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'Laurie’s Legacy' to see campaign to build statue for icon

PIONEER: Laurie Cunningham

NEXT MONDAY (March 7) will see the launch of ‘Laurie’s Legacy’ – an exciting new fundraising campaign which aims to build a statue celebrating the life and achievements of Laurie Cunningham, one of the first black footballers to represent England.

A trailblazer for British sport, Cunningham rose to prominence in the 1970s at a time when racism was prevalent in the game. He made his mark as one of the first black players to represent England and he was the first English footballer to play for Real Madrid, changing the face of European football forever. Tragically, Cunningham died in a car accident in Madrid in 1989,

In the week of what would have been his 60th birthday, Waltham Forest Council with support from football equality organisation Kick It Out and Leyton Orient, is launching their campaign to erect a brass statue in his honour in Coronation Gardens, Leyton in east London. The location is a stone’s throw away from the home of Leyton Orient FC, where Cunningham began his sparkling football career.

The Council and partners is calling on community champions and the footballing world to help bring the statue to life and ensure Laurie’s Legacy for generations to come. There will be a number of unique opportunities to contribute to this project over the coming year.

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