The England manager, Fabio Capello, will today unveil a commemorative sculpture of former England and Ipswich manager Sir Alf Ramsey at Wembley Stadium.
Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Bobby Charlton and George Cohen played in Ramsey’s World Cup winning side and will all be present at the ceremony, along with Booby Moore’s widow Stefanie.
The sculpture was created by artist Philip Jackson, the man who crafted the iconic figure of Bobby Moore which already stands outside Wembley.
Jackson is also responsible for the Manchester United ‘Trinity’ of Charlton, Denis Law and George Best outside Old Trafford.
Sir Ramsey’s greatest success was when he guided England as manager to World Cup glory in 1966.
He became manager in 1963, made a young Bobby Moore England’s captain and announced England would win the World Cup.
The Essex man is known as ‘England’s first proper manager’ after demanding total control on all football matters, particularly decisions on team selections which had since been made by the board.
He also led England to third place in the 1968 European Championships in Italy.
He was knighted in 1967 for his services to the game, but was sacked as manager in 1973 after failing to make the 1974 World Cup Finals.
Sir Ramsey Way
Sir Ramsey retired from playing the game in 1955 and became Ipswich Town’s manager.
He spent 8 years at Portman road, taking the Suffolk club up from the Third Division South into the First Division.
He guided Ipswich to the Second Division title in 1960/61 season, to take the club into the top flight for the first time in their history.
The following season saw them win the First Division Championship in their debut season, finishing above Harry Potts’ Burnley by 3 points.
In August 2000, the Ipswich Town Supporters Club unveiled a statue of Sir Ramsey down at Portman Road, with the road running behind the North Stand being renamed Sir Ramsey Way.
The statue will be positioned in the tunnel area at Wembley, and Sir Ramsey’s widow Lady Victoria – speaking to Sky News from her home in Ipswich – feels its a fitting tribute.
“The sculpture of Alfred looks outstanding and the unveiling at Wembley is very appropriate.”
Geroge Cohen, who will be representing Lady Victoria today, also told Sky News:
“It’s a tremendous sculpture and it’s like he’s actually in the room with you.
“When you were in the presence of Sir Alf there was a definite sense of “Gentleman, we’re here to do business” and the sculpture really captures that feeling.”