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Footballing icons 'rename' London's Underground

The 'conventional' underground map renames all 367 stations Photo: London Underground/FA

This year marks a special anniversary for both the Football Association and the London Underground, and now the two have come together like never before to celebrate.

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
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. The FA is this month marking its 150th birthday, with the game's oldest governing body formed on 26 October 1863 at the Freemasons' Tavern, near Holborn tube.