Sir Alex Ferguson: Statue commissioned by Aberdeen FC

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A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson has been commissioned by Aberdeen FC to commemorate his "outstanding contribution" to the club.

Sir Alex famously led the Dons to victory in the European Cup Winners' Cup when they beat Real Madrid 2‐1 in Gothenburg in 1983.

Sculptor Andy Edwards will produce the bronze statue, which will be located outside the Richard Donald Stand at Pittodrie.

Sir Alex said he was "thrilled".

Aberdeen FC said it would be the first of a series which is being planned to celebrate and honour the club's "heroes".

'Can't wait to see it'

Chairman Dave Cormack said: "Sir Alex's contribution to the club was immense and it's fitting that we honour him in this way.

"His arrival at Pittodrie heralded the start of the most successful period in the club's history and put Aberdeen firmly on the football map of Europe".

Sir Alex later went on to manage Manchester United.

Commenting on the plans for his sculpture, Sir Alex said: "I am thrilled and honoured by this recognition from Aberdeen Football Club, where I spent a fantastic and memorable part of my managerial career.

"I can't wait to see it."

The club hopes the statue will be unveiled later this year, and said all will be installed in such a way that it can be relocated to a new stadium in the future.

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