The idea for what became the National Football Museum goes back to 1994 when Baxi Partnership, a local company, acquired Preston North End Football Club (PNE) and began the redevelopment of Deepdale Stadium. A chance conversation between Bryan Gray, Chairman of PNE, and the Football League, led to a meeting with Harry Langton, the man who over thirty years put together what is now called the FIFA Museum Collection. FIFA recognised the importance of the collection and acquired it from Harry Langton with a view to finding a permanent home. FIFA saw the proposed museum at Preston as an ideal permanent location for the FIFA Museum Collection. The museum's first site was outside Deepdale, Preston, Lancashire. Deepdale was particularly significant as it is the oldest continuously used football league ground in the world. The museum's president is World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton. In 2003 the museum and the University of Central Lancashire established the International Football Institute to conduct research into historical, social and cultural aspects of football. Owing to a Micawberesue disparity in finances and after a generous funding offer from Manchester which Preston could not match the trustees voted to move the museum to the Urbis exhibition centre in Manchester.
Layout. Level One – The largest floor, housing the zones: The Game – Features items such as the first ever rule book from 1863 and the shirt from the first ever international football match between England and Scotland. Fans – Including the original painting of L.S. Lowry's "Going to the Match". Competition – Information about the various competitions and leagues, with the original version of the FA Cup and various replica trophies The Global Game – A section dedicated to world football, with the ball from the first ever World Cup Final, the matchball from the 1966 World Cup Final, Maradona's "Hand of God" shirt and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup trophy. Stadiums – Information about various stadiums and designs, with an original turnstile from the old Wembley Stadium and some original wooden seats. Media – Featuring various footage and clippings from old matches, including a sheepskin coat worn by John Motson. Clubs – Interactive screens with information on most league clubs in England. Players – A brief look at the scope of footballers, including the only Victoria Cross won by a professional footballer and the painting "The Art of the Game" portraying Eric Cantona. Our Beautiful Game – A 10-minute film in a cinema showcasing a month in English football on all levels. Level Two – Featuring various paid-for football interactive games, as well the zones: Football for All – A showcase of how football is played by people of all abilities. Laws – Interactive screens explaining the original rules of football and referees roles in the game. Managers – Audio clips from managers and the original Manager of the Year trophy. Toys and Games – A showcase of various football-related games and toys Performance – Information about the medical side of playing football, including Willie Cunninghams knee cartilage and Tommy Lawtons ashes. Discovery Zone – An area for under-5's to play. Level Three – A changing exhibition space. Level Four – Learning and Education zone, currently featuring a small exhibition called "Our Sporting Life".
Guided Tours available at 11:00 and 15:00. Automatic door access at main entrance. Staffed Lift to all floors. Ramps to all raised areas Disabled parking on Todd Street (outside Victoria Station). Accessible toilets on ground floor and levels 1, 2 and 4. Induction loops at reception and information desks. Assistance animals permitted. Water bowls available for assistance animals. Wheelchairs on request (please call before your visit so they can make sure one is available). Guided tours on request. Large print guide available on your visit or download it here: Large Print Guide. Familiarisation guide also available here: Familiarisation Guide
Location : Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG
Transport: Victoria Station (National Rail) close by. Victoria Station (Metrolink). Bus routes 42, 59, 135 and 149 stop outside.
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 to 17:00
Tickets: Free (Donations of £3.00 welcomed)
Guided Tours: £3.50 per person
Tel: 0161 605 8200