Interview with Kevin Moore, director of the National Football Museum



2015-06-26 13:00:25

Interview with Kevin Moore, director of the National Football Museum

Kevin Moore discusses "the hidden history of football" and reveals the next big era for the sector

Kevin Moore is the director of the National Football Museum which re-opened this summer in Manchester, UK. Kevin has kindly taken the time to discuss the museum and football collecting at large with Paul Fraser Collectibles.

PFC: Your museum is a football nostalgist's heaven. Which items are you most proud of?

Kevin Moore: We're proudest of those things which represent the hidden history of football. Things like the early history of the women's game, for example. We've got a women's football kit from the 1890s - women have been playing football for as long as men have and that's been forgotten.

What are the most unusual pieces in the collection?

Yes we've got boots, balls and shirts, but we've also got paintings and ceramics. As soon as football started you got memorabilia. We've even got the world's first football board game from 1884, four years before the Football League was formed. We think it's depicting Preston North End against Blackburn Rovers.

Which are your most popular items of memorabilia with your visitors?

First football rules The first football rules, from 1863, are currently on display

The ball from the 1966 [England vs Germany] World Cup final, the jersey from the 1872England and Scotland game[the first international], and the Maradona 1986 shirt from the Hand of God game against England, which is extraordinarily popular.

English memorabilia dominates the most valuable football memorabilia at auction. Why?

It's the history of the game. When you talk to people from overseas they get that. We had [former Danish international and Manchester United keeper] Peter Schmeichel here the other day and he said that the FA Cup was the one game as a child that you would watch, because of all that tradition and history.

Which eras are the most collectible? Was the 1950s the Golden Age?

I'm very wary of the term "Golden Age". You find that collectors go back to the football of their childhood. So it partly reflects who has got the money, the interest and when they were a kid. So we've had the 50s, the 60s is really in, and it's now moving on to the 70s.

A hypothetical one to end with: How would an England victory at Brazil in 2014 affect the market for 1966 memorabilia? Will Geoff Hurst's final shirt, which sold for 91,750 in 2000, suddenly become less desirable because England at last has something else to celebrate?

It could in fact revitalise the market. 1966 is always going to be the defining moment for England fans as it was the first.

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