‘Beautiful gesture, thank you’ – Supporters moved by Cheltenham Town fans ‘class’ Edinburgh tribute

Cheltenham Town fans have raised money to produce a giant flag paying tribute to Justin Edinburgh during their first game of the season at Leyton Orient.

The target for a memorial flag was reached in only five hours and will be displayed at Brisbane Road on 3 August when Orient host Cheltenham in their first match back in the EFL and first competitive game since Edinburgh’s tragic death on 8 June.

Edinburgh died after suffering a cardiac arrest, just weeks after leading Orient back into the Football League by winning the National League title.

More than £500 was raised on a crowdfunding page by supporters for a giant flag with an image of Edinburgh and the words ‘he made you dream again.’

Any extra money raised will be donated to the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation, which was set up last week to support a charity that will be related to heart or brain health.

Two Cheltenham fan groups joined forces to create the tribute which measures 24ft by 12ft.

The fixture will be an emotional day for Orient fans, and the efforts of Cheltenham supporters to honour Edinburgh won widespread praise on social media, not only from Orient fans but also from fans of other clubs.

Here is a selection of responses to the class gesture on Twitter.

 

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