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Retro Football: Beloved Chelsea Owner Ken Bates Erects 12-Foot Electric Fence Around Stamford Bridge Pitch, 1985 (Photo)

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The Chelsea-Tottenham fixture at Stamford Bridge on 27th April 1985 threatened to boast an even more electrifying atmosphere than usual, right up until the point that the Greater London Council (GLC) stepped in with a bit of timely common sense.

Following a hectic pitch invasion at the ground the previous month, beloved Chelsea chairman Ken Bates decided – in his inimitable style – to get tough on the oiks responsible.

Horror Hats: 30 Photos Of Footballers In Daft Headgear

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By Chris Wright

It's Friday afternoon and you know what that means. It's 'footballers in daft hats' time...

Gary Lineker

Edwin van der Sar

Paul Ince

Brian Clough

Nigel Reo-Coker

Nicklas Bendtner

Dennis Wise and Geoff Thomas

George Best

Peter Beardsley

Zinedine Zidane

Lothar Matthaus

Bobby Moore

Colin Hendry

Ken Bates

Ken Bates (again)

Sir Alex Ferguson

Kevin Keegan

Garth Crooks and Ossie Ardilles

Ryan Giggs

Sir Bobby Charlton

Kenny Dalglish

Steven Gerrard

Sir Bobby Charlton (again)

Mario Balotelli

Gary Lineker (again)

John Motson

Arjen Robben

Ronaldinho

Roy Keane

Roy Keane (again) Since when has 'dressing Roy Keane up against his will and then arming him with an offensive weapon' been a good idea?

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FREE CHELSEA FOOTBALL FANZINE - THE BEST OF CFCUK - VOLUME ONE [Kindle Edition]

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cfcuk, renowned as the "peoples" publication, has been on the streets since May 1999 when it was originally launched as Matthew Harding's Blue and White Army. Chelsea Football Fanzine, 'the best of cfcuk" Volume One, takes a look back at the first 5o issues showcasing a fascinating selection of articles, interviews and editorial material featured between May 1999 and September 2005, From 'fighting' Ken Bates to 'loving' Mr Abramovich, Chelsea Football Fanzine reflects the changing views and opinions of supporters who followed the Blues during one of the most turbulent and ultimately glorious periods in the Clubs history.

CHELSEA FOOTBALL FANZINE - THE BEST OF CFCUK - FREE COPY!

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Cfcuk, renowned as the "peoples" publication, has been on the streets since May 1999 when it was originally launched as Matthew Harding's Blue and White Army. Chelsea Football Fanzine, 'the best of cfcuk" Volume One, takes a look back at the first 5o issues showcasing a fascinating selection of articles, interviews and editorial material featured between May 1999 and September 2005, From 'fighting' Ken Bates to 'loving' Mr Abramovich, Chelsea Football Fanzine reflects the changing views and opinions of supporters who followed the Blues during one of the most turbulent and ultimately glorious periods in the Clubs history.

CFCUK Chelsea Football Fanzine - Kindle Edition!

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Cfcuk, renowned as the "peoples" publication, has been on the streets since May 1999 when it was originally launched as Matthew Harding's Blue and White Army. Chelsea Football Fanzine, 'the best of cfcuk" Volume One, takes a look back at the first 5o issues showcasing a fascinating selection of articles, interviews and editorial material featured between May 1999 and September 2005, From 'fighting' Ken Bates to 'loving' Mr Abramovich, Chelsea Football Fanzine reflects the changing views and opinions of supporters who followed the Blues during one of the most turbulent and ultimately glorious periods in the Clubs history.

Leeds United

So, Why Is The Leeds United Takeover Taking So Long, Then?

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This evening, the supporters of Leeds United AFC could well be forgiven for contemplating the fact that it wasn't meant to turn out like this. When Ken Bates finally surrendered the chairmanship of the club in July of last year, a new era was supposed to be at the point of dawning for a club and a city that has now been almost a full decade without Premier League football, but over the last couple of months a much-reported takeover of the club has stalled, whilst on the pitch the team has started to look every bit as dysfunctional as most of if its recent predecessors.

Ken Bates Misdeeds at Leeds United Put Football League Chief Executive At Center Of Controversy

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Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, the former Ken Bates associate who was the Chief Executive of Leeds United during the lamentable ownership tenure of the former Chelsea owner, is at the heart of a ruling by Ofcom (the regulatory authority for the UK communications industries) regarding Yorkshire Radio.

Leeds United Promotion Push Coming Thanks to Brian McDermott

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Liberated from the maniacal clutches of Ken Bates, Leeds United AFC, one of the best supported football clubs in Europe, now can safely begin its climb back to where it belongs — near the top of the England's top flight league. In Brian McDermott, the Whites have a manager that will guide them back to the Premier League if given time to do the job.

