Posted: 10/29/2007
Title: THE AXIS OF LOVE

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      Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney are loving each others company in their first year together and the Argie and the Bargie, are bringing smiles to the faces of Sir Alex Ferguson and the Old Trafford faithful.  The Boy Wonder has scored 8 goals in the last 7 matches for club and country, and while England and Argentina were once at war over the Falkland Islands a quarter of a century ago, the two Reds are huggging and loving after they score.

      The last four matches have seen United score 4 goals to equal a centuries old record.  Not to be outdone the very exciting English Premier League saw Chelsea score 6 without reply at home to Sven Goran Erickson's Sky Blues, who still retain 3rd place, and a game of passion and style was played out at Anfield as Cesc Fabregas scored to give come from behind Arsenal a 1-1 tie with Liverpool after Steven Gerrard had opened the scoring in the 7th minute. Arsenal had scored 6 at the Emirates against Sparta Prague in the Champions League and are playing some mouth watering soccer. Arsenal host Manchester United this coming weekend. Even Blackburn Rovers, with Mark Hughes in charge came from behind to sadden Tottenham hearts at White Hart Lane in front of new coach Juande Ramos.

     I watched in dismay opposite the Billy Bremner statue at Elland Road as a fleet of double decker buses brought Millwall fans to the visitors South East corner in front of a considerable police presence in battle gear. All the buses had windows smashed and doors booted open as the hooligans from East London screamed at the Leeds United fans arriving at the ground. There was a police helicopter hovering overhead, mounted police with trungeons running at Leeds fans and police dogs and their handlers baying for blood. The buses were provided by the police to transport The Lions faithful from Leeds Station.

    There is nothing stopping Leeds United, the best supported team in the Football League, and over 30,000 turned up this Saturday afternoon. The upper East Stand is still closed, and will probably be opened for the visit of Huddersfield Town in early December, to add another 8,000 seats.  The Leeds fans are rightfully angry about the loss of 15 points prior to the season opener and there always has been problems between the two sets of supporters. United fans were on their feet chanting and singing throughout, and managerless Millwall could only hold out for so long.   The home team scored 4 goals before Millwall came back into the game and scored two late goals. Millwall fans battled with police and tred to get at the rivals fans and there were some arrests.   Believe it or not, Leeds are now in 6th place -in a play-off stop,- despite the 15 point penalty.

     Dennis Wise used to coach at The Den and took the Lions to the FA Cup Final in 2004, only to lose 3-0 to Manchester United at the Millenium Stadium.   His assistant at Elland Road, Uruguayan Gus Poyet was not at the game, and the next day joined Spurs as first team coach.   Next up are league leaders Carlisle United at Bruton Park. The Foxes were briefly out of the league 4 years ago.  Wise will spend 3 matches up in the stands after problems he caused a few weeks ago at Gillingham, so its important that he signs a replacement assistant soon.

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