Derbyshire legend’s ‘priceless’ sculpture could be yours as it goes under the hammer

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A stunning sculpture of Derby County legend Dave Mackay could be yours as it is set to go under the hammer later this month. The artwork, which is a replica of the statue outside Pride Park, was designed by Stoke-based sculptor Andy Edwards and shows the Rams legend running down the pitch with a ball in hand.

The original statue stands outside the player’s entrance to Pride Park and commemorates the Scottish defender, affectionately known as ‘The Rock’ among supporters, who died aged 80 in 2015. The model, whose back is signed by several other Derbyshire legends, is one of six ever made and was used to help design the current statue in Pride Park.

Garry McBride, owner of Monumental Icons, which sells the piece, said: “This model is invaluable to the right person. It is made of the exact same material as the sculpture in Pride Park, black granite. It was designed to look like Mackay was carved out of rock because his nickname was “The Rock”.

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“I made the original molds of Andy’s sculpture and model. I didn’t tell anyone about it at the time but I did six model replicas. At the grand unveiling of Dave Mackay’s sculpture in 2015, I took them as a surprise. I introduced one to Roy McFarland, one to the club and one to Dave Mackay’s wife. She burst into tears when I gave it to her.

“The event was attended by legends from Derbyshire, so while I was there I asked them to sign the oak stand of the model that will be auctioned. Signatures include Charlie George, Kevin Hector , Alan Hinton, Roy McFarland and Steve Powell.

“I made the lines as a record for myself. I always kept the other three but now I’ve decided to sell one to raise money for Derby County Community Trust. It’s worth picking up a good price as only a handful will ever exist.No further replicas can be made as the mold has been destroyed.



Garry McBride, 68, from Quarndon, said the article was “invaluable”.

Mr Mackay made over 120 appearances for the Rams between 1968 and 1971, having been signed for £5,000 aged 33 during the successful tenure of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor. He arrived at the Baseball Ground with a solid reputation, having played a central role in one of Tottenham Hotspur’s top teams during a nine-year stint in north London, where he made more than 250 appearances .

After helping Derby to promotion to the First Division in 1969 he was named FWA Footballer of the Year and in 1973 became the club’s manager, winning the Division One title in 1974/1975. A solid centre-back turned sweeper at Derby County, he played 22 times for his native Scotland and was part of their 1958 World Cup squad in Sweden.



Pictured is the unveiling of Dave Mackay's original statue at Pride Park following his death in 2015.
The unveiling of the original statue of Dave Mackay at Pride Park after his death in 2015.

Dave Mackay’s daughter Val, who lives in Nottingham, said: “Dad loved Derby – the club, the fans and the people. We are proud of what he has accomplished. “As well as being named Footballer of the Year in Scotland and England, he was one of 11 players to be featured on a Royal Mail Heroes stamp in 2013.

“As a family, we are delighted that the sale of the sculpture will benefit the Derby County Community Trust.” The sculpture will be auctioned by Hansons, run by famed Derby auctioneer and Rams fan Charles Hanson, at a football and sports auction on Wednesday March 23.

All proceeds will go to the Derby County Community Trust and have a guide price of £500-£800. Mr Hanson said: ‘What an amazing thing to own if you are a Derby County enthusiast. Mackay was a true Rams legend, unforgettable to anyone lucky enough to remember the glory days of the 1970s and Mackay’s role in promoting Derby to the Premier League in the 1960s.

“The sculpture will also appeal to fans of other clubs where Mackay had a huge impact, such as Heart of Midlothian and the two-time winning side of Tottenham Hotspur in 1961. It is a privilege to offer this item for auction and I really hope Hansons can help him raise a significant amount of money for charity.

“It’s an extremely generous gesture on Garry’s part to part with this model. He’s a Rams fan through and through and that means a lot to him. His father was a turnstile operator at the baseball field for 28 years from the 1950s and Garry sold ground candy when he was 10 years old.

“In addition to making the mold for Mackay’s sculpture, he created the plinth and seating for the Clough Taylor monument and a memorial plaque visible at Lionel Pickering’s entrance to Pride Park.”

The auction will take place at Hansons in Heage Lane, Etwall. For more information, email David Wilson-Turner at dwilsonturner@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk.

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