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Leeds, West Ham stage thrilling draw; Irons mourn joint-chairman Gold

Wilfried Gnonto plays a smart give-and-go with Crysencio Summerville and slots the return ball past Lukasz Fabianski to give Leeds the opening goal against West Ham.

West Ham United and Leeds staged an entertaining 2-2 draw at Elland Road on Wednesday as the visitors mourned the passing of joint-chairman David Gold.

David Sullivan took over West Ham with Gold in 2010 and said in mourning the lifelong Hammers supporter that. “He always wanted what was best for West Ham United, and his passing is a great loss for all of us.”


Lucas Paqueta and Gianluca Scamacca scored the goals for West Ham, who finishes the day out of the bottom three on goal difference thanks to Everton’s loss to Brighton on Tuesday.

Leeds got goals from Wilfried Gnonto and Rodrigo to pull two points clear of the bottom three as Jesse Marsch’s men made it back-to-back draws following a points-share with Newcastle at the weekend.

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West Ham mourns loss of David Gold

West Ham United is mourning the loss of Joint-Chairman David Gold.

Ahead of their game against Leeds United on Wednesday, West Ham announced that Gold, a lifelong Hammers fan, passed away at the age of 86 after a short illness.

West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Sullivan said in a statement: “On behalf of everyone at the football club, it is with profound sorrow and a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of our colleague and friend, David Gold.

“Of all our joint ventures, none gave us more pride and happiness than the day we took ownership of West Ham United, our Club, in January 2010. David had a long-standing connection with the Hammers, having grown up opposite the Boleyn Ground in Green Street, and represented the Club at junior level. He always wanted what was best for West Ham United, and his passing is a great loss for all of us.”

They added that “a full tribute to our beloved Joint-Chairman will take place in due course” while manager David Moyes said:

”I am extremely sad to hear this news and, on behalf of all of the players and my staff at the training ground, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to David Gold’s family at this very difficult time. Mr Gold was a regular visitor to Rush Green and always a source of great support and encouragement to myself and the players. It was clear that he had a genuine and sincere love for the Club and was a true supporter at heart. He took a great interest in the people working behind-the-scenes and was always keen to help in any way he could. He will be greatly missed.”

Stars of the Show

Wilfried Gnonto

Lucas Paqueta

Tyler Adams

Gianluca Scamacca

Liam Cooper


What’s next?

Leeds head to Cardiff City for a Sunday date in the FA Cup before visiting Aston Villa on Friday, Jan. 13.

West Ham is off to Brentford on Saturday in the FA Cup and then goes to Wolves on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Wilfried Gnonto goal video: Leeds 1-0 West Ham

Lucas Paqueta penalty goal video: Leeds 1-1 West Ham

Gianluca Scamacca goal video: Leeds 1-2 West Ham

Rodrigo goal video: Leeds 2-2 West Ham

How to watch Leeds vs West Ham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2:45pm ET, WednedayTV Channel: USA NetworkOnline: Watch live on Peacock Premium

Key storylines & (young) star players

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West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

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