Leeds United’s South Stand is to be named “The Norman Hunter South Stand” in honour of the legendary defender.
The Norman Hunter South Stand pic.twitter.com/QjFOIopbk9— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 23, 2020
Hunter sadly passed away last week at the age of 76 after contracting coronavirus and the former England defender has been given heartfelt tributes from across the football world.
Hunter made 726 appearances between 1962 and 1976 winning two first division titles, two Fairs Cups, the FA Cup, and the League Cup. He also won the first PFA player of the year award for the 1973/74 season.
A lovely move - Leeds United to name the South Stand at Elland Road after Norman Hunter. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 23, 2020
The Norman Hunter South Stand will see “Bites Yer Legs” join Don Revie and John Charles in having a stand named in their honour, along with the statues of Billy Bremner and Don Revie outside the ground.
Norman’s wife, Sue, told the club website: “As a family we are touched by the club’s decision to name the South Stand after Norman and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the supporters of the club and the game in general for the amazing messages of sympathy we have received in recent days. Finally, once again we would also like to thank all the doctors and nurses and everyone in the NHS who supported Norman too.”
Leeds are to rename the South Stand at the club's Elland Road stadium in honour of legendary late defender Norman Hunter.— Sky Sports (@SkySports) April 23, 2020
Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani, gave his reasons for the tribute on the website: “Naming the South Stand after Norman is the very least we could do to recognise the lifetime of hard work and dedication he gave to our football club – firstly as a hugely successful player and secondly as an ambassador for Leeds United.
“Norman was respected and loved by everyone connected to the club and as we battle through uncertain times it is unlikely that he will be able to be given the send-off he deserves and therefore we expect the South Stand to be bouncing when fans are finally allowed to return to Elland Road and pay their respects to a giant of the game.”
RIP Norman Hunter: 29th October 1943 - 17th April 2020.