Get the latest from the Lionesses open bus tour through London

Get the latest from the Lionesses open bus tour through London

England Victory Parade Open Bus Live Trafalgar Square - Cable Beresford Hodge / PA

England Victory Parade Open Bus Live Trafalgar Square – Beresford Hodge / PA Wire


From Wembley to Trafalgar Square

By Henry Bodkin in Trafalgar Square

On Monday morning, Eve Gardner, a passionate Lancashire footballer, was shocked Monday morning after cheering for the Lionesses at Wembley last night, the first football match she has ever seen in person.

His mother, Jemma, said they only secured tickets on Thursday, through club Myerscough Junior Football Development.

“He was a child and an adult,” he said. “His father had been to the races, so I thought, it’s my turn.

“Honestly it was great. Her [Eve] he’ll think they’re all like that. It was the best experience we’ve ever had, which sounds mental but it’s true. “

Jemma and Evie Gardner - Henry Bodkin

Jemma and Evie Gardner – Henry Bodkin

As the mother of a crazy football girl, Ms. Gardner said the situation was much better now than when she was growing up.

“I think there is enough now to cultivate the women’s game.” she said.

“Girls used to play with boys, but it has changed.”


Pioneers in the crowd

By Henry Bodkin in Trafalgar Square

Lisa Johnson, began queuing for the Trafalgar Square parade as chants of “He’s Coming Home” swept through the crowd.

Now 60, she grew up at an age when women’s football was banned.

“I was told that if you want to play you have to play with the boys,” he said. “So I would go to the park and play with them while I was wearing a dress. I would come back with my holes and knees rubbed.

Lisa Johnson - Henry Bodkin

Lisa Johnson – Henry Bodkin

“I was given my first football kit when I was 10, but it was a boy’s kit, the men’s Arsenal.

“That’s why it was such a great moment last night,” he added. “It was great to see the girls’ game grow over the years.

The former bank and elementary school employee had traveled from Abbey Wood in south-east London to watch the parade.


Parade live on BBC One

By Tom Morgan

The Lionesses celebration with fans in Trafalgar Square at lunchtime will also be broadcast live on BBC One in a special program hosted by Alex Scott. BBC Director General Tim Davie said of Sunday’s audience numbers: “We are incredibly proud to have supported women’s football and are thrilled to have been able to bring such a special sporting moment to the public. This was the most watched women’s football match of all time on British television and the most watched program in 2022 – and deservedly so. Everyone at the BBC is delighted with the victory and being able to share it with the public. “


The top of pops

By Tom Morgan

England’s triumph in the Euro 2022 final attracted a spike of 17.4 million BBC viewers, breaking previous records for coverage of women’s football.

There were also 5.9 million streams on iPlayer as the broadcaster enjoyed numbers corresponding to some of the biggest men’s games in major tournaments.

The peak of 17.4 million spectators for the 2-1 overtime win against Germany beats the previous record of 11.7 million that saw the Lionesses lose to the United States in the 2019 World Cup semi-final.

Gary Lineker announced what he described as “wonderful” figures, breaking his 10am employer’s embargo to publish the numbers.

Ian Wright, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott - BBC SPORT

Ian Wright, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott – BBC SPORT

The numbers confirm that England’s excellent performances have captured the public’s imagination. Television audiences had initially been relatively slow to build during this Euro’s group stage, peaking at 3.7 million, 4.1 million and 3.4 million watching England’s Group A wins over Austria, Norway respectively. and Northern Ireland.

But the figures of this tournament, the first major women’s tournament hosted in England since 2005, have dwarfed the numbers of national women’s football, with a larger audience than ever for a women’s club-level match meant to be 2.2 million. spectators who watched the women’s match of the 2019 FA Cup Final. Top TV for women’s football:

  1. 17.4 million, BBC: England 2-1 Germany, 31 July 2022, Euro 2022 final

  2. 11.7m, BBC: England 1-2 USA, 2 July 2019 Women’s World Cup semi-final

  3. 9.3 million BBC: England – Sweden 4-0, 26 July 2022, Euro 2022 women’s semi-final

  4. 7.6m, BBC: England 2-1 Spain 20 July 2022, Euro 2022 women’s quarter-finals

  5. 7.6m, BBC: England 3-0 Norway, 27 June 2019, Women’s World Cup quarter-finals

  6. 6.9m, BBC: England 3-0 Cameroon, 23 June 2019, Women’s World Cup round of 16

  7. 6.1m, BBC: England 2-1 Scotland, 9 June 2019, Women’s World Cup group stage

  8. 5.4m, BBC: England 1-0 Argentina, 14 June 2019, Women’s World Cup group stage

  9. 4.7m, BBC: England v Japan, 2-0 win on 19 June 2019

Before these Euros, the UK record for one Euro was: 4.0 million, Channel 4: Netherlands 3-0 England, 3 August 2017, Euro 2017 semi-final

For national women’s football, the UK attendance record is considered to be the 2.2-meter peak that saw Manchester City beat West Ham United 3-0 against West Ham in the 2019 Women’s FA Cup final on BBC One. .


