The ups and downs of LUFC: Thorp Arch, Becchio, Norwich City TSS October 15, 2009 Leeds United 3 Comments D-Day for Thorp Arch The fate of Thorp Arch rests in the hands of Leeds City Council as the deadline for it’s buy-back expires this evening. The original deadline of the 10th of October was extended due to a religious holiday since which LCC have continued to carry out the necessary due diligence. LCC also require the nod from the Football League who could stick their nose in and complicate matters once again for the Whites. The FL are still believed to be investigating the ownership of Leeds United although Shaun Harvey claims this shouldn’t stop the deal with LCC being finalised. If the deal does go through, the money Leeds will pay for the lease will be secured by us agreeing to pay a portion of the money we receive for our Football League membership every year. The deal also includes the option for Leeds United to repurchase the property in fourteen years time, or sooner if financial circumstances allow. Should the deal be unsuccessful, Leeds will still maintain use of the training facilities until 2029, although the current lease agreement will increase in price by 3% every year. Becchio injury latest Contrary to rumours circulating that suggested Lucciano Becchio had broken his ankle, Simon Grayson insists he hasn’t. After needing assistance to get off the pitch during the 0-0 draw with Charlton, Leeds fans nervously anticipated the worst, but Grayson insists the striker is receiving treatment and will be back soon enough. …and we’re back! After a much needed break from the busy League One fixture schedule, Leeds United return to action this Monday night against Norwich City. The game will be live on Sky Sports, so fans attending Elland Road should expect a lower than average attendance. Norwich have not lost since the 14th of September when a late penalty secured all three points for MK Dons. They’ve also won their last four including a 4-0 hammering over Leyton Orient followed by another demolition job on Bristol Rovers who they beat 5-1 both at home. Away from home, they’ve also won their last two games with 1-0 victories over Gillingham and Carlisle. JC Fantastic news from such a trustworth source (haha), …. Shaun Harvey, Ken Bates’ “right hand man” ( or the “right hand man” of our mistery owners ) is putting the pressure on LCC by saying ” the deal will go through despite the ownership issues”. Lets not forget that if Bates, was not frequently so underhand in business dealings, the Football League and LCC may not feel it so vital that “due dilligance” is carried out before agreeing any deal with Bates. For all we fans are aware the owners of LUFC may be rolling in pots of cash ( ie, the missing millions of revenue not reinvested in the club ) which could pay for the Thorpe Arch deal without the need to risk LCC funds. Grumpy Older Man Its all gone pear.. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/leedsunited/Leeds-United-Council-Thorp-Arch.5740379.jp Grumpy Older Man and I quote “Leeds also said the decision not to proceed had been taken because of conditions the council sought to attach to the deal.”, meaning name the owners! And they refused!