Could Wembley statue be Alex?

ALEX Murphy, the man who took Leigh to Challenge Cup glory in 1971 is on the shortlist to be the subject of a statue outside Wembley.

The Rugby League has permission to erect a statue outside the famous stadium and Murphy is up there with Billy Boston, Eric Ashton, Martin Offiah and Gus Risman also in the running.

The final five were selected after a public vote and a special panel consisting of fans, journalists, coaches and players.

While supporters are invited to e-mail in their feedback, the final decision will be made by an independent board of directors, and announced prior to this season’s Challenge Cup final.

The statue will be unveiled before the Rugby League World Cup semi-final double headers at Wembley next year.

Murphy said: “It is a special venue for me and some of my greatest Rugby League memories have taken place at Wembley.

“I have been lucky enough to play on the famous Wembley turf more than once and even more fortunate to have never lost at the venue.”