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Tuesday 4 July 2023

A League Of Their Own add a new team captain

Today, an impressive bronze statue of footballing legend Jill Scott, reigning Queen of the Jungle, was revealed, standing proudly at over 4 meters in height. The momentous occasion was commemorated by the presence of the Mayor of Gateshead, players from Gateshead FC and Boldon Girls—Jill's former teams. This remarkable statue pays homage to the decorated defender, who holds over 160 England caps and has scored 27 goals. It celebrates her latest adventure as the captain of the blue team in the 18th season of the popular Sky Max show, A League of Their Own. In this brand-new series, Jill will face off against rival captain Jamie Redknapp, with Romesh Ranganathan hosting.

The statue captures Jill Scott with her arms outstretched, reliving the unforgettable moment of celebrating a 2-1 victory against Germany at Wembley. As anticipation for the World Cup intensifies, this Lioness, who began her playing career at Sunderland, has been erected on the football pitch next to the iconic Angel of the North.

With a height equivalent to two Football Association goal posts and weighing 500kg, the lifelike statue is as heavy as three lionesses. It adorns the former home of Gateshead FC, a club and community that holds a special place in Jill's heart, as she started her footballing journey with the Gateshead College Footballing Academy in 2003.

From July 4th to July 9th, the statue honoring the esteemed defender will stand proudly beside the Angel of the North. Afterward, it will embark on a journey southward, dribbling its way to its final destination—an esteemed position in the back garden of opposing team captain Jamie Redknapp.

During the grand unveiling at the foot of the statue, Jill Scott remarked, "It's not every day you get to unveil a giant statue of yourself. It's massive and incredibly lifelike. I could have used those extra few feet during my playing days! But the real triumph for me? It has to be witnessing Rom and Jamie's reactions when this arrives on their doorstep in London—the banter has already begun, and I know I'll face a lot of teasing when I kick off my tenure as a team captain."

For a first look at Jill Scott ahead of her debut, watch The Lionesses: A League of Their Own Special available from 12 July on Sky Max and NOW

The new season of A League Of Their Own will launch exclusively on Sky Max and NOW later this year

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