Many Leeds United fans have paid tribute to, and shared their memories of, Bill Fotherby, who was the Elland Road club’s managing director in the late 70s, 80s and 90s.
Fotherby passed away in Tenerife on Tuesday night, at the age of 88. He is well-remembered by the Whites for the instrumental role he played in bringing success and silverware to the club in the early 90s.
Fotherby joined the board of the Yorkshire club in 1978 and eventually became chairman Leslie Silver’s partner in crime. He went on to revolutionise the way the club was run.
In 1988, following the sacking of Billy Bremner, Fotherby convinced Howard Wilkinson to leave Hillsborough and take up the hot seat at Elland Road. With the support of Silver and Fotherby, Wilkinson was able to get Leeds promoted into the top tier in 1990.
The crowning glory came in 1992, when the manager’s side won the top flight title – he remains the last English manager to achieve the feat, which was only made possible by Fotherby.
His influence cannot be overstated, and he has earned the mantle of legend at Leeds. Following his passing, many supporters have taken to Twitter to pay their respects…
RIP Mr Leeds United. We will never forget you #MOT
— Right In The Gary Kelly’s (@RITGK) 14 March 2019
I once called in at Harrogate Town looking to get tickets for a soldout pre-season friendly in 2001. We managed to attract the attention of Bill Fotherby who upon hearing we were #LUFC took us into his office & produced two spare tickets from a cashtin under his desk. RIP Bill.
— Karen Faughey (@kforhee) 14 March 2019
RIP Bill now let’s finish the job for him & get promoted! He would have loved nothing more #lufc
— Lee Thompson (@lufcThommo) 14 March 2019
Sad day for all Lufc family and the best tribute for the great man would be to finish the season in style
— shaun higgins (@higgins_shaun) 14 March 2019
Never forget the magnificent 7, cheers for the memories ! RIP Bill Fotherby
— Ty Baird (@tybilly1) 14 March 2019
The wind beneath Wilko’s wings RIP #MOT
— Hound of Ulster (@JimA1964) 14 March 2019
RIP Bill, He brought us one of our greatest and legendary managers in Sgt Wilko who turn our club back into the path of greatness and made us believe again, Andrea Keep up the good work with Marcelo as we need to bring back that belief and rise again. #RIPBill #MOT #LUFC #ALAW
— POW (@Pow7777777) 14 March 2019
He was genuinely ambitious and would think big. He went and got the best Manager available in 1988 to get us promoted and win the top league. He even went for Maradona. After you followed suit with Bielsa how about going for Messi this summer to lead us in the Premier League.
— John (@JohnMcG47701711) 14 March 2019