Magnificent nine set to be immortalised in Northampton’s main street by November 13

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Northampton footy products Josh Kennedy, Patrick Cripps, Paul Hasleby and Andrew Lockyer.
Camera IconNorthampton footy products Josh Kennedy, Patrick Cripps, Paul Hasleby and Andrew Lockyer. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

The moment of truth has almost arrived for die-hard Northampton footy fans waiting to see their nine local AFL legends immortalised on the town’s main street.

Life-sized aluminium cut-outs of hometown heroes Jamie and Patrick Cripps, Harry Taylor, Tarkyn and Andrew Lockyer, Daniel Chick, Paul Hasleby, Liam Anthony and Josh Kennedy will be unveiled on November 13.

The Northampton Tourist Association has been working on the project for two years, with the decision made in July to place the figures on Hampton Road, next to the park where many of the stars got their start in footy.

The figures of nine Northampton-raised AFL stars will be located next to the Miners Arms Hotel.
Camera IconThe figures of nine Northampton-raised AFL stars will be located next to the Miners Arms Hotel. Credit: Phoebe Pin/Geraldton Guardian

Association secretary Joanne Loftus said the project recognised how important sport was to Northampton.

“For a town with less than 1000 people, Northampton has managed to produce nine players who have gone all the way from being juniors in the Northampton Football Club to having success in the AFL,” she said.

“This is a statistic that is highly unique to such a small area of Australia.

“We hope that these figures will help to inspire up-and-coming talent — that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.” To celebrate the unveiling of the figures, community members will have the chance to meet at least eight of the nine players involved in the project outside the Miners Arms hotel. After the official reveal at 4pm, ticket-holders can enjoy an evening of food and entertainment at Northampton Community centre from 5.30pm.

Tickets to the adults-only evening function are $120 and can be bought at Hasleby Hardware, Northampton Pharmacy and Northampton Visitor Centre.

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