Season tickets 2010-2011

The season ticket renewal prices for the 2010-11 season have been released and it comes as no surprise whatsoever that Leeds United have decided to increase them for next term. Counting their chickens before they hatch, Leeds United have admitted (via the official site) that they’ve based the price structure on us playing Championship football in August.

Prices based on early renewal start at £400 in the Family Stand and topping out at £560 in the East and West stands. If you leave it late and don’t take advantage of the early renewal prices, you could be set to pay up to £630 for next years season ticket with an outside possibility we’ll still be visited by such greats as Brighton and Yeovil.

These prices are bad enough for Championship football, but if the worst does happen and we’re stuck in this dismal league for another season, there is a contingency plan. We (the long suffering idiots that pay these extortionate fees for no gain) will be given free access to “selected cup games.” Roughly translated, that means that when such giants like Accrington Stanley visit again and they struggle to get 10,000 in, we’ll be allowed in for free. Of course, when Liverpool and Tottenham are drawn, you can expect to be paying full whack.

It’s a clever ploy by the club to secure as much money now based on the likelihood of promotion just incase we don’t actually make it. Might as well rage and vent now, because at the end of the day, we’ll all be daft enough to pay it regardless of division and the club ripping us off is hardly anything new.

As for those of you that haven’t had a season ticket this season and were considering it for next term, well, you’ll have to wait til June to discover how much Ken Bates and co. wish to shake from your pockets.

Dickov signs in

An unwelcome addition to the wage bill arrives at Elland Road until the end of the season in the form of pension seeking Paul Dickov who has finally found the ideal retirement home here in Leeds. Not a big fan of the bloke as you’ll have probably guessed, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see what his thuggish brand of football brings to the promotion chasing party.

Awards galore for Leeds players

Luciano Becchio becomes the third Leeds United player of the season to scoop the PFA Fans Player of the Month award, following in the footsteps of three times winner, Jermaine Beckford and two times winner, Robert Snodgrass.

Meanwhile, Jonny Howson was named in the Coca-Cola League One Team of the Week, produced by the Press Association alongside former Elland Road favourite, Ian Harte.

Some of you will remember a poll that was run a while back to vote for the best League Cup goal in the competitions 50 year history. Two Leeds United players were nominated in the top 50 with Paul Robinson’s stoppage time header against Swindon coming second and Terry Cooper’s winner in the final coming eighth.