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Tuesday, 22 August, 2000, 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
Sir Alf tribute unveiled

The statue honours England's greatest manager
A life-size bronze of World Cup winning England boss Sir Alf Ramsey has been unveiled at Ipswich Town's Portman Road ground.

The statue was unveiled 12 noon BST on Tuesday, marking the culmination of an 18-month project by the Ipswich Town Supporters' Club.

Sir Alf led the Suffolk club to the League title in 1961-62 before going on to even greater glory with England in 1966.

Supporters' Club chairman Philip Houseley said: "We are sure everyone will be delighted by the work sculpted by Ipswich Town fan Sean Hedges-Quinn.

Sir Alf's widow Lady Vickie Ramsey attended the unveiling
"Sean is a very talented artist and it has been a pleasure working with him. I would also like to recognise the tremendous help and encouragement of Lady Ramsey throughout the whole project."

Many of the 1961-62 title-winning side will be at the unveiling ceremony, and members of England's World Cup-winning team, including Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst, have also been invited.

The 25,000 tribute to Sir Alf has been funded by The Football Association, Ipswich Town FC, The Supporters Club, Ipswich Borough Council, the Evening Star newspaper and by private donations.

Sir Alf died in May 1999.

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