Campaign launched to fund statue of Posh legend Tommy Robson
Tommy passed away on Thursday (October 8) after a battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
He was much loved by people across the city after he played a club record 559 times for Posh, scoring 128 goals, putting him second on that all-time list.
He later helped Stamford get to Wembley, before working in the city for many years following his retirement from the game.
He was awarded the freedom of the city earlier this year.
Now, PISA 2000 are raising funds to have a bronze statue of him erected outside of the club’s home ground, whether that be the Weston Homes Stadium or the planned new stadium on the embankment. Permission from the family has been secured and the committee will now seek to raise in the region of £100,000 to cover all of the costs.
An image, which will be revealed in due course, has been chosen and work has begun on setting up a website and Facebook page.
PISA Chairman Adi Mowles said: “We have started the ball rolling and we know we will have the support of the whole city, there is love for Tommy across the whole area.
“He meant so much to a lot of people. I remember him playing football well into his 50s and he’s the only player I’d never dare kick.
“It’s actually something I’d spoken to him about and he joked that he’d be much cheaper to cast in bronze than Chris Turner, given his size. “Obviously, fundraising will be difficult at the moment, we can’t hold a launch evening but we will do what we can and are looking into virtual events. We aren’t putting a timescale on things but we know, however long it takes, we will bring Tommy home.
“We did a similar thing for Chris Turner so we know we can do it. Both statues can be easily moved so I don’t think it will be an issue if we place the statue outside of the current stadium. It would be nice to get him home first and just move him when the time comes.”
PISA 2000 have released a full statement, which can be viewed by clicking here.