Celebrations continue as Leeds United are promoted to the Premier League. Picture: Getty

To say the last few months have been a real challenge and true test of the city’s collective strength would be an understatement.

We have seen our city come together in a way like never before in the face of anxiety and uncertainty during the coronavirus crisis.

The pandemic put the world of football on hold as fans were left wondering whether the dream season would be played out on the pitch.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Tributes left outside Elland Road in memory of Jack Charlton.

Another devastating blow was the tragic death of Norman Hunter who succumbed to the virus.

His wish was to see the club he cared so deeply for return to the top flight of football.

And the heartache sadly didn’t stop there for Leeds United and its fans.

Within weeks of mourning the loss of Norman Hunter, the news then broke of the sudden death of Trevor Cherry.

Overall, the clubs promotion could be worth in the region of 78m for each year that Leeds remain the Premier League.

And this past fortnight, we saw the sad passing of Leeds United hero Jack Charlton.

To have seen their club back where it rightly belongs would have been a moment those three lost legends would have held on to and cherished. But it is something their families can take great comfort in.

Winning promotion and sealing the Championship title during the club’s centenary season is the perfect tribute to honour each of their memories.

Leeds United’s return to top flight football means so much.

Read More

Read More

Andrea Radrizzani provides Marcelo Bielsa contract update and explains Leeds United’s plans for Premier League

The club is deeply woven into the very fabric of our city. And the passion for the Whites is undeniable – the fans have felt every single moment through thick and thin.

They’ve experienced the highest of highs right through to the depths of despair.

And their messages of celebration and pride remind us all just what it means on a personal level too.

That feel-good factor will ripple far beyond the surrounds of Elland Road too as the Leeds United effect is felt by the wider city economy.

Business experts predict that the club being in the Premier League could give the city’s overall economy a cash boost of up to £3m per home game. Overall, the club’s promotion could be worth in the region of £78m for each year that Leeds remain the Premier League.

Martin Dickinson from Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) says the knock on effect of the club’s success in returning to top flight football after a 16-year absence will be “phenomenal”.

It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of Leeds as we take great pride in reminding the world that our city is once again home to a Premier League club.

And if ever there was a sign that those greats we have loved and lost are keeping a watchful eye over the city, the rainbow shining over Elland Road on Friday night must surely be proof of their good wishes and many other positive things to come.

After all, at the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold.

A message from the Editor:

Leeds has a fantastic story to tell – and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been rooted firmly at the heart of telling the stories of our city since 1890. We believe in ourselves and hope you believe in us too. We need your support to help ensure we can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds.Subscribe to our website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Click here to subscribe. For more details on our newspaper subscription offers click here.

(Excerpt) Read more Here | 2020-07-19 22:00:00
Image credit: source

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.