Mini Marcelo Bielsa statues now on sale after amazing response to Leeds man's charity campaign

A Leeds businessman has commissioned a limited number of mini Marcelo Bielsa statues following an 'amazing' response to his charity campaign.

By Abbey Maclure
Saturday, 19th September 2020, 4:45 pm

Tony Clark, an Elland Road season-ticket holder from Colton, immortalised his hero as a 75kg brass statue.

The life-sized statue was paraded around Leeds city centre following Leeds United's title win and will be awarded to one lucky winner of a charity raffle, which has now closed.

More than £9,000 was raised through the raffle with all proceeds going to Mind mental health charity, a cause close to Tony's heart.

Sign up to our Leeds United newsletter

The limited edition statues can be purchased online

The statue was sculpted in Indonesia, near Bali, where Tony was caught up in the horrific 2002 bombings which left 202 people dead and many more injured.

Tony suffered with trauma and struggled with his mental health following the attack which he says 'never leaves his mind'.

The van which carried the statue around Leeds was signed by former Whites defender Ben White and Leeds United legend Jermaine Beckford.

After several messages from supporters asking if they could purchase a Bielsa statue, Tony has commissioned a limited number of mini statues which can be ordered online.

Tony Clark and Jermaine Beckford, who signed the truck used to parade the bronzed Bielsa around Leeds

Tony said: "The lifesized Bronzed Bielsa statue got an amazing response from fans and I wanted to thank all those who donated money and raised £9734.18 for the Mind charity and for their messages of support.

"The statues are made from resin, with brass logos and the base is made from metal with etched words.

"Each statue is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity and is in beautiful packaging. More importantly, £5 from each sale will be donated to a local Yorkshire charity."

The mini 'King of The North' statues are currently selling for £99.95 and can be purchased here.

A message from the Editor:

Leeds has a fantastic story to tell - and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been rooted firmly at the heart of telling the stories of our city since 1890. We believe in ourselves and hope you believe in us too. We need your support to help ensure we can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds. Subscribe to our website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Click here to subscribe. For more details on our newspaper subscription offers click here.

Thank you

Laura Collins