Parliamentary Rugby League Group Delighted at Wembley Statue
Members of Parliament today expressed their delight after hearing a statue devoted to rugby league is to be built at Wembley to acknowledge the sport’s long history with the national stadium.
In an Early Day Motion tabled by Greg Mulholand MP, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group, Members said the statue would be “a fitting tribute to a sport synonymous with the home of rugby league and the Challenge Cup Final.”
After tabling the motion Mulholland said “Rugby league has been played at Wembley since 1929 and has provided some of the most outstanding and historic spectacles on offer in all of sport.
“This has been something the Parliamentary Rugby League Group and colleagues in both Houses of Parliament have been championing for years and I am delighted that the sport and the relationship with the national stadium is finally getting recognised.”
One of the most vocal proponents of the statue has been Lindsay Hoyle MP who has been asking for a statue to be built since 2009. “It is terrific to see that there is going to be a fitting memorial to a sport that has not only been played at Wembley for such a long time, but has brought to the national stadium some of the most impressive, passionate and heroic feats of athleticism. Wembley is synonymous with rugby league and it’s only right that a statue is created for all to see. I applaud those involved for making this happen.”
With so many iconic rugby league moments having taken place at Wembley, the next challenge comes in selecting who will be recognised as the symbol of the sport at the stadium.
“There are so many possibilities to choose from. From a Warrington perspective, we have some great memories of rugby league at Wembley from recent years and I think the debate about who the statue might be of will be as passionate as some of the battles we have seen on the pitch” added Rugby League Group Vice-Chairman David Mowat MP.
The Group have written to the RFL and the FA welcoming the decision and offering any support it can provide.