Leeds United are set to rename the South Stand in honour of legendary defender Norman Hunter. Unsurprisingly, the latest news has prompted reactions from the Elland Road faithful.
Hunter sadly passed away at the age of 76 after contracting the illness currently sweeping the globe.
He was a member of England’s famous 1966 World Cup winners, and played a key part in Leeds’ history, making over 700 appearances for the Whites during a 14-year-spell, winning the league three times, lifting the FA Cup and League Cup, as well as picking up two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups.
The Englishman will now be immortalised forever at Elland Road, and follows his old boss Don Revie and fellow club legend John Charles, in having a stand named after him. Hunter is affectionately known as “Bites Yer Legs” by the fan base.
His former teammate Billy Bremner was commemorated with a statue just outside the stadium.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani paid tribute to the centre-back in a public statement shared by the club:
“Naming the South Stand after Norman is the very least we could do to recognise the lifetime of hard work and dedication he gave to our football club – firstly as a hugely successful player and secondly as an ambassador for Leeds United.”
“Norman was respected and loved by everyone connected to the club and as we battle through uncertain times it is unlikely that he will be able to be given the send-off he deserves and therefore we expect the South Stand to be bouncing when fans are finally allowed to return to Elland Road and pay their respects to a giant of the game.”
“I would also like to say a massive thank you to our current South Stand sponsor TransUnion, they have been completely supportive and encouraging of the suggestion to rename the stand after Norman.”
Loads of Peacocks replied to the club’s “superb” announcement on Twitter, with one fan dubbing the update as “class,” and another simply added the change is “spot on.”
Scroll through some of the glowing responses down below…
Congratulations a nice gesture for a leeds legend
— Steve hull (@hull_stevehull) April 23, 2020
Well done, a fitting tribute to a real legend….
— Terry O’ Brien (@tobtipp) April 23, 2020
— Lee Strange (@LeeStrange6) April 23, 2020
— Ilgigantebuono (@ilgigantebuono) April 23, 2020
Superb, listened to the fans 👏👏👏👍👍👍
— bielsas lucky pants v3 (@luckypantsv3) April 23, 2020
— John McNamara💙💛 (@jkmcnamara) April 23, 2020
Absolutely great news. Fantastic.
— Andy Bicknell (@bicknell_andy) April 23, 2020
Touch of class from a proper football club 👏
— Lee Molland (@Molls28) April 23, 2020
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