘celebrate’ her passing. But, for some, her policies proved to be life-changing. Guiseley resident Geoffrey Booth, 68 said: “It is very sad as I thought she was brilliant. “We wouldn’t have bought our own home if it wasn’t for her.” Councillor Clive Fox (Adel and Wharfedale) said: “I don’t think anyone can seriously dispute that Margaret Thatcher was our greatest peace time prime minister. “As expected some parts of the media have spent time denigrating her, pointing to the decline of manufacturing industry and the coal mines in particular. “But Margaret Thatcher’s policies were right for the time and it has to be significant that subsequent Labour administrations never reversed them because they were quite simply a realistic approach to the problems of the day. “We are down to only a couple of working collieries left in Yorkshire today because the Labour government accepted that was necessary. “That’s also why people can still buy their council house, why the Cold War came to an end and why people no longer have to fear of the power of the Union Barons telling people what they can and can’t do. “Margaret Thatcher transformed the nation and we owe a huge debt to her for that.”

LOVELY GRUB: Margaret Thatcher drops in for lunch.

Travel problems spark campaigners’ drive for improvements to village bus service Picture courtesy of Yorkshire Evening Post

by Shaun Moloney

ELDERLY campaigners in Rawdon are demanding improved bus services to help them travel around their own community.

They believe the 33 bus travelling from Otley to Leeds can deviate from its current route and accommodate residents at both ends of Rawdon – before carrying on its normal journey along the A65. Older residents living in upper Rawdon , which includes sheltered accommodation in the Billing View area, are having trouble getting to businesses and facilities in lower Rawdon. This includes Rawdon Library, Micklefield Park and the Rawdon Council Offices. In turn, residents in lower Rawdon have the opposite

problem, as they are having difficulty accessing Town Street in the upper area, which importantly has the villages only Post Office. Campaigner Diana Al-Saadi said: “It isn’t just the elderly that are affected by this glaring need. Parents and children need to access the church and school.” A Metro Spokesman said: “We are very much aware of local people’s concerns and we will be carrying out a review of bus services in the Rawdon area later this year.” The campaigners maintain that, should their demands not be met, they will not be deterred. Another campaigner, John Goupillot, said: “Originally we were hell bent on having a revolution, but we decided that, if we approach it softly, we still believe Metro will seriously consider our proposals.”


Better scrutiny for children heart wards Friday, April 12, 2013

by Shaun Moloney

CHILDREN’S heart units around the country should be “vigorously scrutinised” in the way that Leeds has, according to a Pudsey MP.

Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) resumed low-risk children’s heart surgery on Wednesday - one week after it was suspended after concerns over mortality rates. NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh ordered investigations to be made into clinical work and operations – but it has since been discovered the statistics were wrong, and the unit has emerged with a “clean bill of health”. Stuart Andrew, Conservative MP for Pudsey said: “As MP’s from across the region we are writing to the Health Select Committee to ask them to do an investigation as to what happened here in recent weeks. “The Leeds unit has been put through a vigorous process and has come out with a clean bill of health. It is my view that other units should be subject to vigorous scrutiny in the

way that the Leeds unit has.” The Save Our Surgery (SOS) campaign group has been entrenched in battles to keep children’s heart surgery services in Leeds after an official review concluded last July that the hospital should stop operations so that care could be concentrated at fewer and bigger sites. The suspensions followed a victory by the group in the High Court with a challenge to the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trust (JCPCT) In the High Court, Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies stated the Safe and Sustainable consultation over the future of paediatric cardiac care in England had been conducted unlawfully. Campaign spearhead Sharon Cheng said: “We fear it’s no coincidence that the action was taken on the day following the High Court verdict quashing the decision that Leeds should stop surgery, as part of the Safe and Sustainable review.” The campaigners added that following proper examination and verification by CCAD and Nicor, the pediatric cardiac surgery mortality figures have been certified as being within the normal accepted range. Mr Andrew added: “The Safe and Sustainable Review, didn’t account for figures they should have done, or look at the detail in terms of the care standards.' “We are asking for the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to repeat it again so that we can highlight issues that came up in the court case and from the last few days.” At the joint overview and scrutiny committee meeting in Leeds on Wednesday, it was stated that 10 children required transfer due

