Who are you backing this afternoon? 🏆
Of course, the real one is at Wembley, but you can get a pre-match snap with our League Cup replica in the Pitch Gallery.
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Who are you backing this afternoon? 🏆
Of course, the real one is at Wembley, but you can get a pre-match snap with our League Cup replica in the Pitch Gallery.
Your matchday activities this Saturday:
👑 Make Your Own Crown, 11am - 3pm
🌈 LGBT+ Tour, 12pm
🏆 Curate Your Own Museum activity wall
You can always find our full fixture list here:
Today marks 30 years since the passing of West Ham and England legend, Bobby Moore OBE.
Volunteer Alan is sharing stories of Moore’s illustrious career at our object handling sessions today, including a replica of his 1966 world cup winning jersey.
Bobby was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame in 2002 for his outstanding contribution to football. Read more about his incredible achievements: https://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/halloffame/bobby-moore/
Still giddy from last night's result? We've got just the talk for you.
If you missed our pre-match warm-up yesterday, you can now catch our dedicated talk on Manchester United and Eric Cantona with Nooruddean Choudry, Wayne Barton, Marek Romaniszyn and Emma Priestley over on our YouTube channel:
Did you know that Manchester United did not reach a League Cup final until 1983? 😱 Read more about that first final - a Milk Cup clash against north west rivals Liverpool - here:
In case you missed it on Sunday... 👀 Spencer Owen and Chelcee Grimes' new football-themed gameshow features a rather familiar backdrop. Give it a watch now on YouTube:
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John Motson, the voice of the game: 1945 - 2023. 🙏
Everyone at the museum is devastated to learn of the passing of John Motson at the age of 77. 'Motty' first shot to fame as the commentator of Hereford's shock FA Cup win over Newcastle United, and became a staple of BBC football coverage for five decades.
Ten World Cups. Ten European Championships. 29 FA Cup finals, and almost 2,500 televised games. A truly remarkable commitment to covering the beautiful game.
We have always been honoured to have one of John's legendary sheepskin coats on permanent display, alongside some of his studiously written match notes.
Faith. Football. Cantona.
This time tomorrow, authors Nooruddean Choudry and Wayne Barton will be talking all things (Manchester) United in the Pitch Gallery. £7 tickets also grants you museum admission for the day...
Warning up nicely on the Match Gallery today. 👌 Make sure you get a place in the line-up (and save yourself a bit of money while you're on) by booking in advance online:
Expecting plenty of royalty through the doors this half term! 👑 Make your own Cantona-inspired crowns, every day between 11am and 3pm in the Pitch Gallery.
We're expecting to be a little busier than usual next week.
Avoid the queues and make sure you reserve your place ahead of time. New visitors and existing ticket holders can book their time slot online: nationalfootballmuseum.com/tickets
Fan accounts are increasingly fixated on the numbers. xG, percentages, percentiles, the works...
How did data come to dominate the game - and is it a good thing? Expected Goals author Rory Smith discussed this in our Football Writing Festival talk last year with host Ben Croucher and Stockport County's Director of Football, Simon Wilson. Watch it now via our YouTube channel:
Host Ben Croucher is joined by Stockport County Director of Football Simon Wilson and renowned journalist Rory Smith to discuss the latter's new book, Expect...
Happy Valentine's Day. 💋
Here's Paolo Di Canio giving lino Roy Burton a little kiss on the head at Upton Park.
We could all do with showing officials a little more love at the moment. In a recent BBC survey, almost a third of referees had experienced some form of physical abuse at the hands of fans, players or coaches.
Almost 80% of young refs surveyed (17 and under) had been subjected to verbal abuse.
Match officials are an integral part of the beautiful game. They don't need a kiss on the head: just to be treated with a basic level of decency and respect.
Hmmm what's going on here?
All will be revealed soon...⚽
We are honoured to induct Plymouth Argyle Football Club inside-left Jack Leslie into our Hall of Fame.
Jack became the first Black player to receive an England call-up in October 1925 - only to have it rescinded without explanation. It would be another 53 years before Viv Anderson pulled on the Three Lions shirt in a full international fixture.
Jack was inducted today prior to kick-off at the London Stadium. After hanging up his boots, Jack worked in the boot room at West Ham United, where he was beloved by the players, backroom staff and fans alike.
Jack's induction coincides with the Premier League's campaign, tackling racism and discrimination on and off the pitch. A maquette of the statue erected in his honour outside Home Park can now be seen on our galleries.
Please note that the museum will be closed this Sunday (12 February) for a private event. ⛔ You can see our full opening times, and any changes to the fixture schedule, here:
Plan your visit to the National Football Museum and get the most out of your experience. From our interactive FootballPlus+ exhibitions to our Guided Tours
*** TWO WEEKS TO GO ***
In Manchester for some Europa action? We've got a nice little early kick-off for you. Nooruddean Choudry, Wayne Barton and curator Marek Romaniszyn will be chatting all things Manchester United in the Pitch Gallery.
