After four years of planning the World Cup statue was finally uneviled on the 12/10/13
The three-metre tall statue, which stands next to the village green, celebrates
the team of miners from West Auckland who sold their furniture to finance a trip
to Italy in 1909 after they were invited to take part in the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy,
now described as the first World Cup competition and won , returning again 2 years
later and once again won.
London-based Nigel Boonham created the statue, which depicts a footballer and a miner
North-East actor Tim Healy, who appeared in the 1982 film A Captain’s Tale, which
was about the famous victor unveiled the statue along with Sir John Hall and David
Ticer Thomas, a descendant of one of the players.