Football Walk of Fame to open in Manchester in 2016

E.Baines

E.Baines

2015-09-30 09:29:45

The National Football Museum has announced details of the world's first 'Football Walk of Fame', set to open in Manchester in 2016.

The permanent tribute to history's greatest players will feature a series of brass plaques, each bearing the names and images of football legends rendered by the renowned sporting artist Paul Trevillion.

The project is a collaboration between the National Football Museum, Trevillion and David Courtney, founder of the UK Walk of Fame cultural attractions. 

"This has been a long time dream come true for me as a massive football fan and to be involved in creating a true legacy to the sport I love is beyond all expectations," said Courtney. "We are creating a global landmark for the game and one that we envisage will attract football fans from all corners of the globe.”

The first players to be immortalized in the Walk of fame will include the members of the 1966 World Cup-winning England team, alongside Brazilian striker Pelé who will receive the first ‘Football Walk of Fame Legend Award’.

“We’re delighted to introduce the Football Walk of Fame in Manchester to the world," said Dr Kevin Moore, Director of the National Football Museum. "This is an excellent way for us to honour and celebrate some of the greatest International names in the game, and we’re looking forward to working with the unique talents of Paul Trevillion and David Courtney on this prestigious project. This is going to be a wonderful attraction for football fans, families and tourists visiting the City."

“The National Football Museum which embraces the history and the future of football is the perfect location for the Football Walk of Fame which allows the millions of football fans worldwide to walk in the footsteps of the greatest players to grace the game," added Paul Trevillion.

"I am deeply honoured that my football art will help to bring the FWF to life.”

The Walk of Fame is set to open in the summer of 2016, as part of the Football Museum's 50th anniversary celebrations.

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