Branch News

 24th June 2017

Austrian Pre-Season Tour July 2017

Here is the Plan for pre-season tour. Leeds United will be playing in Austria on the northern border of Germany. We have booked flights and hotels on the British Airways website. Please see the details below. The vast majority of the members will be based in Munich. We can travel to the games by train for around 20 EUROS return. The Hotel is situated in the city and is next door to the world’s biggest beer garden. 16 Jul 2017 BA0948 06:55 Heathrow (London) Terminal 5  Hotel Holiday Inn Express MUNICH CITY WEST, Munich, Friedenheimer Bruecke 15 Room    1 DOUBLE BED SMOKING - Full breakfast Check-in              Sun 16 Jul 2017 Check-out           Sat 22 Jul 2017  22 Jul 2017 BA0949 10:30 Munich Terminal 1  So far there around 12 TVW’s and associates making the trip. With two people sharing a room( don’t have to share a double bed they do twin rooms) the current price works out at £325 each. Anyone who wants to join us and the hundreds of other Leeds fans traveling out then let me know. If you can’t get the week off then just adjust the dates and I suspect the price will drop but remember the main game will be against  Bundesliga, Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Kufstein Arena. On Wednesday I will be planning to visit Bayern Munich and asking for our trophy back that they stole in 1975!!! Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask……….MOT  
14th May 2017

End of Season Messages

Taken me a week to finally get round to sending out the final message of the season. As always it has been pleasure to travel with the members of this branch. Thames Valley has always and will be a way for Leeds fans from almost 5 counties to get together as one and travel the length of the country watching Leeds United. The branch has now been running for eight years and every year it gets stronger. This is only down to its membership. I like to think that we are quite an amiable bunch and welcome all that join us. We have also over the years been joined by other such branches and helped out where we can with the likes of Chilterns and Hampshire Whites. Most trips always include a social part and these have always gone down well, even a little drunken at times, but the characters amongst us keep on turning up and entertaining most of us on the long trips north. Primarily we are a bus service that runs to all games were Leeds United are playing. This service is there for all to take advantage of, whether you travel regularly or occasionally. Away tickets this season started to become a premium and difficult to get hold of but as a group we have managed to attain tickets for all and this has been one of our strongest benefits. Away tickets generally come from within our membership so as much as I co-ordinate this, the real gratitude goes out to the members themselves. This season has had some great memories and we have had so good laughs and banter during our travels. We have also had something to cheer and at last some hope that we might be on the verge of returning back to the old Leeds United. Elland Road has been a joy to visit with the crowds starting to get behind the team and creating that atmosphere that has been lacking since League One days. Next season may see the club push on and again challenge for promotion. Gary Monk looks set to sign an improved deal and the new owners have almost completed the full take over from MC. Like to thank you all for the end of season presentation, really appreciate it and currently fighting with Donna where it will hang in the house. Pre –Season abroad(Europe) is something a fair few of us like to attend and over the coming weeks we will be keeping our ears to the ground to where we will be going this year. For those that would like to know dates then put 17th July into your diaries. Football fixtures will be published on or around the 21st June. We will if possible plan to have pre-meet if possible the week before the season starts for a few beers but I will keep everyone posted nearer the time. Lastly I like to thank all those who have helped me one way or another in the running of TVW. ……..Macca, Fruitbat, Adey, Barney, Daz King and Squirrel for cleaning the coach as last man standing. Ok the time for the Branch emails to fall silent for a few months is here so please have a good summer and get ready for next season as I think it just might be a good un. Below now is a message from our illustrious chairman………Adey Curd. As we trudged away from Loftus Road at the  beginning of the season not even a lovely summer afternoon drinking by the Thames at Hammersmith could detract from the fact that Leeds were shit and it looked like it was going to be another long slog of a season with a relegation battle at the end of it......and our new international goalkeeper produced a Sprake-esque performance par excellence.  Heavy drinking was going to be the only consolation and luckily the Thames Valley Whites were just the comrades to dig in and support you (and the team).  There wasn't much to suggest any different over the next few games but suddenly we started to grind out a few results and looked more like a football team. Gradually we clawed our way into the play-off positions and there we stayed until it really mattered.  How important did conceding to Huddersfield and Fulham in injury time prove to be? How devastating were losses at home to Wolves and away to Burton in the run in?   The fact that we were all so upset that Leeds United failed to make the play-offs shows how far Gary Monk had brought the club. We have had a season far beyond what any of us could expect way back at the beginning of August.  Rob Green came good and our back four is very solid with Luke Ayling my consistent favourite despite his pony tail (is he "My Little Pony" Mark Andrews' grandson?).  The midfield never seemed to pick itself or perform consistently which meant that our lone striker did not get the support he needed or deserved. Chris Wood was a star so often and deserved better but his 30 goal tally was outstanding as was his attitude throughout and the fans finally got behind him.  The games at Norwich, Villa, Birmingham and Newcastle and the home game v Brighton all reminded me of how good things could be and doing the double over Wednesday is always sweet..  Off the field you lot make it a pleasure to travel with the TVWs.  The drinking gets better and better as we gain new recruits who seem to be TVW Leeds mould all the time.  Hopefully, they won't end up as care in the community cases like Fun time Frank Preston, left outside the pub at Newport and now not allowed to travel without me as his carer - blind drunk leading the blind drunk comes to mind!  Macca continues to impress with his constant bollocks talk on the way back from Elland Road.....Leeds have now won the FA Cup semi-final V Chelsea at Villa Park, the Cup Winners Cup in Salonika in 1973 and the European Cup in Paris against Bayern Munich are Bastards in 1975. Ken Bates has been hung at the back of the KOP and Cellino has been castrated and returned to Italy as damaged goods.  And I have bought him (and Griff) a t-shirt that remains kebab-stain proof.  Thank you to Fruitbat (and Pete Baier/Daz King) for his driving on the few occasions that Griff couldn't, the pub stop selections (less Weatherspoon’s more real ale locals) and for keeping us all amused with his funnies (even if I do cop it a lot!,).  The piss-up at Burton was probably the best as a group this season and the round of you, Macca, Fun time Frankie,  Gilbert (returning to his youth as Owen gets older) and myself probably won the most pissed of a very pissed group - marvellous performance.  I also have a personal thank you for those who have given me lifts including Barney, Sarah Gough, Hyams and Paul Marshall.  My final thank you as always is to Donna for letting Griff come out to play each week.  Griff you know my thoughts on your unswerving hard work which makes this group so much fun to be part of and I know everyone feels the same.  So on to pre-season and next season.  I'm off to Malaga with Fun time, Big Dean and the other sensible Leeds Boys and await pre-season details with baited breath safe in the knowledge that I along with many of you will be going. Griff will keep you posted.  We have a lot of ideas to keep things "fresh" for next season including overnight stops, TVW lapel badges and possible savings on travel (subject to numbers travelling). Once we have discussed this in detail we will announce everything to you hopefully over a few beers pre-season.  Enjoy the break and thank you to all for the best year in many.  Adey Curd. Chairman.  With the exception of Donna, the Pussy Posse, were crap this season only turning out for a couple of glory-hunting matches at the end.  Please correct this immediately or you will be removed from my favourite chick list.  Di and Anne your attendance has been legendary as ever.xx Regards Steve Griffin – Thames Valley Whites -  Secretary
14th January 2017

