The world’s first official walk of fame will take pride of place at museum with 66 squad among first to be honoured ahead of the 50th anniversary celebrations.
Plans were revealed at Soccerex for the world’s first Football Walk of Fame, a permanent ‘free to view’ tribute to the global icons of international football. Among the first to be immortalised will be the members of the 1966 England team as part of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Summer 2016.
The Walk of Fame has been made possible as the result of a collaboration between internationally renowned composer, founder of the UK Walk of Fame cultural attractions David Courtney, ‘Master of Movement’ legendary sports artist and innovator Paul Trevillion and the National Football Museum.
In addition to the 11 English heroes from the 66 team, England manager Sir Alf Ramsey will also be amongst the first names to be inducted alongside Brazilian international Pelé who will receive the first ‘Football Walk of Fame Legend Award’.
Displayed as a trail leading to the entrance of the Museum, the Walk of Fame will feature images of inductees immortalised with stunning iconic Trevillion drawings embedded in brass plaques.
David Courtney says: “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. I am particularly proud that ‘The Football Walk of Fame’ will re-establish our place in history as the ‘birthplace’ of the greatest sport in the world. We are creating a global landmark for the game and one that we envisage will attract football fans from all corners of the globe.”
Paul Trevillion is quoted as saying: “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. I am deeply honoured that my football art will help to bring the FWF to life.”
Dr Kevin Moore, Director of the National Football Museum, adds; “We’re delighted to introduce the Football Walk of Fame in Manchester to the world. 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.