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Join the legends line-up at the new National Football Museum

Do you dream of being immortalised among the world’s football greats?

Well now you can truly claim a place among the world soccer elite and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with giants like Diego Maradona, George Best and Pele (pictured) in an innovative new display planned for the re-opening of the National Football Museum at its new home in Manchester.

The all-new National Football Museum is re-opening in Manchester in early 2012, providing a world-class home for the greatest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled.

The museum is calling on anybody involved in grass-roots football to contribute to their ‘Football for all’ display – they are looking for pictures of people playing amateur football, either in action or of players in their kits. This is their chance to be immortalised alongside legends of the game, and claim a part of footballing history.

National Football Museum director Kevin Moore said: “The ‘Football for all’ zone is designed to showcase how everybody can enjoy the beautiful game regardless of barriers they may face, focusing outside the professional leagues and featuring players from the grass roots game. The six themes making up the zone will be age, ethnicity, gender, perseverance, sexuality and disability.”  

'Legends of the beautiful game'

Councillor Mike Amesbury, executive member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council, added: "The National Football Museum is going be a national and international attraction taking in everything from legends of the beautiful game to its real grass roots. This is the perfect opportunity for football fans to put themselves in the picture, and take their place alongside some of the greatest names in football."

The best photos will be featured alongside other objects and photographs from the collection of nearly 140,000 pieces of football memorabilia, including the world famous 1966 World Cup final ball and the shirt worn by Maradona during the 1986 ‘Hand of God’ quarter final match between England and Argentina.

Anybody wishing to contribute their photographs (at least 300dpi and 1mb) with a brief description of the shot, can email them in to with the subject line ‘Football for all’ before Monday, October 17.

The National Football Museum has an impressive new home at Urbis in the heart of Manchester city centre, with hundreds of new exhibits and initiatives planned for the re-launch and beyond.

The museum will become one of Manchester’s ‘must see’ attractions, with three floors of objects, stories, ‘hands on’ interactives, and a changing temporary exhibition programme showing that it’s not just football – fashion, art and photography all have a part to play in bringing the story to life.

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