Leeds United nostalgia: Artwork captures Elland Road glory days

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This fabulous piece of artwork by YEP illustrator Graeme Bandeira captures a scene lost in the modern era of all seater stadiums.

Graeme’s artwork is taken from a Leeds United game during their title-winning season in 1991/92 against Everton at Elland Road. The match finished 1–0 to Leeds with Rod Wallace scoring the winner in front of 30,043 fans.

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It is sure to bring back memories for the thousands who stood on the terraces to watch their heroes in action.

Graeme explained how the creative process works - which is brought to life by our slideshow.

“I start with a very rough pencil sketch, apply the ink and then finally add colour in layered stages. The line work is quite spontaneous despite looking detailed and hopefully it captures the vibrancy and noise of the occassion.

“We are all aware of how the game has changed since the Hillsborough disaster and it’s fair to say the atmosphere has been dampened somewhat and stadia have become sanitised. I work in Leeds and live in Harrogate and am surrounded by like-minded supporters who share my passion for football.”

He added: “I am active on social media and always willing to participate in banter with rival supporters. It’s also a good way of showcasing my illustration work and I am delighted to say that my artwork is well-received across the board and a special mention must go to all the Leeds United supporters who have really embraced this project. They are a very passionate bunch who like to reminisce.”

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