A champion response! Leeds United fans hit Elland Road mural fundraising goal

An image of how the mural could look.
An image of how the mural could look.
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Leeds United fans have hit a fundraising goal as plans for a new piece of public art near the club’s Elland Road ground continue to gather pace.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust is set to commission a Whites-themed mural for one of the walls of the Lowfields Road tunnel.

The project is expected to cost around £3,800, with an online crowdfunding appeal being launched at the end of last week to try to raise the cash.

And the impressive number of supporters digging into their pockets and donating via the appeal’s JustGiving page meant the target amount was reached by yesterday evening.

Confirming the success of the crowdfunder, the trust tweeted: “Leeds fans are amazing.”

Trust board member Jon Howe said he had been “overwhelmed” by the generosity of people donating.

This evening marks the deadline for the submission of design ideas for the mural by prospective artists.

A shortlist of around five designs is then set to be drawn up, with trust members being asked to vote for their favourite.

It is hoped the mural will be ready in time for United’s first home league game of the season, against Preston North End on Saturday, August 12.

The project is being carried out in partnership with Leeds-based East Street Arts and has won the support of Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn.

A mocked-up image of a mural featuring United legends Don Revie and Billy Bremner has been produced to help fire the imaginations of would-be artists.