3pm kick-off, £7 tickets (which include a day's admission to the museum): eventbrite.co.uk/e/525668587897
Ahead of Manchester United's game against Barcelona, authors Nooruddean Choudry and Wayne Barton talk about Manchester, United and Cantona.
Oh look, the European Super League is back on the table. 👀
Back in 2021, we acquired some of the apparel and banners used in the original protests against English clubs who had initially signed up to be part of the ESL.
We're always open to donations as part of our community collecting. If you have something relating to football and protests that you'd like to share with us, please drop our curators a line at [email protected].
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🌹 Remembering the legacy of those players, officials, journalists and crew members who lost their lives 65 years ago. We honour their memory every day on the Match Gallery.
30 YEARS OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE WITH WELL OFFSIDE
Fulham fans quite literally making their mark on Stamford Bridge in December 2018. Chelsea won the match 2-0; the Cottagers were relegated that season.
📸 Charlotte Wilson
🎨 FROM MOSS SIDE TO MARSEILLE: Join one of our interpreters (not Eric) and learn more about Michael Browne's masterpieces, his relationship with Cantona, and their shared political vision.
Making its debut at 1pm this Saturday, then running daily until June: https://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson/mstm-tour/
🏳️🌈 LGBT+ TOUR: We're bringing back our dedicated tour for Football v Homophobia's month of action. Find out more about the influential players and figures who have had an impact on the game, on and off the pitch.
Running from the Match Gallery every weekend in February, starting this Sunday at 12pm: https://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson/lgbt-tours-3/
🏆 OBJECT HIGHLIGHTS: Discover the fascinating stories behind our most prized objects with our learned tour guides, from the original Laws of the Game to FA Cup and World Cup silverware.
Available every day, 11am and 2pm: https://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson/tours/
FAN / GIRL 🎭 Comedian Bryony Byrne's one-woman show is coming to the museum THIS THURSDAY. Join us from 7pm in the Pitch Gallery for a rip-roaring evening.
Tickets £10*, available here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/483163323507
✅ In Manchester this weekend?
✅ Excited for the Fourth Round?
Join us across the weekend for one of our dedicated FA Cup talks, taking place at 11am and 2pm today and Sunday.
ONE WEEK TO GO 💥 Side-splitting comedian Bryony Byrne will be bringing her Fringe hit Fan/Girl to the Pitch Gallery, next Thursday at 7pm.
Tickets £10 (excl booking fee) available here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/483163323507
3⃣0⃣ YEARS OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE
We're celebrating thirty seasons of joy and despair in our brand new photographic Pitch Gallery exhibition, courtesy of our friends at Well Offside.
Celebrating 30 years of Premier League highs and lows in the Pitch Gallery with photography partners Well Offside.
"To have it here, in Manchester, for me, it's special. I could not have dreamed for a better start for this exhibition." - Eric Cantona
Our Score Gallery exhibition features ten large-scale paintings from the brush of the incredible Michael Browne. Each powerful artwork depicts sporting heroes who have advocated for social and political change.
🔟 YEARS IN MANCHESTER
Our Chief Exec, Tim Desmond, shares his thoughts on his time at the museum, his favourite objects and exhibitions, and his hopes for the future:
Keeping the Cantona vibes going beyond the Score Gallery.
In two weeks' time, comedian Bryony Byrne brings her Fringe hit, the excellent FAN / GIRL, to the National Football Museum.
⚽ Thursday 2 February, 7pm
🎫 £10 (excl booking fee)
Good morning from the King and the Boss. 👋
From Moss Side to Marseille, featuring works commissioned by Eric Cantona and spectacularly brought to life by Manchester artist Michael Browne, is now open on the Score Gallery.
Huge thanks to everyone who made our From Moss Side to Marseille exhibition launch so special, including Michael and Eric, our vice president Sir Alex Ferguson, and event sponsors Sureshot Brewing. 👑
The exhibition, featuring ten large-scale works commissioned by Cantona and brought to life in stunning detail by artist Michael Browne, officially opens to the wider world on Saturday 14 January.
Artwork fit for a 👑
From Moss Side to Marseille: The Art of Michael Browne and Eric Cantona, now open in the Score Gallery.
“Joyously ramshackle, spirit-of-the-Fringe stuff.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐ As part of our programme, comedian Bryony Byrne is bringing her one-woman show, FAN / GIRL, to the museum. Expect plenty of nineties bangers, moments of hilarity and a healthy(ish) dose of Cantona fan worship...
