‘A lot of grounds are like bland town centres – they need some visual identity’

Dennis Law leaned across the small platform in downtown Aberdeen and gently let his fingertips scrub the solid bronze beside him. The law in the flesh was touching the law in the metal.

Dennis Law, this footballer known for his flashes of live action, who has become a legend of Scotland and Manchester United, is consistent. Law is a statue in the center of Aberdeen, a permanent place in the place where the son of a North Sea fisherman was born and raised. It looks great.

As Aberdeen’s vice president, Barney Crockett, said on the same platform: “Dennis has a place in the heart of our hearts and is now also a very big place in the center of our city. Thank you Dennis.”

Thus ended the recent disclosure of the phenomenon of the spherical statue.

Since 1990, across Britain and beyond, football statues have been on the rise. There are now over 600 of them, with more in the pipeline from planners and sculptors’ studios.

On December 18, one of the toughest defenders Kevin Petty – the staunch defender from Ipswich Town in the 1970s, will be positioned as the club’s all-time best player – will be pitted against one of Sir Alf Ramsey’s home turf at Portman Road. He will be followed by Jack Leslie in Plymouth Argyle, Billy McNeill in Bellshell near Glasgow, then Franny Lee, Colin Bell and Mike Summerby in Manchester City, while Stockport County fans raise funds to create a statue of Danny Bergara outside Edgeley Park. Brilliant Middlesbrough striker George Camsell is currently in a bronze smelter.

Returning to Aberdeen, Sir Alex Ferguson will be set in bronze next to Petodore next year, adding to the statue of his Emperor high above the gamblers at Old Trafford.

Ferguson was in the town that, administratively, had him next door to Low two weeks earlier.


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