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We raised a statue to Atyeo

The Supporters Club & Trust is delighted to have played the lead role in commissioning the creation of a magnificent, larger-than-life statue to the great John Atyeo at the Winterstoke Road entrance to Ashton Gate.

The story of the John Atyeo statue goes all the way back to 2007, reaching its conclusion almost 10 years later. It was made possible thanks to excellent collaboration with the football club and fantastic support from the fans, hundreds of whom dug deep to buy name plaques on the plinth.

Here we provide an illustrated chronicle of the ten-year story.

Late 2007 – Steve Lansdown announces plans for a new stadium at Ashton Vale

April 2008 – We run a survey of over 2,800 fans. 80% want a statue and the preference for one of John Atyeo is 10 to 1.

Survey statue queston 1

Survey question 2

Nov 2008 – We announce a fundraising campaign to ‘Raise a statue to Atyeo’

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Feb 2013 – City announce plans to redevelop Ashton Gate if Ashton Vale does not go through

Nov 2013 – Planning permission is granted for the Ashton Gate redevelopment

Early 2014 – City decide to drop Ashton Vale plans and go ahead with the Ashton Gate redevelopment

Spring 2014 – As fundraising continues, now for a statue at Ashton Gate, we ask fans for images of Atyeo as possible poses.

Sept 2014 – Fans vote for statue to be erected at Winterstoke Road entrance. Contact is made with potential sculptors.

Late 2014 – Fans vote for the proposed pose.

Statue pose voting form

March 2015 – We meet probable sculptor Tom Murphy for the first time at our monthly meeting.

May 2015 – Tom Murphy presents first miniature of the statue to Supporters Club & Trust and Bristol Sport.

Large miniature with SCT in pub 800

July 2015 – Atyeo’s daughters, Linda and Carol, attend SC&T meeting and view latest miniature made by Tom Murphy.

Mike, Tom and Atyeo daughters with miniatures at pub 800

Oct 2015 – A public unveiling of statue miniatures takes place in the Sports Bar at Ashton Gate.

Atyeo family members and SL at unveiling of miniatures in Sports Bar 800

Apr 2016 – A delegation visits Liverpool to sign off the statue sculpture, from which moulds are made and sent to the foundry.

Tom Murphy in studio

Sept 2016 – The statue’s position in the centre of the Winterstoke Road pedestrian entrance is agreed with Bristol Sport.

Nov 2016 – The statue is delivered and erected.

Statue arrives on lorry cropped and compressed 2Statue lowered into place with Tom M beside the plinth cropped

Nov 15th 2016 – Grand unveiling in front of a large crowd. Marina Dolman performs the ceremony.

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Nov 2016 – 262 more plinth name plates are booked and carefully checked against Brunel Engraving‘s artwork.

New names

Dec 2016 – The new names go on show for the first time before City’s home game on December 17.

Jan 2017 – Responding to further demand, we decide to offer one more, final batch. Sales re-open at the start of February.

Feb 2017 – Final batch of plinth name plates sell out in under a week

Spring 2017 –  To be continued…

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