to the surgery being suspended. The 10 children, including infants from both Leeds and Bradford, were referred to units in Leicester, Alderley,Newcastle and Birmingham. Mum Kerry Singleton, of Doncaster, waited anxiously as her 7year-old daughter Sienna was due for an operation to correct a single ventricle condition, a congenital heart defect in which the heart functionally has only one pumping chamber. This will be Sienna’s third operation, and she will need to have more in later life. Mrs Singleton spoke of the

anxiety she had to endure and how her daughter was used to the staff at LGI and how they have developed a bond. Mrs Singleton said: “It was an emotional rollercoaster, but there are no words to describe how it feels right now, and amazing to see the campaigners be proven right.” Andrew Bannister, Head of Media Relations for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, said: “Beginning with low-risk operations is standard procedure and the re-introduction of full operations will be over the next four weeks.”

Nowhere else to go Have your say on dog dirt after plan appeal Continued from Page 1

bedroom flats along with two shops. The developer will be subsiding a new bus service which will operated seven days a week along with making a financial contribution to the provision of new schools in the area.” And a spokesperson from Harrow Estates added: “In addition to providing much needed new homes and affordable housing, the development will also be funding significant improvements to the ring road as well as a bus service, providing approximately £1m to be spenton primary education locally as well as enhancing the existing greenspaces used by local cricket and football clubs as part of the former site. “This redevelopmentis beneficial socially economically envrionmentally and therefore a fully sustainable re-use of this once derelict site.” Coun Cleasby added: “Leeds City Council turned down the plans, they went to appeal and they won the appeal. “We can’t object – we lost so we have to accept it.”

by Tom Swain & Shaun Moloney

DOG fouling is “an enormous problem” according to Leeds city councillors, ahead of a consultation on making amendments to existing Dog Control Orders.

Horsforth, Rawdon and Guiseley have been identified as problem areas. Richard Thompson, 47, from Horsforth, said: “It disgusts me. People should see it as a common courtesy to pick up after their dogs.” But not everyone agrees. Arthur Baker, 87, also from Horsforth, said: “I’m not really aware that there’s such a concern really, I haven’t really noticed dog muck around the parks locally.” Dog fouling poses serious health and safety risks, and those who fail to clean

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up after their dog aresubject to a £75 fixed penalty fine. Coun Mark Dobson said: “We’re confident that the Dog Control Orders will continue to give communities the reassurance they need that we’re doing all we can to clamp down on nuisance behaviour and fouling.” He added: “I’d encourage everyone to get involved and have their say during the consultation.” According to council figures, 89 people have been issued with a fixed penalty in the last year. The consultation is also looking at ways of minimising risk of accidents involving dogs, and ways of dealing with lost and stray dogs. The public cnsultation period will run until 20th April, and local residents are urged to complete an online questionnaire on Dog Control Orders.


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Police competition YOUNGSTERS in West Yorkshire are being invited to participate in the annual West Yorkshire Police Community Trust ‘I’ competition for the chance to win £1,000.

The i13 scheme invites 11 to 18-year-olds to team up with their friends during the summer to carry out a project which will have a positive impact and make a difference to their local communities. Small grants of up to £200 are available to help with projects that aim to tackle the problems and concerns raised in local neighbourhoods. Deadline to register projects and submit applications to secure project funding is Monday 3rd June 2013. Please visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/i13 For ideas, rules and application forms or contact communitytrust@westyorkshire.pnn.polic e.uk

Canal opens

Leeds Liverpool Canal saw a large section near Apperley Bridge re-open this week just over a month after a 90-tonne crane fell in it. The Canal and River Trust used 400-tonnes worth of crane to fish the vehicle back out in late February. The crane, which was being used to replace lock gates at Dobson Locks as part of the winter stoppage programme, toppled into the water when a towpath gave way .

Bowie in Leeds

David Bowie fans will be able to view a collection of archive photographs of the rock icon at White Cloth Gallery in Leeds City Centre.

