Sir Alex Ferguson to be honoured with statue outside Pittodrie Stadium

The Sir Alex Ferguson statue at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium
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ABERDEEN Football Club is to commemorate former manager Sir Alex Ferguson with a statue at their Pittodrie Stadium.

Andy Edwards, of Cornvoii Edwards, will produce the bronze sculpture based on a photograph taken of Sir Alex at Easter Road in 1980 celebrating his Dons side winning the Scottish Premier Division.

The triumph was the first of three title wins at the club for Sir Alex, with four Scottish Cups following, a European Cup Winners’ Cup and European Super Cup, as well as one Scottish League Cup in his eight-year tenure at the club.

Commenting on the announcement, Sir Alex Ferguson said, “I am thrilled and honoured by this recognition from Aberdeen Football Club, where I spent a fantastic and memorable part of my managerial career. I am particularly pleased with the image the club has chosen to base the statue on and with the choice of sculptor whose recent work is incredibly lifelike. I can’t wait to see it!”

The club said that it anticipates the statue being unveiled later this year, with it set to be followed by further sculptures of Aberdeen FC greats. They will be installed in a such a way that allows for them to be relocated to any future stadium.

Aberdeen FC chairman, Dave Cormack, commented, “We began exploring the idea of a series of statues to recognise those legends who have made a lasting impact on the club, over 18 months ago, but the process stalled due to the pandemic. It’s now very much back on our agenda and, when it came to deciding the subject of the first one, there was of course only one option, Sir Alex Ferguson.”