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Jon Howe

Sabotaging since 9 Sep 2011

Jon is a versatile freelance writer, blogger and novelist open to all offers for writing work of any description. Despite being a Leeds United season ticket holder Jon has positive aspirations and in addition to Sabotage Times he contributes to the official Leeds United matchday programme and is also currently writing children’s stories. Jon’s website is http://www.jon-howe.com/index.html. You can also follow him on Twitter @jonhowe1971.

My Articles

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Football

RIP Bobby Collins: A Player Even Bremner Looked Up To, A Leeds Legacy

Rest in peace to one of Leeds’ greatest ever players…

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Life

The Greatest Thing I Ever Ate: Prawn Cocktail Crisps In The 80s

In the 1980′s, Walkers Prawn Cocktail actually tasted of Prawn Cocktail, but some time in the middle of that decade some executive made a devastating decision to completely change the flavour and now it is doesn’t have any of the ruddy pinkness, the sensual punch that almost glowed in the packet…

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Books

Scandal FC: When Leeds United Cracked

The final part of Robert Endacott’s Dirty Leeds trilogy is a painful reminder of the insanity that filtered down from the LUFC boardroom.

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Football

Leeds United’s Greatest Ever International XI

After a shocking season, Leeds fans could use some reminder of the greats who’ve graced the Elland Road turf in the past. Here’s their greatest international XI…

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Football

Leeds United: Back in Our Lives, Back In Our Blood, Up All Night For Luke Murphy

After Bates has finally been ejected from his position swathes of positivity have swept the city. It’s great to be a Leeds fan again…

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Football

When We Were Good: Remembering Leeds United in 1999

Not long had David O’Leary’s eventful tenure as Leeds United manager begun that the media were already rhapsodising about O’Leary’s Yorkshire Babes.

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Football

Leeds United’s 100 Greatest Players #1: Billy ‘The Complete Midfielder’ Bremner

It started as an idea, a labour of love, and morphed into a book that stole my life for a long time. Here’s to Bremner, the player whose name was first on the team sheet…

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Football

Leeds United’s 100 Greatest Players #54: Albert ‘The Black Flash’ Johanneson

Here’s to Johannesson, the man whose potential will forever remain unfulfilled…

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Leeds United’s 100 Greatest Players #38: John ‘The Messiah’ Sheridan

Here’s to Sheridan, the shining light in the dark tunnel during the 1980′s…

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Football

Leeds United’s 100 Greatest Players #11: Tony ‘The Ghanian Cantona’ Yeboah

It started as an idea, a labour of love, and morphed into a book that stole my life for a long time. Here’s to Yeboah, who epitomised the ‘shoot on sight’ mantra…

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Leeds United’s 100 Greatest Players #34: Jonathan ‘Jewel In The Crown’ Woodgate

It started as an idea, a labour of love, and morphed into a book that stole my life for a long time. Here’s to Woody, the man who could’ve been king…

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Football

Leeds United Half-Term Report: Sign Warnock Up, Sell The Stiffs & Steady The Ship

It looks like Leeds are set to miss out on the playoffs, but getting rid of the deadwood and signing Warnock for another year will set the club up nicely for the next campaign….

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Leeds Fans’ Season Preview: No More Discount Warehouse Elland Rd. Please Neil

With the takeover still rumbling on Warnock has assembled a squad of warriors who will fight for everything. Which is good news as we can’t handle any more tonkings at home…

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The Promised Land: A Theatrical Exploration Of Racism, Love and Leeds United

The adaption of the popular ‘Promised Land’ book explores Leeds and Leeds United, and is a touching depiction of the passion that surrounds football and the lives of those that follow it.

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Football

Leeds United’s End of Term Report: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

2011/12 was truly an unspeakable period of time that most Leeds fans already refuse to acknowledge…

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Music

Why The Smiths Will Never Reform

The rumours that they were to reunite flooded twitter today but the rifts between The Smiths still remain too deep to mend.

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Football

Into The Valleys: All Leeds United Have Left Is Ruining Cardiff’s Party

Cardiff City need a win against Leeds United tomorrow to secure a place in the play offs, it’s a tie with a bit of history and a plenty of talking points…

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Football

Leeds United: Warnock’s Trolley Dash Has To Include Pace, Intelligence & A Leader

If Leeds are ever going to return to their rightful place in the top tier of English football then a mass squad overhaul is needed. There’s no time for sentiment, it’s out with the old, in with the new.