The Duffy Collection can be seen from May 2 to June 4. Tickets for the exhibition, which coincides with the Victoria and Albert’s 2013 Exhibition “Bowie is”, are £7.

Residents’ relief at cash boost for potholed repairs

HOLY PROBLEM: Coun Brian Cleasby inspects the road

by James Grayson

LOCAL residents and councillors are celebrating as potholeridden roads in Rawdon and Horsforth will be receiving makeovers totalling almost a quarter of a million pounds.

Around £100,000 will go towards repairs on Layton Avenue in Rawdon as part of the annual Leeds City Council Highways Capital Maintenance Programme. Brownberrie Crescent, Victoria Walk, Springfield Walk and Springfield Rise in Horsforth are also scheduled to be repaired. Coun Brian Cleasby (Lib Dems, Horsforth) said: “It is good news because roads like Layton Avenue have suffered badly over the last few years.

“It is not a road that is heavily used, but it has suffered from utility vehicles and it is in a bit of a mess. “It is amazing what the cost is, but that is the road done for 10 years.” Local Rawdon resident Clive Healey, 56, uses Layton Avenue for jogging and he said: “Layton Avenue is particularly bad, I jog down here fairly regularly and I know where to run. “It is worst down at the bottom of the road. “It is a quiet road so it is kind of neglected, but a lot of mothers with babies use it.” Residents on Brownberrie Crescent in Horsforth have reacted in a celebratory mood after a long battle to get the road repaired. Ricky Hearn, 73, who has lived

on Brownberrie Crescent for 49 years said: “It is very good news, but some of the paths also need doing. “There have been old ladies who have fallen over on the street. “I walk up and down the street and also use a bike and the potholes are pretty damaging.” The news has also been met with cheers from Horsforth Town Council. Coun Kate Arbuckle said: “It is a major issue because there are pockets in Horsforth where the potholes are really bad. “The Brownberrie area and the Broadfields area are bad and it does cause disruption to cars. “There have been a lot of complaints over the past months and years, on a regular basis.”

Leeds in bloom competition shows off the city by James Grayson

BUDDING photographers are being encouraged to focus their lenses on their local park as the annual Leeds in Bloom competition kicks off.

Leeds in Bloom celebrates nature and wildlife in Leeds and people of all ages are invited to take a photo of a park or green space in the city. The 12 winning images will be used in the official 2014

calendar. The winners will also receive £100 from parcel delivery service Hermes, sponsor of Leeds in Bloom. Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Coun Mark Dobson said: “Leeds in Bloom is a fantastic initiative which everyone in Leeds can play their part in, from schools to homeowners, community groups, businesses and photographers for the calendar competition.

“It really does bring people together and helps to make Leeds look fantastic, especially during the summer.” There is a separate category this year for those aged 16 and under – with the winners and their schools receiving horticulture vouchers from sponsors Evans Property Group. The residential gardens competition continues to grow in popularity each year, with any resident of Leeds

able to take part in one of three categories: Large Garden, Small Garden and Floral Plant Container. Judging takes place in July with gold, silver and bronze awards. Entries for the competition are being accepted by email to richard.gill@leeds. gov.uk or through the post on a disk to Richard Gill, Farnley Hall, Hall Lane, Leeds, LS12 5HA. The deadline for entries is Friday 27 September 2013.


Novel idea to keep library by Samantha Hepworth

Rawdon Library will stay open with the help of an army of volunteers from the community. Confirmation of the move marks the end of a two-year battle to save the library from Leeds City Council Cuts. Back in 2011, Leeds Council looked at closing down 15 libraries across the area. But June Longley decided to fight a possible closure and Friends of Rawdon Library was formed. She said: “I got a petition going and we gathered 600 signatures, 10 per cent of the community.” Rawdon was one of three libraries given the go ahead last May to be part of a community asset transfer, allowing the running to be taken out of the council's hands. It has been manned by volunteers since January this year. Ms Longley said: “There is a strong volunteer force, but we always welcome more.” Chris Slack, 68, volunteers eight hours a month at the library. He said: “I enjoy doing four hours a month on computer budding, and four hours behind the desk.” The library building is owned by

Friday, 12th April, 2013

Have your say on library groups

Rawdon Community Library hosts regular group meetings, including the book club and craft group. Volunteers who run the library are looking to start new groups at the library and would like input from the local community.

