Saturday 19 April 2014
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National Football Museum to kick off in July

The National Football Museum will finally open in Manchester’s Urbis on 6 July 2012, following its controversial transfer from its previous home at Preston North End.

National Football Museum Director Kevin Moore said he was “delighted” to announce the date for opening the new National Football Museum, which has been delayed on a number of occasions and was original slated to happen last autumn.

It has also been revealed that the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup, the first European trophy to be won by an English team (Tottenham Hotspur, 1963), is the latest item to be added to the collection of more than 140,000 objects, works of art and photographs at the new museum.

Moore said: "We're proud to be opening an international visitor attraction in the heart of this footballing city, and particularly welcome the arrival of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.”

"Our new museum will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the most impressive collection of football exhibits ever assembled."

Last month, the National Football Museum announced that it had received the latest in a long line of high-profile donations to the venue with a loan from Hope Powell, National Coach of the England Women’s team.

Hope presented her boots and runners up medal from the 2009 UEFA Women’s European Championships final in Helsinki where England were beaten by Germany at Wembley Stadium.

Hope said: "I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be involved with the new Football Museum, and I’m particularly pleased to be able to donate items with such real personal significance. My Euro 2009 final medal and boots represent a special moment for me in my managerial career, and to be displayed within the museum will be a great honour.

"I was inducted in to the museum Hall of Fame a few years ago, and I think the museum’s recognition of my career successes is fantastic for the women’s game as a whole; I’m really looking forward to the new museum opening in Manchester."

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