• Location identified
• Renowned sculptor appointed
Plans for the Sir Jack Hayward Statue have been announced to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the legendary former owner, philanthropist, Chairman and Life President’s passing on 13th January 2015.
James Butler, one of the nation’s foremost figurative sculptors has been commissioned to create the statue.
James knew Sir Jack personally and created both the acclaimed Billy Wright and Stan Cullis statues. He is currently working on draft drawings for final approval by Sir Jack’s close family and the Club.
He has been a member of the Royal Academy since 1964 and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.
His many monuments and memorials stand in London and other UK cities and also abroad in Kenya, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, France, Singapore, Madeira and in the USA.
Wolves and City of Wolverhampton Council are working closely together and the current plan is for the statue to be situated at the top of Molineux Street, near the Subway, and within the existing football mosaic paving.
The Club has been approached by fans and local people with various ideas about how the community can get involved and this will be an essential part of plans moving forward. More details will be released in due course.
Baroness Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, said, “I know Sir Jack would be so proud to join fellow Molineux statues, Billy Wright and Stan Cullis. Sir Jack would also be very thrilled that he is being “created” by the same(and his favourite sculptor ) James Butler.
“It is most appropriate that this announcement coincides with Sir Jack’s passing on January 13th 2015 - he is still so fondly missed by all connected with the Club and the City - but at least we can all look forward to seeing Sir Jack commemorated in what I know will be a wonderful tribute to a remarkable Wulfrunian.”
Keith Ireland, Managing Director, City of Wolverhampton Council, said, “The City of Wolverhampton Council is delighted to be working with Wolves to ensure Sir Jack is remembered by all.”
Born close to Molineux, Sir Jack Hayward was a Wolves fan from an early age and his deep affection and passion for all things Wulfrunian and British never faded.
As a young boy, Sir Jack used to crawl under Molineux’s turnstiles to grab a glimpse of his heroes and he retained this passion as a true Wolves supporter throughout his life.
The Bahamas-based multi-millionaire and renowned philanthropist gave huge backing to many good causes over the years. During Sir Jack’s 17-year ownership of Wolves, his vision and financial backing transformed a decaying Molineux into one of the first, and finest, all-seater stadiums in the Country.
In the summer of 2007, he passed on the baton to current owner, Steve Morgan, handing over the Club for just £10 in return for a £30 million investment into Wolves. This remains one of the most remarkable and generous acts, from any owner, in any sport.