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Leeds United: Was Sacked Simon Grayson A Scapegoat Or Simply Not Good Enough?

Following weeks of rumours, Simon Grayson has been sacked by Leeds United after the loss to Birmingham last night. His hands were certainly tied, but did he have the managerial skills to sort it out?

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Is Fabian Delph The Inspiration Leeds United Have Been Praying For?

Following a run of one win in seven games, Leeds have slipped to mid-table. With Howson still out, manager Simon Grayson should do everything he can to get Fabian Delph back to Elland Road on loan…

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He’s Sacked Phil Brown, But Can Ridsdale Save Preston North End?

Few could have predicted Preston North End naming ‘Publicity Pete’ as their new Chairman and he’s acted swiftly to remove Phil Brown from his post. You can’t underestimate his ambition…

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Football

Has Gary Speed’s Death Galvanised a Fractured Leeds United?

I’ll never tire of watching clips of Leeds between 1989-96, with spirit and passion to the fore. Has a situation nobody wanted or expected injected that back into the club?

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Ballon D’Oh Nominations 2011: Leeds United’s Paul Rachubka

Paul Rachubka sat on the Leeds United bench for countless hours, waiting like a cobra, coiled and ready to strike. Unfortunately, when that opportunity arose, he was awful.

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Fashion & Style

Ben Sherman’s Evolution is a Leap of Faith in Leeds

In a city that grasped the nettle in the mid-1990’s and flung open the gates of retail opportunism, it is perhaps typical that Leeds is amongst the first UK cities to show spurts of growth in difficult times.

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Football

Leeds United: Was A 5-0 Thumping The Watershed We Needed?

Paul Rachubka will get the blame, but in reality we should look at how Blackpool are run and cast envious glances at Ian Holloway…

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Life

How Sulking Can Become The Backbone To World Peace

We’ve all been there, from the merest acorn of a disagreement, a towering oak of an argument has blossomed. What happens next can go one of two ways, and it is this that divides us all. To sulk or not to sulk?

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Football

The Curious Case Of Leeds United’s Vanishing Midfield

If Leeds United are to return to the promised land of Premier League football, they can’t afford any more sluggish starts at Elland Road.

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Football

Are You A Rational Football Fan?

A football supporter claiming to be rational is like Jordan asserting that she’s shy and retiring, but there are some out there. If you find yourself nodding to the list below then congratulations…you’re one of them.

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Peterborough vs Leeds United: Cut Out The Errors And Promotion Is Ours

With a disturbing trait for throwing points away now causing some anxiety at Elland Road, it is essential that Leeds United attain some consistency if promotion is to be achieved.

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The Greatest Dive I Ever Saw: Sheffield Wednesday’s Gordon Watson vs Leeds United, 1992

I’m not sure whether it was the best of worst dive I have ever seen but Gordon Watson’s swan dive for Sheffield Wednesday against Leeds was certainly the most memorable.

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Football

Leeds Rhinos Are The Greatest Rugby League Team In The World….EVER

I might still be drunk after watching Leeds Rhinos yet again put Saints to the sword in the Grand final, but I’m still convinced that they are untouchable in world sport…

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Scotland Must Be Insane To Ignore Leeds United’s Ross McCormack

With two crunch games coming up for Scotland, manager Craig Levein has controversially elected to omit Leeds United forward Ross McCormack, arguably the most in form Scottish forward available to him. Is it stupidity, or is there logic behind Levein’s call?

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Fashion & Style

I Love My Man Bag More Than Life Itself

Why the much frowned upon man-accessory should be a wardrobe staple.

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Football

Leeds United vs Manchester United: 10 Brutal Wars Revisited

As the two great rivals prepare to face off once again in the Carling Cup, we take a look back at some of their brutal past encounters.

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When Did Former Manchester United and Liverpool Player Paul Ince Become So Out Of Touch?

The Premier League and Champion’s League have made playing for England obsolete, says Paul Ince. Did his generation really put country before club, or has he got his rose-tinted specs on?

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