Liverpool FC supporters want minute of applause after shock death of travelling superfan

Liverpool fans are calling for a minute’s applause at next Saturday’s Champions League final in memory of one of their most loyal supporters who died suddenly just a week before Kiev.

Yvonne McLeod, was well known to many of Liverpool’s travelling support after her decades spent following the R all over Europe and the world alongside husband Mac.

Mrs McLeod’s place within the LFC family was never more apparent than over the last year after Mac died suddenly in hospital last June at the age of 66.

After news of her sudden passing emerged on Saturday, fans called for a minute’s applause in memory of Yvonne at Liverpool’s European Cup final against Real Madrid in Kiev.

A tweet by friend Carol Cubbin was quickly d by many on the social media platform, saying: “After the sudden death of our beautiful red friend Yvonne McLeod yesterday, May 19, myself and other r thought it would be lovely to hold a minute’s applause on the 19th minute at both Anfield and the stadium in Kyiv on May 26 as a sign of our respect.”

“You’ll be missed in Kiev”

Liverpool supporters union Spirit of Shankly were among those leading the tributes, saying: “We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Yvonne McLeod.

“Yvonne was one of the small band who went everywhere following Liverpool. Now reunited with Mac. Thoughts with her family amp; friends.

“RIP Yvonne. You’ll be missed in Kiev”

Yvonne, who lived in Bristol, was also always a staunch supporter of the long campaign for justice over Hillsborough, having been at the ground herself on the day.

A true Liverpudlian

Yvonne and Mac McLeod
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

Steve Kelly, whose brother Michael was among the 96 unlawfully killed at Hillsborough, spoke of his shock having only wished Yvonne bon voyage for Kiev before Liverpool’s match with Brighton last Sunday.

He said: “I can not believe it. She was such a lovely person. I saw her last Sunday and gave her a big hug and kiss and told her to bring that cup back home for the 96 and, even more importantly, for Mac.

Steve Kelly (blue shirt) with Yvonne at the Sandon, near Anfield

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“She was just a beautiful person and it feels cruel she’s been taken so suddenly. Her little corner of the Sandon will never be the same again.”

Banner in memory of Mac McLeod on Liverpool‘s pre-season tour of Hong Kong, July 2017
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

Sara Williams, daughter of the late campaigner Anne Williams, who was friends with Yvonne for many years said: “Yvonne was a true Liverpudlian who supported the R and the campaign for justice with everything she had. She will be so missed by so many people.”

Yvonne and Mac McLeod
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign posted on Facebook: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of the wonderful Yvonne McCleod. A good friend to the HJC and a woman loved by so many. The numerous tributes to her are testimony to the high esteem in which she was held.”

Supporter Phil Rowan wrote on Twitter: “I doubt if I have been a Liverpool away match, in the UK or Europe, even pre season friendlies, when I haven’t seen Yvonne McLeod. Her and Mac were inseparable until his passing a year ago. This will have put a dark cloud on the final for many match going regulars. RIP Yvonne.”

A flag in memory of Mac was displayed during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Hong Kong last July and fans say flags are in memory of Yvonne are being planned for both Anfield and Kiev next Saturday.