See the action unfold on Thursday 2 February, 7pm kick-off. Tickets from £10: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fangirl-tickets-483163323507
With the Third Round set to kick off, our FA Cup football shorts are returning to the Pitch Gallery this weekend. 🏆
Learn more about the history of the world's oldest competition from our experts in these 30-minute talks, running Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2:30pm.
The history of the world's oldest cup competition, told in thirty minutes by our expert interpreters.
Just some of the sticker wall tributes left for the king by our visitors. Part of our No Score Draws exhibition, ending this month in the Pitch Gallery. 🇧🇷🙏
New year, new exhibition. 📅
From Moss Side to Marseille is coming to the Score Gallery on Saturday 14 January 2023. Renowned artist Michael Browne has worked with football legend and visionary Eric Cantona to produce a remarkable art exhibition, with football, politics and social change at its beating heart.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE 1890s! 🎉
A reminder that we are closed today and tomorrow, but will be back in action from Tuesday 3 January 2023.
One of the undisputed greats of our game. 🙏
We were honoured to host an exhibition dedicated to the life and career of Pelé with Halcyon Gallery in 2017, as well as displaying a number of his personal items, shirts and artefacts on our galleries.
Rest in peace, Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
A reminder that we will be running our Active sessions in January! Pre-walking babies can join us on Thursday 12 January, with the toddler session running on Thursday 19 January.
Book your place online here: eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--manchester/national-football-museum/
WE'RE BACK OPEN! (for four days) 📅 You can visit us until 31 December 2022 from 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm), before closing on Sunday 1 and Monday 2 January 2023.
Book your place four our final dates of 2022 here nationalfootballmuseum.com/tickets
Wishing 𝓮𝓿𝓮𝓻𝔂𝓸𝓷𝓮 a very Merry Christmas. 🎅🎄🏳️🌈🧑🎄
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TWO WEEKS TO GO! The Football Writing Festival kicks off in earnest on Monday 19 September. You can watch our full pre-festival warm-up, featuring BBC Sport's Phil McNulty, The Telegraph's Jim White and United We Stand editor Andy Mitten, over on our YouTube channel: youtu.be/mZ6LPH0sA48
Come and volley our footballs into oblivion, every day in the Play Gallery. (Don't worry, we have loads more where that came from) nationalfootballmuseum.com/tickets
"Exhibitions like this are only going to help...make people realise the journey that women's football has been on." 💪 A pleasure having one of the world's best players with us today, unveiling our new LEGO Women's EURO 2022 trophy and checking out our #CrossTheLine exhibition.
THEY'VE ONLY GONE AND DONE IT! ❤ The Lionesses' first ever major tournament triumph. Fifty years in the making. This is for every woman who has worn the Three Lions on the shirt - and every person it will inspire.
#Lionesses on fire, courtesy of Besses Boys Band 🔥 Best of luck to the national side this afternoon! #WEURO2022
Win or lose tomorrow night, we'll be celebrating the Lionesses and a fantastic home tournament this Sunday. 🎊 Get set for the final with craft activities, trails, sticker-making, facepainting and live music: nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson/womens-euros-heroes-3
A quick word from last night's Lionesses hero... 🦁 You can now see our shiny new women's football exhibition, Crossing the Line, up on the Score Gallery! nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson/crossing-the-line
The perfect warm-up for both the Women's Euros and Crossing the Line. About Time are back at the museum this afternoon, staging another public performance of Quite Unfit for Females at 4pm. Free to watch with your admission ticket!
Two weeks to go... 📈 #CrossTheLine The first half of our dedicated women's exhibition kicks off on Wednesday 6 July, just in time for the UEFA Women's EURO! nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson/crossing-the-line
Manchester's own anthem in all its glory, courtesy of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 🐝❤️ Learn the song and try new instruments with the experts, today until 4pm. #WEURO2022 #ACEsupported
"Women's football never stopped, we just stopped speaking about it." 🤫 In the final episode of #QuiteUnsuitable, our team of producers reflect on what they've learned - and what lies ahead for the women's game... Download and listen here: podfollow.com/quite-unsuitable-for-females
Quite Unsuitable For Females 🇦🇫 The latest episode of our women's football pod looks at the international scene, then and now. Featuring a fascinating interview with Khalida Popal on the British game in the 1920s, and the parallels in modern-day Afghanistan. Listen to the latest episode here: https://podfollow.com/quite-unsuitable-for-females
On this day in 1942, Stoke City half-back Frank Soo lined up against Wales at Ninian Park in an unofficial wartime international fixture. In doing so, he became the first player of colour to represent an England national side. Frank represented England another eight times during the war, but did not win an official cap when regular internationals resumed in 1946. Find out more about Frank's enduring legacy here: https://www.thefranksoofoundation.org.uk/franksoo #franksooengland6
#QuiteUnsuitable 🙋♀️ The second episode of our podcast looks at perceptions of women's football, a century ago and in the modern day. Our team caught up with former Barcelona forward Toni Duggan to ask about her experiences... Listen here: http://podfollow.com/quite-unsuitable-for-females
