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#281

Russell Crowe shows interest in buying stake in struggling Championship side Leeds United.

THE tantalising possibility of Leeds United fan and Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe buying into the ailing English football giants is finding huge favour with the club’s supporters.

The 50-year-old New Zealand-born star — who won the best actor Oscar in 2000 for a mesmerising and combative performance in Gladiator — has received backing from an influential party in the form of the working group that is supporting fan ownership, of the second tier club, Leeds Fans LLP.

This comes after Crowe, who was also nominated for Best Actor Oscars for The Insider (1999) and A Beautiful Mind (2001), tweeted “Anybody else think this is a good idea?” in response to a Leeds fan’s plea for him to buy the club he has supported since their glory days in the 1970s under Don Revie.

Three-time English champions Leeds are presently 14th in The Championship and 18 points adrift of the playoff places which sees four teams contest the third and final promotion spot for the Premier League.

The LLP were one of many to reply to his tweet — most of them positive. LLP asked him for advice on fans taking over a club as he has previous experience having become co-owner of the freshly crowned world club champions South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Australian rugby league side who were bottom of the pile when he and an Australian businessman bought 75% of the club in 2006.

LLP has been aware of Crowe’s interest for some time and a spokesperson told Press Association Sport: “Russell’s a big Leeds supporter, he has a background in fan ownership and we’d love for him to work with us on fan ownership at Leeds United.”

Crowe, who has among other roles played Noah and Robin Hood, suggested the members of LLP watch a program on the takeover of the Rabbitohs and offered further advice.

“There has to be one voice that sets the tone,” said Crowe, who has sport running through his veins as cousins Martin and Jeff Crowe both captained the New Zealand cricket team.

“Every thought and every decision has to be about success on the field.”

Crowe missed Sunday’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, preferring instead to watch his Rabbitohs sweep aside St Helens 39-0 at the English champions.
In order for his or any other potential suitor’s interest to go any further, though, they have to contend with Leeds’ unpredictable Italian president Massimo Cellino.

The 58-year-old Italian has sold his personal stake in Eleonora Sport — the company he setup to buy Leeds a year ago — in order to independently appeal his Football League disqualification after failing its owners’ and directors’ test following a tax evasion conviction.

His ban expires on April 10 but Cellino — a notorious hirer and firer of managers who is already on his fourth at Leeds since he was originally cleared to buy the club in April — said on Tuesday he would not be returning to office while he tries to clear his name, giving rise to speculation he could be about to sell up.


#282

Blown so far out of proportion it’s ridiculous. Don’t have an opinion either way but can’t see it happening.


#283

Interestingly, the following is the formline of the top 8 sides since the New Year who have all played 9 games. Bournemouth are on a real bad run going down again to Notts on Wednesday.

Norwich W7 D1 L1 Pts 22
Derby W6 D2 L1 Pts 20
Middlesboro W6 D2 L1 Pts 20
Watford W6 D0 L3 Pts 18
Brentford W6 D0 L3 Pts 18
Wolves W5 D2 L2 Pts 17
Ipswich W4 D1 L4 Pts 13
Bournemouth W3 D2 L4 Pts 11

Another round of weekend games coming up with midweek games to follow which is always interesting.

Some of the games this weekend include:

Ipswich at Norwich
Watford at Leeds
Derby at Fulham
Bournemouth at Blackburn
Brentford at the Blues
Wolves at Cardiff
Notts at Reading
Middlesbrough at Sheffield Wed.

The ladder as it stands (with Pts)

Derby County 65
Middlesbrough 63
Ipswich Town 60
Bournemouth 59
Norwich City 59
Watford 59
Brentford 58
Wolverhampton 54
Nottm Forest 47
Blackburn 44
Sheffield Wed 43
Huddersfield42
Cardiff City 41
Leeds Utd 41
Reading 40
Charlton 39
Birmingham City 39
Brighton & Hove 37
Bolton 37
Fulham 36
Rotherham 34
Millwall 31
Wigan Athletic 25
Blackpool 22


#284

Got a question… are there many blitzers who following any or promotion chasing sides in the Championship? It is an incredibly high scoring and exciting season for mine and am thoroughly enjoying it.

I asked about Setanta recently but beIn appear to be covering the league - am I right in assuming subscribing to them will get you one game a round and then a 1/2 hour highlights package?? Am considering getting the package (obviously there are other great advantages to having it) but am wondering if thats all the Championship get?

Getting very tight at the top now. Only 8 points separating the top 8 sides and one game separating sides 2 to 6.

Big weekend of results with Derby, Middlesbrough, Ipswich & Brentford all losing. Bournemouth only managed a draw against Blackburn.

Watford escaped big time after being 2 nil down to win against Leeds. A quick follow up with games tomorrow night - loving the 5 games in 15 days! All the games for the top sides are winnable, however many lower sides are taking big scalps. Only one real contest of note - Wolves (12 points from their last 5) at Bournemouth (3 points in their last 5).

(Played, Goal Diff, Points)
Derby County 34 +31 65
Middlesbrough 34 +26 63
Norwich City 34 +29 62
Watford 34 +27 62
Bournemouth 34 +30 60
Ipswich Town 34 +18 60
Brentford 34 +9 58
Wolverhampton 34 +7 57
Nottm Forest 34 +8 50
Sheffield Wed 34 -2 46
Blackburn 34 -1 45
Charlton 34 -6 42
Birmingham City 34 -11 42
Huddersfield 34 -12 42
Cardiff City 34 -6 41
Leeds Utd 34 -9 41
Bolton 34 -11 40
Reading 34 -16 40
Fulham 34 -12 39
Brighton & Hove 34 -5 37
Rotherham 34 -16 37
Millwall 34 -23 31
Wigan Athletic 34 -16 28
Blackpool 34 -39 22


#285

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Got a question.... are there many blitzers who following any or promotion chasing sides in the Championship? It is an incredibly high scoring and exciting season for mine and am thoroughly enjoying it.

