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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Two great English institutions have come together to celebrate a true landmark this year – and the usual suspects with Norwich City connections are on hand to help represent the Canaries.
Both the FA and London Underground are celebrating their 150th anniversaries this year, so it was a good idea for them to team up and create a very special Tube map.
The scheme was a big one, and always likely to be sprinkled with controversy and heavy on debate – London’s Tube, DLR and Overground stations, numbering a grand total of 367, were each to be renamed after one of English football’s greatest players or managers.
The main members of City’s England cap club all appear on the special map. In-form Robert Green, who progressed through the club’s academy and is currently being touted for a return to Roy Hodgson’s England fold, features as Goodge Street on the Goalkeepers’ line. Green has 12 caps for his country – his first coming while at Carrow Road. Up the same line in a northerly direction – it is the Northern line after all – is Chris Woods, who picked up his first four England caps while with the Canaries. He has the joy of being East Finchley.
Fellow former League Cup winner and City captain Dave Watson – as opposed to neighbouring Dave Vernon Watson – also features at Temple, occupying the Giants of the World Cup (or Circle) and Central Defenders (or District) lines.
But none of the other four players to have won England caps while at City feature – the first man to do it Phil Boyer, the last in John Ruddy, plus Kevin Reeves and Mark Barham. Ruddy’s omission is arguably only strange given the inclusion of youngster Jack Butland.
The far west of the capital sees Martin Chivers take station at Greenford on the Goalscorers line – otherwise known as Central, while east London has its own pocket of City representation. World Cup winner Martin Peters and a man who spent a brief loan at City, Peter Osgood, also appear on the Goalscorers line in place of Woodford and Snaresbrook respectively – as does Mick Channon at Newbury Park.
A son of Diss also appears, with Matthew Upson at Elm Park.
However, the new-look London Underground does see Leytonstone become one of its most famous sons – David Beckham – while the accolade of being named after Arsenal falls to Jack Wilshere.
Elsewhere, Upton Park is named after 1966 World Cup-winning captain and West Ham United legend, Bobby Moore.
Michael Owen is handed the privilege of being included at Oxford Circus on the Central line – the ex-England and Liverpool striker is the FA150 ambassador.
Each of the 14 lines is given a special significance. While the Metropolitan line, the oldest on the Underground dating back to 1863, equates to the managers’ line, the Docklands Light Railway adopts names of pre-war players such as Jimmy Forrest, Eddie Hapgood and Dixie Dean.
‘Giants of the World Cup’ along the course of the Circle line includes Pele, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona, and the Victoria line features big names from the women’s game including Kelly Smith, Faye White and Hope Powell.
FA general secretary Alex Horne explained: “Over the last 150 years, millions of football fans will have made journeys to and from matches using the London Underground.
“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.”
The FA was formed on October 26, 1863, at the Freemasons’ Tavern, near Holborn tube.
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