A minute for Eric: Leeds United fans set to pay tribute to one of their own at Cardiff City game

Leeds United fans will have the opportunity to pay tribute to one of the club's best known supporters at tomorrow's game against Cardiff City at Elland Road.

Friday, 2nd February 2018, 4:21 pm
Updated Friday, 2nd February 2018, 4:26 pm
Eric Carlile.

Eric Carlile, who served as secretary of the Leeds United Supporters’ Club for 50 years before becoming the organisation’s vice president, died last month at the age of 89.

And fans are being asked to remember Eric’s life and dedication to the United cause with a minute’s applause in the 50th minute of the Cardiff match.

Using the hashtag #AMinuteForEric, the supporters’ club tweeted: “#LUSC invite all fans to join us in a minutes applause in the 50th minute of the @LUFC v @CardiffCityFC game to celebrate the life of our recently departed vice-president Eric Carlile. Eric will be sadly missed.”

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The first Leeds game attended by Eric was a fixture against York City in 1943.

He became assistant secretary of the supporters’ club in 1958 before taking on the secretary role later that year.

He was made vice president after stepping down as secretary a decade ago.

Eric famously appeared on the front cover of the Radio Times ahead of the start of the 1970-71 season when the magazine asked supporters from various clubs for their thoughts on how the campaign would go.

The retired export manager, from Holbeck, died peacefully on January 12 following a short illness.