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The World Cup Centenary Statue

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.