John Holmes tribute

Leeds Rhinos are giving fans the chance to be part of plans to honour one of the club’s greatest ever servants.

John Holmes remains one of the greatest players to have ever played for Leeds Rugby League having played for over two decades for his home town club. A Kirkstall born and bred lad, his impact and legacy is huge, and it is only fitting that a lasting memorial is erected in John’s memory at the iconic Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Sculptor Steve Winterburn will once again turn his focus to Rugby League having successfully created The Wembley Stadium Rugby League heroes statue. When completed The John Holmes Statue will be placed at the front of the Tetley’s South Stand for everyone to appreciate and remember a Rugby League icon.

The club have opened an online fundraising option for fans to help raise the £100,000 target needed to make the dream a reality. The first 625 donors to donate £100 or more will qualify for the exclusive ‘625 Club’ and the donors will receive, as recognition, a unique print of John Holmes from the 1978 Challenge Cup Final captured superbly by the acclaimed artist Barry Hudson. Fans can donate online at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/johnholmesstatue/478720 plus UK tax payers can donate even more by opting to tick the option for Gift Aid.