IDEAS have been put forward to erect a statue of sporting star Georgia Stanway in her hometown of Barrow.

The 23-year-old made history at the weekend after scoring a hat-trick for Manchester City against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

The Barrow star's treble made her City's all-time record women's goalscorer.

Stanway said she was 'honoured' to achieve the goalscoring landmark for her club.

And Stanway has set her sights on many more goals for City, who she joined back in 2015.

“It feels unbelievable,” she said on mancity.com. “I’m happy to have come on today and get the job done.

“It’s something I wanted to do by the end of the season and I’m happy to have ticked it off.

“I’ll enjoy the moment and hopefully someone can beat me because that means the game is getting better.

“It’s a very positive individual achievement and hopefully, I can continue to get it higher.”

In 2018, Stanway was awarded the Silver Boot, after the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The following year, the Barrovian captained England U17 to a bronze medal in the Euros and a first ever World Cup campaign and played a pivotal role in England's U20 World Cup campaign in 2018.

She was also part of Team GB at the Olympic Games held in Tokyo last year.

Stanway's continuing success has led to calls to erect a statue in her hometown, which would follow the likes of sporting legends Emlyn Hughes and Willie Horne.

Football account, Homes of Football, which boasts more than 20k followers, tweeted about 'talks' of erecting a statue for Stanway in Barrow.

Helen Wall, mayor of Barrow, described the idea as 'delightful' - but said the Man City forward has a few years to go before gaining 'Barrow folklore' status.

"I think it's a lovely idea," she said.

"It would be nice to see a statue of a woman in sports kit, in what is considered a man's game, put up in the town.

"I think she's got to do a few more years yet before she can go up along the likes of Emlyn Hughes and Willie Horne.

"It's a delightful idea. I think you need to be going slightly longer before you become town folklore but she's certainly on her way.

"Georgia has gained a national and international stage so it is definitely something to be considered in the future."