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Last Updated: Monday, 23 February, 2004, 10:20 GMT
Fans call for memorial to legend
John Charles
Charles had collapsed prior to an appearance on Italian television
A close friend of the former Leeds United player John Charles, who died at the weekend, is backing calls for a permanent memorial.

The ex-footballer, dubbed the Gentle Giant, who also played for Wales and Juventus, died aged 72, in Pinderfields Hospital on Saturday morning.

David Williams, a former Welsh rugby union international and a close friend of Mr Charles, is calling for action.

"Something's go to be done to remember this man", he said.

Fair play trophy

Meanwhile, fans laying flowers and tributes at the Elland Road club's gates to John Charles have offered their views on what should be done to honour his contribution to the club and game generally.

"Personally, I think we should name a stand after him, then his name would live forever, said one fan at the ground.

"John Charles was a bigger hero to the older end as well as the younger supporters."

And another fan said: "I think a cup or something like that...there's never going to be a player like him again.

"A fair play trophy perhaps, something like that."

The funeral arrangements are still being finalised.

John Charles dies
21 Feb 04  |  Football


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