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Home town memorial to Bob Paisley

Bob Paisley memorial
The memorial was unveiled in Hetton-le-Hole park

A memorial has been unveiled to former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley in his County Durham home town.

Friends and fans gathered in Hetton-le-Hole, near Easington, for the unveiling of a plaque celebrating Mr Paisley's life and footballing success.

The 5,000 memorial, in the town's main park, was funded by supporters who contributed to a special memorial fund.

Mr Paisley, who died in 1996, won three European Cups, six league titles and a Uefa Cup between 1974 and 1983.

Ian Graves, who organised the memorial fund, said the idea for the tribute came after a similar unveiling in Glenbuck, Scotland to fellow Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.

'Greatest sons'

He said: "When we started we decided we wouldn't go forward unless the Paisley family agreed with it. The town council in Hetton were also over the moon with the idea and were nothing but helpful.

"The memorial is very close to the old Eppleton Colliery pitch, where Bob played as a lad.

"Our aim, as supporters of Liverpool Football Club, was to give the people of Hetton-le-Hole a fitting tribute to honour one of their greatest sons as well as acclaiming the town that we feel produced the most successful manager in British football history.

"We wanted to create a unique memorial, befitting Bob Paisley which reflects the immense affection with which Bob is held amongst Liverpool supporters.

"We also wanted an eternal reminder to the people of Hetton that this football great was one of theirs."

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