If you earned a footballer’s wage, what would you wear? An intriguing new exhibition, Strike a Pose, looks at the fashion choices of some of Britain’s star players past and present.
From terrace style and social movements to designer brands and high street ranges, meet the men and women who have taken football from Kop to catwalk.
1960s Britain saw a revolution in style, youth culture, and football. With the maximum wage abolished, young footballers with disposable income were suddenly style leaders off the pitch – accessible heroes for a generation discovering a voice on the terraces and in the high street.
George Best and Bobby and Tina Moore may have paved the way for today’s Balotellis and Beckhams, but it’s the mods, skinheads and casuals on the terraces who have hit the high street and the headlines.
This exhibition charts the journey football and fashion have taken together over the last half century. Features iconic on-and-off pitch outfits with era-defining adverts and photography from half a century of style and football revolution.
- Genuine George Best clobber from the late 1960s and early 1970s
- Jose Mourinho’s famous grey coat worn while manager of Chelsea FC
- One of the infamous ‘white suits’ worn by Liverpool FC in the 1996 FA Cup, lent by striker Robbie Fowler
- Outfits loans by major international players such as Sol Campbell and Gianluca Vialli
- Images of 1960s and 70s stars by legendary photographer Terry O’Neill
This is your only opportunity to see the exhibition (which will not tour) and most objects were kindly loaned by private individuals, so will not be seen elsewhere.
Admission is free!
- Address: The National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
- Main telephone number: 0161 605 8200
- Website: www.nationalfootballmuseum.com