Barnsley Away

Next up is Barnsley  for a top of the table clash that will again cement our play off position. This is a 5.30pm KO and should generate a fantastic atmosphere. Seats are still available on the coach.
28th November 2016

Liverpool Away

Last remaining seats available for the coach to Liverpool. Contact Steve Griffin for further information and pick up points on route to Liverpool.
14th November 2016

Newcastle home

We still have seats available on the coach for Newcastle. -
Adults £25 - U21 £20 - U16 £15 - EMAIL: steve@thamesvalleywhites.co.uk
26th October 2016

League Cup Draw News

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Leeds United have drawn Liverpool in the Quarter finals of the League Cup. Thames Valley will be running a coach for this fixture. The round will be played midweek w/c 28th November.
Coach will depart from Didcot station around 2pm picking up on route through the M6 . Tickets are likely to be based on Loyalty before going on general sale.
25th October 2016

Newcastle - Home

This is already proving to be a popular fixture with members already booking onto the coach. Those yet to book are advised to do so early to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the match are on sale with the south stand already sold out.
18th September 2016

UP NEXT!!!

Coach bookings are now being taken for Ipswich and Bristol City. Cardiff City away was a good day out with the members including some going top less in celebration of an Away win.
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Remember when we call time in our pub stops that you get on the coach and not go wandering as Frank found out to his horror. Lucky for him someone spotted him out of the window before we had gone too far. In future Frank will only be allowed to travel with his carer, Adey Curd, for all future matches.
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30th August 2016
  A big welcome to a fair few new members who have recently signed up over the last week or so…………… The next match is Huddersfield at Elland Road. I Have attached the latest travel details of those who have currently booked on to the bus. I am going to guess we will be running a coach for this fixture so please book early if you are intending to travel with us to this fixture. The following Tuesday evening we play Blackburn at Elland Road, anyone wishing to travel (exception of the regulars) again please let me know, I will also have some spare season tickets for this game at £10 each. Cardiff away follows the following Saturday, this is an early kick off and we plan to stop off in Newport so long as the pubs are open and serving beer!!!! Unless there is a great desire or requests it is unlikely we will run anything for the EFL Cup match against Blackburn, let’s assume we will beat them, then we can spend our hard earned time and pennies for the next round against Chelsea away!!!!
11th August 2016

