Statues of Jimmy & Jack Unveiled

A statue of the two men considered to be Notts County's greatest management team has been unveiled near the club's Meadow Lane ground. Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler led the Magpies to promotion to the First Division in 1981. The men's children said seeing the statue was like seeing their fathers again. The statue is located on the pavement south of Ashling Court, in Meadow Lane, near Notts County's stadium. The club's all-time leading goalscorer, Les Bradd, said he was "over the moon" with the sculpture. He said: "What a fantastic outcome, these two guys living outside Meadow Lane again. The sculptor has done a wonderful job."

Its plinth includes the words "Legends of the Lane" and the names of 1,400 people who donated towards the statue funds. BBC Radio Nottingham's Notts County correspondent Colin Slater said the pair were "iconic figures in the whole history of Notts County".

Former defender Brian Kilcline, who grew up in Nottingham, was part of the success under the two men. He said: "Jimmy was a players' man and knew how to deal with people, he was totally football-orientated.... apparently Jack Wheeler never swore but I made him swear which says a lot about me." The statue was unveiled by the families of the two men earlier on Thursday.

The sculptor Andrew Edwards, who started the piece in 2010, said: "These are two giants of the game, servants who became kings."

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