John Holmes statue revealed: First pictures of Headingley memorial to Leeds Rhinos legend

Former Leeds captain David Ward unveiled Headingley's first statue, of Rhinos club great John Holmes.

Sunday, 11th July 2021, 3:57 pm
The newly unveiled John Holmes statue at Headingley. Picture by Matthew Merrick Photography/Leeds Rhinos.
The newly unveiled John Holmes statue at Headingley. Picture by Matthew Merrick Photography/Leeds Rhinos.

The bronze figure, which cost around £110,000, has been sculpted by Steve Winterburn, who created the rugby league statue placed at Wembley Stadium in 2015.

Eight feet high, the Holmes statue is solid bronze and stands on a two-foot Yorkshire stone plinth, with a commemorative plaque.

Holmes, who died aged 57 in 2009, made his Leeds debut as a 16-year-old in 1968 and made a club record 625 appearances before retiring in 1990.

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Former Leeds captain David Ward unveils the statue of his late, great teammate John Holmes. Picture by Matthew Merrick Photography/Leeds Rhinos.

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The John Holmes statue outside Headingley's South Stand. Picture by Matthew Merrick Photography/Leeds Rhinos.