Football Team: Blackburn Rovers  Favourite Object: Our Beautiful Game in the cinema

Kevin joined the organisation in 2014 and is responsible for overseeing all Front of House operations (including Retail and Building Services) and all Commercial and Marketing activity. He has spent the last 25 years in the Hotel industry initially as a chef, working his way through the ranks to become a Director of the De Vere Hotel Group. He took time out of the industry to become a lecturer in Further Education.  Kevin is also the Vice Chair of industry charity “Hospitality Action”. He is a keen sportsman and often takes part in obstacle races and marathons.



Football Team: Sorry, not a football fan!  Favourite Object: My favourite object on display is The Beautiful Game by Michael J Browne. It’s such a confident flamboyant painting and captures the success of Cantona and his ‘disciples’ so well.


Football Team: Sunderland Favourite Object: As a Black Cats fan, my favourite objects is the seat from Roker Park, the original Sunderland ground.

Janet has (in her own words) a ‘lifetime’ working in all areas of HR across most sectors, including hospitality and charity.



Football Team: Newcastle United  Favourite Object: The Preston North End scarf from the 1964 FA Cup Final. The effort that someone went to embroidering each of the players’ names onto the scarf is a nice reminder of the romance of football fandom.



Football Team: Manchester United  Favourite Object: The 1896 FA Cup trophy, as I admire the decorative Victorian silverware and love the fact that we have in our collection the first ever major trophy to be lifted by United (as well as City, a few years earlier), which was held by United legends and founders of the Players Union; Charlie Roberts and Billy Meredith.



Football Team: Bury Favourite Object: Obviously has to be the 1903 FA Cup football, when Bury beat Derby (sorry Sally!) 6-0; still a cup record!



Football Team:  Am I allowed to be a non-supporter? Favourite Object: The Justin Fashanu Cup, a symbol of the fight to end homophobia in football.



Football Team: Manchester United    Favourite Object: It’s not really an object, more a collection. I love Stuart Clarke’s Homes of Football photographs – he captures what football means to people all over the world and gets behind the glossy facade to find humour and warmth at all levels of the game.



Football Team: FC St. Pauli, Hamburg   Favourite Object: Difficult as they are all great, but if  I have to choose one it would be a 1922 English Ladies Football Association medal awarded to Stoke Ladies player L. Bridgett for winning the Ladies’ English Cup Competition. This shows that despite the FA’s ban on Women’s football in 1921 the women’s game was still very much in existence.



Football Team: Blyth Spartans  Favourite Object: The various collections of Corinthians Prostars dotted about the various exhibits. Collecting the large-headed, tiny-bodied figurines was one of my first memories of football as a child, and they remain special to me to this day.



Football Team: Blackburn Rovers  Favourite Object: Favourite isn’t quite the word, but it has to be the shirt worn by Maradona during the ‘hand of God match in 1986. I clearly remember watching this match on TV and being absolutely furious about it!



Football Team: Liverpool Favourite Object: My favourite object is the Jules Rimet trophy. As well as being an iconic item, it comes with a fascinating back story of the original being stolen, found by Pickles and then re-stolen in Brazil and lost forever. Quite a history for one small trophy!



Football Team: Buxton FC  Favourite Object: The original FA Cup trophy 1895-1910 (loaned by David Gold) because it was handled by famous players of over 100 years ago: including Billy Meredith of Man City & United and William Foulke of Sheffield United. It’s a beautiful Victorian piece of silverware and the most valuable item of football memorabilia ever sold at auction.



Football Team: Newcastle United FC  Favourite Object: Caricature of Newcastle United captain Colin Veitch by Alf Morton, c1909. I like it because its caricatures like this, plus a little bit of imagination, that bring early players to life. Colin Veitch was a skilful midfielder and this gives a sense of what it might been like to see him in action. Alf Morton, the artist, produced these for publication in newspapers but took the trouble to hand colour the originals.



Football Team: Crewe Alexandra FC Favourite Object: The Jules Rimet Trophy – not a very original choice but it’s design, historical significance and the great stories associated with it, make it number one for me.