I asked about Setanta recently but beIn appear to be covering the league - am I right in assuming subscribing to them will get you one game a round and then a 1/2 hour highlights package?? Am considering getting the package (obviously there are other great advantages to having it) but am wondering if thats all the Championship get?

Getting very tight at the top now. Only 8 points separating the top 8 sides and one game separating sides 2 to 6.

Big weekend of results with Derby, Middlesbrough, Ipswich & Brentford all losing. Bournemouth only managed a draw against Blackburn.

Watford escaped big time after being 2 nil down to win against Leeds. A quick follow up with games tomorrow night - loving the 5 games in 15 days! All the games for the top sides are winnable, however many lower sides are taking big scalps. Only one real contest of note - Wolves (12 points from their last 5) at Bournemouth (3 points in their last 5).

(Played, Goal Diff, Points)
Derby County 34 +31 65
Middlesbrough 34 +26 63
Norwich City 34 +29 62
Watford 34 +27 62
Bournemouth 34 +30 60
Ipswich Town 34 +18 60
Brentford 34 +9 58
Wolverhampton 34 +7 57
Nottm Forest 34 +8 50
Sheffield Wed 34 -2 46
Blackburn 34 -1 45
Charlton 34 -6 42
Birmingham City 34 -11 42
Huddersfield 34 -12 42
Cardiff City 34 -6 41
Leeds Utd 34 -9 41
Bolton 34 -11 40
Reading 34 -16 40
Fulham 34 -12 39
Brighton & Hove 34 -5 37
Rotherham 34 -16 37
Millwall 34 -23 31
Wigan Athletic 34 -16 28
Blackpool 34 -39 22

Definately follow it closely.
Setanta Australia was sold to BeIn sports so you can only get BeIn now, well worth the cost IMO.
Usually more than 1 live Championship game per week, there is two this weekend definately. I subscribe for the Serie A mainly as they offer great coverage of it but also has good coverage of the Bundesliga and SPL. Also has the rights for the Europa and a few other cup comps aswell as England Internationals and Euro qualies. If you love soccer its well worth it


#286

What aceman said. Bit pricey for one channel but I get use out of it every week.

You’ll definitely want to get it for the play offs in May, not just championship they show all league 1 and 2 playoffs live as well.


#287

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What aceman said. Bit pricey for one channel but I get use out of it every week.

You’ll definitely want to get it for the play offs in May, not just championship they show all league 1 and 2 playoffs live as well.


$20 a month is pretty good value, probably watch 4 or 5 games a week minimum and BeIn connect is the same as Foxtel Go so I can watch games at work on my laptop.
Forgot all play offs were live, they are some of the best games every season

#288

Huge 6 days coming up for Forest. Naturally, sacking the manager has resulted in an upsurge in form (wtf is with that? soccer seems unusually prone to sack-coach-start-winning events) and it’s rolling again, climbing back into ninth. A Tuesday night trip to the Valley to take on Charlton won’t be easy. A win will put a break on the chasing pack. And then Saturday we host Middlesborough. The slim chances of making the six probably hinge on winning both.


#289

and for Benny, i follow it reasonably closely but only in the context of Forest. I don’t go looking for highlights and news of other sides as a general rule. i don’t have time.


#290

Boro follower - couldn’t say fan exactly…


#291

When I was in England in 1978, Forest were on their unbeaten year, and I went to the City Ground. Boring game but.

Always liked Brian Clough’s teams. I’m not a fan of the “big clubs”, although Spurs are on the borderline. Spurs played easily the most attractive soccer I saw, beating Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Ardiles and Hoddle were both playing.


#292

Noons doesn’t want to admit his “troubled” past leading one of WALL’s roughest firms. 0-3 to Boro overnight, now we’re top of the league. Come on Boro!!


#293

Derby go down again to Brighton… you just cannot predict this league. Wolves lose to Bournemouth who hadn’t won in 5 starts.

Apart from Norwich who have the form and the squad and like most likely, I really can’t pick the other automatic promotion standout.


#294

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Noons doesn't want to admit his "troubled" past leading one of WALL's roughest firms. 0-3 to Boro overnight, now we're top of the league. Come on Boro!!
Tongue my nuts, buddy! The only attachment I have to Millwall is tittering somewhat the day I reached England in 1978, when Millwall fans celebrated a result against West Ham (don't recall if they won or lost) by throwing a Hammers fan under a Tube train.

#295

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Noons doesn't want to admit his "troubled" past leading one of WALL's roughest firms. 0-3 to Boro overnight, now we're top of the league. Come on Boro!!
Let ‘em come, Let ‘em come, Let ‘em come LET 'EM ALL COME DOWN TO THE DEN

#296

Stal’s never forgiven your firm killing his nonna like that.


#297

Dropped the Charlton game, that hurts. Freeman was using the three day break as an excuse but it doesnt change the reality - finals hang on a knife edge. Cant see us beating Boro tonight, tbh. But we need to.


#298

Two on the bounce for the mighty Whites. Been very good in 2015.


#299

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Two on the bounce for the mighty Whites. Been very good in 2015.

To be right in the relegation mix at the new year and to be where we are now is amazing.


#300

Be a miracle if we hold onto Mowatt, scored again overnight.