Monday, 10 September 2018

Billy McNeill Statue - John McKenna Sculptor

The Billy McNeill statue, the original claywork modelled here in the studio in Ayrshire, the statue was commissioned by Celtic football club and is now installed at the entrance to their Parkhed stadium in Glasgow. The staue celebrates the moment when Billy McNeill lifted the European cup after Celtic won the trophy by beating Inter Milan - F.C. Internazionale Milano in 1967 at Lisbon. This was the first occasion any British team had won the European Cup and Celtic's captain, Billy McNeill was the first British football team captain to have that honour of lifting the cup. The Celtic team, managed by Jock Stein went on to become known as 'the Lisbon Lions' and had a great run of winning chmpionships over the next years.
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Billy McNeill and his wife Liz approving the clay version of the statue here at the studio

Below the statue cast in bronze.

Left - John McKenna in his studio with the bronze Billy McNeill statue 

Unveiling ceremony 19th December 2015
John McKenna sculptor - Billy McNeill statue unveiling at Parkhead stadium