In Leeds We Trust: If you’re Leeds, you’re Leeds forever, and that will never change.
In this week's column, the Board of the Leeds United Supporters' Trust pay tribute to the great Peter Lorimer and Frank Worthington.
The last year has held a great number of incredibly sad days for Leeds supporters in a cruelly short space of time and the last week has been no different. We lost our all time record goal scorer in Peter Lorimer, and former player Frank Worthington within a matter of days.
Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of both men at such a difficult time.
In amongst the year it has been, to have to say goodbye to so many of our heroes is tragic as club legends Norman Hunter, Trevor Cherry, Jack Charlton have also passed away in this sad period.
Even without fans in the ground, we have done everything we can to ensure that we pay proper homage to these men who have given us so much. This week in memory of Peter Lorimer (known to many of us as ‘Hot Shot’, Or ‘Lash’ for his famed “hardest shot in football”) we have encouraged fans to hang scarves from their windows. It was touching to see so many of you paying tribute in this way, and a clear indication of the deep admiration held by so many of us for Peter.
Additionally, the club have renamed the South and East stands at Elland Road in memory of Norman Hunter and Jack Charlton, immortalising the legendary status both men will always hold at the club.
These type of memorials are one of the most important ways that we remember the history of our club and the people who made it so special. This isn’t exclusive to players of course, as we approach the 21st anniversary of the tragic death of Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight in Istanbul we asked the club to clean and maintain their memorial and they duly obliged, ensuring that just as it says on the plaque dedicated to them “they will never be forgotten.”
It is the responsibility of us at the Trust along with all supporters to ensure that all those who came before us are duly remembered, memorials are an important way of doing this and are something the Trust will always continue to keep a watchful eye over.
Especially after the time we have had in the last twelve months where some of the fans who left Elland Road before games were halted may not return when the stands reopen, and even more will have had to deal with some form of personal loss in the wake of the pandemic, this issue is more important than ever.
Every single one of us who has ever pulled on a Leeds shirt, been to a game, roared with pride at a goal is a part of this club’s proud history, however small. If you’re Leeds, you’re Leeds forever, and that will never change.
Adding your own voice to the Trust’s work is easy. Visit our new website at www.lufctrust.com and you can become a member for just £10 per year.
Marching on together.