RMC Fans Forum - 30.07.2016 Minutes

Please note there was no representation attending from the Thames Valley this year. Fans Forum Meeting Saturday 30th July 2016 Legends Lounge Attendance
Ben Mansford - CEO
Paul Bell – Executive Director
Katie Holmes - Head of Ticketing, Membership & Matchday Operations
Derek Hughes – Superintendent for WYP
Fiona Hanley
Introduction  Ben welcomed everybody. Ben is the new CEO at Leeds United and was appointed on 20th June.  Before coming to Leeds he worked as a trainee lawyer for Walker Morris for five years, he was a football agent for Fabian Delph amongst others.  He came from Barnsley FC where he was CEO. Ticketing - Katie Holmes It has been a busy summer, we have sold 14,300 season tickets to date. This is the highest number of season tickets since 2004. The number of new applicants has trebled compared to last season. It the highest number of junior season tickets sold since 2004. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that we will reach the target number of 15, 000 season ticket sales by 31st July 2016. Season tickets cards have arrived and will start to be dispatched this week.  It is a slow process as we check all cards to ensure that they are scanning correctly before dispatch. Membership Just over 10,000 memberships have been sold to date; cards will be dispatched this week.  We have introduced a new International membership package. Benefits of this new package include 25% discount on the LUTV subscription and a £40 hospitality match discount voucher. A new benefit to all Members is ‘The Player of the Year’ Award; all members have the opportunity to vote and enter a draw for the chance to present the Members Player of the Year Award at the End of Season dinner. Match tickets Tickets are on sale for our first two home games. There will be two match categories this season, A and B, opposed to three categories.  The Club will consider utilising the Football League (The EFL) ‘local promotion’ initiative for the coming season. A local promotion fixture allows a home club to introduce ticket discounts and special promotions up to four times per season whereby the discounted prices are not applicable to the visiting club. South Stand “Meal Deal Ticket” for adult match by match tickets will no longer be available.  All tickets in the south stand will be the standard advertised price.  The meal deal was actually a good deal as the meal deals in all other stands were more expensive. There will be no segregation this season (although the behaviour in this area will be monitored).  We have sold a further 300 season tickets in the South Stand Lower.  The end two sections in the Lower Tier towards the East Stand are the only available seats to purchase on a match by match basis. The Atalanta game we have sold just over 10,000. Questions asked at meeting Q - Linking up with family and friends A - KH - Let us know if you have any problems and we can arrange to assist you. Q - Travelling to away games is expensive.  Would LUFC consider subsidising travel for fans travelling to away games? A - BM - West Ham has a season pass that costs £300 this includes travel for their fans travelling to away games.  This is superficial as revenue is paramount for clubs who no longer receive a parachute payment. FSF meet with the FL on a regular basis to discuss matters that fans from various clubs have raised.  As a club it is something we ourselves can raise with the FL. Ticket pricing is so difficult as its competitive.  We have so many travelling fans that other clubs know this and charge a premium for the LUFC travelling fans.  All these clubs are doing is pulling fans away from travelling. Q - Is there no way the FL can even out the amount of televised games for each club? A - PB - There are more people watching LUFC on TV than several of the Premier League clubs, however there is a hugh difference in TV rights income for example  The Premier League clubs get one billion pounds for their international TV rights per annum shared between 20 clubs.  By comparison The FL entered in to a new international broadcast deal worth $32 million deal for FL games, that revenue to be shared by 72 clubs.  We are not happy with their decision hence why we have challenged them. It is well documented that we are unhappy with the unfair distribution of live TV games.  For LUFC we incur commercial disadvantage when shown on TV as many of our supporters find it difficult to attend midweek games, we lose ticket sales, food and beverage revenue and corporate hospitality numbers are reduced.  We also want to ensure that our season ticket holders get to attend as many games as possible and value from their season ticket. The FL has to be seen to be fair and equitable to the 72 clubs and we feel that four televised games at home are reasonable.  We continue to debate this with the FL. Q - Why was the £5 added on to tickets if purchased on the day of the match? A - KH - It was introduced because so many fans turned up late to purchase tickets and we couldn’t cope with the walk up on day sales. We wanted to give a better service to our fans and to be able to deal with issues. We have reviewed the £5 add on and have decided to keep it in place for this season.  BM Barnsley have brought a similar charge in albeit £2.  It helps take the pressure off resources and gives us a chance to get to know our fans. We don’t use our CRM system to communicate enough with our fans. We need to make use of our database and encourage fans to book tickets online.  It is the progression you will see in most clubs.  It wasn’t brought in to as a money making scheme but as it happens it does generate money.  We are going to review our ticketing systems over the next six months. Q - Invicta Whites.  To get to a home game they set off at 6.30am and do not return home until 11.30pm this shows loyalty and dedication.  Away games in the London area are the best games for them to travel to but because of the booking process loyal fans are not being treated as loyal fans. A - KH - Away game ticket allocation is so difficult because we have a10,000 plus members and 14,300 season ticket holders.  There is an RMC benefit where you can guarantee a block booking of 25 tickets for one away game (local to you). RMC’s can also submit a group booking for home match tickets ahead of tickets going on sale. Details of these benefits will be sent to all RMC’s by Fiona Hanley. Q - Is there a scheme where we can allocate tickets in the family area for visiting fans? A - KH - There is not always the demand for this request.  