Statue unveiled of a Colchester United legend
- Credit: Su Anderson
Crowds gathered to see a statue unveiled of a Colchester United legend at the heart of the club’s former stadium.
The former U’s Layer Road ground has been redeveloped into housing, but the figure was funded by Abbey Developments along with Colchester Borough Council.
The statue immortalises Peter Wright who was voted as player of the century by fans in a poll in 2000.
He achieved more than 400 appearances for the club, where he spent his whole career, and has been inducted into the U’s Hall of Fame.
Players past and present were at the ceremony, as well as Peter’s widow Lindsey Wright and Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell who between them unveiled the statue.
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Sir Bob said: “Peter was an incredibly gifted player and a special person. In fact, he was my childhood hero and I was lucky enough to live just ten doors away from him when I was growing up.
“He came from a very talented family, and had a frightening pace about him. My favourite memory of him was scoring that famous diving header for Colchester United against a certain Gordon Banks, who was in goal for Chesterfield at the time
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“He really was one of the greatest players to have graced Layer Road.”