A collaborative effort by Leeds United Supporters’ Trust, Leeds United Americas and the Scandinavian branch of Leeds United (LUSCOS) with the help of the club and artist Paul Trevillion, honored the 1972 FA Cup winning team of Leeds.
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Commemorative plaques were unveiled on Thursday afternoon, freshly installed on the wall of the East Stand at Elland Road.
The families of those who unfortunately were unable to see the 50th anniversary commemorated in person were also present as Eddie Gray, Mick Jones, Allan Clarke, David Harvey, Paul Reaney and Johnny Giles were honored.
“Seeing the likes of John and Allan and the great Dave, Paul Reaney – means a lot to the boys. Obviously you miss your ex-teammates and it’s sad they’re not around, but things like that, I think is awesome, great and a good likeness,” said former winger Gray.
“We all have an individual plate too, which makes it even better, but it’s something we can remember with pride, what we’ve achieved and it will be there forever,” he said. glancing at the new facility below. the east stand.
Behind the idea were the fan groups LUST, LU Americas and LUSCOS. Leeds United Supporters’ Trust chairman Pete Emmerson was delighted with the end result: “17,000 people are going to see them, walk past them every game day and be able to look back on our history with pride and hopefully look forward to it. good times on the pitch too,” he said.
“It was extremely important for us to have this as a fan-based piece and to work with our friends and partners at LU Americas and LUSCOS. It was just that we came to the threesome club, saying it would be a good idea to honor the legends. The club, instantly through Angus and the PR team here, were on board from the start and supported us throughout,” said Emmerson.
Anders Palm of Leeds United Supporters Club of Scandinavia made the trip for two first-team matches and the unveiling; the LUSCOS member had the honor of participating in the unveiling of the 50th anniversary plaques.
“LUST came to us and asked if we wanted to be part of this project and we’ve been very close with some of these players, especially Peter Lorimer and Norman Hunter. So obviously we wanted to create a lasting memory for the lost and also to really mark this because it’s a very important moment for the Norwegian and Scandinavian supporters of Leeds United,” he said.
“A lot of fans really came into Leeds after that game, they remember that game.
“We are just honored to be part of such a great project. I think these are wonderful plaques.”
Val Leon of LU Americas was also pleased with the end result: “Even until this morning we didn’t know why we were coming all the way. It’s beautiful.”
Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, but now from West Yorkshire after marrying into a Leeds United family, she relished the opportunity to commemorate the players.
The 1972 FA Cup triumph remains the only time Leeds have won English football’s most famous honor.
Allan Clarke’s goal sealed a famous 1-0 victory over Arsenal at Wembley Stadium as 100,000 spectators watched.