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There’s a new Angel up north, and she’s in A League of Her Own!

  • Huge bronze statue celebrates former England footballer Jill Scott being confirmed as the brand-new team captain on the new season of Sky show,  A League Of Their Own
  • Measuring over 4 metres and towering over Tyne and Wear, the temporary bronze statue has been unveiled near the iconic Angel of the North in Gateshead
  • The brand-new season of A League Of Their Own will air on Sky Max and NOW later in the year
  • Returning is host Romesh Ranganathan, captain of the red team Jamie Redknapp and regular blue team panellist Micah Richards

Standing tall at over 4 metres high, the bronze statue of footballing legend and reigning Queen of the Jungle Jill Scott has been unveiled today, with the much-decorated defender being joined by the Mayor of Gateshead and players from Gateshead FC and Boldon Girls, Jill’s former teams, to mark the momentous occasion. 

With over 160 England caps and 27 goals, the Tyneside legend’s statue celebrates the latest adventure in her glittering career, as captain of the blue team, on series 18 of flagship Sky Max show A League of Their Own. In the brand-new series Jill will go up against rival captain Jamie Redknapp, hosted by Romesh Ranganathan.

Arms outstretched reliving that unforgettable moment she celebrated the 2-1 victory against Germany at Wembley, the Lioness, who started her playing career at Sunderland, has been erected on the football pitch adjacent to the Angel of the North, as anticipation for the World Cup reaches fever pitch.

Measuring the height of two Football Association goal posts and weighing in at 500kg, equivalent to three lionesses, the lifelike statue adorns the former home of Gateshead FC, a club and community close to Jill’s heart after starting her footballing journey with Gateshead College Footballing Academy in 2003.

The statue celebrating the much-decorated defender will stand side-by-side with the Angel Of The North from 4th July through to 9th July before starting its southerly pilgrimage, dribbling its way to its final position, resting pride of place in opposing team captain Jamie Redknapp’s back garden.

At the foot of the statue for its grand unveiling, Jill Scott, comments: “It’s not everyday you get to unveil a giant statue of yourself. It’s massive and incredibly lifelike. I could have done with those few extra feet back in my playing days! But the crowning glory for me? It’s got to be seeing Rom and Jamie’s faces when this lands on their doorstep in London - the banter has already started and I know I will get a lot of stick when I kick off my tenure as a team captain”.

Romesh Ranganathan, host of hit show A League Of Their Own, comments: “It’s brilliant to be able to welcome Jill Scott, a legend of the game and national treasure, to the A League of Their Own family as a new team captain. And with her own statue almost as bronze as Jamie Redknapp.”

Jamie Redknapp, opposing team captain, comments“What can I say – Jill Scott, a proper champion and England hero. I can’t wait to go head to head with her each week on A League of Their Own – she might have won a European Cup with the Lionesses, but does she have what it takes to win against the Red team?!”  

Micah Richards, regular guest panellist, comments: “I’ve known Jill Scott for over a decade and I couldn’t think of anyone better placed to wear the armband for the blue team on the new series of A League Of Their Own. She’s the ultimate captain. I’m buzzing to start filming on the new series and am confident Jill and I will be getting the better of the red team.

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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About CPL

CPL Productions, a Seven.One Studios company, is one of the most successful independent TV, radio and podcast production companies in the UK with creativity, collaboration and talent at the heart of everything they make. An impressive roster of hit entertainment shows includes Sky Arts BAFTA-winning spoken word series Life & Rhymes (in partnership with Licklemor); Sky Max’s long-running and double BAFTA-winning series A League of Their Own, the US version Game On! for CBS, and spin-off series A League of Their Own: European Road Trips, US Road Trips and UK Road Trips; Rob and Romesh Vs and Hold the Front Page all for Sky Max along with Trip Hazard for Channel 4.  

In factual, CPL produce many of the UK’s biggest reality series Married At First Sight UK is E4’s runaway hit and the UK series of 90 Day Fiancé for discovery+. In addition, CPL’s recent commission of Love is Blind UK for Netflix will be launching in 2024. Multi award-winning factual formats Old People’s Home for 4-Year-Olds and The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, both for Channel 4, sit alongside You Are What You Eat, rebooted for C5.

CPL’s joint venture with Harry Hill (NIT TV) has produced BBC3 sketch show Ellie and Natasia and Great British Obsessions, the factual entertainment series for A+E Networks UK for Sky History. CPL have also partnered with Romesh Ranganathan’s company Ranga Bee to make BBC1 comedy Avoidance and with Licklemor to produce 2 scripted shorts for

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