Football Team: Not really a football fan myself… Favourite Object: Bert Trautmann’s neck brace, a symbol of one’s determination.



Football Team: Liverpool  Favourite Object: My favourite object is the Peruvian padded textile: I love that it’s vibrant and celebratory. I also really like the fact that it can be used as inspiration for children to create similar ones.



Football Team: Manchester City Favourite Object: My favourite object is the original 1863 Laws of The Game: an inspiring artefact to which football fans owe so much. We wouldn’t be here without it!



Football Team: Being born and bred in the City of course I’m a Man City fan. Favourite Object: To be honest my favourite object in the museum is not so much an object but a character (our museum mascot Pickles The Dog). When he’s here he really makes me laugh, I love the way he gets involved in whatever is going on!



Football team: I don’t really have one but I’ll say Bolton Wanderers (my home town)  Favourite Object: Can I have two? Olympic football gold medal 1908 and the 1930 World Cup poster. The designs of both are heavily influenced by art and design of the period and show how football can never really be separated from the wider culture.



Football team: Liverpool  Favourite Object: The North Riding County Cup trophy. It brings back fond memories of being able to run around without spending the next few days horizontal! I played in the competition and the team I played for won the trophy. I love the fact that it shares a display case with the old Football League Championship Trophy – it really sums up the museum’s “football for all” mission statement!



Football team: Tottenham Hotspur  Favourite Object: The Spurs 1961 League and European cup-winning shirt, closely followed by the For Club and Country FWW football film in the cinema.



Football Team:  Newcastle United FC  Favourite Object: So much to choose but a recent object is from the Justin Campaign; it’s a pink and blue sparkly world cup, so what’s not to like!  The serious message is though that the Justin Campaign is working towards ending homophobia in the beautiful game.



Football Team: Manchester City  Favourite Object: It’s a tough choice, but the collar belonging to Pickles the dog has to be one that I love the most. After the famous trophy was stolen in 1966, Pickles found it hidden under a bush wrapped in newspaper. The fact that the world’s most important trophy was found by a dog, is a  brilliant story. It’s such a bizarre and quaint ‘British-esque’ story that people can’t help but smile about.



Football Team: Manchester United  Favourite Object: The ‘Calcio’ football from Florence reminds me of a hot summer working in an amazing place. I had the chance to watch some ‘Calcio Storico’ (Historic Football)  while I was in Florence. Although it’s more like boxing than football there was a great atmosphere in the city.



Football Team: Blackpool FC Favourite Object: Stanley Matthews’ shirt from the 1953 final, for obvious reasons (see football team)!





Paul Dermody OBE has been Chair of the Trustees of the National Football Museum since 2007. He is a Chartered Management Accountant , a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and the Institute of Hospitality. He is a Companion of  The Chartered Management Institute. Formally Chief Executive of the De Vere Group plc.He is currently Non Executive Director for AgaRangemaster plc and Majestic Wine plc and is Chairman of Conferma Ltd and Chairman of  Hospitality Action (Northern Committee).



Fayyaz is a Senior Business Analyst/Database Administrator at the University of Central Lancashire.  He has been employed at the university for the past 26 years. Fayyaz is also a qualified youth worker with over 25 years of youth work experience delivering youth work provisions for the young people of the Avenham/Frenchwood area of Preston.  His youth work has entailed working on various projects such as sports, outdoor education, health and international cultural exchanges. Fayyaz is an active member of the community at the local mosque, involved in both youth and community work. Fayyaz enjoys playing/watching football and travelling.



Simon was educated at Pendlebury High School, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Business School. On leaving school in 1981 he embarked on a 19 year career as a professional footballer at Blackburn Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and Port Vale, appearing in 621 competitive matches, scoring 84 goals and earning 4 England U-21 caps. After retiring from professional football in 2000, he joined the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) as a full-time executive. In his role at the PFA he manages contractual, regulation and disciplinary issues between players, clubs and governing bodies, and educates players at clubs on issues that affect their careers such as anti-doping, betting, discipline, agents, pensions, insurance and retraining for a second career. As well as his position at the National Football Museum, he is also a Trustee of the Professional Footballers Pension Scheme and a Director of the Professional Players Federation and Sport Resolutions (UK).




