In honour of our frustrated Manager, may I proudly present:
Leeds United’s “Life of Brian”
The “What Have the Bahrainis Ever Done For Us?” Scene, for those conspiracy theorists who maintain that the GFH regime is just more of the same old Bates crap. (With sincere apologies to the Pythons.)
The interior of COOPER’S house. A darkened room with a very conspiratorial atmosphere. BILLY and BIG JACK are seated at a table at one end of the room. EDDIE, dressed in Activist gear — white robes and a blue & yellow sash around his head — is standing by a plan (of a palatial residence in Bahrain) on the wall. He is addressing an audience of about eight MASKED ACTIVISTS including unsuspected double agent LASH. Their faces are partially hidden.
Eddie: We get in through the underground heating system here… up through to the main audience chamber here… and Haigh’s bedroom is here. Having grabbed him, we inform GFH that he is in our custody and forthwith issue our demands. Any questions?
Lash: What exactly are the demands?
Billy: We’re giving them two days to dismantle the entire apparatus of GFH Capital’s management structure of Leeds United and all related offshore companies, and if they don’t agree immediately we execute him.
Cooper: Cut his head off?
Eddie: Cut all his bits off, send ’em back every hour on the hour… show them we’re not to be trifled with.
Billy: Also, we’re demanding a ten foot mahogany statue of Brian Mawhinney with his cock hanging out.
Big Jack: What? They’ll never agree to that, Billy.
Billy: That’s just a bargaining counter. And of course, we point out that they bear full responsibility when we chop him up, and… that we shall not submit to blackmail.
All: (Applause) No blackmail!
Billy: They’ve bled us Whites white, the bastards. They’ve taken everything we had, not just from us, from our fathers and from our fathers’ fathers.
Big Jack: And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
Big Jack: And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers’ fathers.
Billy: All right, Jack. Don’t labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?
Lash: Luke Murphy?
Billy: Oh yeah, yeah they gave us that. Yeah. That’s true.
Masked Activist: And got rid of Bates!
Big Jack: Oh yes… Bates, Billy, you remember what he used to be like.
Billy: All right, I’ll grant you that buying Luke Murphy and getting rid of Bates are two things GFH have done…
Cooper: And Scott Wootton.
Billy: (sharply) Well yes obviously Scott Wootton … Scott Wootton goes without saying. But apart from Luke Murphy and getting rid of Bates and Scott Wootton…
Another Masked Activist: Ticket prices…
Other Masked Voices: Closing Bates FM… cheaper season Tickets… Fan re-engagement…
Billy: Yes… all right, fair enough…
Activist Near Front: And bringing back Radio Leeds…
All: Oh yes! True!
Eddie: Yeah. That’s something we’d really miss if GFH left, Billy.
Masked Activist at Back: Social media – a Facebook and Twitter presence for LUFC!
Big Jack: And it’s nice and quiet sitting in the North Stand now.
Eddie: Yes, they certainly know how to keep order… (general nodding)… let’s face it, they’re the only ones who could in a place like this.
(rueful grins and more general murmurs of agreement)
Billy: All right… all right… but apart from Luke Murphy and getting rid of Bates and Scott Wootton and closing Bates FM and re-engaging with the fans and bringing back Radio Leeds and social media and stewards shutting everyone up and Stadium Security making us sit down or chucking us out…. what have GFH Capital done for us?
Lash: Student tickets!?
Billy: (very angry, he’s not having a good meeting at all) What!? Student tickets?? Oh… (scornfully) Student tickets, yes… shut up!!