A bright new mural has appeared near the Den, celebrating Millwall’s historic leaping lion club crest.

Street artist Lionel Stanhope brought the work to life, the latest result of a partnership between Network Rail and community groups which has seen historic bridges transformed with vintage typography across south east London.

The mural on Zampa Road, close to the stadium, depicts the current club crest, which first appeared on a Millwall kit in 1979.

It remained until 1999 and was re-introduced again in 2007 while referred to in the team’s nickname 'The Lions'.

Lionel Stanhope said: “I’m really happy to have worked with Network Rail and Millwall Football Club on this mural and I’m pleased with the outcome.

“It sits well on the wall with strong colours and I’ve received positive feedback from people walking past.”

Lionel has painted sets for Hollywood and Disney and his artwork has been featured on episodes of Black Mirror and Humans along with movies The Good Liar starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen and The Courier staring Gary Oldman.

Eddie Burton, community engagement manager at Network Rail said: “It’s great to see this wall looking so good and I’m really pleased we could do this for Millwall Football Club.

"We hope the fans and local community will treasure this artwork and the mural will offer a great photo opportunity for years to come”

The team nickname was previously The Dockers and arose from the job of many of the club's supporters in the early 1900s.

However, the press headlined Millwall as 'Lions of the South', after knocking Football League leaders Aston Villa out of the 1899–1900 FA Cup and the 'Lions' nickname was born.