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Every Cloud

The Story of How Leeds City Became Leeds United



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A true story of intrigue, mystery, blackmail and skulduggery, which tells how one man was able to bring down an English Football League club. In 1919, Leeds City player Charlie Copeland returned from active service and made a request for a pay rise, which the club steadfastly refused. During the war, guest players for League clubs were supposed to have gone unpaid for their services, though in general this FA law was overlooked as a nod to the war effort. Copeland, however, issued the club with an ultimatum: either meet his wage demand or answer to the FA for making illegal payments. When Copeland carried out his threat and City proved reluctant to produce their books for FA inspection, a complex web of deceit and hypocrisy ensued. Subsequently, Leeds City were disbanded and expelled from the Football League, the only club before or since to receive such harsh punishment. However, out of the ashes of this fallen institution emerged another, brand new club - Leeds United.

Product code: 9781785315084

ISBN 9781785315084
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H222xW144
No. Of Pages 320
Publisher Pitch Publishing Ltd
A true story of football intrigue, mystery, blackmail and skulduggery. In 1919, Leeds City player Charlie Copeland was refused a request for a pay rise. Disgruntled, he reported the club for illegally paying guest players during WW1, ultimately causing City's expulsion from the League - and the emergence of a brand new club, Leeds United.