Thursday, March 03, 2005

Scott Gibbs Bridge

ThisisLondon: There is nowhere else on the planet which occupies such a special place in the hearts of England football fans.

Wembley is not just the home of English football, it is the stuff of legends. It is where FA cup finals have been held since the days of baggy shorts and Brylcreem, it is where England made World Cup history - and it is where every English schoolboy dreams of scoring the goal that wins the cup for their beloved Chelsea/Man U/Leyton Orient.

So when it comes to finding a name for a footbridge at the new Wembley stadium, one might have assumed it should be named after some suitably English sporting icon. The Stanley Matthews bridge, perhaps? Or Geoff Hurst? Alf Ramsey? Or even just 1966?

But no. A competition to find a name for the footbridge - which will link the national stadium with the town centre - has been hijacked by mischievous Scottish, Irish and Welsh fans who want it to remember one of their own homegrown heroes. Thanks to an email campaign, nearly 90 per cent of the 80,000 suggestions that have been put forward so far have been for non-English players.

....... the Welsh have thrown their weight behind Scott Gibbs, who scored Wales's winning try during their famous victory over England in 1999.

Vote here.

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