Reporter 460, 4 December 2000


Spanish expert on the ball at Elland Road

Leeds Unitedís European adventures have been keeping Ken Hall busy.

Mr Hall, modern languages co-ordinator in the School of Education, is on the interpretersí list of West Yorkshire Police and his language skills have been called into use for Unitedís home-ties in the Championsí League against Barcelona and most recently Real Madrid. His tasks have involved liaising with officers inside and outside the Elland Road ground to help visiting fans.

"I would have liked to have been in the visitorsí changing room to tell them not to play too well," joked Mr Hall.

He has been helping West Yorkshire Police with interpretation and translation work for the past 18 years Ė often with forensic business.

Last month he was awarded the Santa Cruz literary prize by the Anglo-Spanish Society and the Spanish Embassy for a series of articles in the Anglo-Spanish Society Quarterly Review.

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