Two new murals have been unveiled in North London to commemorate the England team’s success at the UEFA Women’s European Championships last year. They won their first major trophy following a 2-1 extra-time victory in the final against Germany at Wembley Stadium.
The colourful artworks by illustrator Nathan Evans have been painted across Wembley in Brent in honour of the winning England squad. They can be seen on Park Lane Bridge and Wembley Park Station Bridge, with another to be added to White Horse Bridge later in the year.
The murals depict some of the famous faces who lifted the trophy underneath the iconic Wembley Stadium arch in July 2022, including Beth Mead, Jill Scott and Nikita Parris. Chloe Kelly secured the win when she stabbed the ball home from close range ten minutes from the end of extra time.
The new murals form part of the Wembley Art Trail, a 30-minute trail which uncovers a range of colourful installations, reflecting and celebrating the wonders of Wembley and its rich and vibrant communities, which has been funded by local development.
Brent Council’s cabinet member for customers, communities and culture, Cllr Fleur Donnelly-Jackson, said: “Wembley Stadium is the home of football, so it is only fitting that these murals be installed a stone’s throw away from the hallowed ground itself.”
She added: “The Lionesses are the pride of the nation and an inspiration to young women and girls up and down the country, including here in Brent. I am delighted that the legacy of these women has been painted onto the bricks of our borough, serving as a permanent reminder of all they achieved.”
They were unveiled just as the Lionesses kicked off their World Cup run in Australia as they look to bring home another cup for the trophy cabinet. After coming from behind to beat Colombia 2-1 in Saturday’s quarter-final, following goals from Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo, England will face hosts Australia in the semi-final on Wednesday.
A victory would set up a final against the winners of the other semi-final between Spain and Sweden.