Derby County's spectacular Clough/Taylor monument will be revealed for the first time on Friday 27 August 2010, 24 hours before the Rams play host to Queens Park Rangers at Pride Park.

Members of both families, as well as Rams legends, current Derby County players and a host of specially invited VIPs will attend the special ceremony which will conclude the ambitious project less than 12 months after its launch.

Supporters will get their chance to see the stunning structure the next day, with a separate ceremony planned ahead of the QPR game especially for the fans.

A 9 foot bronze statue of the world famous football partnership is the centrepiece to Unity Plaza; the name is given to the area where the statue will be situated which will become a focal point for football fans from all over the world.

The announcement was made at local business firm Evans Concrete, who is a partner of the club and have been heavily involved in the project, on Friday evening.

"I am absolutely delighted and very proud to be working on this project which will see the creation of a wonderful and lasting tribute to two of the truly Derby County greats - Brian Clough and Peter Taylor," said Garry McBride, chairman of Evans Concrete.

"As a lifelong Rams fan, it is just great to be playing a key role in creating this monument.

"It is even more special that, as the chairman of a Derbyshire company employing many people who are also Derby County fans, we have the opportunity and the skills to help make this tribute a reality.

"I am also delighted that members of the Clough and Taylor family could join me and my family in visiting our manufacturing facility at Pye Bridge to see for themselves the first elements of the monument being created."

Nigel Clough, son of Brian Clough and manager of Derby County, said: "The whole project looks magnificent and has gone beyond being just a statue; I believe it will become a key landmark for Derby."

Wendy Dickinson, daughter of Peter Taylor, said: "When this project was announced I could never have dreamt it would be so spectacular.

"It is such a great tribute to my father and Brian, and something all football fans will take a huge interest in."

John Vicars, Vice President of Operations at Derby County Football Club said: "Soon after the club had committed to the project it became quite clear that we would need some expertise to help deliver it.

"It has been a pleasure to work with a small group of talented professionals to effectively progress from a blank piece of paper to being on the verge of unveiling a quality piece of art.

"They, like me, are privileged to have created something that will be enjoyed for many generations to come."

Artist Andrew Edwards, a renowned sculptor who specialises in sporting statues who has been given the task of sculpting the monument, said: "This is the most important football monument ever created.

"Clough and Taylor stand at the top of the tree for what they brought to their community, what they did for the national game and the impact they had internationally, but this isn't just about football.

"These are great men, great examples, great role models and for years to come people need to be reminded what they achieved, the spirit they achieved it with, what they enabled for others and what can still be inspired by them.

"I am genuinely humbled and I feel greatly honoured to have been picked to be part of the team that has been brought together to create this tribute.

"Every member of that team shares the same respect, sincerity and passion for Brian and Peter and what they gave us".

Matthew Montague Architects were presented with the opportunity to design the monument, and are thrilled to have been involved in the project.

"When the opportunity arose to be involved with this project, we grasped it with both hands," said Matthew Montague, Principal Architect of Matthew Montague Architects.

"At Matthew Montague Architects, we are very proud of the City and our heritage.

"Brian and Peter are a major part of this legacy, through their success they gave a gift to Derby County and the local people and our involvement has helped contribute to the future heritage of the City.

"The project is of an ambitious scale, and thanks to the endeavour of Derby County and the team involved, is going to be built as originally designed, with 'no compromise', which I suspect befits the attitude of Messrs Clough and Taylor.

"As a designer, these opportunities are rare, and to work with Andy Edwards has been a privilege, we await with keen anticipation the unveiling and the response of the people of Derby and the wider audience."

Ian Hodgkinson, Managing Director of Hodgkinson Builders (Midlands) Ltd, spoke of his pride at being asked to help in honouring two national football icons and said: "I remember visiting the Baseball Ground as a youngster with my father and used to stand on the terrace watching Clough and Taylor in the dugouts.

"To be involved in this project is a real honour".

Pride Park-based Hodgkinson's is co-ordinating construction and has responsibility for the ground works and infrastructure for the monument.

It will be the third time that Hodgkinson's have played a part in honouring legends from Derby County's past.

The company built the brick plinth for the Steve Bloomer pitch-side memorial and also the Lionel Pickering entrance which stands outside the stadium.

David Leatt is the managing director of Origination, who is the clubs' marketing partner, and he said: "We are proud to be involved in the creation of such a prestigious landmark; something we believe can be shared by everyone who visits Pride Park and the City of Derby.

"Opportunities to be associated to cultural projects like this are few and far between, so when Origination was approached to add our brand and creative flair to the monument project, we were delighted to accept."

Derby County would also like to express its gratitude to the following who have all made a significant contribution to the project:

Don Amott and family
East Midlands Security
University of Derby
Midlands Coop Funeral Services
The Electric Centre
Complete Cooling Ltd
Global Fire Systems Ltd
Hytrac Lifts Ltd

 

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