Fans encouraged to make donation to statue for Pompey legend Jimmy Dickinson

Local sculptor and artist Roger Holman, left, and project instigator Graham Farmer with a model of the statue
Local sculptor and artist Roger Holman, left, and project instigator Graham Farmer with a model of the statue
Fan-funder Steve McLenaghan cuts the ribbon to officially open the Tifosy pitches at Pompeys Copnor Road training base. Also included are, from left, James Pollock, Tifosy, Blues chief executive Mark Catlin, manager Kenny Jackett, academy boss Mark Kelly and Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Ken Ellcome. Fans were also present at the opening ceremony

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  • Plans for statue were put on hold during club’s financial crisis
  • Fans now urged to help support campaign
  • Statue estimated to cost up to £75,000
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HE IS a Pompey legend and one of the greatest players ever to wear the shirt.

Now, plans to build a statue to remember Jimmy Dickinson are back on the cards.

The idea first came up in 2013, but the plans were put on hold in the light of Pompey’s financial troubles.

But now, supporters of the community-owned club are being encouraged to donate towards the statue which it is believed will cost between £50,000 and £75,000.

Graham Farmer is leading the campaign.

He said: ‘A Jimmy Dickinson statue will add another element to the profile of the city. We should have one – it’s historic.’

It’s important that the younger generation know who he was

Graham Farmer, fan

Dickinson had a 20-year career on the south coast from 1946 to 1965, and made 764 league appearances – 828 in total.

He earned 48 England senior appearances – the most by any home-grown Pompey player.

The left-half was never spoken to or booked by a referee throughout his whole career.

The plan is for the statue to be placed at the crossroads at the bottom of Eastern Road where it meets Rodney Road and Milton Road.

It means fans will see it on their way to the ground.

Mr Farmer added: ‘He’s got the best fair play record in professional football.

‘He is the greatest Pompey player.

‘He means a lot to Pompey fans.

‘It’s been a long time since he played for Pompey.

‘Every fan I have discussed it with has said it’s a long time and it should have been done years ago.’

And Mr Farmer said it’s important for youngsters to know who Jimmy Dickinson was and the role that he played at the club.

‘It’s important because of the younger fans who go travelling around the Premier League grounds to find that they have got a statue supporting icons and their heroes,’ he said. ‘We haven’t but we should do.

‘We have got a very good history.

‘It’s important that the younger generation know who he was.’

The family of Jimmy Dickinson have given the seal of approval to the statue.

Work is expected to begin in October.

The statue is being built by local sculptor Roger Holman.

So far around £4,000 has been raised and fans will be invited to make a donation through a crowdfunding campaign, which will be launched in the autumn.

For now, supporters are encouraged to visit the Jimmy Dickinson statue page on Facebook.