National Football Museum secures corporate backing for Hall of Fame induction

11 Sep 2013

England’s National Football Museum has hailed the levels of support from the corporate sector as it prepares to induct 10 legends of the national game into its Hall of Fame.

The annual awards ceremony will be hosted at the museum’s new Manchester home on September 25 with some of the biggest names in the game in attendance. Those to seal sponsorship deals include lead sponsor the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), and award sponsors Singha Beer, Enterprise Insurance Co and Templegate Training Academy.

Gordon Taylor, chief executive at the PFA, said: “The PFA is proud to have been a supporter of the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame and contributor to the selection process since its inception in 2002. It is a key means by which we ensure that great players of the past are not forgotten. In its new Manchester home we look forward to the NFM Hall of Fame going from strength to strength.”

This year’s intake of ‘Hall of Famers’ include Peter Schmeichel – the legendary Manchester United goalkeeper; Matt Le Tissier – possibly Southampton’s greatest ever player; Cliff Jones – member of the Tottenham Hotspur double-winning side and Mike Summerbee – one of the ‘Holy Trinity’ in the great 1968-70 Manchester City team. They’ll also be joined by former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins, Leeds United legend Eddie Gray as well as Sheila Parker, who played for Chorley Ladies Football Club and is the team’s longest serving player, along with being the first women’s England captain. Jack Taylor, the first Englishman to referee a World Cup final in 1974, will become the first match official to take a place in the Hall of Fame. Finally, a posthumous award will also be made to Raich Carter, who captained Sunderland to league and FA Cup wins in the 1930s before representing Derby County and Hull City in the 1940s and 1950s. David Clarke, England’s record goalscorer in blind football, completes the line-up.