Paul Hart, Terry Yorath and more pay tribute to a Leeds United legend
Following the devastating news of Trevor Cherry’s passing yesterday, tributes have been flowing in from players and the football family at large.
Having joined Leeds United in the late 70s, Paul Hart would play alongside Cherry for four years, with the latter having been made captain two years earlier, and made sure the incoming defender settled in.
“I was really shocked to hear the news. I saw him about 18 months ago at Paul Madeley’s memorial service and he looked great, having not been too well at the time. It was wonderful to see him again.
“When I signed for Leeds in 1978, I signed for a club that had a fantastic reputation for being tough, strong minded, with exceptional footballers, and Trevor fitted that bill perfectly.
“I was very fortunate to go into a group of players that still shook fear amongst players in the country. The likes of Paul Reaney, Allan Clarke, Eddie Gray, Paul Madeley, Tony Currie, it was an absolutely fantastic place. They all helped me, none more so than Trevor, who after Paul Reaney left, took me under his wing as his roommate.
“He taught me so much. I was a football fanatic, I was a supporter, and I wanted to know all about Don Revie and how it worked with these great players, and he’d tell me it was a tough environment, not one for shrinking violets. You had to be tough to play for Leeds United, you had to have the ability in such a great footballing side, and he epitomised it. He led from the front.”
I send my condolences to Sue, Darren, Ian and Danielle, they were so helpful in me and my family settling into Leeds United, and I’ll never forget that.”
Together on the pitch, in management and at board level, Terry Yorath and Trevor Cherry’s careers were entwined with each other from 1972 all the way upto the 2000s, taking in Yorkshire clubs Leeds United, Bradford and Huddersfield.
“My heart goes out to his family. I’ll miss Trevor. The last time I saw him was the Leeds Huddersfield game at the John Smith Stadium, he was a good man and very honest. He was the kind of player you always wanted in your team, he worked hard, could play in a number of positions, and I always thought of him as Mr 100 percent, he always give it his all. He played for England and you don’t play for England unless you’re a good player.”
David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood Honorary President, Leeds United:
“Another sad loss for the Leeds United family. Imagine being told by Don Revie that he plans for you to succeed Norman Hunter at the heart of the defence! You had to be one hell of a player to take that on, but Trevor Cherry did and with dignity and distinction, winning 27 England caps, one of them as captain. A wonderful player who was both a leader by example and a great team man.”