Leeds United fans fundraising for tribute to Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight

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Leeds United fans are being urged to dig deep in memory of much-missed Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight.

A group of supporters are aiming to raise around £1,500 via the Crowdfunder website to pay tribute to Mr Loftus and Mr Speight at United’s home game this Saturday against Blackburn Rovers.

We’re hoping people will really get behind this over the next couple of days.

The match will come the day before the 15th anniversary of the murder of the two Leeds fans in Turkey.

It is hoped enough money will be raised for the printing of thousands of pictures of Mr Loftus and Mr Speight that will be distributed to supporters and then held aloft before kick-off.

A commemorative banner will also be placed in Elland Road’s South Stand while flowers will be laid at the ground’s Billy Bremner statue.

Any cash left over will be donated to good causes, including the Leeds United Ability Counts disabled football programme.

One of the fans involved with the fundraising, Sarah Widdowson, from Northallerton, said: “We’re hoping people will really get behind this over the next couple of days.

“It was such a horrid thing to happen and we want to make sure neither of the lads are forgotten.”

She also praised the support the initiative had received from the Forza Leeds T-shirt website, POP Print & Design, Leeds city centre’s Duncan pub and M&D Flowers in Kirkgate Market.

Mr Loftus and Mr Speight were stabbed on the eve of a Uefa Cup semi-final tie between United and Istanbul side Galatasaray.

Fibre optics engineer Mr Loftus was 35 and came from Burmantofts in Leeds.

Father-of-two Mr Speight was a 40-year-old pub landlord from Farsley.

The tragedy prompted a huge outpouring of grief, with hundreds of scarves and shirts being laid outside Elland Road by fans of clubs nationwide.

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