New Leeds United mural from Burley Banksy celebrates Luke Ayling and last game 'before world stopped'

A new Burley Banksy mural has appeared in Leeds after the street artist put the finishing touches on the

Saturday, 17th April 2021, 10:32 am
Updated Saturday, 17th April 2021, 1:28 pm

The Burley Banksy has pulled together a new mural celebrating Luke Ayling and the last Leeds United game before lockdown began in March 2020.

He said when announcing the mural: "Finally finished my @lukeayling_8 #lufc mural on Whitehall Road. Didn't get paid or anything, took ages but helped keep me sane in latest lockdown."

The mural says "7.3.20. Last game before the world stopped going round.

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The new Leeds United mural from the Burley Banksy

"Ball breaks for Ayling.

"Ohhhhhh! What a finish from Luke Ayling!

"He's even got the ponytail out!"

The game references Leeds United's 2-0 win over Huddersfield which put Marcelo Bielsa's Whites seven points clear at the top of the Championship before lockdown began and crowds were no longer able to attend games.

The Burley Banksy mural

Who is the Burley Banksy?

When Andy McVeigh - aka Leeds United's 'Burley Banksy' - first had the idea to use his artwork to brighten up the streets surrounding Elland Road, mostly on telecommunication boxes, he couldn't have predicted what was to follow.

The people of Leeds in their very essence are hardworking and loyal, they don't look for handouts and do things their own way - characteristics which can be found in the city's football club since the arrival of Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

It is no wonder, then, that a supply teacher from Burley has stolen the hearts of those across the community, by giving up hours of his spare time to bring the odd smile to the face of complete strangers, for nothing in return.

It has been a little under three years since social media was sent into a frenzy in search of a mysterious person responsible for paintings popping up in locations across the likes of Headingley, Kirkstall and Beeston.

Since then, it has been somewhat of a whirlwind for Andy, a man completely oblivious to the fuss he had created outside of his painting bubble.