The aim of this campaign
This crowdfunding campaign has been launched to commemorate Jimmy Dickinson, one of Portsmouth Football Club’s greatest ever players, with a statue at Fratton Park.
The tribute to Jimmy, who twice lifted the First Division trophy for the club, will be installed to coincide with the club’s 125th anniversary season in 2023/24.
“Pompey fans treasure the rich history of our club and this is an opportunity for us to celebrate one of our true heroes” – Ashley Brown, Pompey Supporters’ Trust.
The campaign is being led by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, and is supported fully by Portsmouth Football Club and the Pompey History Society.
"Portsmouth FC is delighted to be able to wholeheartedly endorse the Pompey Supporters' Trust campaign to erect a statue in honour of Jimmy Dickinson. Since I have been Chairman of the club, I have come to know of his greatness as a player, for both Pompey and England, and his enormous contribution to the club in other roles too. This PST project is the perfect way to kickstart the club's 125th anniversary celebrations. I look forward to the club working with the PST over the coming months to make this statue something of which we will all be proud." - Michael Eisner, Chairman of Portsmouth FC.
How much is needed?
We need to raise £150,000 to make this project a reality. This will pay for the statue and the groundworks for the site it will located in.
The PST has kicked it off with a contribution of £25,000.
Although we have included some rewards for specific donation amounts, you can pledge whatever sum you feel able to afford.
Who was Jimmy Dickinson?
Jimmy Dickinson is the club’s record appearance maker, playing 845 times as a left-half for the Blues between 1946 and 1965.
He was instrumental to the side during the greatest era in the club’s history, which saw Pompey crowned champions of England in back to back years in the 1948/49 and 1949/50 seasons.
Jimmy also earned 48 caps for the England national team, and represented his country at the 1950 and 1954 World Cups.
He was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to football in 1964.
After his playing career, Jimmy became Pompey manager, leading the side between 1977 and 1979. He also had spells as the club’s Public Relations Officer and Secretary.
Jimmy Dickinson passed away in 1982 aged 57. He is buried in Alton Cemetery.
"Jimmy is such an important part of our great club's history: a one-club man who was at the heart of Pompey's most successful era. We're proud to be involved in this project alongside the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and our chosen artist, who is going to produce an excellent lasting memory at Fratton Park.” – Mike Whittle, Pompey History Society
Who is the sculptor?
Award winning sculptor Douglas Jennings has been commissioned to create the sculpture, which will be cast in bronze in life-and-a-quarter size.
“We met with a number of prominent, high-quality sculptors before selecting Douglas – we know he’s going to produce a superb statue that our fans will be proud of. We’ve also worked closely with the club to ensure this fits in with the current Fratton Park redevelopment works and is given the prominence it deserves” – Jo Collins, Pompey Supporters’ Trust
Where will it be situated?
The statue is due to be situated outside of Fratton Park in the stadium’s North West corner, though it would be able to be moved and maintained in the event of any future stadium redevelopment.
What will we do with any additional funds over the target?
The statue will be owned by the PST. Any additional funds will firstly be used to create a fund for maintenance and care of the statue in future years. Any funds beyond that will be retained by the PST for funding any other future projects that it will run.
“We’re all really proud to be a part of this. It’s a fantastic fan-led project to help commemorate a true Pompey legend on the club’s 125th birthday”.
“The image of Jimmy is already immortalised as a picture in the Fratton End seats, but we were really keen to enhance his presence at the ground and create a permanent landmark at the stadium that will live on for future generations of fans”.
“Pompey supporters have got previous form for coming together and making things happen when they’ve got a project they believe in – we know the fanbase is going to swing behind this and bring it to life” – Donald Vass, Pompey Supporters’ Trust Treasurer
Play your part
1. Pledge your support.
We know things are tough at the moment but we have created some exclusive rewards to say 'thank you' for your support. All pledges are gratefully received.
2. Spread the word.
Share the campaign on your social media pages to get the message far and wide. The more people we reach, the more likely we'll hit our target.
3. Help with rewards?
Are you a business that wants to play your part? Get in touch with us about offering rewards to help our campaign.
4. Fundraise for us.
You can create your own fundraising campaign on behalf of this project. Whether you're walking, running, a sponsored silence or sitting in a bath of beans, you can be set up in a matter of minutes and you don't need any bank details.