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Last Updated: Friday, 13 May 2005, 07:51 GMT 08:51 UK
Wembley bridge shortlist revealed
The new Wembley Stadium
The shortlist of five: Sir Alf Ramsey, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst, The White Horse, Live Aid
The shortlist of five possible names for the bridge leading to the new Wembley Stadium has been announced by the London Development Agency.

Sir Alf Ramsey, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst, The White Horse and Live Aid have been chosen after the LDA received more than 670,000 suggestions.

The footbridge will will connect the new stadium to Wembley town centre.

Voting begins at on Friday and the winner will be announced on Five Live on 23 May.

One notable name missing is 1966 World Cup captain Bobby Moore. There is a Bobby Moore bridge near Wembley Park tube and further tributes to the England legend are planned.

Three panellists picked their way through the suggestions - BBC Five Live's Jonathan Pearce, LDA executive director Tony Winterbottom and Wembley Stadium's chief executive Michael Cunnah.

Pearce admitted it had been a difficult task trying to come up with a final list of five.

"It wasn't easy deciding the shortlist and some great names had to be left out, but these five all deserve to be commemorated," Pearce said.

"This is going to be a tough vote - but at last this is an election to fire the public imagination."

Ramsey was England manager when they won the World Cup in 1966, with Charlton and Hurst - who scored a hat-trick in the final - key members of the team that beat West Germany 4-2.

Billy the White Horse was the hero of the first FA Cup final at Wembley in 1923, restoring order after 250,000 people had got into the stadium, many spilling on to the pitch.

On 13 July, 1985 Live Aid took place at Wembley, with an estimated 1.8 billion people worldwide watching a marathon concert to raise money for famine victims in Africa.

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