Footballing icons ‘rename’ London’s Underground
To celebrate 150 years of both, they’ve created a limited edition tube map, which swaps the 367 Tube, DLR and Overground station names for those of football greats. Players appear at stations relevant to their success Credit: London Underground/FA A number of the past and present footballers appear at stations with special relevance. Leytonstone marks the place of David Beckham’s birth, Arsenal is changed to the club’s England midfielder Jack Wilshere and Upton Park becomes 1966 World Cup-winning captain and West Ham United great, Bobby Moore. David Beckham lends his name to Leytonstone Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Each tube line represents a different footballing ‘category’ Credit: London Underground/FA Below are the stations with particular relevance to the given names: Denmark Hill – Peter Schmeichel, Former Danish international Highbury & Islington – Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal legend New Cross Gate – Tim Cahill, Former Millwall favourite Norwood Junction – Attilio Lombardo, Former Crystal Palace favourite Crystal Palace – Mile Jedinak, Current Palace star Queen’s Park – Pavel Srnicek – Former QPR favourite Wembley Central – Eric Cantona, FA Cup Winner at Wembley North Wembley – Nicolas Anelka, FA Cup Winner at Wembley (and scored twice for France v England) Shepherd’s Bush -Rodney Marsh, QPR legend Lancaster Gate – Sir Bobby Charlton, England legend/Former FA Councillor Totttenham Court Road – Jimmy Greaves, Tottenham legend Liverpool Street – Ian Rush, Liverpool legend Leytonstone – David Beckham (place of birth) Newbury Park – Mick Channon Fulham Broadway – John Terry, Chelsea legend Putney Bridge – Tony Gale, Former Fulham favourite Wimbledon – Andy Thorn, Former Wimbledon favourite St. James’s Park – Joe Harvey, Newcastle legend West Ham – Billy Bonds, West Ham legend Upton Park – Bobby Moore, West Ham legend Watford – Graham Taylor, Former Watford manager Wembley Park – Sir Alf Ramsey, World Cup-Winning manager at Wembley Tooting Broadway – Alex Stepney, England goalkeeper started career at Tooting & Mitcham United South Wimbledon – Dave Beasant, Wimbledon legend Arsenal – Jack Wilshere, Current Arsenal star Finsbury Park – Theo Walcott, Current Arsenal star St. John’s Wood – Ian St. John Woolwich Arsenal – Eddie Hapgood, Arsenal Legend. Credit: London Underground/FA “Football and London Underground have always been closely linked – from the early days of the game, to jubilant fans travelling to and from Wembley on the Jubilee line and the hundreds of thousands that use the network to get to games every weekend today.” Phil Hufton, Chief Operating Officer of London Underground Credit: London Underground/FA Players capped more than 100 times are specially marked Credit: London Underground/FA Players who have been capped more than 100 times for England including Rachel Yankey, Peter Shilton and Steven Gerrard, are marked with special icons, as are England players with more than 40 goals, including FA150 ambassador Michael Owen and Gary Lineker. The map also singles out those who have won five or more FA Cups – such as Ashley Cole and pre-war players Jimmy Forrest and Charles Wollaston. It also includes symbols to show those who have been Knighted – Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Trevor Brooking, Sir Walter Winterbottom and Sir Alf Ramsey – or are a Peer of the Realm, like Arthur Kinnaird. The map marks 150 years for the London Underground and the FA Credit: London Underground/FA “Creating this special version of such an iconic map is a fitting way for The FA and London Underground to mark its shared 150th anniversaries. With the map featuring so many greats from the history of the game, it is sure to generate huge debate amongst fans as well.” Alex Horne, General Secretary of The Football Association The map was collated by the Football Association’s historian David Barber. Early drafts were shared with notable football writers and commentators, with the aim being to create a list that truly celebrates a century and a half of the nation’s favourite game.
