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Collections Stories

Looking to learn more of the stories behind the objects?

Delve into the fascinating history of our extensive collection. Below you will find blogs, articles, Q&As and features on our favourite objects, unlocking the stories within each item and exploring what makes football the game of our lives. This is also where we will be revealing our Object of the Week, showcasing some of the fascinating items from our ever-growing collection. Check here every Thursday for the latest insight and opinion from our museum curators and experts.

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Object of the Week: Barrow AFC programme

30 March 2021

This week, Alexandra Heaton looks at a programme from a game never played due to the pandemic: the fixture between promotion-chasing Barrow AFC and Wrexham AFC.

Object of the Week: Dog collar belonging to Pickles

24 March 2021

It's 1966 and the World Cup is about to take place in England. Excitement is mounting, but then the trophy is stolen. Exactly 55 years ago a cup crisis threatened to de-rail plans for the tournament. That is until a mixed breed collie called Pickles became an unlikely national hero.

Object of the Week: Billy Meredith

2 March 2021

With St David’s Day this week and the Manchester derby this weekend, this week’s Object of the Week focuses on an object from the museum’s collection relating to a significant figure in the history of Welsh football and both Manchester clubs.