Rochdale FC fans are rallying around a campaign to honour a lifelong fan with a statue inspired by a Spanish footballing giant.
David Clough, known to many around the club as ‘Cloughie’, worked for the club for over 25 years, as a Goldbond agent, and it is estimated he raised more than £500,000 for the club.
He died aged 78 in June and bequeathed his entire estate to his beloved Spotland club.
Some of that money has been spent on an electronic scoreboard at Spotland – but now an idea to immortalise him at the ground has taken off in style.
A JustGiving page has been set up by fellow fan Mark Cryer to help pay for the statue, with the initial target of £2,500 already smashed.
The idea for a statue, was taken from Spanish football club Valencia, who erected a bronze statue of a historic fan of the club, who attended every game, even after losing his sight.
One of David’s executors, Richard Wild said: “David was born and bred in Rochdale, and throughout the 1990’s was a hugely well known character throughout the club.
“He sold scratchcards for the club, but he never drove, he did it all on foot, with his rickety old bike.”
David was a season-ticket holder in the Main Stand, and won a vote to be named the club’s super-fan before his passing.
League One club Dale have already invested some of the funds in a new scoreboard for their stadium, Spotland.
Richard said: “We are looking into several projects with the club, but obviously the scoreboard, as it’s visual and on show, was a priority.”
At the time of writing, a total of £5,148 has been raised by supporters, in the hope that ‘Cloughie’ can be remembered by everyone at the club.
“It says a lot about the supporters of our club,” said fellow Rochdale fan Wild.
“It shows that our fans appreciate what other fans have done for us.”