Photograph: Leeds gamers and Bielsa ship emotional tribute to Kalvin Phillips’ grandmother
Leeds United players paid a touching tribute to Kalvin Phillips’ grandmother, who passed away last week.
The whites posted a picture from their official Twitter account showing all the players holding the shirt with the words “Granny Val” in their hands.
🤍 That was for you Grandma Val! #AlwaysWithUs pic.twitter.com/AEXH2LWdVt
– Leeds United (@LUFC) February 23, 2021
Patrick Bamford said after the game that Grandma Val is a big part of the club. The striker dedicated the win to Phillips and his family.
🗣 “Grandma Val is a big part of the club, a lot of people love her without knowing her. That was for Kalvin and his family.”
Patrick Bamford speaking about the tribute Leeds United paid Kalvin’s grandmother ‘Granny Val’ on full-time-pic.twitter.com/nJXYnvgGmp
– Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 23, 2021
Marcelo Bielsa also paid a heartfelt tribute in his post-game press conference. He said, as quoted by Leeds Live:
“For us, Phillips is a player we love very much. It is an emblem of Leeds United. After we were promoted, the character of Kalvin’s grandmother became known to the public and we all started taking care of her.
“As you said, Kalvin had many reasons why he loved her so much. She was a very charismatic and attractive person to those who did not know her. We deeply regret that she is no longer with us. And of course the loss it means to Calvin and his whole family. “
Leeds returned to winning ways and finished tenth in the Premier League after beating Southampton 3-0 on Elland Road.
Bamford, Stuart Dallas and Raphinha scored for the home team to secure all three points. It’s been a remarkable season for the Whites, who are just five points behind reigning champions Liverpool.