Lucky Leeds fans get glimpse of FA Cup at Leeds United Centenary Collection

Leeds United fans got a special glimpse of the Emirates FA Cup today as it went on display at the Merrion Centre.

By Abbey Maclure
Saturday, 16th November 2019, 5:23 pm
Updated Saturday, 16th November 2019, 5:36 pm

Visitors at the Leeds United Supporter's Trust Centenary Collection flocked to get a picture with the trophy from 10am until it was whisked away at 4pm.

The exhibition is celebrating 100 years of Leeds United and has been a huge success since it launched last month.

Fans can enjoy a large collection of Leeds United memorabilia, including a Yorkshire Evening Post wall dedicated to the paper's coverage of Leeds matches in the last 100 years.

Dan Cole pictured with his daughter Daisy Cole, aged 8 months, with the Emirates FA Cup

Pete Emmerson, vice-chair of Leeds United Supporter's Trust, said: "It's our centenary year and in 1972 we won the centenary FA Cup, so we thought it apt in the celebration of our 100 years to bring a momentous piece of memorabilia here.

"Leeds are one of the biggest clubs in the country which don't have a museum. As a Supporter's Trust we wanted to create something by the fans, for the fans.

"There is something for everybody, it's a real family environment.

"You can flick through shirts, play football and watch Leeds' greatest goals - the interactivity is an important part of it, rather than just looking round a museum."

The FA Cup was on display at the Leeds United Centenary Exhibition between 10am and 4pm today

The tribute to Leeds United includes a whole host of shirts including Gary Speeds 91/92 title winning shirt, Tony Yeboah’s 95/96 famous volley scoring shirt, cup final shirts and an ultra-rare unreleased to the public all yellow Burton Shirt.

Season-ticket holder Adie Turford, who was born in 1972, went down to see the FA Cup with his two sons, 17-year-old James and 10-year-old Billy.

He said: "It's excellent, we've enjoyed looking at the shirts and the memories of the players that played in them.

"It's nice for the kids to see some of the glory days, because it's all just in papers and books for them."

13-year-old Alfie Thornton, who has been going to Elland Road with his dad since he was 5 years old, also enjoyed the exhibition.

He said: "It's good to look at everything. I like [the interactive display] showing all the great goals."

Fellow Whites fan Mark Naylor, from Pudsey, has been going to Elland Road since 1971 and says the highlight was watching Leeds win the FA Cup in 1972.

He visited the exhibition today to see the FA Cup and said: "It's really informative, it's nice to see so much history in one place.

"Seeing the old shirts brought back memories of some of the performances in those kits."

The Leeds United Supporter's Trust Collection is open until Sunday, November 24 at the Merrion Centre.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children and can be purchased on the door or at eventbrite.