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Comic unveils Astle tram
Jeff Astle
Jeff Astle played for West Brom and England
Comedian Frank Skinner has unveiled the nameplate of a tram named after former England soccer striker Jeff Astle.

Mr Skinner, a close friend and former colleague of Astle, unveiled the Midland Metro tram at a ceremony in Wednesbury, West Midlands on Saturday.

Astle, a West Bromwich Albion legend, emerged as the most popular choice when the people of Sandwell were asked to nominate a candidate to be immortalised on one of the network's trams.

Mr Skinner, an Albion supporter, said: "I don't think there is much danger of Albion fans ever forgetting Jeff, even the ones who never saw him play.

"This is a unique way of paying tribute to the great man."

Astle, who played for England five times, is the first person to be honoured with a nameplate on the Wolverhampton to Birmingham tramway since it was opened in May 1999.

The striker died at his home in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, aged 59 in January 2002.


SEE ALSO:
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