6 things you may not expect to find in a football museum

Wednesday 07 February 2018

Signed footballs, historic shirts, hands-on football challenges: these are the kinds of things you'd expect to find in a football museum right? Well you'd be right, the National Football Museum in Manchester in Northern England is home to all these things. But there are some far more unusual things besides in its vast collection! Here's a few of our favourite football oddities:

1. A statue of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson This statue was once famously on display outside Fulham FC (the then owner Mohammed Al Fayed erected it in honour of his friend, Michael Jackson). It was removed in 2013, and in 2014 Fulham were relegated after 13 years in the league. Al Fayed blamed this on the statue's removal!

2. A religious painting

National Football Museum You'll also find a rather grand painting of (and owned by) Eric Cantona, painted in the renaissance style, featuring him as Christ surrounded by his disciples. Alex Ferguson is Caesar, and he's being crowned by Manchester United defender John Curtis. At the base, a young David Beckham lounges against a pillar with Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt. It was painted by a fan of Manchester United who spotted Eric Cantona in a bar.

3. George Best's Mini

Car in the National Football Museum Next up is this Mini owned by football icon George Best in the early 21st century. You'll also find letters from Best, and even an old school report which notes that he was 'good' in PE.

4. A home-made cardboard crown

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This crown was given to iconic Manchester City star Colin Bell by a fan in the early 1970s.  He kept this and was as proud of this as he was of his medals.

5. A war diary about football

National Football Museum This is a remarkable one: a diary kept by a soldier (Lt C B Brockbank) telling the story of the famous Christmas day football game between British and German soldiers during World War I in 1914.

6. And finally... Robbie Savage's ponytail

Britain Footballers Hair And yes, slightly gross: ex-footballer Robbie Savage cut off his ponytail and donated it to the National Football Museum.

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