TODAY, The National Football Museum proudly announce that another TEN football legends are to receive one of the highest honours in football – an induction into the its Hall of Fame.
Matt Le Tissier – possibly Southampton’s greatest ever player, Cliff Jones – member of the Tottenham double-winning side, and Mike Summerbee – one of the ‘Holy Trinity’ in the great 1968-70 Manchester City team, will all be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a prestigious award ceremony on 25 September 2013.
They’ll be joined by former Chelsea and Man Utd midfielder Ray Wilkins, Leeds United legend Eddie Gray as well as Sheila Parker, the first women’s England captain, and Jack Taylor, the Englishman who refereed the 1974 World Cup Final, and first referee to take a place in the Hall of Fame.
Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel will also collect his Hall of Fame trophy.
A posthumous award will also be made to Raich Carter, who captained Sunderland to League and FA Cup wins in the 1930’s. David Clarke, England’s record goal scorer in blind football completes the line up.
They all join a host of other famous football faces like Sir Alex Ferguson, Alan Ball, Gordon Banks, Cliff Bastin, Jimmy Greaves and Sir Tom Finney, whose achievements are already celebrated with a place on the honour roll.
Inductees are chosen by a panel featuring some of the biggest names in football including the Museum’s President Sir Bobby Charlton, Vice President Sir Alex Ferguson, Gordon Taylor and Mark Lawrenson.
These legends will have their achievements celebrated at a charity fundraising Hall of Fame induction celebration at the National Football Museum in Manchester on 25 September.
Former Manchester United goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel said: “I am very proud to join the Hall of Fame. Such great goalkeepers have played in England over the years – the likes of Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and Bert Trautmann. And at Manchester United I was part of such a fantastic team led by Sir Alex.”
Cliff Jones added: “I am extremely honoured that I have been chosen to join the NFM Hall of Fame. It is a privilege to be part of such an illustrious list of names in football.”
Matt le Tissier stated: “It means a lot that this has been voted for by legends of the game including Sir Bobby Charlton.”
And Mike Summerbee said he was “thrilled” to be inducted. “The Manchester City side of 1968-70 is already in the Hall of Fame but it’s a privilege to be inducted as an individual player and join team mates Francis Lee and Colin Bell,” he added.
Ray Wilkins described his induction as “an honour” and Eddie Gray added: “I played in a great Leeds team that did not always get the credit it deserved. It is nice to see us now being recognised.” Sheila Parker admitted she was “a bit nervous at the thought of attending the event.”
On the induction of Jack Taylor, who passed away last year, Keith Hackett, ex-head of the Premier League referees said: “Jack was a great referee, a dedicated supporter of young officials, and a real friend. Referees are delighted that one of their profession has been recognised by the NFM Hall of Fame for the first time.”
National Football Museum Director Kevin Moore said: “We are delighted to be able to recognise the achievements of these legendary players in this way. We really hope they can all attend the induction dinner in September and we’d love to see fans come along too – it’s a rare chance to be close to some of the biggest players in football history. We’re also extremely grateful to the PFA for their continued support of the event.”