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Football legend memorial unveiled
Billy Bremner
Billy Bremner died in 1997 from a heart attack
Scotland's first memorial to football legend Billy Bremner has been installed near his birthplace.

The stone engraving has been laid down in Raploch, Stirling, where the former Scotland and Leeds captain grew up.

He played more than 750 times for Don Revie's famous Leeds side of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as making a total of 54 starts for Scotland.

A statue of Bremner, who died in 1997, was unveiled outside Leeds United's Elland Road stadium two years later.

Bremner, who died from a heart attack aged 54, famously captained Scotland to victory in 1967 over the then World Cup winners England at Wembley.

'Scottish hero'

The 5ft 5in midfielder, who was initially rejected from top clubs Arsenal and Chelsea for being too small, was known for his tireless workrate and passion.

The memorial, the brainchild of the Raploch Urban Regeneration Company, is part of a 300,000 mile-long walkway beside the River Forth.

Artist Peter McCaughey was commissioned to create a timeline of plaques commemorating significant events and people in the area's history.

John Hendry, of Stirling Council, said: "Billy Bremner is a hero in Scotland, and indeed Leeds, but no people are prouder of his achievements than the people of Raploch."

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