Derby County football fans are being asked to submit their ultimate legends team, which will feature on the brand new A52 footbridge.
The new foot and cycle bridge was installed back in May, and will link the residential area of Chaddesden to the Wyvern and Pride Park.
The bridge will be further enhanced by a series of visual images that will reference the ‘We are Derby’ poem, written by Derby poet Jamie Thrasivoulou. The poem works like social DNA of both the city and its people, describing what’s important about the city, its people, its heritage and legacy.
The poem refers to some Derby County managers and players, including Clough, Taylor, Wanchope and Bloomer, and as part of the enhancement project, we are asking Derby County supporters to tell us their ultimate legends team, featuring a full starting 11 and one manager/coach.
The nomination window will be open until Friday 17th July. Fan’s can submit their nominations to online by visiting www.derby.gov.uk/dcfclegends/. Fans are also encouraged to share social media posts promoting this campaign and using #DCFClegends and #WeareDerby
Once the selection has been made the 12 visual images will be created and installed on the two access walkways of the bridge, and will be further enhanced by additional images, representing other elements of the poem such as the city’s industrial, social and cultural heritage.
Derby City Council have commissioned Sculpture Works, artists and designers Denis O’Connor and Bernardine Rutter to coordinate this visual art and heritage commission.
Sculpture Works are based in Wirksworth Derbyshire and have over thirty years of experience of working on public realm projects in both the UK and Ireland.
Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transportation said:
“It’s been fantastic to see the new gateway bridge put into place recently and I’m delighted that we are finally able to announce the Derby County Legends and city heritage public realm project. We wanted something that will celebrate the ‘DNA of Derby’ and there’s no better way to do that than this.
I know choosing the legends team is going to be really tough but I’m really looking forward to seeing who is chosen and also revealing who and what is going to be included from Derby’s proud history.”