The ups and downs of LUFC: Cross-gates, Morris, Johnson TSS October 13, 2009 Leeds United 7 Comments Cross Gates scandal continues Been away for a few days but it seems the Cross Gate-gate Scandal (see what I did there?) remains a big talking point. After a couple of regulars critisised Gary Edwards YEP comments, Gary revealed the reason he felt so passionately about the paint job; I was asked by The YEP and others to get involved in the ‘Gates Saga’ I dont give a toss if you dont like me, thats democracy, something that wasn’t used during the discussions by the boffins who sanctioned theses gates. The main reason these gates were painted in those colours was the Labour councillor for Cross Gates, Peter Gruen is a fan of you know who, not only a fan, he openly brags about it. I’d already admitted earlier in the comments that I couldn’t really care less about the colour scheme of the Crossed-Gates sculpture. For me, it’s an absolute eyesore, but if Peter Gruen has sanctioned this paint-job solely to get a reaction from the Leeds United supporting majority, then it’s him that’s the petty one. Not the fans that reacted. You expect a certain amount of professionalism from your local councillors. If Peter has deliberately tried to annoy the Leeds United fans of the city, he’s in the wrong job. I also think it’s ridiculous of the local council to allow this saga to continue, when Gary Edwards has offered to re-paint the gates free of charge. No further cost to the tax-payer (afterall, the six figure sum they’ve already wasted on this roundabout revamp is more than enough) and all the drama brought to an end in one move. Democracy is when the majority opinion decides the outcome. Clearly, the majority are opposed to the new colour scheme, therefore it should be fixed! Lucky escape 101 For those that don’t remember Simon Morris, he was a Leeds-based property developer that wanted to take over the club a few years ago. He divided opinion amongst the Leeds fans. Some saw him as the way forward – a rich entrepeneur that could invest in the club and bring back the good times, whilst others were cynical and questioned his motives. Well, whichever school of thought you were in, it seems we had a lucky escape. Simon Morris has been declared bankrupt after his company went into administration with debts totalling £50m last year. Morris did serve as a Leeds United director, but luckily for us his takeover plans never came to fruition. Meanwhile… Bradley Johnson has told Sky Sports that he’d be happy to open contract talks with Leeds. His current contract has 2 years remaining on it. Elsewhere it seems Leeds United pocketed a healthy £800,000 from the kids Man City poached. Grumpy Older Man Edwards damms himself (and completely undermines your follow up comments) with the words ” was asked by The YEP and others to get involved”, in other words pure media whoring of the worst frigging kind, rent a gob! I think what really divides the thinking men from the knee-jerk boys is very simple…when will we see Edwards comments on the ownership issue or the Levi debarcle…um we won’t because he media whores for Bates also! TSS Ahh GOM. As apologetic as ever I see. (roll-eyes emote would go nicely here) I think it’s unfair to critisise Gary because he writes in a program owned by Ken Bates. Of course there are issues totally untouchable by him, but then there’s things in life I can’t comment on because of my job too. Gary is known as a passionate Leeds United fan that follows the club up and down the country so he’s the ideal person to get a quote from whenever a topic like this arises. As for his segment in the program, he’s essentially making money from following Leeds. He’s going to follow them anyway, so why not write about it and earn a couple of quid? I know I would. Doesn’t mean I like Bates, or agree with him on anything. It doesn’t mean Gary does either. It simply means that he’s cleverly profiting from something he loves. Gary Edwards Hi Grumpy old mate, me again Mr Numpty. Sorry its been a while. I see the Gates scandal rumbles on and its pointless what we think in this democratic world innit? Just for the record- of course I cant say anything that goes against Bates. Why do you think theres very little football talk in my column? I steer clear of ‘football politics’ I have remained loyal to the LUSC and not the Members club Also for the record, I dont receive a single penny for writing the column, I get a free programme – thats it. Love to chew the fat with you over a pint? Cheers 4 now, Gary Edwards TSS Sorry Gary, it was me that assumed you were paid for your segment in the program. Probably a bit daft of me considering Bates is the owner and knowing full well that he hates to spend money. I still think they should rip the gates down and replace it with a flower bed. Gary Edwards ok mate, no probs, your right about Mr Bates. Paul South Wales Let’s just stick to the action on the pitch, it’s far more interesting. Mikelufc Grumpy Old Man, are you on the cross gates council by any chance? just asking as it seems odd that you bad mouth Gary for offering his professional services for free thereby saving the council £143,000 which could be put to better use.