Leeds United Finally Liberated From Ken Bates After 9 Frustrating Years

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Leeds United have finally been liberated from the clutches of Ken Bates. The former Chelsea owner, whose stewardship of Leeds since 2005 was characterized by a lack of transparency, continuing financial shell games, high ticket prices and ultimately failure on the pitch, has been run out of the club by the owners, Bahrani based GFH Capital.

Ken’s Bidding Or Not? The Daily Mail’s Hatchet Job On The Leeds United Supporters Trust

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Earlier this week, Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail was in a "penthouse apartment in Leeds city centre" with Ken Bates, having been granted a rare interview with the Leeds United chairman ahead of Leeds' League Cup quarter-final against Chelsea. It wasn't, it should be said, the most testing of interviews for Bates, a man who frequently seems more than happy to use his own media channels to harrass those that he considers his enemies.

Ken Bates: “An Ex-Chairman Is A Nobody”

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OK, we all know that Ken Bates is an unpopular individual in footballing circles. He is still, though, not as unpopular as he ought to be. There are still those in football, watchers, participants and commentators, who are happy to file Bates under "character," or give him credit where it is not entirely due.

Does it really matter who owns Leeds United?

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By Tony Attwood

In 29 July 2011 a Parliamentary committee on football said that they were appalled by what was going on at Leeds United.

Ever since 2005, the reminded us, no one knew who owned Leeds United. Ken Bates said he didn't own any Leeds shares, and was just the UK rep of [..

Have We Entered The Last Days Of Ken Bates Empire?

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There was a hint of what might have been and what might yet be at Elland Road last night as Leeds United knocked Everton out of the League Cup with a win by two goals to one which, if we disregard the empty seats between a crowd of only just over 21,000 people, rolled back the years to the days when this club was a Premier League force.

Martin O’Neill meets Ken Bates about Leeds manager job

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Here at OTP we like to bring you the breaking news as it arrives. So we are fairly sure that the above photo is hard evidence that Martin O'Neill and Leeds United chairman Ken Bates met up and travelled to Elland Road to discuss the manager's job. Not sure Neil Warnock will be too happy. [...]


Ken Bates’ Grand Game Of Divide And Rule

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Sometimes, the oldest ones are the best or, in this case, the worst. There are plenty of rogues operating in and around football clubs these days, but the old master, Ken Bates, can still teach others a thing or two about dealing with those that they hold in contempt with an almost breathless degree of disrespect.

Glory Glory Leeds 223 now available @CSRN

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On this weeks show, Twiggster brings you mixed match results. A disappointing draw at Portsmouth for the first team, but excellent wins for the reserves, U.18′s and the LUFC Ladies! Manager and player comments and of course first hand reviews from all those games. A new player at Leeds United to mention.

Leeds Sack Manager Simon Grayson – A Victim Of His Own Success

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By Chris Wright

After three years in charge, a promotion from League One and decent finish in the Championship last year, Leeds United have seen fit in their infinite wisdom to sack manager Simon Grayson with the club 'languishing' in tenth position after losing 4-1 at home to Birmingham last night.

Glory Glory Leeds #219 now available @CSRN

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A comedy of errors sees Leeds gain 3 points they did not deserve against Ipswich! Fan at the game report as usual on this weeks show. Howson gone Delph returns. Other player transactions, including Rogers work permit news plus excellent news from Reserves, U.18s and LUFC Ladies games and Ken Bates has been seven years at LUFC this week.

Leeds skipper set for Norwich

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Championship side Leeds United have accepted a bid from Norwich City for their club captain Jonny Howson.

The midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, is a product of the Leeds academy and has made 225 for the club. The Leeds skipper is currently on the sidelines through injury, but it is thought he will open contract talks with the Canaries this week.

Is The Tide Beginning To Turn At Leeds United?

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We have noted before on this site that football supporters can be considerably more patient than we are ever given credit for. Indeed, some might even say that we are too patient. In recent years, we have put up with increasing ticket prices, the desecration of the atmosphere inside grounds and policing methods that would raise an eyebrow were they to be practiced in a totalitarian state.

Westley & Ridsdale: Together At Preston

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One advantage of Peter Ridsdale and Graham Westley being together as chairman and manager respectively of Preston North End is that they may only end up annoying each other and messing around with only one club. I recognise that will not have brightened the day of any Lilywhites fans. And I can only apologise.

Westley & Ridsdale: Together At Preston

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One advantage of Peter Ridsdale and Graham Westley being together as chairman and manager respectively of Preston North End is that they may only end up annoying each other and messing around with only one club. I recognise that will not have brightened the day of any Lilywhites fans. And I can only apologise.

