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Derby County FA Cup winner commemorated

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Hodgkinson Builders has created a plinth as part of a tribute to former Derby County winger Reg Harrison.

A £10,000 bronze bust of Mr Harrison, celebrated by sculptor Andy Edwards, tops the 5ft tall brick pillar, which has been installed in the club’s main reception at Pride Park Stadium.

Before his death in 2020, aged 97, Mr Harrison was the last surviving member of Derby County’s 1946 FA Cup-winning team.

The plinth has been built using bricks from the club’s old stadium, the Baseball Ground, which Hodgkinson’s managing director Ian Hodgkinson reclaimed when it was demolished almost 20 years ago.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ANL/Shutterstock (1327424a) Reg Harrison Derby County Footballer Reg Harrison Derby County Footballer

”Ian said: “As a massive Derby fan myself, I was incredibly proud to be involved in something that commemorates the life of one of the club’s greatest heroes.
“Fortunately, I still had just enough Baseball Ground bricks left to complete this very important project. I’m so glad I kept hold of them.”

Ian’s company has a long-standing relationship with Derby County.

His staff also built the plinth for the Steve Bloomer bust, which takes pride of place next to the home team dug out, as well as constructing Pride Park stadium’s Lionel Pickering entrance.

The firm also built the base for the stadium’s iconic Brian Clough and Peter Taylor statue – also created by sculptor Andy Edwards – almost 12 years ago.

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