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July 6, 2010
Singletary heading to London this month

Big Ben. Westminster Abbey. Samurai Mike. All three icons will be in the same city later this month as Mike Singletary heads to the UK to help promote the 49ers' Oct. 31 game against the Broncos at Wembley Stadium. Singletary will arrive on the 17th and spend the next two days meeting with the British media and touring London.

A 49ers player may accompany the head coach on the trip, although the team has not yet determined who will go. It likely will not be quarterback Alex Smith, who already did his part to promote the game when he provided color commentary for a BBC telecast of the most recent Super Bowl.

The 49ers-Broncos game will be broadcast at 10 a.m. PST on CBS. It will be the third time the 49ers have played in London but the first in the regular season. This will be the fourth consecutive year an NFL regular-season game has been played at Wembley Stadium. The 2009 game between the Patriots and the Buccaneers drew a sellout crowd of 84,000. The 49ers will play the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 24 and fly directly from the east coast to London that evening.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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