It is difficult to control and we would have to block off an area which we would normally sell at full advertised price. Match Day Experience - Paul Bell  We are trying to make the match day experience better for everyone.  In the Pavilion we are looking at working with Heineken to have a ”Fans Village”.  We need to create something special and interesting for our fans and we will be trialling the “Fans Village”.  If you have any ideas then please send them in  Fans Engagement - Ben Mansford We want to have more fans engagement and we are looking having more fans forums and we are open to suggestions as to how we can do this. There are lots of good things happening, all four stands are sponsored this year and we have a shirt sponsor.  We want LUFC to be the hub of the community. PB - Over the past few years we have had too much negative feedback which we want to change.  Being a Championship Club and getting the high quality and number of sponsors we do is testament to the size of the club.  It has been the most positive feeling at the club for a very long time. PB - Ben is having good communication with the media we seek to get great media exposure for some of the great initiatives we are undertaking, for example our agreement with Greenpeace.  Greenpeace have never allowed anybody to use their logo on clothing before and we are privileged to have their brand on our junior replica shirts.  We will use the clubs marketing channels to raise awareness of some of the great work that Greenpeace do protecting the environment. Q - Why do we never get email updates informing the RMC’s and supporters of what is happening within the club? A - This is one of the areas we are massively looking at improving. Q - Why don’t we sell Charlie Taylor if he does not want to sign a new deal? A - Charlie is committed to playing for Leeds.  It is not open for discussion today. Q - Does Mr Cellino care? A - Yes he does, he wants nothing more than to win and get into the Premiership.  The club is in a stable financial situation.  The appointment of Garry Monk is a positive one; he is passionate and wants the club to succeed, he doesn’t like losing.  He is the person calling the shots. Q - What is his stance on investment? A - BM - If there is anything definitive about investments then the club will comment. Q - How much has Mr Cellino’s hands been tied with GFH? A - Mr Cellino is here and he’s having a go.  We can’t comment on GFH this is for board level.  There is always going to be speculation about investors. Q - Will you be looking at reintroducing “Leeds on the Road”? A - There have been talks about how to improve communication between the fans and the cub.  We are happy to do Question & Answer sessions but we do need to look at the structure of what we would do and see what works. Social media now plays a big role in communicating and getting information out there.  Players and managers comment on travelling to away games so they know what their fans feel like when they have to travel to games. We are just starting to build up a relationship with Garry Monk because there are more mid week games being played it is more difficult to get a “Leeds on the Road” type event running without the input of players. Q - Have you any plans to go to away games and to sit with the fans in your casual gear?  Doing this would bring you closer to the fans.  The relationship with fans and stewards travelling to away games has been great A - BM - Match days are so emotive it would be difficult to do but it is something we will look into. KH - Our stewards insist on going to away games Q - What is happening with Thorp arch and Elland Road A - In an ideal world any club would want to own their own stadium.  Given the opportunity we would love to have ownership of both. Q - It is disappointing that Mr Cellino was not at the meeting today.  He needs to make an effort to communicate with fans and this would have been an ideal opportunity. A - Apologies that Mr Cellino is not here today.  He did travel to Ireland for the pre season friendly and got involved with the fans that were there. Q - What are the benefits of being an RMC? We used to have a page in the programme where the contact details of all RMC’s were in there for fans to contact. A - When we send the minutes we will send through a list of benefits also. West Yorkshire Police - Derek Hughes Is in his 29th year with West Yorkshire Police and has been at Elland Road since 1988.  Bryn Stokes the Football/Public Order Intelligence Officer, also present and is the eyes and ears for both WYP and LUFC fans. Some fixtures have been problematic for us.  This season we have Aston Villa and Newcastle.  We have to be mindful of the fans. Game Categorisation The police have no involvement in match fixtures.  We look at the history of clubs Leeds played the season before.  We make a categorisation assessment of the fixtures, there are four Silvers and one Gold and we would have a meeting to discuss our thoughts and views as to how we would see each game being categorised.  We would then speak to LUFC and put our list forward. If we could not reach an agreed list we would then call a SAG (Safety Advisory Group) meeting where all parties present would try and come to a decision.  Ultimately LUFC have the final decision if we were not entirely comfortable with that decision we could withdraw and refuse to send police to that particular game. Today’s game is a police free game.  There will be two serials (14 police officers) present but not fully visible.  The reason for this is we need to ensure that if there was any trouble that it would not spread on to the streets as this could potentially create a bigger problem. Newcastle could be a Cat C we are looking at the intelligence and history Last season there were 48 arrests and 86 banning orders throughout which is pretty good.  We need to keep fans on our side, at the end of the day we are there to help so we need to work together. Hull away last season Why was pepper spray used on the Leeds fans?  Can WYP not get involved with other police forces to advise them on how to handle Leeds fans?  Leeds fans would like to know what happened and why. We are still waiting on a report on the Hull game from Humberside Police and as yet have not received anything.  We have taken a formal approach to Humberside Police to try and find out why and what happened.  Once we receive this we will get something out to the club and fans.      
9th August 2016

