Tyne & Wear

Statue of Newcastle United legend Jackie Milburn relocated

The bronze figure of Jackie Milburn being moved
Image caption The statue is now in its third home, at Strawberry Place, near Newcastle's ground

The statue of one of Newcastle's best-loved football players Jackie Milburn has been moved.

The bronze figure was originally installed on Northumberland Street, before being moved to St James's Boulevard in 1999.

It is now located in Strawberry Place, close to the Sports Direct Arena, which was called St James' Park when Milburn played there between 1943 and 1957.

The 12ft (3.6m) high figure was made by sculptor Susanna Robinson.

The Ashington-born centre forward, who scored 200 goals for the Magpies between 1946 and 1957, died from lung cancer aged 64, in October 1988.

The move follows talks between Newcastle City Council, the Milburn family and the football club.

Steven Reeve, a fan on Twitter, said: "Absolutely overjoyed that Gentleman Jack is now where he belongs. Not before time!"

Toon Talk fanzine editor Steve Wraith said: "Wor Jackie is the ultimate legend, he's the ultimate number 9 and even if you didn't see him play, he's still got a lot of affinity with him as a Newcastle United supporter.

"I think the fans will be delighted, it becomes a tourist attraction, it becomes a place for photographs and I think there should be more stuff like this.

"It's what it's all about, it's not just about the ground, we've also got the Sir Bobby Robson memorial garden and it should pay testament to something which is steeped in great sporting history."

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