Vote for The Man of Bronze

Excerpt from Saints website.

8th Nov 2007

St. Helens Council is pressing ahead with plans to commission a statue to celebrate the unprecedented success of St. Helens Rugby League Club.

A statue of a favourite ‘son of Saints’ to be voted on by townsfolk will be placed in a prominent position in the Borough.

Following talks with the club, six ‘all time great’ names have been suggested but fans will also be given the opportunity to name their particular favourite.

The super six are:

Tom Van Vollenhoven
Alex Murphy
Vinty Karalius
Alf Elaby
Keiron Cunningham
Paul Wellens

The Council has produced a freepost postcard which will be placed in local libraries, public buildings and the two Saints’ shops.

You can also vote on line at or by emailing

Residents are being asked to tick one box for their favourite player on the list but also have the chance to put forward their own choice if it is not one of the six.

You can also request a copy of the postcard by contacting the Council’s Press and PR Office on 01744 456166/5.

Council Leader Brian Spencer said: “This tribute is long overdue. The statue will be placed on one of the most prominent gateway sites into the Borough which will fittingly be near the site of the proposed new stadium site.

“The club have been marvellous ambassadors for our Borough and we thought it was time we chose to honour the club for their sporting and community achievements over their long and prestigious history. I am very proud to progress this initiative in recognition of a world class sporting club which is such a vital part of our Borough’s past, present and future.”

In 2001 the Council awarded the club Freedom of the Borough status following its record breaking sporting achievements.

Talks have already begun with a sculptor to discuss the project brief and the player with the most votes will be announced at the end of November.

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