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Statue of Newcastle United legend Jackie Milburn moved again

Jackie Milburn statue
Image caption The statue cost £35,000 was paid for through public donations

A landmark celebrating one of Newcastle's best-loved football heroes is to be moved for a second time.

The bronze statue to Newcastle United legend Jackie Milburn currently stands on St James' Boulevard, close to the recently renamed Sports Direct Arena.

It was moved from its original location in the city's Northumberland Street in 1999 after being unveiled eight years earlier by Mr Milburn's wife Laura.

The 12ft (3.6m) high figure was made by sculptor Susanna Robinson.

The Ashington-born centre forward, who scored 200 goals for the Magpies between 1946 and 1957, died from lung cancer aged 64 in October 1988.

The move follows talks between Newcastle City Council, the Milburn family and the football club.

Scattered ashes

Jack Milburn, son of the Newcastle star, said: "What a fabulous site for the statue which is right at my father's favourite end of St James' Park, the Gallowgate End.

"It was always close to his heart, which is why his ashes were scattered there as part of his final wishes. This is great news and I am looking forward to seeing him in his new home."

A spokesman for Newcastle City Council said: "Jackie Milburn was an exceptional servant to the club and a wonderful ambassador for this city.

"By moving this statue to the home of Newcastle United it will give fans the chance to pay tribute to the legendary Number 9 at the place where he spent most of his professional career and also where he scored the majority of his impressive goals."

A Newcastle United spokesman added: "We are delighted that Jackie Milburn's statue will be relocated closer to home, outside the ground where he scored so many memorable goals and gave thousands of Geordies so much pleasure.

"A permanent home at his beloved Gallowgate End is a fitting location for a true legend of the game."

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