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Remembering Peter

7 February 2015

U's legend statue is unveiled at Layer Road.

A statue of Peter Wright, who was voted 'player of the century' by Colchester United's fans in 2000, was unveiled in the centre of the old Layer Road site on Thursday lunchtime.
Players from Colchester United, both past and present were in attendance for the unveiling of the statue, which celebrates the contribution Peter Wright made to club and the area.

The project has been funded largely by Abbey Developments along with Colchester Borough Council, local councillors and other generous benefactors, and was unveiled by Peter's widow, Lindsey Wright, along with Sir Bob Russell MP.

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. He really was one of the greatest players to have graced Layer Road."

Peter spent his whole playing career at Colchester United, making over 400 appearances which saw him inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Matt Hudson, Media Manager and Supporters Liaison Officer at the club, added: "As well as representing the club with great honour during his playing days, Peter was a very good friend of the football club for many years after his retirement.

"His fantastic record on the pitch speaks for itself, but given the size of the character and personality of the man off it, it is only right that he is the player who will represent the club on the Layer Road site for many years to come."

It has been designed by local artist Mandy Pratt and has been placed by Hunnaballs of Colchester in the middle of the open space at the old stadium site.

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