Long-running ‘Astle is the King’ saga continues as graffiti covered – again

Now you see it, now you don’t!

Top, the Astle graffiti returned, only to display after being removed
Top, the Astle graffiti returned, only to display after being removed

Graffiti paying homage to Baggies legend Jeff Astle was daubed on a bridge named after him in Netherton.

But it was soon covered over with a swathe of black paint.

Primrose Bridge, in Cradley Road, has been known locally as Astle Bridge after the words ‘Astle is King’ were daubed on it to mark the striker’s winning goal against Everton in the 1968 FA Cup final.

Jeff Astle during his playing career

And ‘Astle is the King’ was painted on the bridge earlier this week – lasting no more than 24 hours before it was painted over.

The clean-up is the latest saga in the bridge’s history.

The original graffiti was cleaned off by the council in the early 1990s,

But it soon reappeared a couple of days later with the added warning ‘Dudley Council please take note’.

It was then repainted only to be covered over again.

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