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League Launches Exhibition

24 September 2013

Game Changers: 125 Years Of The Football League

The Football League and the National Football Museum have launched a major new exhibition at the latter’s stunning new Manchester home entitled Game Changers: 125 Years of The Football League. 

The exhibition, which is free to all visitors, celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the world’s original league football competition.  It runs from September through until April, the length of the first season of The Football League in 1888/89.  

Game Changers tells the story of the origins of the professional game and its place at the heart of our nation’s sporting culture.  The exhibition brings to life the personalities and events that have shaped league football, both on and off the pitch.  It also features some of football’s most iconic and historic items - including many never before seen objects - with each of The Football League’s 72 member clubs providing an item of historical importance.  

Greg Clarke, the Chairman of The Football League said: “This new exhibition at the National Football Museum captures the essence of The Football League and what it means to millions of people throughout the country.  

“The content of the exhibition is extraordinary; it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see items from 125 years of football history and we’re thrilled that it features contributions from all 72 League clubs. 

“I strongly encourage supporters to go and see the exhibition and the rest of this outstanding museum.”

The National Football Museum boasts three floors of objects, stories and ‘hands-on’ interactives. Highlights include a shirt from the world's first international match played in 1872, the 1966 World Cup Final ball and the shirt worn by Maradona during the infamous 1986 ‘Hand of God’ quarter-final match between England and Argentina.

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