Jon Howe

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Published Work

Featured below are links and PDF documents which showcase some of my published work.

Books

All White: Leeds United's 100 Greatest Players cover. In November 2012 my first book 'All White: Leeds United's 100 Greatest Players' was published through Pitch Publishing. The book was compiled during 2012 and was based on a new fans' vote conducted in conjunction with Leeds United. The book includes extensive biographies with fresh insight and stats on all 100 players. I worked closely with the publishers and designers sourcing photos and creating the layout and design elements. I also produced all the additional fan and celebrity features for the book. The book has a Facebook page which includes some photos from the launch events and links to various articles on the book's release:

Click here to visit the official Facebook page for the book 'All White: Leeds United's 100 Greatest Players'

You can also read some customer reviews of the book and order it by following this link to the Amazon page:

Click here to visit the Amazon page for the book 'All White: Leeds United's 100 Greatest Players'

Leeds United Matchday Programme

We Are Leeds: Leeds United official matchday programme cover 2013/14.For the 2013/14 season I looked at Leeds United in the 1980s. The feature was called 'Football's Lost Decade' as the 1980s tend not to be remembered too fondly by Leeds fans, but also because the decade has been almost completely erased from the memory of football fans generally since Sky Sports changed the game in 1992. I specifically chose games that were not necessarily high profile, as although the 1980s were a dark period for Leeds United, each match tells its own story about the era. The feature included a brief Leeds United match report, a profile of a Leeds player from that period and a section on a general football topic from the 1980s, when cultural and political change affected the nature of football drastically. Please click on each link to enjoy the feature. These articles are the copyright of Leeds United Football Club, so please don't reproduce them.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Manchester United 1980.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Aston Villa 1980 .

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Arsenal 1980 .

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Southampton 1982 .

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Brighton & Hove Albion 1982.

Football's Lost Decade - Grimsby Town v Leeds United 1982.

Football's Lost Decade - Newcastle United v Leeds United 1982.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Fulham 1983.

Football's Lost Decade - Shrewsbury Town v Leeds United 1983.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday 1984.

Football's Lost Decade - Chelsea v Leeds United 1984.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Oldham Athletic 1984.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Everton 1985.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Oxford United 1985.

Football's Lost Decade - Manchester City v Leeds United (FMC) 1985.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Portsmouth 1985.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Derby County 1986.

Football's Lost Decade - Stoke City v Leeds United 1986.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Swindon Town 1987.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Sheffield United 1988.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Peterborough United (LC) 1988.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Portsmouth 1989.

Football's Lost Decade - Leeds United v Walsall 1989.

Football's Lost Decade - West Ham United v Leeds United 1989.

We Are Leeds: Leeds United official matchday programme cover.I have also included the classic match reports that I contributed to each issue of the Leeds United official matchday programme for the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons. These were written in the specific style previously seen as a popular feature in Leeds, Leeds, Leeds magazine. Please click on each link to enjoy the report. These articles are the copyright of Leeds United Football Club, so please don't reproduce them.

Classic Match Report - Liverpool v Leeds United FA Cup Final 1965.

Classic Match Report - Torino v Leeds United Inter Cities Fairs Cup 1965.

Classic Match Report - Chelsea v Leeds United FA Cup Semi-Final 1967.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Dinamo Zagreb Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final Second Leg 1967.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Arsenal League Cup Final 1968.

Classic Match Report - Ferencvaros v Leeds United Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final Second Leg 1968.

Classic Match Report - Liverpool v Leeds United 1969.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Burnley 1970.

Classic Match Report - Celtic v Leeds United European Cup Semi-Final Second Leg 1970.

Classic Match Report - Chelsea v Leeds United FA Cup Final Replay 1970.

Classic Match Report - Colchester v Leeds United v FA Cup 1971.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v West Brom 1971.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Juventus Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final Second Leg 1971.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Manchester United 1972.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Southampton 1972.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Arsenal FA Cup Final 1972.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Sunderland FA Cup Final 1973.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v AC Milan European Cup-Winners' Cup Final 1973.

Classic Match Report - Stoke City v Leeds United 1974.

Classic Match Report - Q.P.R. v Leeds United 1974.

Classic Match Report - Barcelona v Leeds United European Cup Semi-Final Second Leg 1975.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Bayern Munich European Cup Final 1975.

Classic Match Report - Man United v Leeds United FA Cup Semi-Final 1977.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Southampton 1978.

Classic Match Report - Man United v Leeds United 1981.

Classic Match Report - Swansea City v Leeds United 1981.

Classic Match Report - West Brom v Leeds United 1982.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Newcastle United 1982.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Arsenal FA Cup Fourth Round Replay 1983.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Queen's Park Rangers FA Cup 5th Round 1987.

Classic Match Report - Wigan Athletic v Leeds United FA Cup 6th Round 1987.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Coventry City FA Cup Semi-Final 1987.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Charlton Athletic Play Off Final Replay 1987.

Classic Match Report - Newcastle United v Leeds United 1989.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Newcastle United 1989.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Hull City 1990.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Sheffield United 1990.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Leicester City 1990.

Classic Match Report - Bournemouth v Leeds United 1990.

Classic Match Report - Everton v Leeds United 1990.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Manchester United League Cup Semi-Final Second Leg 1991.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Liverpool 1991.

Classic Match Report - Aston Villa v Leeds United 1991.

Classic Match Report - Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United 1992.

Classic Match Report - Sheffield United v Leeds United 1992.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Stuttgart European Cup First Round Second Leg 1992.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Stuttgart European Cup First Round (Play-Off) 1992.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Liverpool 1995.

