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Statue of Notts County's Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler unveiled

Statue of Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler
Image caption The statue was unveiled by the families of the two men

A statue of the two men considered to be Notts County's greatest management team has been unveiled near the club's Meadow Lane ground.

Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler led the Magpies to promotion to the First Division in 1981.

More than £100,000 was raised by fans to help make the statue a reality.

The club's all-time leading goalscorer, Les Bradd, said he was "over the moon" with the sculpture.

He said: "What a fantastic outcome, these two guys living outside Meadow Lane again. The sculptor has done a wonderful job."

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Image caption Sculptor Andrew Edwards has used the picture above of Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler as the model for the statue
Image caption The men's children said seeing the statue was like seeing their fathers again

The statue is located on the pavement south of Ashling Court, in Meadow Lane, near Notts County's stadium.

The sculptor Andrew Edwards, who started the piece in 2010, said: "These are two giants of the game, servants who became kings."

The pose is based on a picture of the pair sitting on a bench during a match.

Its plinth includes the words "Legends of the Lane" and the names of 1,400 people who donated towards the statue funds.

Image copyright Andrew Edwards
Image caption Andrew Edwards was also responsible for the statue of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor at Pride Park in Derby

The fundraising campaign was led by Lisa Black who said: "It was quite an interesting experience to see them hanging from the crane but we were relieved when they finally touched base on the plinth and were intact."

BBC Radio Nottingham's Notts County correspondent Colin Slater said the pair were "iconic figures in the whole history of Notts County".

Former defender Brian Kilcline, who grew up in Nottingham, was part of the success under the two men.

He said: "Jimmy was a players' man and knew how to deal with people, he was totally football-orientated.... apparently Jack Wheeler never swore but I made him swear which says a lot about me."

The statue was unveiled by the families of the two men earlier on Thursday.

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