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Paisley memorial unveiled by lfctalk
August 19, 2008, 13:01
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Hundreds of fans turned out to see the memorial dedicated to Bob Paisley unveiled in his home town of Hetton-le-Hole, prior to the match against Sunderland.

The legendary manager took the Reds to three European Cups, six League titles, one UEFA Cup and three League Cups through his nine seasons at the helm. He was also involved under Bill Shankly in countless other successes.

Ian Graves is the man responsible for the memorial after he and some friends visited a similar piece in honour of Bill Shankly which resides in his birthplace of Glenbuck, Scotland. Aided by Paisley’s son, Graham, Graves enlisted the help of the local council and oversaw the erection of the memorial next to Heppleton Colliery FC, Paisley’s former club.

He said: “I’m delighted so many have turned out to honour Bob, such a humble but brilliant man, because he is a welcome reminder of what football should be about.”

Hughie Paisley, Bob’s brother, was present at the unveiling and had this to say: “It’s lovely to see so many Liverpool supporters here. I used to be a Sunderland fan until they refused to sign our Bob – since then, it’s been Liverpool every inch of the way.”

Fundraising events were hold over the course of the year to pay for the memorial, including a successful event at the Sandon pub.

Peter Etherington, organiser, said “It’s been nine months of hard work but it was all worth it for that moment when it was unveiled – it really is a worthy monument.”

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