Vikings get first win, Steelers don’t in NFL’s London showcase
Britains Crystal Palace, the Victorian exhibition center that was once the largest glass structure in the world, will be brought back to life with investment from Chinese developers. Shanghai-based Zhongrong Group plans to invest 500 million pounds (US$ ) to build a replica of the iron and glass building as a cultural attraction in south London. The Crystal Palace, designed by Joseph Paxton for the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, was the worlds biggest glass structure before it was destroyed by fire in 1936. The plans, announced Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 will replicate the buildings Victorian design in the original size and scale. (AP Photo/File)The Associated Press In this computer generated image provided by In-Press Photography, showing Shanghai-based Zhongrong Group’s proposed design on rebuilding Crystal Palace on the site of the original Victorian building in south-east London. Britains Crystal Palace, the Victorian exhibition center that was once the largest glass structure in the world, will be brought back to life with investment from Chinese developers. Shanghai-based Zhongrong Group plans to invest 500 million pounds (US$ ) to build a replica of the iron and glass building as a cultural attraction in south London. The Crystal Palace, designed by Joseph Paxton for the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, was the worlds biggest glass structure before it was destroyed by fire in 1936. The plans, announced Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 will replicate the buildings Victorian design in the original size and scale. (AP Photo/In-Press Photography)The Associated Press
Unfortunately for the Bills, they’re only 1-4 in “home” games at the Rogers Centre in an event that’s been met with tepid local enthusiasm and overpriced tickets. Rick Stewart, Getty Images But the International Series’ flagship affairs occur in London, beginning with the Dolphins-Giants matchup in 2007, which came complete with a 26-foot statue of Miami defender Jason Taylor. The game was the NFL’s first regular-season foray outside North America. Ben Stansall, Getty Images The contest itself was nothing memorable, plagued by rain and a waterlogged Wembley field that didn’t hold up very well under the damp conditions. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images QB Eli Manning’s 10-yard TD run helped give the Giants a 13-10 win during a season that later produced a Super Bowl XLII victory for them. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images Perhaps the most entertaining installment came when the high-powered offenses of the Saints and Chargers converged at Wembley in 2008. Nick Laham, Getty Images Saints WR Lance Moore celebrates a 30-yard TD reception in a game New Orleans won 37-32, the most points ever scored in an international game. Matt Dunham, AP England got a taste of New England football when Tom Brady’s Patriots trounced the Buccaneers 35-7 in 2009. Brady passed for three TDs. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports The Brits got a full dose of Broncos QB Kyle Orton (8) in 2010 rather than experiencing the play of then-rookie Tim Tebow. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports WR Michael Crabtree and the 49ers were too much for Orton’s Broncos, winning 24-16. Alastair Grant, AP Fullscreen The Buccaneers, who are owned by the Glazer family (they also control world-famous soccer club Manchester United), were back in 2011. But they fared no better against the Bears, who won 24-18 as RB Matt Forte racked up 183 yards from scrimmage and scored one TD. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Brady and the Pats invaded again in 2012. They faced a Rams squad that had initially agreed to play three “home” games at Wembley but later backed out given their tenuous stadium circumstances in St. Louis. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski stole the show in a 45-7 wipeout of the Rams, catching eight passes for 146 yards and two TDs. In his Gronk save the Queen performance, the tight end mimicked a member of the Queen’s Guard after one of his scores — or, in Gronk-speak, “That little nutcracker dude that’s guarding the house. … I like how he just sits there and stays still. It’s pretty cool.” Jamie McDonald Getty Images Fullscreen It would probably be pretty cool for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to put a franchise in London as part of his legacy. However a league official recently told USA TODAY Sports there won’t be a team permanently based abroad anytime soon. A London Super Bowl may be a more realistic possibility in the short term. Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay Last Slide Next Slide They still needed a big stop from the defense in the closing moments, when Everson Griffen stripped Roethlisberger of the ball on the 6-yard line with 19 seconds left and Kevin Williams recovered the fumble to seal the victory. “It feels great to get our first home win of the season,” Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said. “And we had to come all the way to London to get it.