Game Changers: 125 Years of The Football League

20 September 2013 -
31 August 2014
10:00 -
23:59

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The world’s first football league was formed at a meeting in Manchester in 1888. A lot has happened in the 125 years since.

The Football League and National Football Museum have created a fascinating new exhibition exploring the many changes in the game and the weekend ritual of football fandom since 1888.

Discover the major players on and off the pitch who shaped football as we know it. From William McGregor’s Victorian vision, to the great moderniser Herbert Chapman, through the post-war heroics of Stanley Matthews and the sixties superstardom of George Best, Game Changers: 125 Years of The Football League follows the steps to the modern day league and its millions of dedicated fans.

With stories from the 72 current league teams, and never before seen personal mementoes from George Best (on loan from his sister Barbara McNarry and the charity Best Chances). The exhibition also showcases amazing new interactive artwork commissions, inspired by stories in the show, from Chris O'Shea and artist group Soup Collective.


This hugely popular exhibtion has now been extended until 31 August 2014. The Personal Museums project has now become part of the extended exhibition.

The signed shirts from each Football League club in the 2013/14 season which feature in the exhibition are also available to purchase, at a price of £125 each. There is one shirt only for each club. Please speak to museum shop staff about how to purchase or email shop@nationalfootballmuseum.com (shirts will remain on display until the end of the exhibition). 

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