The suggested new groups including Reading Group/ Chess/ French Conversation/ Meditation

You can register your interest on Saturday, April 19, at 11am, or leave your details in the library any time. You can also phone: 0113 2503466 or email junelongley@hotmail.com.

Dental practice moves

Leeds City Council and will be leased to the group as part of the transfer process, which is now in its final stages. Once it is completed, the volunteer group will need to cover a range of different roles, including administration, finance, marketing and maintenance. The group hopes to finance the project through applying for grants, and help from the community. It also plans to set up a friends group to donate money to the library.

Catherine Milburn, from Leeds City Council, said: “In 2011/12 we closed 13 libraries and increased opening hours at most of the remaining libraries.” The next financial year, one more library was closed down. “Mobile library hours were increased from 60 hours a week to 255 hours, and overall operational hours post review were increased by 2%.” There are already two community libraries in the Leeds area, at Shadwell and Drighlington.

Rawdon Dental Practice will move to a new location at New Road Side later this year to create a better sterilisation and decontamination room. The dental clinic will be moving next to the GP surgery in August, giving residents more centralised healthcare. Although a similar size to its current location, the practice will be accepting more patients when it moves.

Arty Horsforth

Horsforth Arts Society has a Spring Exhibition which starts on April 20. The Society first began back in 1959 by seven art lovers and has grown over the years. You can find them at The Studio, in Back Lane, Horsforth. The various opening times are available on their website: http:// horsforthartsociety.wordpress.com/

Two men wanted after FA Cup victory by James Grayson

ELEVEN men have now been charged and two more are still being sought in connection with violence which broke out following Leeds United’s FA Cup fourth round victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

The men, aged between 17 and 49, were arrested on Monday night and have been charged with affray offences and will appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on 25 April. A twelfth man, a 53-yearold, was issued with a caution for affray.

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Fighting broke out outside Yates’s Wine Bar on Boar Lane at 6pm following the game, which was played on January 27. Detectives yesterday released images of the two men (right) that are wanted with connection to the incident. Anyone who recognise the men are asked to contact Detective Constable Phil Maher at Holbeck police station on 0113 285 5419 or via:101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


What’s on guide

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April

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Preview: James / Echo & The Bunnymen

Rutherford & Son Leading playwright Jonathan Miller is directing. Starring Barrie Rutter. By Githa Sowrby. On now until April 14. Prices £12 -£27.

Money The Game Show Written and directed by Clare Duffy. On April 14 and 13. Prices £15

Transform; My Leeds My City Transform, a festival of theatre and performance at West Yorkshire Playhouse, is a mixture of events with stories about people around the area. There are plenty more events going on throughout Transform from Tuesday until April 27.

For more information go to their website on www.wyp.org,uk. Booking Office: 0113 2137700. Or follow them on Twitter: @wyplayhouse.

Opera North

The Orchestra Of Opera North. Playing a selection of music by Mussorgsky, Prokefiev, Tchaikovsky. Conductor Mickhail Jurowski. Soloist Jiayon Sun. April 13, at Leeds Town Hall at 7.30pm. Prices £12.50 -£31.50

Gig guide

Indie band British Sea Power are playing at Leeds Metropolitan University, April 9.

Brit award winning Beth Orton, Leeds Irish Centre, April 10. Eighties pop band Simple Minds, 02 Academy, 02 Academy, April 13.

Pop band and Brit awards nominee The Feeling are playing at Leeds City Varieties, April 16. Tickets £18.50. Roadkill are playing at Otley Social Club on April 13.

Professor Elemental is playing at The Wardrobe in LS9. On April 14, tickets are £9. Gonzo’s will be playing at New Roscoe’s on April 14. Fun are live at 02 Academy in Leeds. Tickets are £15 and are still available. Brook Williams playing at Korks Bar in Otley on April 19.

