Forget TV soap-operas - if you want lies, drama, intrigue and disasters on a weekly basis then look no further than Leeds United season 2002-2003. Spin-doctors, managers, chairmen, financiers and players were all thespians in an act of Shakespearian tragedy that makes Othello look like he signed for Real Madrid on UK100k a week! At a time of mis-trust, mis-management and mis-adventure, enter 10 hard-core Leeds fans from around the globe - all linked by love of their team and, of course, e:mail. In a refreshing, straight-forward flow of argument, comment, dis-belief and anger (plus a few awful spelling mistakes) these guys tell the 'true' story of the season as it happened and as it reverberated around the world in more ways than one. From a Radio 1 DJ to a Malaysian Record company exec; from a Yorkshire credit-controller to a Spanish-exile, here are the fans views, in real time, of the most spectacular crash and almost burn in Leeds United's premiership history. With two well placed 'insiders' to spark many unheard of theories you can be sure that e:xpletives are taken to a new height!
Incredibly funny with enough gallows humour to rig a sail-boat, the opening day optimism of El Tel's arrival and the first two victories are soon a distant memory as the good ship Leeds United limps and leaks around the country before almost running aground in North London. Men overboard, mutiny, loss of 'treasure' and marauding pirates makes this a modern day swashbuckler in which no one gets the girl - but plenty get the bird! No player, no manager and certainly no chairman escapes the wrath of the e:males. Tell it like it is; type it like it is, just don't bother spell checking! Elland Road e:males - 10 fans, 1 season: 1000 changing opinions.
Having written as a student for the Yorkshire Post and YEP (not to mention the Airedale & Wharfedale Observer), Dave Shack became a regular contributor to metal weekly, Kerrang! whilst at University. Four years of rock writing culminated in being called a 'rock specialist' and he was invited to not only Produce at Radio 1 (Tommy Vance & Alan 'Fluff' Freeman were his charges), but also co-present on Steve Wright In the Afternoon and, occasionally, The Rock Show. In 1991 he became a rock consultant and then a marketing manager at music behemoth, BMG. 12 years later, and now a Vice-President at that self-same company, he tours the world (always with a Leeds shirt in his luggage) with Westlife, Dido, Gareth Gates and Natalie Imbruglia. Married to TV presenter and a slightly more passive (well, dormant actually!) Leeds fan, Nicki Chapman, they live in West London and dream of seeing one another once in a while! Elland Road e:males is his first book.