Had to laugh reading the following from The Times & Star;

Sky Sports should be renamed Leeds United TV after the satellite broadcaster screened the Yorkshire club for the 3,479th time this season on Tuesday night.

I doubt Uncle Ken would be too happy with that rebranding. I sense a lawsuit coming on. We already have a LUTV which you’re more than welcome to subscribe to for a small monthly fee – £20p/m to you.

You can accept that the Elland Road team are easily the lower divisions’ best supported outfit but still observe when the pursuit of ratings turns into overkill.

That point was reached when viewers were treated to Leeds v Grimsby in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern quarter-final four days ago.

You know you loved it. The quality of Kilkenny’s and Beckford’s goals were enough to justify the air-space. Not to mention the beautifully struck consolation goal from Mr. Sweeney.

Both their FA Cup ties have also been snaffled by the broadcasters, not to mention their Carling Cup meeting with Liverpool and the odd league fixture, too.

OK, none of the FA Cup games were really very interesting, but Leeds v Liverpool is an obvious choice for TV coverage. Especially since we sold the stadium out with ease and there were still tens of thousands of people around the country eager to tune in. What other tie had such excitement?

Remember: money tips into the Elland Road account whenever Ken Bates’ troops appear live on our screens, in case you thought this was just an aimless Cumbrian bleat.

You get the feeling that Sky and their rivals would sooner send the cameras round to watch Simon Grayson’s players brushing their teeth rather than devote anything more than token time to the other 47 teams in the lower tiers.

Quite right too. None of the other teams are interesting enough to hold our attention – although, in fairness, I could be a little biased.

That leaves just one little question. Who the hell are ‘The Times & Star?’ Well, they’re a “three-edition broadsheet newspaper, based in Workington. (…) covering the communities within the Allerdale district of West Cumbria.” Basically, they’re Carlisle United’s local rag.

So, everyone from The FA, Sky Sports and ITV take note- the next time Leeds United and Liverpool are drawn against each other, don’t give the people what they actually want. Show them Carlisle v Portsmouth instead (as was the draw) and let’s make their 400 sheep farmer fans happy.