Leeds United are set to rename the south stand at Elland Road in honour of club legend Norman Hunter, who passed away at the age of 76 last week after contracting COVID-19.
Hunter made a whopping 726 appearances over the course of a 14 year spell with the Yorkshire club, helping them to win six trophies in that time.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani says that renaming the stand is the “least they could do”.
“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,” said Radrizzani.
“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.”
Hunter unfortunately passed away on April 17 as he lost a hard fought battle with COVID-19.
He’ll follow in the footsteps of his former boss at Leeds, Don Revie, in having a stand named after him at Elland Road.
Hunter’s wife Sue has spoken of the family’s pride at having a stand named after him at the home of Leeds United.
“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,” she said.
“Finally, once again we would also like to thank all the doctors and nurses and everyone in the NHS who supported Norman too.”