Earlier this year the National Football Museum proudly announced the arrival of over 300 new objects to its permanent displays. The objects are on loan to the museum from the Priory Collection, one of the finest private sporting collections in the country.
Many of these rare items are on public display for the first time. Included in this fantastic new display of objects are the shirt worn by Stanley Matthews in the thrilling ‘Matthews' Cup Final of 1953, Bobby Moore's shirt from the 1970 World Cup (swapped with Pele and immortalised in a famous photograph) and England full back George Cohen's Number 2 shirt from the 1966 World Cup Final.
Also included is the World Cup Ball from the first final in 1930, and a number of outstanding football themed artworks, including a small pencil drawing by L S Lowry.
Sir Tom Finney was the special guest at the opening of the collection along with Stanley Matthew's daughter Jean Gough and Cyril Robinson who played alongside Stanley Matthews in the final of 1953. The photograph below shows these guests alongside Stanley Matthew's 1953 shirt.