A proud father

Of Catherine Lough

Gamers’ families were also busy loading gifts into cars this morning. David Williamson, 52, proud father of Captain Leah, 25, said the atmosphere last night was “incredible … the girls were obviously having fun, really great”.

“Very, very happy … all the girls, I think they know they created the story, I guess and I think they had a great time last night,” she added.

Dressed in a white T-shirt that said “home” in red letters over the Nike swoosh, he said he was “incredibly proud of Leah, I mean not only the girls were great.”

She said there was “a little singing” as part of the celebrations last night as the girls were “releasing a lot of tension” after weeks of hard training.

Mr. Williamson said he would have breakfast and then head to Trafalgar Square to continue the celebrations there.

Alex Greenwood was also spotted limping out of the hotel smiling with his partner, Sheffield player Jack O’Connell.

And Jill Scott appeared in a pale pink hoodie and ponytail, looking elated but exhausted as she left the hotel.

Hannah Hampton, a goalkeeper who didn’t play yesterday, gave a celebratory jig at the hotel entrance before joining the FA media team on the lawn.


Baroness Campbell, architect of the victory, speaks

By Catherine Lough

Sue Campbell, the FA’s director of women’s football, told Sky News it was “wonderful to see the joy of the players with their families.”

“They’ve made a big commitment to their daughters over the years to make it possible.”

He said he had “this ambition to accomplish something really special”, adding that “the joy, the happiness, the brilliance of the players, the sheer genius of Sarina” were worth it, describing Ms. Wiegman as one. ” exceptional human being “.

Baroness Sue Campbell celebrates with Chloe Kelly of England after the final whistle of the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany - Lynne Cameron / The FA via Getty Images

Baroness Sue Campbell celebrates with Chloe Kelly of England after the final whistle of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany – Lynne Cameron / The FA via Getty Images


The morning after

By Catherine Lough in Teddington

After the cheering festivities on the lawn of the Lensbury Hotel in Teddington in the early hours of Monday morning, there was little sign of England’s triumphant lionesses until after 8am.

But striker Chloe Kelly, 24, last night’s top scorer in the European final against Germany, looked tired and happy as she left the hotel with partner Scott Moore, who wore a white football shirt bearing her name. .

When asked about the team’s victory last night, he said it was “surprising”.

England players leave the team hotel this morning: Jamie Lorriman for the Telegraph

England players leave the team hotel this morning: Jamie Lorriman for the Telegraph


Let the celebrations continue

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the victory parade of the English women’s football team at Euro 2022. Rare, in fact, are the moments when the forehead of a nation is collectively raised by sporting events: 1966, certainly, 1981, 2005, 2012 and from individual performances ranging from Daley Thompson to Andy Murray, from Kelly Holmes to Emma Raducanu. England’s triumph last night comes alongside any sporting and joyful moment we’ve experienced together over the past 50 years and today is their time to bask in glory, when last night’s individual and group celebrations seep from those who had the privilege of being present to all the others who have seen it and want to pay homage.

The people rehearsal on the street in London this morning is the true symbol of what a turning point for the women’s game last night’s victory will prove to be. “These lionesses have raised the bar,” said Alex Scott, who will host the proceedings in Trafalgar Square this morning. “They have changed the way we see women’s football in this country. The train has left the station and is picking up pace.

“It will be tragic to take a step back after what we witnessed yesterday and throughout the entire tournament. There must be an opportunity for every single girl to play football if she so chooses.”

Scott’s duties today include introducing DJ Monki’s live music, broadcasting a reel of the UK tournament highlights and organizing a Q&A session with the team and their manager, Sarina Wiegman, before that the trophy be lifted once again. Live coverage for the formal part – the chat and trophy collection – will be broadcast live on BBC TV starting at 12:40 pm.

You can stay with us here for all the best images and colors from the celebrations of our reporters on the pitch and those who have followed this team’s path from so many false dawns to their rise to European champions and galvanizing generations of girls to seize. the opportunities available to them, as FA CEO Mark Bullingham puts it:

“We have worked hard to create many new opportunities for girls and to make sure clubs and schools adopt the opportunities and schools use football in their curriculum and consider it normal for girls to play football as boys do.

“We have been preparing for this for years. We have clubs all over the country ready to accept girls, we have invested in schools, we have created opportunities for girls to come forward and we are ready and willing to do so.”

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