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My name is Kyle Blythe-White, the picture you see here is of my father Billy Gilmore (Right) receiving a pair of football boots from Howard Wilkinson for his ongoing efforts to get young children off the streets in Chapeltown and onto the pitch, he did this with his charity “Just For Kicks”.
The reason I took it upon myself to create the crest designs I have for Leeds United was purely in honour of my father Billy Gilmore & my uncle Steven Gilmore.
Both Billy & Stevie have dedicated their entire lives to football within Leeds, be it on a professional level or helping the young talent of Leeds find a step onto the pitch.
Before my father passed away, he was a very well known character within the professional Leeds football circuit for his consistent efforts with coaching. Whilst serving in the police force he put together a charity called “Just For Kicks” which saw him help hundreds of children off the streets of Chapeltown and onto the pitch, with some stars even been made on the way… After dedicating over a decade of his time to coaching professional “soccer” in America, he managed to pick the “Just For Kicks” project back up with similar soccer camps that he ran under the same name in the north Leeds area.
Despite devoting the majority of his later life to educating upcoming talent the skills of the pitch, Billy did manage to find time to play the odd game. During his younger years he made several appearances for Huddersfield Town. As he got older and during his time spent working closely with Leeds United, he was the last minute winning goal scorer for the first Leeds based team to win the County FA Sunday Cup.
He also played for West Yorkshire Police’s football team as well as making several appearances alongside my uncle for the Leeds United Ex-Players Veterans team at a large number of charity and friendly matches across England, Wales & Scotland.
My uncle recalls one of their finest football memories together been when they was requested by George Best to do a football tour around spain with Frank Mcavennie, Raphael Meade, Graham Moseley & Terry Yorath to play and teach the great sport.
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Known to most people in the Leeds football circuit as “Stevie G”, my uncle really has left a mark on the city for not only his incredible humour, but mainly his passion for everything football that our great city has to offer.
In his younger years, Steven played for Leeds United in the Intermediate league, this was the start of a long lasting relationship with Leeds United where he and my father met some of our families most treasured life-long friends & Leeds United Legends such as Vinnie Jones, Dave Batty, Peter Lorimer, Gary Kelly, Kevin Sharp, Clyde Vineyard, Eddie Gray, John Charles, Gary Speed, Don Revie, Les Cocker, John Sheridan, Mel Sterland, Lee Chapman, Nigel Martyn, Gary McAllister, Gordon Strachan, Gordon McQueen, Chris Whyte, to name but a few of which have enjoyed the once legendary BBQ’s & parties of my uncle Stevie.
In his later years my uncle has gone on to manage several local teams including Boston Spa, Collingam, Garforth Town, Tadcaster Albion, Rothwell, The Bingley Arms, The Pendas Arms, Seacroft WMC, Bardsey and many more. Which has lead him onto winning several Leagues & Cups, including the Presidents Cup, Jubilee Cup & the District Sunday Senior Cup which he is looking to win again with his current team Whitkirk.
Steven has also spent time as the vice president of the Veterans League and is known for his vast collection of unique football memorabilia that has been collected over the years from close friends and associates within the sport, which has often been donated for charity auctions and displaying.
The Gilmore Brothers
So as you can see Billy & Stevie have dedicated their entire lives to football and had a huge local impact, which I guess was illustrated more so when many of our county’s greatest football icons attended my fathers funeral, in honour of his great work within the sport and as friends. It’s overall something I personally feel they should both be acknowledged for on a much wider scale.
So i would like to dedicate this project and all the crest designs to them both, in the hope that we manage to gain enough support and attention to be shortlisted and possibly even picked or used as a heavy influence in the design of the final crest…
What an honour it would be to my father, and a proud moment for my uncle, if I could carry on their legacy and impact the cities football scene in a positive and everlasting way…
The Gilmore Gallery