Leeds United fans are mourning the loss of another defender from the club’s glory years.
Less than a fortnight after losing Norman Hunter, who passed away at the age of 76 after contracting coronavirus, fans are mourning his central defensive partner Trevor Cherry, who has died “suddenly and unexpectedly” aged 72.
Like Hunter, Cherry was an England international, winning 27 caps and captaining the side once.
Freedom of the city
Hunter was already a stalwart of the Leeds defence when Cherry joined the club from Huddersfield Town in 1972. Both defenders were part of a group of former Leeds players given the freedom of the city in 2019.
Having made 185 appearances and won the Second Division title with Huddersfield Town, Leeds manager Don Revie signed him as a potential replacement for Jack Charlton.
Cherry spent ten years at Leeds, covering for Terry Cooper at full-back and then forging a partnership at the heart of the defence with Hunter.
Cherry won the First Division championship in 1974 amid 486 appearances for the club. He also played in the 1975 European Cup semi-final as Leeds beat Barcelona but was an unused substitute for their controversial defeat by Bayern Munich in the final.
Under Revie he also played in the 1973 European Cup Winners’ Cup final and in the FA Cup final defeat by Sunderland in the same year.
Cherry went on to become player-manager of Bradford City, managing the club from 1982 to 1985 assisted by former Leeds team-mate Terry Yorath.
Under Cherry, the club won the Third Division title in 1985, a promotion overshadowed by the Bradford fire disaster in which 56 supporters died. Cherry was heavily involved in the club’s support for the bereaved and attended funeral services of those who died.
Leeds said in a statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Trevor’s wife Sue, sons Darren and Ian, daughter Danielle and his five grandchildren.”
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