The People’s Republic Of Elland Road

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What on earth is happening at Leeds? I was at Elland Road last Saturday among 600 Pompey fans and the change in atmosphere since last season was palpable. Last year, the atmosphere impressed with fans in good voice and scarves whirling. This year, though, Elland Road is not a happy place, evidenced by the draconian, 1980s style crowd control methods and the strangely messianic images of the club's chairman in his seat flashed onto the big screen above our heads.

‘Plenty Of Foreplay And Slow Arousal’ – Ken Bates Offers Sex Tips To Leeds Fans?

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By Chris Wright

"When a man loves a woman very, very much..."

Sometimes you happen across quotes that you just know are going to leave an indelible stain on your subconscious memory, quotes which stir vivid images that will haunt your slumber from now until your dying day.

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QPR Report Saturday Snippets...QPR of 1927-1928

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QPR Report Thursday: Ray Jones (RIP)...Fernandes: 4 or 5 Players...Joey Barton?...Taarabt?...Ticket Prices...Gorkss

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QPR Report Thursday: Ray Jones (RIP)...Fernandes: 4 or 5 Players...Joey Barton?...Taarabt?...Ticket Prices...Gorkss

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Stamford Bridge

Top 10 Football Player-Managers

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By Tom Mordey

Chinese football has been the graveyard of choice for ageing players' careers in recent years, with former greats moving out to the East for one final pay cheque just see Nicky Butt, Paul Gascoigne or even Marlon Harewood for further details.

Candidates to be next Leeds manager are a retro 1990s dream

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Being forced to sell his captain during the January and consequently losing matches heavily did for Simon Grayson. While OTP feels slightly sorry for the recently sacked Grayson, we won't be dwelling on his departure for too long because there are some exciting prospects in contention to be the new boss at Elland [.

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QPR Report Saturday: "Spot The Ball"...Warnock to Leeds?...Three QPR Birthdays

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Kop That: A Day In Tweets…

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leeds

Sven-Goran Eriksson ruled out of Leeds job before 11-year-old

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Fabio Capello isn't the only former England manager looking for a new gig. Sven-Goran Eriksson, out of work since he was sacked by Leicester in October, decided to join the many others offering their services for the Leeds job recently vacated by Simon Grayson. But Leeds chairman and cantankerous owl Ken Bates, was less than receptive to his offer.

Ken Bates: We have to MAKE top clubs respect the FA Cup

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Mirror: Ken Bates: We have to MAKE top clubs respect the FA Cup

Angry Leeds chiefs want big guns fined, docked points and banned from Europe if they pick weakened teams

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A news article on 2012-01-06 23:00:39 from: The Mirror

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Fury at foreign owners Premier League relegation plans

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Fury at foreign owners Premier League relegation plans

Leeds owner Ken Bates has led the cries of outrage after it was claimed a group of foreign owners want to abolish relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

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A news article on 2011-10-17 21:45:16 from: The Mail

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Grella starts again at Brentford

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Former Duke All-American forward Mike Grella has joined Brentford of League One (third division).

In 42 league and cup matches matches for Leeds, Grella scored five goals – three of them in the FA Cup – and played another 18 matches (four goals) on loan to Carlisle United and Swindon Town.

MP hits back at Leeds chairman and insists fans should know who owns their clubs

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MP hits back at Leeds chairman and insists fans should know who owns their clubs

"Ken Bates clearly thinks that this is none of their business, and I think he is wrong," says Damian Collins

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A news article on 2011-08-04 08:21:19 from: The Mirror

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The Rest

LET'S BE FRANK. LAMPARD SPEAKS!

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Frank Lampard has confirmed that he will be leaving Chelsea after thirteen years and two hundred and eleven goals. I will be be posting my tribute to "Super Frankie Lampard" this afternoon at 14:00 UK time but for now, I want to hand you all over to the man himself.

Confirming the news, Lampard said:


"When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success.

PR Overdrive at Pompey

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Ignore the hype. Ignore the sad hypocrisy of the crocodile tears and the valiant claims such as "I will not allow this historic club to go out of business," emanating from the biggest vested interest of them all. Translate the  sentence. It reads, "I will not allow my front loaded debt to go down the drain.

Sneijder’s Hannibal Lecter impression, AVB tells Cole to cut out the fags and Ken Bates’ Daily Mail-esque rant

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Sneijder's Hannibal Lecter impression, AVB tells Cole to cut out the fags and Ken Bates' Daily Mail-esque rant

Andre Villas-Boas' Chelsea revolution doesn't stop with a long list of transfer targets and a possible move away from 4-3-3. Ashley Cole, reportedly a 20-a-day smoker, has been told that his habit will no longer be indulged as it was by AVB's predecessor, the fag-loving Carlo Ancelotti.

QPR Report Sunday: Tabloids Link QPR to (Another) Aging Italian International and Recently-Injured England International

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