Scars On 45 can be seen at the Hifi Club in Leeds on April 19.

James / Echo & The Bunnymen James will be performing at the 02 Academy in Leeds with The Gathering Sound Tour. The band James were last seen on Red Nose Day in March this year, alongside fellow Mancunian Peter Kay, singing one of their best known hits “Sit Down” for the charity. The band originally formed back

Plenty to see and buy at Horsforth spring market

in 1982, but was probably most famous in the 90’s when the ‘Madchester’ scene took off, with other bands like The Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets. They have sold over 20 million copies of their albums worldwide. Supporting James is Liverpool’s post punk band Echo & The Bunnymen. Ian McCulloch’s Bunnymen

were probably as famous as James in their day, and so to see them both you will need to turn up early, as doors open at 7pm. The double header will give fans of both bands a chance to hear all their hits from different the decades. James and Echo & The Bunnymen can be seen live at the 02 Academy on April 23.

by Samantha Hepworth

THERE are plenty of monthly specialist markets around Leeds throughout the month.

Horsforth’s Farmers' Market is hosted by Horsforth Churches Together. The market is at St Margaret’s Primary School car park, on the first Saturday of every month. The market comprises of a mixture of stalls including organic vegetables, cakes, local honey and breads. The market is usually well attended and is open from 9 – 12.30pm. Stephen Evans, 48, from Hors-

BUSY PLACE: Crowds at Horsforth market. forth, was at the previous market and said: “I think it’s marvellous, its great to support local businesses.” The next market will be on May 4. You can check out when the markets are on throughout the year by going to: http://www.horsforthchurchestogether.btck.co.uk/H orsforthFarmersMarket

You can also follow them on Twitter @horsforthmarket. Also, in the 12th century grounds of Kirkstall Abbey there are two markets every month, a farmers' market on the last Saturday, and a deli market on the final Sunday of each month. The next markets will be April 27, and 28 respectively.


Yorkshire Rams take on Doncaster

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by Shaun Moloney

GRIDIRON action is imminent in south Leeds as the Middleton-based Yorkshire Rams are about to embark on a new season of American football. The Rams are set to play host to cross-county rivals Doncaster Mustangs in their first game. Orlando Weekes, 47, is going into his seventh season as head coach of the team, he said: “Doncaster have lot of talent experience throughout the team and a number of explosive players. “They have beaten us only twice in the last five years, so some say it will now swing in their direction, but we’re looking to make sure that it doesn’t.” Expectations for the season are realistic throughout the team, as many of the current roster are brand-new to the game and will need time to find their feet. Mr Weekes said: “We had a training session recently where only a few of the lads were from the past team, so realistically I’d be ecstatic to

finish in the middle of the pack, but at the same time building towards becoming a regular playoff team “What we don’t want is to finish bottom and get demoted – but that thought has never entered my head” The team believe there are a large amount of American football fans in Leeds and are keen for them to know where they are. Steve Goulden,38, playing in his twentieth season for the team at line-backer said: “If we can get a batch of 20 fresh rookies each year to start out and two or three make it that can help the team and stay the course – that’s all we need “With only 10 games in total there isn’t much time to bed players in, so we need to see lots of commitment and the training sessions are vital.” The game will take place at Leeds Corinthians Rugby Club on 28 April with kick off at 14:30. More information can be found on the team at www.yorkshire-rams.co.uk. Picture: 6’11 Scott Walker, practices with team-mate

Champions Rhinos win Leeds community award Bike Trial Sunday Rugby League Super League champions Leeds Rhinos have won the prestigious Leeds Award. The Rhinos have been nominated by Leeds City Council for its active role in the local community as well as the on-field success, which has seen the Rhinos win five of the last six Grand Finals and also crowned World Club Champions three times in the last eight years,

most recently winning the title last year. The nomination will be formally debated at a forthcoming meeting of Leeds City Council, where it is expected to be unanimously endorsed. Leeds Rhinos will be the first team ever to win the Leeds Award, which recognises those ‘that bring great credit to the city through their exceptional hard work and dedication.”

