Leeds United: Meet the Elland Road history maker

Helen Castle.
Helen Castle.
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Meet Helen Castle – the lucky Leeds United fan who’s holding the club’s proud history in her hands.

Helen has been appointed as the curator of the new United museum that’s due to open at Elland Road early next year.

Covering 400 square metres, it will have pride of place on the first floor of the East Stand development currently taking shape at the ground.

And Helen admits choosing the items that will be going on show in the museum is proving a real labour of love.

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She told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I’m a lifelong Leeds fan – although I come from Cumbria, my mum’s family are from places like Sherburn and Castleford and support the club.

“I think they’re almost as excited as I am about the job!”

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Helen has joined United from the Fusilier military museum in Bury, where she was collections manager.

One of her first tasks has been getting to grips with a hoard of thousands of items from United’s past that, until now, have been gathering dust in a storeroom beneath Elland Road’s South Stand.

The treasure trove included programmes dating back to the 1940s and a banner from United’s 1972 FA Cup final win over Arsenal.

Fans of nostalgia will be relieved to hear that some of the famed sock tags worn by the Leeds side of the 1970s were also in the room.

“I’m photographing and cataloguing everything from the store,” said Helen.

“I want the museum to be object rich, with a permanent core and smaller temporary sections that can be changed to tie in with milestones like the 1992 title win.

“We’re also looking to include audio-visual and interactive material.”

Helen went on: “The more fans we get involved with this project, the better. We really want people to feel like it’s their museum.”

* United have said they would not be bidding for medals from Allan Clarke’s Elland Road career when they go up for auction next month.

A spokesman also said, however, that the club would be interested in taking them on loan from their eventual buyer or buyers for display in the museum.

As previously reported by the YEP, medals accumulated by Leeds legend Clarke in the 1970s are being sold at Sotheby’s in London on November 8.

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