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Kevin Phillips' West Brom play-off strike captured with mural

By Megan Archer | West Bromwich | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Get in! It was the moment West Brom's Kevin Phillips netted a crucial goal against Wolves to help the Baggies reach the play-off final.

Street artist Nathan Nice and Hayley Jarvis, Head of Physical Activity at Mind - with the mural. Photo by Edward Shaw

And now, to celebrate, a bright white and blue mural of the Albion striker's goal celebration has been painted on to the side of the Indoor Market in West Bromwich.

It comes after The EFL and its charity partner, Mind, launched an awareness campaign for World Mental Health Day 2019, Goals Worth Talking About.

The Albion is one of a number of clubs across the country whose fans have voted for their side’s most iconic moment.

Baggies fans were given three momentous occasions in their club’s history to vote on, with Kevin Phillips’ memorable goal against Wolves at Molineux in the two-legged Championship play-off semi-final in May 2007 getting the most fan votes.

On Saturday before and during Albion’s home match with Cardiff, street artist Nathan Nice recreated the famous moment on the side of the Indoor Market.

The aim was to highlight how football is often a conversation starter, and the importance of talking when it comes to mental health support.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: "We know that football and emotion go hand in hand.

“Football has the power to bring about real change. We hope that by harnessing the passion and emotion fans have about their clubs’ most significant goal through these fantastic pieces of street art, we can encourage more people to start up conversations about their emotions and ultimately their mental health too.

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“Together, Mind and the EFL hope that Goals Worth Talking About can be the inspiration to people to make their first step to getting support.”

A spokesman for WBA added: "There’s a few to choose from - but Kevin Phillips' goal will live long in the memory and we know it will always create a conversation.

"We are delighted to be part of Mind’s work with the EFL in raising awareness of the challenges of mental health and show how football can play its part in getting people talking."

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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