One of Huddersfield Town’s biggest fans is selling a piece of the club’s history.

Larger than life Fernando Lanni, 51, is selling two metal gates salvaged from the old Leeds Road ground.

One is from the iconic Cowshed while the other is from the main entrance, which will have seen some of the club’s famous names pass through.

Fernando, of Dalton, was given the gates by his dad Guiseppe after the demolition of the stadium in 1994.

But now Fernando is downsizing and has put the gates up for sale on auction site eBay with an asking price of £3,000 each or £5,000 for both.

Fernando said he had “loved these gates every day” and added: “I am doing this with a heavy heart but I have to sell.

Video thumbnail, Gates from Old Leeds Road ground in Huddersfield
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“It’s not all about the money and I want to make sure they go to a good home.”

In his younger days Fernando was known as Town’s biggest fan – literally – because he tipped the scales at 38 stone.

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After a warning from his doctor Fernando slimmed down and now weighs just 12st 7lb.

Fernando told how his father, a builder, worked for the company which demolished the old ground.

His dad was doing some work for the firm in Manchester and did a deal with them over the gates.

Fernando Lanni with the gates which used to be at the entrance to the Cowshed end at the old Leeds Road football ground.

“My dad loved me and knew I was such a big Town fan that he got these gates for me.”

Fernando had installed the gates in his garden until they had to be removed when he needed to extend his home for his disabled father.

Since then the gates have just been propped up outside.

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Fernando thought he had a buyer for the Cowshed gate on eBay – but then found out he was a Leeds United fan!

Refusing to let a supporter of Town’s bitter rivals get his hands on the gate, even though he topped the bidding at £3,600, Fernando pulled the auction.

“I know it’s wrong to stop the auction but there was no way I was going to let the gates go to a Leeds fan,” he said.

“This guy runs a memorabilia site but he’s a staunch Leeds fan. I would rather shoot myself than sell to a Leeds fan!”

The Cowshed at the old Leeds Road ground

Fernando said ideally he would like the gates to go to the club.

Town declined the chance to buy but offered to advertise the gates online in exchange for a percentage of the sale price for the club’s academy.

Fernando added: “The house is being sold and I’m probably moving to a one-bedroomed apartment so the gates have to go.”

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On his eBay description, Fernando writes: “Whoever wins this auction will be saving a part of Huddersfield Town.

“I will only sell to a person who loves Huddersfield Town. If you are a dealer trying to make a quick buck please pee off.”

To bid for the Leeds Road gates on eBay click here.

Looking towards The Cowshed at the old Leeds Road ground