Football: Our Beautiful Game

The finest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled

'How to Get There', London Underground poster (colour litho), English School, (20th century)
'How to Get There', London Underground poster (colour litho), English School, (20th century)

 

NATIONAL FOOTBALL MUSEUM
 
Manchester United is not the only reason for a football fan to head northwards; Manchester is also the new home to the National Football Museum, which proudly presents the finest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled.  From trophies and medals to vintage postcards and cartoons the museum traces the British obsession with the beautiful game and all that it is associated with. Hundreds of images from this collection are available for licensing. 
 

 

An England Shirt with International Badge, as worn by the 1966 World Cup winning team (cotton), English School, (20th century)
An England Shirt with International Badge, as worn by the 1966 World Cup winning team (cotton), English School, (20th century)

 

 

The FIFA Collection

This collection of football memorabilia was assembled by Harry Langton, a London journalist with a passion for the game. Finding a home for the huge collection was one of the driving forces behind the foundation of the Museum.

 
Marvellous Memorabilia
 
The principal strengths of the FIFA Collection are:
 

·        The Early History of Football Games 
·        The Birth of the Modern Game in England
·        The First League 
·        History of Football Playing Equipment
·        Art and Football - cermamics, prints etc
·        Football and Toys and Games

The collection also holds a great selection of historic items relating to the World Cup, provided by FIFA.

View all images from the Football Museum’s collection

"The National Football Museum is a superb realisation, a real jewel!" Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA.

 


Football Association celebrates 150-year anniversary

It was 150 years ago that The Football Association was founded on 26 October 1863 at the Freemasons’ Tavern in London as the governing body of football in England.  

For centuries before there were  no universally accepted rules for playing football. In each public school the game was formalised according to local conditions; but when the schoolboys reached university, chaos ensued when the players used different rules.

Thanks to the Football Association, the sport has developed dramatically, with strong progress made for the equality of disabled and female players

 

'Footballing Daughter', from the Happy Families card game, c.1890-1900 (colour litho), English School
'Footballing Daughter', from the Happy Families card game, c.1890-1900 (colour litho), English School

 

 

Ashbourne football (leather), English School / National Football Museum, Manchester, UK /
Ashbourne football (leather), English School / National Football Museum, Manchester, UK /

 

 
Football officially recognised as central to English culture and society
 
This year the National Football Museum has been awarded official Designation by the Arts Council, the first time a sporting collection has been granted this status. Bridgeman has proudly represented this collection of football treasures for image licensing since 2008. 
 
Historic Football Images for Licensing
 
Type $NFM into the search box to view the entire collection from the National Football Museum on our website. Our unique and high-quality images are perfect for picture editors, sports journalists, historical and educational book publishers, TV programme/documentary makers and product designers.
 

 

Bert Middlemiss, Tottenham Hotspur, drawing for a set of cigarette cards, 1907 (pen & ink on card), Rip, (fl.1907-09)
Bert Middlemiss, Tottenham Hotspur, drawing for a set of cigarette cards, 1907 (pen & ink on card), Rip, (fl.1907-09)

 

 

Pair of Cup Final special boots with wickerwork pattern stamped on the toes, c.1910 (leather), English School, (20th century)
Pair of Cup Final special boots with wickerwork pattern stamped on the toes, c.1910 (leather), English School, (20th century)

 

 

Renton F.C., 1888/9 (b/w photo), English School, (20th century)
Renton F.C., 1888/9 (b/w photo), English School, (20th century)

 


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