While this year’s venture to Russia may not have ended up with a trophy for the display cabinet, as England’s best World Cup performance for 28 years, it certainly raised the UK’s expectations when it comes to international football.
The interest has become such that the National Football Museum has planned an expansion and re-working of its World Cup exhibition. The collection, which will have a permanent home at the museum in Manchester city centre, will have the 1966 final match ball and the Jules Rimet Trophy won by the legendary England team front and centre, however, the expansion will look to make focus on the progression of the tournament, under the guise of recent successes re-connecting fans with the national team.
Tim Desmond, Chief Executive at the National Football Museum, said they have objects that tell amazing stories that still haven’t been heard: ““Few would argue with the idea that England’s recent efforts in Russia have reignited the nation’s interest in the national team, and the time is right for us to re-examine the legacy of England’s one and only World Cup victory and how that has impacted on subsequent tournaments.”, he said.
The museum will also be looking to secure recent objects from the last tournament, according to About Manchester.
Of course, the women’s football team have come much closer to bringing football home in recent years, especially where the World Cup is concerned – so the exhibition will also focus on the progress made for women on the pitch since FIFA allowed them to start playing back in the 1970s.
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