Plans to erect a statue in the home town of football legend Brian Clough have been boosted by a £50,000 grant.
Brian Clough died from stomach cancer in September
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a £49,800 towards the statue planned for Middlesbrough's Albert Park.
The 69-year-old former player and manager, who had a liver transplant in 2003, died of cancer in September 2004.
Middlesbrough Council said the statue, costing £65,000, would show Clough during his playing days at Middlesbrough's Ayresome Park.
Councillor John McPartland, chairman of the council's fundraising committee, said: "This is fantastic support from the Lottery Fund.
"It puts in place the final part of the funding we require to get this new statue underway."
As well as the statue, the grant will go towards a range of schools' projects, including new DVDs relating to the history of Albert Park.
The statue will be unveiled on what would have been Clough's next birthday - 21 March 2007.
HLF North East regional manager, Dr Keith Bartlett, said: "Football is a real passion in the North East, no matter which side you support, and is a part of our culture that unites old and young alike.
"This project means that fans of football can not only remember the great man, but can also learn about and appreciate the places that were so important to him."
Clough, who was an OBE, led Derby County and Nottingham Forest to league championships and won two European Cups with the Nottingham club in 1979-80.