Here’s a few photos of the ’19 of the Best’ mural in the East Stand north stairwell of the Elland Road stadium. It was a lot of hard but really gratifying work, a real team effort by myself, Paul Kent and Johnny. I had very little to do with the badges or Wilko or The Don but love them nonetheless! That’s me in the second photo – before anyone gets ‘sizeist’ about me please note that I am wearing SIX layers as the area was rather arctic at times. Well, virtually ALL the time.
The left mural image is Howard Wilkinson. The 19 Leeds players are: back row Paul Reaney, Norman Hunter, Eddie Gray, Lucas Radebe, Allan Clarke, Nigel Martyn, Tony Currie, Mick Jones, Paul Madeley and Jack Charlton. Front row: Albert Johanneson, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, John Charles, Bobby Collins, Gordon Strachan, David Batty and Terry Cooper. The right mural is, of course, the one & only Don Revie, greatest manager of all time.
I originally painted an 18 player mural in the year 2000. Overall it was frankly pretty poor but I had much less time to do it and didn’t really know what I was doing! As well as the much more-limited time, there were much inferior reference images, techniques and materials at my disposal then. More importantly, I was short on confidence in my abilities and myself in those days and went through a number of ‘self-crises’ too. Working completely alone can’t have helped much either! Thankfully, and with massive credit to Johnny & Paul, I think we’ve improved it no end, I hope you agree.