Two young Leeds United fans unveil flag in memory of Kevin Speight and Christopher Loftus after raising more than £4,000
Two young Leeds United fans have unveiled a flag in memory of Kevin Speight and Christopher Loftus - after supporters rallied to raise more than £4,000 in their memory.
Fans - headed up by organiser Kam Mann, 23 and friend Macauly McDonnell, 24 - have raised the money in tribute of the fans who were both fatally stabbed the night before Leeds’ UEFA Cup semi-final first leg against Turkish side Galatasaray in Istanbul.
Kevin was 40 when he died on April 5, 2000 and Christopher 37.
Kam, from Halton Moor, said the idea for the fundraiser originated in a group chat between himself and his friends.
However, when the idea was mentioned on Twitter, hundreds of Leeds United fans jumped on board to donate what they could.
Since then, more than £4,000 has been raised at the time of writing.
Lifelong Leeds United fan Macauly has now given fans a preview of the flag they have had made in honour of the fans.
He said the original target was set at around £400 but quickly surpassed by fans.
Speaking to the YEP after unveiling the flag, he said: "It all started when I sent a group text saying do you think we should raise £400 for flags between us?
It just took off from there really, nobody should ever go to a game and never return and I think for the younger fans it’s so important to keep them in touch with what happens and for them to show respect for Chris and Kev and to the families."
"Myself and Kam worked hard on this and it looks like it’s really paying off now.
"The club and staff have been so supportive as well."
The flag is set to be used as part of a memorial to the fans ahead of Leeds United's fixture against Sheffield United this weekend.