New Leeds United statue finally being pursued after long campaign for memorial

Billy Bremner already has a statue at Leeds United's Elland Road -Credit:Ed Sykes/Getty Images
Billy Bremner already has a statue at Leeds United's Elland Road -Credit:Ed Sykes/Getty Images

Billy Bremner’s statue at Elland Road is synonymous with Leeds United and now fans, kickstarted by Eddie Gray and Liam Cooper, are pushing for another memorial north of the border. The Whites legend was immortalised outside the stadium in 1999 and has become a pilgrimage for United fans down the years.

Now, led by Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA), there is a campaign gathering momentum to see a new statue erected in his hometown, Raploch, near Stirling. The hope is enough money will be raised to see a monument dedicated to Bremner at Raploch Community Centre and the fundraising began with the help of Cooper and Gray at Elland Road.

The pair signed 1974 replica Scotland shirts, with one set to go on display next to the statue and the other auctioned off to aid the drive. Former Leeds and Scotland defender Joe Jordan has also thrown his weight behind the campaign.

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Alexander Gibb, project manager, said: “Leeds and Stirling are two great cities in which Billy Bremner is revered. While he has been immortalised in Leeds, it is about time Bremner is further recognised north of the border in his hometown.

“It is an honour to be part of the project commemorating the man voted as Scotland’s greatest-ever captain.”

The SFSA, in partnership with Leeds United supporters groups, Raploch Community Council, University of Stirling, Stirling Community Enterprise, Tartan Army Magazine and Stirling Council have been asked to lead a project to ensure a statue is commissioned honouring the late Bremner in the town he grew up.

An artist for the statue will be selected from David Annand, Malcolm Robertson and Kenny Hunter. The artist will be selected by a panel made up of people from SFSA, University of Stirling, Raploch Community Council, Stirling Community Enterprise, Tartan Army Magazine and Leeds United supporter groups.

Organisers hope the memorial would be positioned near where Bremner grew up on Weir Street, around the corner from the Raploch Community Campus. The project has gathered pace in recent times as part of a wider initiative to ensure Bremner is rightly remembered where he grew up.

University of Stirling’s Professor Richard Haynes created a campaign alongside a video called Fae Raploch to Elland Road, which details Bremner’s journey from growing up with his adoptive parents, Pop and Bessie Bremner, to early life at Leeds away from his fiancée, through to becoming part of United folklore. Donate and find out more here.