Classic Match Report - Monaco v Leeds United UEFA Cup First Round First leg 1995.

Classic Match Report - Wimbledon v Leeds United 1995.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v PSV Eindhoven UEFA Cup Second Round First Leg 1995.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Aston Villa Coca Cola Cup Final 1996.

Classic Match Report - Leeds United v Derby County 1997.

Sabotage Times

Sabotage Times.Sabotage Times is the latest venture of James Brown (founder of Loaded magazine, Leeds, Leeds, Leeds magazine and former editor of GQ, amongst other things). The site is a great destination for people interested in football, fashion, sport, opinion, relationships, drink, film and many other subjects; a one-stop-shop of quality writing which is updated constantly. Here is a link to my articles, which I am adding to all the time.

My Life in Leeds

My Life in Leeds.My Life in Leeds is a lifestyle website and business run by Darren Cronian. The site promotes all the good things to do in Leeds (such as eating, drinking, dancing, walking, culture, kids activities etc). There is also a sister site called My Life in Yorkshire. I have submitted several articles to each site. Here is a link to some of my articles on My Life in Leeds.

Here also are a selection of my articles from the My Life in Yorkshire site.

Le Grand Depart - 2014 Tour de France.

Tour around breweries in Yorkshire.

Days out at Yorkshire racecourses.

The Square Ball Magazine

The Square Ball.The Square Ball is an independent Leeds United Supporters magazine which was first established in 1989, when the football supporters' fanzine movement was flourishing like a raging inferno dashing through the offices of the football establishment. It was football's Punk, and The Square Ball was in the audience at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall. In those days The Square Ball, as with other club's fanzines, gave supporters a creative, direct and uncensored voice for the first time. Today, the magazine is much different, it has even won awards, and it is complimented by a chat forum, a blog and a podcast. It is also the only surviving printed magazine from the several Leeds United fanzines that emerged in the late 1980s, but it is still smothered in biting wit, satire, pathos and a very necessary slab of self-depreciation. As always, The Square Ball is put together by a passionate, hugely talented and dedicated bunch of people. I have been writing for The Square Ball since 1994, and after a break of a few years when life caught up with me, I started writing for them again at the back end of the 2011/12 season. Below are links to some of my published articles for the magazine since then.

2011/12 Issue 8: Dreams Are Just Dreams - The Ridsdale Years. Part 1 of 3 - Awaiting the Darling Buds.

2011/12 Issue 9: Dreams Are Just Dreams - The Ridsdale Years. Part 2 of 3 - This Night Has Opened My Eyes.

2011/12 Issue 10: Dreams Are Just Dreams - The Ridsdale Years. Part 3 of 3 - Apocalypse Soon.

2012/13 Issue 1: Defeatism Begins At Home.

2012/13 Issue 2: The Man From Another Place.

2012/13 Issue 3: How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways.

2012/13 Issue 4: When.......

2012/13 Issue 5: Who Cares If It's A White Christmas.

2012/13 Issue 6: Fables Of The Misconception.

2012/13 Issue 7: People Can Do Anything.

2012/13 Issue 8: The Moment Before Everything's Spoiled Again.

2012/13 Issue 9: Scratching A 21-Year Itch.

2012/13 Issue 10: Now That We've Grown Up Together.

2013/14 Issue 2: Royal Appointment.

2013/14 Issue 3: God's Gift to Leeds United.

2013/14 Issue 7: The passing of time and all of its crimes.

2014/15 Issue 6: In His Humblest Hour - a tribute to Leslie Silver 1925 - 2014.

2015/16 Issue 3: Catching up with the Running Man - an interview with Lee Bowyer.

Leeds United posts on miscellaneous websites

The following is a selection of Leeds United-related posts for sites that have had one-off requirements. These posts have been well-received and it's nice to keep them all together for people to read. The first is a commission I received to write a 'memory' post for the Sporting Memories Network, which deals with dementia and 'wellbeing through reminiscence'. The article is relating to the Fifth Round FA Cup tie between Leeds United and QPR in 1987. The second piece is a tribute to 'My Sporting Hero' David Batty, this was written for a start-up website called MoreSport, who recently asked me to contribute some old and new articles to help establish their site. Finally, there is a tribute to John Sheridan, which is a piece commissioned by James Brown for the 'Scotts Menswear Blog' that he produces.

Sporting Memories Network: FA Cup Fifth Round - Leeds United v QPR February 1987

MoreSport.com: David Batty - Leeds' spit and sawdust superhero

Scotts Menswear Blog: A tribute to John Sheridan - the people's footballer

Leeds, Leeds, Leeds Magazine

Below are articles I had published in Leeds, Leeds, Leeds (LLL) magazine, the Official bi-monthly magazine of Leeds United Football Club.

The following are Match Reports that are written in a distinct style used by LLL for many years, and now adopted for the Classic Match reports I do for the matchday programme. The writing is intentionally informal with off-beat humour.

Leyton Orient October 2007

Bury November 2007

Northampton January 2008

Hartlepool September 2008

Northampton FA Cup November 2008

Stockport September 2009

Darlington October 2009

Huddersfield Away February 2010

Tranmere Away March 2010

Cardiff and Scunthorpe October 2010

Finally, there are two miscellaneous articles from LLL.

Comment: One Club City?

Collector's Corner: Video Review United Are Back Season Review 1986/87

From the official Leeds United website here is an article I had published in September 2010 relating to the 25th anniversary of the death of legendary Scotland manager Jock Stein:

The Forgotten Story of Jock Stein

Published article for FQ Magazine, a parenting magazine specifically for Fathers:

FQ Magazine: Ten tips for dealing with miscarriage

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