Sheffield Wednesday travel booking

Bookings for travel for our trip to Sheffield Wednesday are now being taken. This is an early start due to a 12.30 kick off Fares are £25 Adult, £20 U21's & £15 U16's
5th August 2016

Season Begins................

Here we go again, dreams, aspirations and pure speculation.  Thames Valley on Sunday will be rocking up into 'dat t'ere London' for the opener against the Hoops. Breakfast venue and beer tokens all prepared. Hoping for 3 points to kick start our promotion challenge and how nice was it to see the Bar-Codes got to the bottom of the league late Friday night. ................MOT  
2nd  August 2016

Fleetwood  Travel

The bus for Fleetwood away in the League Cup is now sold out!!
1st August 2016

Birmingham and Fleetwood 

Birmingham fixture logo 2 Bookings for travel to Birmingham City at Elland Road and Fleetwood  away in the League cup are now being taken.  Please note that seats are now limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. New members are still welcome at TVW, please use the contact form to register.
29th July 2016

QPR AWAY 

We will mainly be meeting up for this game at Paddington station at the Mad Bishop and Bear pub. For those that are unfamiliar with this watering hole it is located on the second floor of the station concourse. The intention is to meet at 10am and have breakfast and beer. Due to the early KO and most pubs not opening until 12noon this is the best place pre-match. We are likely to catch the train/tube from here around 11.45am. Those that require tickets from me must meet me at the above location. Any no shows will result in me selling the ticket on route to Loftus Road. Again I will organise group travel for the trains, those that wish to do this will need to email me in advance so we can arrange to meet before we travel on the day. The following train times are what we will be using to travel to London:
Swindon               08.26

Didcot:               08.45

Reading               09.02

Oxford Parkway        08.44
We are planning to meet up after the match at another designated pub, details of this venue will emailed to members nearer the time.