IN A studio in London a statue of one of football’s greats, Don Revie, is taking shape. Leeds United legend Don Revie’s daughter Kim got the chance to take a sneak peek at the eight-foot bronze statue of her father before it is erected at the club’s Elland Road ground.
She visited the London studio of sculptor Graham Ibbeson as he put the finishing touches to the statue.
She said: “Graham has done a marvellous job in creating such a wonderful image of my father.”
Revie spent 13 years as Leeds manager and later, less happily, managed England. He died in 1989, aged 61.
The £90,000 statue is due to be unveiled at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground next May.
The 8ft bronze work will stand next to the Centenary Pavilion at United’s Elland Road home, opposite the section of the ground’s East Stand that is currently under redevelopment. Revie won many trophies with Leeds United during the 1960s and 1970s.
The statue will join one of the club’s former captain, Billy Bremner.
Much of the money for the statue has been generated by fundraising events - the latest of which is a £50-a-head lunch at the stadium with legendary former players in attendance at the event.
Statue appeal head Jim Cadman described the Revie family’s seal of approval as “a lovely boost.”
Fundraising for the statue is continuing and details of the latest fundraising event were unveiled yesterday.
A lunch where guests will be able to rub shoulders with players from Revie’s all-conquering United team of the 1960s and 1970s will be held at Elland Road on Friday, December 2.
Famous names due to attend include Allan Clarke, Eddie Gray, Johnny Giles, Norman Hunter and Paul Reaney.
Anyone wanting tickets, costing £50 or £450 for a table of 10, should ring Mr Cadman on 01562 887323.