Graveside tribute to footballing Leeds United legend

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A former teacher who is writing a book about Leeds United footballing legend Albert Johanneson, is to visit his grave to pay tribute to the star on Friday.

The visit to Lawnswood Cemetery, with pupils from Bracken Edge Primary School, will mark 50 years since the start of the season since Albert was the first black professional footballer ever to play in a FA Cup Final.

Paul Eubanks, who is penning a book about the star and his decade with Leeds United, from 1961 onwards, said it was time the city honoured the player, who came from South Africa.

Mr Eubanks, who is giving a number of talks to schools across the county about the footballer, said: “Albert is part of footballing history. He suffered racist abuse on the pitch and was a pioneer of black players for the era.

“It is time he was recognised and I am calling for a blue plaque to be placed in his honour and memory.”

Johanneson was signed following a three-month trial in 1961, he soon made his debut for the first team. Johanneson was a key part of Don Revie’s side as he looked to take Leeds United out of the Second Division.

He left Leeds and went to play for York City in 1970. He died in Leeds in 1995.

Pictured above Leeds United squad of 1965, back: L-R: Norman Hunter, Jack Charlton, Gary Sprake, Paul Reaney, Willie Bell.

Front: L-R: Johnny Giles. Jim Storrie, Alan Peacock, Don Revie, Bobby Collins, Albert Johanneson, Billy Bremner.

Picture copyright Yorkshire Post Newspapers.

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