Leeds United Supporters’ Trust have unveiled their 14th mural celebrating Mr Leeds – Eddie Gray.
The Leeds United-commissioned mural is led by artist Adam Duffield and creative designer Rhys Lowry. Rhys, who also does creative work for Leeds United fanzine, The Square Ball, led on the creation of the original design, and it then was executed by Leeds-based artist Adam alongside Jamie Steward and Luke Nunn.
Eddie, who attended the unveiling ceremony, enjoyed a career that spanned 579 games and 69 goals for the Whites. He represented Leeds from 1965-66 through to 1983-84, winning the League title twice, the FA Cup, League Cup and Charity Shield plus the Inter City Fairs Cup twice. He later became manager.
Eddie is currently a Leeds United club ambassador, a popular and iconic face who is around the ground on nearly every match day. The mural also carries the famous quote from Don Revie which reads “When Eddie Gray plays on snow he doesn’t leave any footprints”.
The gable-ended mural is located at 267, Elland Road, directly opposite the ground. Homeowner Harry Best, 81, and his family approached the Trust to offer their house wall as location for a mural. The Trust felt that Eddie deserved the mural to be directly opposite the ground and showed Harry the design. Harry, who has lived at the property for over 40 years was over the moon as Eddie remains his favourite player.
The mural has been co-funded by El Loco Gnomes, Leeds United Texas Supporters Group and LUSCOS (Scandinavia) with support from RIM Scaffolding group.
Leeds United Supporters’ Trust said: “The Eddie mural has been probably one of the most requested murals so far, so it’s great that we could get the location right opposite the ground. Eddie will always be an iconic face at Leeds United so we’re proud we can add this to the ongoing list of Leeds United themed art around the city. A big thanks to supporters’ groups LU Texas, LUSCOS and El Loco Gnomes for funding the project, with support from RIM Scaffolding. We love working with such talented artists and designers who deliver amazing execution and passion in these stunning pieces of art for us all to enjoy.”
Mural designer Rhys Lowry added: “It was a great honour to have been asked to create a design for the new Eddie Gray mural by the LUFC Trust. The local artists involved have done a fantastic job in the execution and I take great pride in being a small contributor to this remarkable collection of murals throughout the city.”
Adam Duffield commented: “It was an honour to work on this project, the comments we received from passers by whilst painting shows just how much respect Eddie has across the city.”
The latest mural is part of an ongoing project by LUST to celebrate the rich history of Leeds United across the city through different types of themed art.
An interactive website has since been created with all the locations of the murals and its own route map. Many fans have already taken the tour and local groups have even done charity walks and cycle tours to raise funds.