Leeds United legend Albert Johanneson is to be honoured at Elland Road with an official Leeds heritage Blue Plaque awarded by the Leeds Civic Trust.
The plaque is set to be unveiled to fans tonight at the Derby County match by special guests and members of Leeds United, Leeds Civic Trust and Leeds United Supporters’ Trust who have all played a part in making this happen. There will be a presentation on the pitch at half time, too.
Thanks to the membership of the Supporters’ Trust, we have contributed to the funding of the plaque which will be placed outside the East Stand entrance.
Albert is famously recognised as the first black player to appear in an FA Cup Final and was the first signing by legendary Leeds manager Don Revie in 1961. He was a key member of the Leeds squad that gained promotion to the First Division in the 1963-‘64 season, being joint top scorer as well as supplying countless chances for team-mates from the left wing. His amazing pace, style and mesmerising skills made him a firm favourite at Elland Road and he made a huge impact for the team in that first full season.
Albert played for Leeds until 1970, and after making 200 appearances, and scoring 67 goals, he joined York City.
Sadly, Albert passed away in 1995 in Leeds aged just 55 years old, 30 years after his historic Wembley appearance.
At the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust AGM back in September, we announced that one of our key objectives for this year is ‘Legacy and Heritage’ – what a way to kick start this off by supporting the commemoration of Albert!
Steve White, Leeds United Supporters’ Trust Chairman said “In what is a special year for the club, the city and our supporters, what better way to start 2019 by commemorating Albert Johanneson’s contribution to Leeds United history? Albert is recognised as the first black player to play in a FA Cup final. He played 200 games for the club, winning many admirers and, as a trailblazer, becoming an inspiration to so many and helping the team march on to glory.
We’re very proud to have played a part in creating a Blue Plaque for Albert and to add this piece of heritage to Elland Road. We hope and trust that Members and Leeds fans alike will be delighted when they see this wonderful accolade in pride of place outside the East Stand reception area entrance”.
Angus Kinnear, Chief Executive of Leeds United Football Club, has spoken about the event and said: “It will be fantastic to have Samantha, Albert Johanneson’s granddaughter, with us on Friday to unveil this special plaque in honour of the first black footballer to play in an FA Cup final.
“Albert is a massive part of the history of Leeds United Football Club; he was a trailblazer and paved the way for other black players to make their mark on the sport, this is a fantastic occasion for the club as we enter our centenary year.”
The Leeds United Supporters’ Trust would like to thank its members for their continued support – without your membership we wouldn’t be able to fund ongoing projects like this. If you’re not a member then please come and join us https://bit.ly/2h4C6lE