The first episode of our new podcast, Quite Unsuitable For Females, is now available to download! 📻 Learn more about Lily Parr's life and career and the importance of representation and role models in the game. Listen here: podfollow.com/quite-unsuitable-for-females
WOMEN'S FOOTBALL PODCAST 🙋♀️ We're delighted to be launching a new podcast with a star squad of community producers, exploring the stories and tackling the stereotypes of women in football. Quite Unsuitable for Females launches next Friday. You can find a little warm-up for the new series below... nationalfootballmuseum.com/news/quite-unsuitable-for-females-podcast
Tomorrow, we're teaming up with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to create the ultimate UEFA Women's EURO anthem for Manchester! 🎤 Join us throughout the day in the Pitch Gallery: nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson/weuro-football-anthem
For Children's Book Day, we're teaming up with acclaimed author Helen Rutter, writer of The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh. Helen joins the museum to discuss how football inspires her writing and shares a excerpt from her excellent new book, The Boy Whose Wishes Came True. You can pick up a copy online here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-boy-whose-wishes-came-true/helen-rutter/9780702300868
MAKE YOUR OWN ARMBAND 🏳️🌈 Join us in the Pitch Gallery and make your very own captain's armband, showcasing the causes that matter to you. Every day during half term, 11am to 2pm, nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson/make-your-own-armband
"Your 100 years ago is our today." 🙋♀️ Khalida Popal, director of the Afghanistan Women national side, talks about the parallels between the modern Afghan team and our women's football sides of the early twentieth century.
TWELVE GAMES OF CHRISTMAS 🎄⚽ With (some) Boxing Day fixtures taking place across the country today, we've taken a look back at the ghost of Christmas games past: 1⃣ Hallam v Sheffield FC, 1860 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-1860 2⃣ West Brom v Preston North End, 1888 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-1888 3⃣ The Christmas Truce, 1914 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-1914 4⃣ Dick, Kerr Ladies v St Helen's Ladies, 1920 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-1920 5⃣ Norwich City v Brighton & Hove Albion, 1940 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-1940 6⃣ Fulham v Ipswich Town, 1963 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-1963 7⃣ Blackpool v Blackburn Rovers, 1965 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-1965 8⃣ Manchester United v Liverpool, 1978 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-1978 9⃣ Norwich City v West Ham United, 1988 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-1988 🔟 Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, 1996 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-1996 1⃣1⃣ Chelsea v Aston Villa, 2007 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-2007 1⃣2⃣ Manchester City v Hull City, 2008 nationalfootballmuseum.com/collectionsnews/12-games-2008
A full replay of our latest Create the Space talk in association with the Football Supporters' Association, marking the centenary of the women's football 'ban' in 1921. Join presenter Anita Nneka Jones and our panel,including Carol Thomas (former England captain), Liz Ward (Director of Programmes at Stonewall), Professor Jean Williams (Author of A History of Women's Football) and Deborah Dilworth (FSA Women's Game Lead), as well as our very own women's football curator, Belinda Scarlett.
Our current exhibition is dedicated to our Hall of Fame, honouring those who have made a significant difference to the game of our lives. 👊 If you haven't seen it yet, here's a pre-match warm-up, courtesy of our First 11 series... nationalfootballmuseum.com/halloffame
"Carol and the people that played in her era were the real pioneers of our game." 🦁 Baroness Sue Campbell was amongst those present at St. George's Park yesterday to honour our latest #NFMHallOfFame inductee... nationalfootballmuseum.com/news/carol-thomas-inducted
Our latest #NFMHallOfFame inductee was one of the millions who lost their lives during the First World War. Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town forward Walter Tull was the first black officer to command white troops in the British Army. He was killed in action in France just months before the war's end. nationalfootballmuseum.com/halloffame/walter-tull
💪 Armbands to ashtrays 👟 Boots to braces 👑 Cups to crowns Find out more about Manchester's football history via eleven objects from our extensive collection...
Yesterday, Walter Tull joined our Hall of Fame ranks, becoming the 169th influential figure to do so. Hear from Walter's grand-nephew, Edward Finlayson, biographer Phil Vasili and ex-Reading forward Nick Blackman about the forward's remarkable life and career, and what it means over a century since his passing. nationalfootballmuseum.com/halloffame/walter-tull
"Photographing life as it was, real life, not posed or anything like that." Sefton Samuels has photographed a host of football legends over the years, from George Best and Matt Busby to Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. Hear from the man himself about his career, his process and his new exhibition, When Football Was Football, on display now in the Pitch Gallery. nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson/sefton-samuels
Join Match of the Day Kickabout presenter Ben Shires for an extra special tour of the National Football Museum. Featuring our some of our star objects and displays... 🏆⚽
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