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Shine A Light

Shine A Light

Submitted: 09/10/09 (Edited 10/08/11)
Description: Ian Miller United's first team coach, Simon Grayson the manager and Glynn Snodin the Assistant manager here discuss the post match performance against Colchester somewhere in the lower reaches of the Weston Homes Community Stadium on the 29th August, 2009.

Ian Miller was the first of new manager Simon Grayson's coaching staff to join the Whites, his appointment coming on Christmas Day, 2008. Nickamed 'Dusty' Miller brings with him bags of experience, a right winger in his playing days at Bury, Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers, Swindon Town and Blackburn Rovers. After his retirement from the playing side of the game he became the youth development officer at Port vale before coaching at Wolves, Blackburn, Blackpool, Leicester and Man City.

Simon Grayson stepped down a division to take on the role of manager at Leeds United. Previously with Championship side Blackpool Grayson had no hesitation when the offer was put on the table to join The Whites. Lifelong fan of Leeds and ex player Simon joined Leeds United on the 23rd December 2008. Blackpool did threaten legal action as they did not accept Grayson's resignation but that issue was finally resolved in April 2009 when the Seasiders settled for an undisclosed fee as compensation, some reports suggested it was in the region of 200,00 pounds.

Glynn Snodin joined The Whites on the 1st July, 1987 coming from Sheffield Wednesday for a fee of 150,000 pounds and filled the left back position. A popular player in his time with the club Snodin made 99 full appearances for Leeds in all competitions, 14 as a substitute and scored 13 goals. Snodin left Leeds on 1st June, 1992 going to Oldham Athletic on a free transfer. Snodin made is return to Elland Road on 2nd February, 2009 as the assistant manager to Simon Grayson.

United were looking to make it seven straight wins in a row at the Weston Homes Community Stadium which if achieved would equal the record set by Don Revie's men at the start of the 1973-74 season. Luciano Becchio returned for the Whites and it was Leeds who had the best of the first half with Jermaine Beckford netting for Leeds twice only to be denied both times by the linesman's flag. It was just 90 seconds into the second half when United finally broke the deadlock with Bradley Johnson heading home from a Robert Snodgrass free-kick. This pushed the home side out and Colchester came close to the equaliser almost immediately but United goalkeeper Shane Higgs made a terrific save to keep the advantage safe. Ten minutes later, after Rui Marques was adjudged to have made a foul on a Colchester striker, the U's equalised from the spot. United kept their cool in a high tension game and it was Jermaine Beckford who fired United back into the lead with a shot from within the box. United kept it tight at the back for the remainder of the game landing three points for the Whites on their travels and handing Simon Grayson's men a place in the history books as they achieved the seven game record which had stood for over 35 years. 8,810 supporter's were at the Weston Homes for the match with a large contingent for the men in yellow with the travelling United Army taking over just under two stands in the ground.

Leeds United: Higgs, Crowe, Kisnorbo, Marques, Doyle, Howson, Johnson, Hughes, Beckford, Becchio, Sodgrass.
Subs: Prutton for Snodgrass, Michalik for Marques, Showunmi for Becchio.

Thanks to Colin Callow for this great pic.
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