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Leeds to name stand after club legend Norman Hunter

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

10:09 23 Apr 2020

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Leeds United have announced the South Stand at Elland Road will be named in honour of legendary defender Norman Hunter.

Hunter, who died aged 76 after contracting coronavirus made 726 appearances for Leeds during a 14 year period between 1962 and 1976.

A club statement read: "He will now become immortalised at Elland Road, along with Don Revie and John Charles who also have stands named in their honour and of course, the great Billy Bremner whose statue stands proudly outside of our famous ground."

Norman’s wife, Sue, said: "As a family we are touched by the club's decision to name the South Stand after Norman and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the supporters of the club and the game in general for the amazing messages of sympathy we have received in recent days.

"Finally, once again we would also like to thank all the doctors and nurses and everyone in the NHS who supported Norman too."

Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani added: "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."

Leeds also thanked supporters and the media for respecting the families wishes for privacy at this difficult time asked that this continue as the family continue to grieve.

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