Jimmy Murphy statue to be unveiled on 3 May

Wednesday 19 April 2023 10:00

A statue of Manchester United legend Jimmy Murphy will be unveiled outside the Stretford End of Old Trafford on Wednesday 3 May - 65 years to the day after he led the club to the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The event, which takes place two weeks today at the Theatre of Dreams, is open to fans and the public to attend from 16:30 BST, with the official unveiling ceremony taking place between 17:00 and 17:30.

The occasion will be compered by Alan Keegan and will feature words from the club and the Murphy family before the statue is unveiled and seen for the first time by United fans.

The event will take place outside the Stretford End, where an area for fans to congregate will be signposted. Complimentary soft drinks will also be distributed to those attending.
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The club announced in May 2021 that it was planning a statue to celebrate Jimmy’s immense contribution at Old Trafford after discussions with a coalition of United supporters and the Murphy family. 

Award-winning sculptor Alan Herriot was appointed to design and develop the statue after consultation between the club and the fan coalition in 2022.
Jimmy played a crucial role as a coach and later assistant manager to Sir Matt Busby between 1946 and 1971.The Welshman was integral in the development of the Busby Babes, including Sir Bobby Charlton and Duncan Edwards, and was crucial in the club’s recovery after the Munich Air Disaster. 

Various potential locations for the statue were suggested but it was agreed, following consultation, that the tribute will be situated outside the Stretford End of Old Trafford close to the area where Jimmy used to coach the Busby Babes on a training pitch made of ash cinders. 
As we come close to completion of the statue, the club would like to place on record once again its thanks to the family of Jimmy Murphy and the coalition of United supporters’ groups who have helped develop this important project.