National Football Museum

The First Half (part 1) -- The First Half (part 2) -- The Gallery -- The Second Half

Sadly the National Football Museum moved to Manchester in 2012 (absolute disgrace in my opinion) but have decided to keep this section of the site up for 'posterity'.

It was originally written & published in 2006.


The Entrance

The entrance is appropriately placed inbetween the Bill Shankly Kop and the Sir Tom Finney Stand. This was built around 2000/2001.

The 'entrance building' contains the lobby, reception and shop. Access is excellent and disabled people will not have any problem with accessibility. This is the 'beginning' of the museum and from here you can access all the museum has to offer. You really can't get lost!

The First Half

This is the start of the 'journey' through the history of football. As you head down to the first half, on the right is the Football Museum's Hall of Fame. Here you'll be able to see who is in the Hall of Fame, which contain the likes of Sir Tom Finney, Sir Stanley Matthews and George Best. There is a picture and info about each player, and each are well deserving of their place.

If you head further along, this is where you begin your 'journey'.

As said, you begin at the present day and work backwards in time. This makes it more interesting so basically all the major and even 'lesser' evemts in time can be covered.

The attention to detail is very immense an the general layout is excellent. You can't fail to get bored and you are always bound to find something out you didn't already know.

Its a lot different from any other museum as its a lot more than just 'having something on the wall'. What makes it even more interesting is the combination of the 'articles', exhibits and tv screens. Again ,this all ties in very well and keeps you interested.

As you 'go back in time' its more of a pictorial display which guides you rather than a series of 'articles'. This shows that there's "two sides" to the first half. The second part of the first half focusses more on telling you about the game etc while combining it with many items on display.

After 'going back in time' you eventually come to the very beginning of the game of football. From here you can view a display of items that Harry Langton (who was instrumental in creating and establishing the museum) has collected.

From here you then continue going forwards in time until you eventually go back to the present day