FA Mark 150th Anniversary with London Tube Map Based on Footballers
The Football Association is 150 years old in 2013, and having already marked the event with some prestige friendlies against Brazil, Ireland and Scotland, they have now redesigned the iconic London Underground map to include a host of illustrious England footballers.
You can find the whole map right here on the FA website to search for your local stop.
In the official FA statement, they confirm that all 367 stops on the Tube have had a name change after famous players and managers:
Wembley Park has been renamed Alf Ramsey, while Leytonstone becomes one of its most famous sons—David Beckham. Arsenal is changed to the club’s England midfielder Jack Wilshere and Upton Park is named after 1966 World Cup-winning captain and West Ham United great, Bobby Moore.
Each of the 14 lines also holds a special significance. The Docklands Light Railway adopts names of pre-war players such as Eddie Hapgood and Dixie Dean along its route, while the Victoria line features notable names from the women’s game, including Kelly Smith, Faye White and Hope Powell.
It's not the first map of its kind—just last month the map was redesigned to celebrate London's footballers, with teams of the capital as lines, and players as stops.
There's room for some overseas legends on this map too, with the Circle line playing host to some World Cup legends—most of whom, it's fair to say, have tasted more international glory than their England peers.
Bleacher Report UK's local stop, Oxford Circus, has been renamed Michael Owen for the exercise.
Owen told the FA:
I think the football-themed Tube map is a great way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of both the London Underground and the Football Association.
I am absolutely delighted to be included at Oxford Circus.
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