Brother of Leeds United legend proposes 'unique' way to honour club Elland Road greats

John Madeley, brother of late Leeds United legend Paul and former Halifax Town chairman, has written to the YEP to propose a unique way of honouring the club's greats.

Saturday, 13th June 2020, 5:10 pm
LEGEND - Leeds United hero Paul Madeley died in 2018 aged 73. Pic: Getty

"It is with great sadness I write after the recent passing of Norman Hunter, Trevor Cherry and of course my brother Paul.

Paul played 725 games for Leeds United, his only club as he would not play for anyone but his beloved home town club, Norman 724 and Trevor 484 times for our team. Paul started his career at Elland Road one year after Norman and Paul Reaney made their debuts. They of course became great friends and colleagues.

I have been thinking how the club could recognise these great players.

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The number of games played by Billy Bemner was 772, Jack Charlton 773, Paul Reaney 747 and Paul Madeley 725 - the most of any Leeds born player.

My idea is to honour these players and many others who have played more than a certain number of games is something that could be unique to Leeds United, to have a section in the West Stand as follows: Billy Bemner section 772 seats. Jack Charlton 773, Paul Reaney 747, Paul Madeley 725, Norman Hunter 724.

Of course you could go a lot further down the years to recognise Eric Hart, Willis Edwards, Jimmy Dunn, Grenville Hair.

Imagine all the seats in the Billy Bremner section with his name.

You could go even further by adding others like former chairman who the club wanted to honour. Sam Bolton, say 50 seats and the same number to Manny Cousins, Leslie Silver and my late friend Bill Fotherby and have a gold section for Don Revie, Syd Owen, Les Cocker, Bob English and Maurice Lindley, say 50 seats each.

I think I am correct in saying that no other club has done this.

Best regards and many thanks

John Madeley

Former chairman Halifax Town AFC"