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Work begins on Ali Brownlee tribute mural in Boro

Work to turn one of Ali Brownlee’s most famous commentaries into a piece of public poetry has now begun.

Teesside-based sign writer Phil Anderson has been carrying out the work in all weathers. When complete, Ali’s commentary from the final whistle of the 2006 UEFA Cup semi-final between Boro and Steaua Bucharest will stand at 40 metres long and two-and-a-half metres high on Shepherdson Way.

And while currently fans can only see white paint on the wall, the finished version will contain a splash of colour.

Ali’s commentaries were anything but monochrome and this mural will reflect that as a tribute to him. This idea has been in the pipeline for a little while so it’s great to see it finally coming together and already it is striking as you approach the stadium and it is well worth a small detour for supporters before or after the game to see how it’s coming along.

– Dave Budd, Middlesbrough Mayor

The tribute to Ali is a joint project between Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough Football Club and is a special addition to the ongoing public poetry scheme in Middlesbrough.

The mural requires three layers of paint to stand out the way we want it to and it is quite painstaking work, it’s hard to appreciate the scale of the piece until you actually have a brush in your hand and are working on it.

Fortunately the weather so far hasn’t been too unkind and there’s been a lot of people passing by who’ve stopped to appreciate how it is coming on which has been nice.

– Sign writer, Phil Anderson