It was my pleasure to visit Soccerex at Manchester Central Exhibition Centre this week and great to be present when Dr Kevin Moore, director of the National Football Museum, announced plans to create the world’s first Football Walk of Fame, a permanent free-to-view tribute to the game’s global icons.
Sir Bobby Charlton and legendary ‘Master of Movement’ artist Paul Trevillion, of You Are The Ref, were present.
Among the first to be immortalised will be the members of the 1966 World Cup-winning England team as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations in summer 2016.
Sir Bobby was the first of the England heroes to see how the Walk of Fame plaques will look when he was on hand to help announce the plans.
This has been made possible as the result of a collaboration between the founder of the UK Walk of Fame cultural attractions, David Courtney, Trevillion and the National Football Museum.
In addition to the 11 English heroes from 1966, World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey will also be among 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 to the museum, the Walk will feature images of inductees immortalised with stunning iconic Trevillion drawings embedded in brass plaques.
Courtney said: “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.”
Trevillion said: “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 Moore added: “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.”