Sir Howard Bernstein joined the City Council as Junior Clerk, rising to become the Council’s Chief Executive in 1998. Following the terrorist bombing of the City Centre in 1996 he was appointed Chief Executive of Manchester Millennium Limited, the public/private sector Task Force set up by the Government and the City Council to oversee the redesign and rebuilding of the City Centre, a task successfully delivered to critical acclaim on time and on budget.  He played a key role in the regeneration of Hulme, the first area in the UK to attract City Challenge status, and subsequent area regeneration initiatives, most recently in East Manchester; in major projects including The Bridgewater Hall, the Velodrome and the Arena, and the new International Convention Centre; the City of Manchester Stadium and SportCity Complex and City Art Gallery. Since the mid 1980’s, he has been Clerk to Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and took a lead in introducing Metrolink, the UK’s first on-street public transport system which is currently being expanded further across the conurbation. He was involved in the establishment of Manchester Airport as a plc in the mid-1980’s and has driven the expansion of the company into the next stage of commercial and physical development. Sir Howard was instrumental in securing Manchester as Host City for the XVII Commonwealth Games in 2002, which was the largest multi-sport event ever hosted by the UK and the most successful Games ever. Recognition of Sir Howard’s contribution to Manchester includes being awarded an honorary degree by UMIST in 2003, Manchester University in 2004, Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005 and Mancunian of the Year also in 2003.  Sir Howard was knighted for his services to Manchester in the New Year’s Honours 2003.  Sir Howard was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Regeneration and Renewal Awards in September 2008.  The Confederation of Business Industry North West named Sir Howard as their business leader of the year in December 2009 for his innovation and initiative in leading the Council. Sir Howard took up appointment as Chairman of Blackpool URC from July 2008 to March 2010.



Professor Steven Broomhead holds the Chair of Entrepreneurial Education at Liverpool Hope University. He also is the Chief Director of Institutional Advancement at the University. Prior to this Steven was Chief Executive of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) from April 2003 and before that he was Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council (Unitary). From 1994 to 1997, Steven was the Principal and Chief Executive of Warrington Collegiate Institute. Steven is committed to the promotion of lifelong learning for which he was recently awarded the BT National Lifelong Learning Award for his contribution to skills and education. Steven is the Non Executive Chairman of Warrington Wolves Rugby Super League Football Club since 2009 and was Deputy Chairman from 2004. He is also a non-Executive Chairman of ‘Recycling Lives’ which is a major waste recycling company based in Lancashire with a national/global remit (turnover £20m). He is the independent Chairman of the Health & Wellbeing Board which sets the priorities for the Health Service in Warrington.  He is the non-Executive Chairman of Chester Renaissance – the private/public vehicle that drives regeneration in the City of Chester.



An accomplished and experienced HR Director, with in depth knowledge of both Hospitality and retail sectors. Currently People & Development Director at Village Hotels, with 26 UK locations. Passionate about developing people and helping them realise their potential to develop – at all levels. Enthusiastic follower of football – both ladies and men’s games.



Alan Farquharson spent much of his career as a solicitor and was Partner of Robert Davies & Co Solicitors Warrington for nearly 30 years.  He then went on to be the Chief Legal Adviser and Company Secretary of the Greenalls Group. He holds several charitable positions including Director and Company Secretary of the Groundwork Trust Mersey Valley; Governor of Priestley College and Deputy Chairman and Trustee of St Rocco’s Hospice.



