Noel Whelan has revealed his delight after Leeds United chief revealed the club’s initiative to get fans’ faces into Elland Road when the season resumes.
The former Leeds striker and boyhood fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes filling the stadium with supporters’ pictures will boost the players’ morale as well as those watching from home.
Kinnear, writing in his programme notes for the Yorkshire Evening Post, revealed fans would have the chance to have a photo of them occupy a seat at the ground when games resume behind closed doors.
Whelan has thrown his backing behind the initiative, insisting it will keep a connection between the supporters and the club during what are difficult times.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Look, everyone will be looking forward to the game but looking out for their face in the stands, on a cardboard cutout and go ‘Hey, it’s me!’.
“Double excitement I guess. They can see themselves on TV while watching the game from the comfort of their own home and feel like they’re there as well. It will be fun, I’m sure, for the spectators to be sitting at home looking for their face.
“Everyone will be looking for the front row spot, I’m sure. It’s just something to add to the entertainment value I guess because there are going to be no fans there, we’ve seen it Germany and it just fills the stadium, rather than it looking empty.
“It feels like you’re not alone, the fans are still with you.”
As well as sitting top of the Championship table, Leeds also lead their rivals when it comes to the clubs’ average attendance this season.
With an average of over 35,000 making their way through the turnstiles on a matchday at Elland Road, the Whites’ figures better that of 10 Premier League clubs as well.
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