Saturday, 22 October 2011

Don Revie Statue to be Unveiled Next Year

The location for the planned statue of great Leeds United manager Don Revie was announced at a huge fund-raising dinner at Elland Road on Thursday evening.The statue will be situated opposite the new East Stand reception, adjacent to the Centenary Pavilion, and will be sighted so fans can have their photographs taken alongside the eight foot statue of the Don.The statue is being sculpted by Graham Ibbeson and production is already well underway. It is anticipated the unveiling will take place next year.Jim Cadman, who is behind the statue project, said: "Next May is a very important time in the history of Leeds United because it is the 40th anniversary of the FA Cup triumph and to mark that occasion we will be unveiling the statue.
"I'm over the moon with the location because it will at the heart of the regeneration of the area and I'd like to thank the club for all their support."It's deliberately sighted so fans can have their photographs taken with sky in the background and when they look from the East Stand or the new museum, they will see the great man looking out over the road."The latest fund-raising evening was attended by the 1972 FA Cup winning squad along with many of the great Revie aces. There were 25 of the Don's former players present at Elland Road.
Keeping a watchful eye on proceedings was the statue of Don's legendary skipper Billy Bremner which is currently situated outside the Superstore on the corner of Elland Road. The site of the new Revie statue was a potential new location for Billy, when his statue is re-located due to the ongoing East Stand development work.
But a club spokesman said: "In allowing the space to the Don Revie statue, the club is committed to finding a suitable and prominent location for the Billy Bremner statue at the appropriate time."

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