Leeds United: Football honour Countess is new Whites patron

The Countess of Harewood.
The Countess of Harewood.
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THE COUNTESS of Harewood is to succeed her late husband as the honorary figurehead of Leeds United, it has been announced.

The Earl of Harewood served as United president for 50 years prior to his death aged 88 on Monday.

Now Leeds have confirmed that his widow has accepted an invitation to become the club’s patron.

Whites chairman Ken Bates has also revealed that a new suite in the East Stand at United’s Elland Road ground will be named after their former president.

He said: “We’ve invited Lady Harewood to become patron of our club which she has gladly accepted. She’s very welcome and we’re honoured and delighted.

“In recognition of [Lord Harewood’s] 50 years as club president we were going to name a suite in the East Stand the Harewood Suite so there would be a permanent record of what he has done over the past 50 years. It was to be a surprise for him ... sadly fate has intervened, but it will still be there.”

A minute’s applause in celebration of Lord Harewood’s life will be held before United’s home game against Middlesbrough on August 13.

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