my playing career. I'm immensely proud."
RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said the Board believed the group representation would be the perfect way to highlight the sport's glorious association and celebrated history with Wembley Stadium.
the stadium is a great accolade for the sport."
"A match at Wembley is the most important in a player's career, no matter what nationality, you always dream of playing at Wembley. So to have a statue representing the history of Rugby League at
Offiah, Murphy and Billy Boston all attended Puma Roma Shoes 2018 today's announcement with Bev Risman representing his late father Gus and Eric Ashton's daughters, Michelle Huyton and Beverley Smith, and granddaughter
"It is a fitting tribute that a statue is to be erected in honour of their endeavours but also highlights the history that Rugby League and Wembley Stadium shares."
other work of public art at the stadium.
contributed to the rich history of the sport and its association with Wembley and the Board were keen that that should be reflected in the statue.
newspaper editors and MPs.
Rugby League has been associated with Wembley for over 80 years with the first Challenge Cup final played at the stadium in 1929. Since then some of the sport's greatest moments have taken place at
Martin Offiah was shocked to find out that he would have some involvement in the final make up of the statue.
"But to have some involvement in the final outcome of the statue is overwhelming and quite emotional for me. Wembley is a very special venue.
The public work of art at Wembley will incorporate the five players who featured in the final shortlist: Billy Boston, Eric Ashton, Martin Offiah, Gus Risman and Alex Murphy.
be part of the work of art.
The final decision to involve all five players in an artistic interpretation which captures the spirit of Rugby League at Wembley was made by the RFL Board of Directors and announced at the
national stadium today.
"We will continue the theme of representing the whole sport and its achievements by using the plinth on which the statue will stand as creatively as possible."
"The RFL Board's view echoed that of the many thousands of people who were involved in the selection process in that the statue needed to be a group representation," said Wood "So many players have
"At Wembley Stadium we constantly strive to inspire memories and the players being honoured today have undoubtedly given their supporters and the wider sporting public as a whole plenty of memories
All five were shortlisted following a public vote and a process involving a number of specially convened selection panels comprising fans, Rugby League journalists, coaches, players, national
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The RFL has today announced that five of Rugby League's greatest heroes will be represented in the statue which will celebrate the sport's long and proud association with Wembley Stadium.
Rugby League is the second sport to be recognised at Wembley alongside football legend Bobby Moore, the captain of the winning England team from the 1966 World Cup final whose statue is the only
the venue, including Martin Offiah's stunning length of the field dash in 1994 which remains etched into the minds of all who witnessed Puma R698 Grey
Alex Murphy, who captained three different sides at the iconic venue and has an unbeaten record at the stadium as a player, was honoured to even be considered for the Rugby League statue, let alone
total shock," he said. "I've said from the beginning that I'd be proud to support a Rugby League statue at Wembley, no matter whom or what it"But to know that I will be part of the statue is very special. This sits alongside anything that I achieved in Puma High Tops Red
The sculpture will be commissioned with a view to unveiling it at Wembley prior to the Rugby League World Cup 2013 semi final double header at the stadium next November.
"I was humbled to be in the same list as Risman, Boston, Ashton and Offiah and to be considered for the statue at Wembley," said Murphy.
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