Current British Trials champion James Dabill will compete in Yeadon Guiseley and District Motor Club’s 11th annual Chris Carter motorbike trial this Sunday. James will be among 129 riders competing in the trial which is a round of the S3 British Championship. The trial, named for a club member who was killed in a car crash in 2000, will start at 9.30am


McDermott named as new Leeds boss 8 Friday, 12th April, 2013

By Samatha Hepworth

BRIAN McDermott has been confirmed as Leeds United’s next manager agreeing a three year deal - with immediate effect.

McDermott, 52, will now take charge of tomorrows match for the crucial game with Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday. Betting on McDermott becoming the next Leeds manager was suspended on Thursday. Daivd Haigh, deputy chief executive of GFH Capital, owners of Leeds United said: “Obviously the immediate aim is a return as soon as possible to the Premiership. “Brian’s success in taking Reading to the Premiership last year was a key factor in our decision to hire him.” Leeds United are precariously close to the relegation zone, being seventeenth in the league and five points off a relegation place. Therefore McDermott will need to work his magic immediately. Former manager Neil Warnock left his post on April 1 after a dismal run, ending with a 2-1 defeat at home to Derby. Other people tipped for the post were Brighton’s Gus Poyet, Dominic Matteo, Owen Coyle and former Leeds manager David O’Leary. Brian McDermott was made manager of the month in the Premier League back in

January this year for Reading, only to be sacked shortly afterwards. Tomorrow's match against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday will be an early kick off at 12.30.

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@philmail60 a good appointment, if gfhc give him backing next season could see us up. Mot

@93KRISH decent manager, could go either really bad or really well with him so lets see how it goes!! To be honest wanted o leary bak @bennytaylor1984 think it’s a good appointment plays football young fresh ideas would of love Adkins or Poyet but I’m very happy with BM

@meiercy Absolute brilliant appointment now let’s get behind him and onwards and upwards MOT @quinnsdude Just happy that we got a solid manager that can rally the troops! #lufc @breen1962 just hope Brian is given the time by the board and fans to sort us out #mot

@justdoit Cautiously confident, he has proven capitlity, hope the managing executives of the football club support him #lufc @KimLeeds Best news weve had in a while! New manager = players fighthing for their future = wins!! #lufc

Guiseley striker sees red in 1-1 draw by Shaun Moloney

GUISELEY AFC forward Kevin Holsgrove is set to miss the crucial Blue Square Bet North playoffs after being sent-off in the 1-1 draw with play-off hopefuls Altrincham. Holsgrove will not be available for selection during the play-off period that Guiseley, currently sitting second, are already guaranteed to be involved in. The game was full of incident and refereeing decisions were met by raucous reactions from both dugouts. It began with large spells of Altrincham domination, where the hosts looked lethargic and were forced to soak up pressure. Prolific striker Damian Reeves, who has scored 35 goals this season, came close after just three minutes and Guiseley goalkeeper Steven Drench was forced into action consistently. Against the run of play Guiseley took the lead, as former Vauxhall Motors midfielder Josh Wilson deftly slotted the ball under Altrincham’s

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@PhilHarcourt happy as long as there are funds available for investment in the squad.

Stuart Coburn just after half-hour mark. The Altrincham squad depth was tested as Duncan Watmore limped off the field before the break and midfielder Simon Richman never emerged from the tunnel for the second half. After 65 minutes the sending off occurred reducing the Lions to ten men and Altrincham capitalised when Jake Moult drilled home an equaliser from the edge of the 18yard box ten minutes later. Guiseley nearly threw away the point when Drench conceded a late penalty – bringing down striker James Lawrie. Altrincham continued their horrific record from the penalty spot as Drench redeemed himself by saving the Ryan Brooke’s spot-kick. Speaking after the game Guiseley manager Steve Kittrick said that his goalkeeper would be playing in the Premiership were he taller. Guiseley host newly-crowned champions Chester on Saturday. WARMING UP:Guisely AFC prepare for match


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