Leeds United vow to celebrate lives of Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry when fans return

Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry sadly passed away in April.

Sunday, 28th June 2020, 11:45 am

Angus Kinnear has vowed Leeds United will honour club legends Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry once fans are able to return to Elland Road.

Hunter passed away aged 76 in April after a short battle with coronavirus while Cherry's sudden passing came aged 72 at the end of the same month.

Leeds and Fulham paid tribute to the pair with a minute's silence in LS11 before Saturday's Championship clash - the first home game following the season's restart - with the Whites also wearing t-shirts in remembrance.

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Leeds United pay tribute to Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry at Elland Road. (Image: Simon Hulme)

United have also renamed the South Stand at the club's home ground after Hunter, a man who embodied the spirit of Leeds.

"The last three months have been tough on everyone associated with the club," chief executive Kinnear wrote in his programme notes.

"The universal worries about health, well-being and livelihoods have been compounded by uncertainty over if and how football would return, particularly at a time which feels so critical in our club’s history.

"However, the real sadness was caused by the untimely passing of Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry. Both were true Leeds United legends, with achievements that write them indelibly into our record books.

"Norman was still a colleague and friend to everyone at Elland Road. He never missed working on a matchday and was always there to give the players a friendly word of advice on what it meant to represent, what he saw as, 'his' club.

"They will both be sadly missed and our first priority when we are all back together, will be to fittingly pay tribute to and celebrate their lives and achievements."