Lord Faulkner of Worcester is an active “working peer” and a Deputy Speaker of the House. He was Sponsor of Sports Grounds Safety Authority Act 2010 and Chairman of the all-party inquiry into betting on sport 2004-2005. He is vice-chair for the all-party parliamentary football group. He holds and has held many football related posts, including Vice President, The Football Conference 2007-2009, 2010 onwards; Vice-President, The National Association of Disabled Supporters;  Member of FIFA Task Force “For the Good of the Game” 2006-2009; Trustee, Foundation for Sport and the Arts 2000 onwards; first deputy chairman, secretary and founder trustee, The Football Trust 1979-1998; Member, Sports Council (Great Britain) 1986-88; Chairman, Sports Grounds Initiative 1995-2000; Member, Safer Sports Grounds Panel 1998-2004; Member Football League enquiry into membership schemes 1984; Member Football League anti-hooliganism committee 1987-90; Chair, Women’s Football Association 1988-91; Vice-chair, Government’s Football Task Force 1997-1999; Member, Home Office Working Group on football disorder 2000-02; Former director Wimbledon, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Oxford United football clubs. He qualified as a referee (Oxfordshire County FA) whilst a student at Oxford University and was Deputy Chairman, Cardiff Millennium Stadium plc 2004-2008, (Director1997- 2004).



As Trustee and Chief Executive of the River & Rowing Museum from 1999 to 2013 Paul established the Museum as one of the country’s leading independent museums and has led a range of regional and national initiatives in the heritage sector.  Paul is a Trustee of the Langley Academy where he has led the development of its unique museum learning specialism. He is also, as volunteer independent chair, helping to establish a new charitable trust to celebrate the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement and its subsequent development. In the June 2014 Birthday Honours List Paul was awarded the British Empire Medal ‘for services to Heritage Education’.



Clive has beens Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce since September 2010. Prior to this he was a Director of Robinson Keane the executive recruitment consultancy and is also a very experienced Non Executive Director. He is Chairman of Enworks, a business support programme that works with NW SME’s to improve their environmental and economic performance and is a non executive Director of Brockholes Enterprises Ltd, the commercial company of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire Ltd. Following his appointment at the Chamber, he stepped down as Chair of Stoneleigh Park Ltd, the commercial arm of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. Vice Chair of Preston College and a Director of the North & West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of Lancaster University Management School and has co-authored a book on improving business performance through effective and practical employee engagement – “Growing your own Heroes”. After qualifying as a lawyer he enjoyed a successful career in both industry and the public sector holding senior positions in the Hepworth, Steetley and Redland Groups and as MD of Tate Access Floor Systems before becoming Chief Executive of Business Link Lancashire, a role he held for over 8 years. Clive has lead, and managed, change successfully in the Public, Private and Third Sectors and is a firm believer in a people and values-driven approach to effective performance.



Nick is a strategist and entrepreneur who grows business internationally. His key skills include international strategy formulation for market leading companies and senior level client engagement including CEOs and government Ministers. He has broad sector experience including healthcare; media; consumer goods; industrial products; technology; e-commerce and education



Ian is the CEO of Sportech PLC, and has led its strategic repositioning and business turnaround into one of the world’s largest pools and tote betting organisations, focusing on highly regulated markets worldwide. With the main headquarters in London, with operational offices in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. Sportech provides pari-mutuel betting on football, horseracing and greyhounds, together with a developing e-gaming business. Prior to joining Sportech, Ian was CEO of Arena Leisure Plc, where he built the UK’s largest horseracing and media group. He is also a keen supporter of Preston North End.





Moira Stevenson has spent her career in the museum, heritage and arts sectors. Having worked in various curatorial and management roles she retired as Head of Manchester City Galleries in 2011. She is still actively engaged in the sector as a trustee of a number of museum and heritage organisations.



Sara is Deputy Chief Executive at Manchester City Council and is a Planner by trade. She was born in Gorton, educated at Manchester High School for Girls and Loreto Sixth Form College before going on to secure a BA (Hons) in Town and Country Planning and a Bachelor of Planning at the University of Manchester.

Her current role involves leading services in the Growth and Neighbourhoods directorate of the Council which play a key role in delivering the Manchester Strategy with a focus on delivering jobs and growth, creating places where people want to live and helping Manchester people access those jobs.

 Sara is a Director of a number of organisations – the Corridor Manchester Company, One Manchester Housing Group and CityCo Manchester – and is a Trustee of the City in the Community Foundation as well as being a School Governor at the Manchester Health Academy.  She has previously worked in three other Greater Manchester local authorities – Bolton, Oldham and Tameside – in a variety of planning, economic development and regeneration roles over the last 26 years. She is a season ticket holder with her mum at the Etihad Stadium.