London Underground Map Redesigned with Footballers as Stations, Teams as Lines

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterSeptember 13, 2013


The London Underground map's iconic design has been repurposed for football, with players like Gareth Bale and Thierry Henry taking their place as stations.

The clever piece of work, compiled by the Press Association's MatchStory team, was compiled to show some of London's most famous footballers and the club—or clubs—at which they made their name.

You can find the full PDF of this infographic here

The starting point, according to the Standard, was Clive Allen. The striker played for six London clubs during the course of his career, and as such occupied the King's Cross/St Pancras stop, which serves six lines.

Thereafter the MatchStory team, who can be found on Twitter, started filling out the tube stations around London according to players and managers who have worked for a combination of London clubs.

So, for example, at Bleacher Report UK's nearest stop, Oxford Circus, the player is Johnny Summers, a striker born in 1927 who turned out for Fulham, Millwall and Charlton before his untimely death at the age of 34 from cancer.

Oxford Circus on the map is the point where the Central, Bakerloo and Victoria lines (represented as Charlton, Fulham and Millwall) meet. 

From here, it's just a short hop to Paolo Di Canio, Alex Song or Alan Mullery, while further along lie the likes of Bale and Henry.

It's not geographically accurate, but it's a beautiful piece of work nonetheless—and it will no doubt have London residents checking in to work out which footballer has been named at their local stop.