Aberdeen Council to consider city centre statue of football legend Denis Law

ABERDEEN City councillors have voted in favour of the local authority looking into the possibility of creating a bronze statue of football legend Denis Law in the city.

If given the go ahead, the statue would stand outside or near the vicinity of the Provost Skene’s House, which is currently undergoing a £3.8 million refurbishment.

Plans are already in place for a Hall of Heroes to be created in the building dedicated to individuals who have contributed to the success of Aberdeen – including Sir Alex Ferguson, singer Annie Lennox and Denis Law himself.

Although being born in the city, Denis Law did not play for Aberdeen Football Club. He is, however, considered one of Manchester United’s all time greats and has a statue outside the club’s Old Trafford stadium. He represented Scotland 55 times, scoring 30 goals.

The lord provost of Aberdeen, Barney Crockett, said, “Denis is one of the city’s best-loved heroes, he has done a tremendous amount of work for people in Aberdeen and, if anything, his influence is even stronger today than when he was at the peak of his football career.

“It would be fitting if a statue is situated at the heart of his home city as he will also greatly in the new Hall for Heroes which is being created at Provost Skene’s House.

“Denis has always been and continues to be a terrific ambassador for Aberdeen.

“When Denis received the freedom of the city in November 2017 thousands lined the streets to see him and I am certain that thousands would enjoy coming into the city centre to view a bronze statue of the Lawman.”

The council said that a cost and feasibility report will go to the next meeting of the city growth and resources committee.