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Leeds: Fans react as club announce plans to restore the Burley Banksy artwork at Elland Road

Leeds: Fans react as club announce plans to restore the Burley Banksy artwork at Elland Road - Leeds United

Loads of Leeds United supporters have been reacting on social media, after the West Yorkshire outfit announced plans to restore the Burley Banksy artwork at Elland Road and in the surrounding areas.

Leeds have commissioned local artist Andy McVeigh – known as the ‘Burley Banksy’ – to complete the work on restoring the artwork on electric and broadband boxes at the Championship club’s stadium, after the pieces were damaged in recent weeks.

The artwork included dedications to former United players Vinnie Jones, Don Revie and Gary Speed, as well as current first-team head coach Marcelo Bielsa, along with pieces depicting iconic kits and slogans from throughout the Whites’ illustrious history.

McVeigh’s piece dedicated to the late Speed was vandalised on what would have been the Welshman’s 50th birthday, and came shortly after another of the Burley Banksy’s artworks was vandalised near to Elland Road.

Leeds, in conjunction with Leeds City Council and Virgin Media, have now commissioned McVeigh to recreate and restore his artwork, as it is an important part of the Championship side’s and the city’s identity.

“The art displayed by Andy is important to Leeds United and the city,” Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear said. “The designs depict some of the most impactful players and kits from our 100-year history, and you can see from our supporters’ reaction to the recent damage caused to the cabinets and how much it means to us all.

“Now that all parties have formally agreed to commission Andy’s work, his art should be protected for everyone to enjoy.”

Here are some of the reactions shared by Leeds supporters to the news that McVeigh will be recreating and restoring his artwork at Elland Road and in the surrounding areas…

Leeds fans – how pleased are you with this news? Let us know in the comments below!


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