THE WORLD’S FIRST

FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME

It was an historic and emotional event at the National Football Museum, Manchester on 24th June 2016 when the World’s first ‘Football Walk of Fame’ was launched by World Cup ’66 England legends and ‘Football Walk of Fame’ inaugural inductees, Sir Bobby Charlton and Roger Hunt, along with close family members of Alan Ball and George Best.

Visit the National Football Museum today and view the 30 bronze Football Walk of Fame plaques featuring a Trevillion portrait of each of the first inductees, which includes the eleven players in England’s 1966 World Cup winning team and England Manager Sir Alf Ramsey.

Gordon Banks, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, Nobby Stiles, Jack Charlton, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst , Martin Peters, Roger Hunt

PELÉ is honoured as is ​Cruyff, Maradona, Beckenbauer, Tom Finney, Marta, Lily Parr, Messi, Ronaldo (Brazil), Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, George Best, Denis Law, Eusebio, Alfredo Di Stefano, Jimmy Greaves and Paulo Maldini

Paul Trevillion with World Cup ’66 winners, Roger Hunt and Sir Bobby Charlton next to Sir Bobby Charlton’s ‘Football Walk of Fame’ plaque outside the National Football Museum on launch day 24th June 2016 .
Photo Credit: Jason Lock Photography

​HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the NFM in Manchester 14th October 2016.

The Duke and Duchess of Dambridge began their guided tour of the NFM at the Trevillion signature collection ‘Football Walk of Fame’ paintings. 

A very special moment for artist Paul Trevillion, who poses with Barbara McNarry, next to the portrait of Barbara’s brother, football legend and Football Walk of Fame inductee, George Best. Photo credit: Jason Lock Photography

SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER 2016

WALK OF FAME PRESENTATION

Fulham and World Cup 66 Legend George Cohen MBE honoured at Craven Cottage

Fulham F.C. Greats, John Mitchell and Les Strong, are pictured with Trevillion before the Fulham v Huddersfield Match, with the George Cohen, Walk of Fame plaque, which will be placed alongside the newly unveiled George Cohen statue at Craven Cottage.

​On June 24th 2016 the National Football Museum in Manchester in association with NFM Artist in Residence, Paul Trevillion and You Are the Ref.com, launched the world’s first Football Walk of Fame on the walkway outside the museum – a permanent tribute to the legends of the beautiful game

To celebrate the fifty-year anniversary of England’s World Cup win, the boys of ’66 were among the first inductees to be honored. Their portraits by world renowned iconic sports artist Paul Trevillion have been immortalized in bronze plaques; among them former Fulham F.C. player and national hero George Cohen.

Artist Paul Trevillion considers it an honour and a privilege to be involved in the presentation of the George Cohen plaque to a player he saw playing many times for Fulham and England. Remembers Trevillion, “Cohen never played a bad game, he was Mr Consistency – never guilty of a careless pass. One of the reasons why he featured in every game when England won the 1966 World Cup.”

National Football Museum Director Dr Kevin Moore said: ‘George is part of an elite group of players who have won football’s greatest prize, it’s natural that he should be one of the first to be presented with a place on the nationwide Football Walk of Fame.’

Bronze commemorative plaques unveiled featuring the iconic art of Trevillion at The National Football Museum, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester

Trevillion & Denis Law standing next to the five new Football Walk of Fame inductee portraits which were used by Photocast Products LTD to create the bronze plaques

From left to right next to Trevillion: Clare Tomlinson, Andy Greaves, Manchester City legend, Mike Summerbee and Denis Law “The Law Man.”

Manchester UTD legend Denis Law & Tottenham Hotspurs highest ever goal scorer Jimmy Greaves are amongst the latest five inductees in the Football Walk of Fame, which also includes legends Eusebio, Paolo Maldini & Alfredo Di Stefano. The 2017 Football Walk of Fame launch was expertly hosted by Sky sports presenter Clare Tomlinson, and greater Manchester’s newly appointed mayor Andy Burnham, joined Denis Law & Jimmy Greaves’ son Andy to unveil the new bronze plaques outside the National Football Museum. Said Denis Law “I’m really proud to be in the Football Walk of Fame. My favourite player of all time was Di Stefano, and Jimmy Greaves was my favourite goal scorer. So to be part of that five is really lovely.”

David Courtney, Walk of Fame CEO and founder & Clare Tomlinson the voice of Sky Sports announce on stage

Denis Law, Andy Greaves (son of Jimmy, who is holding a replica resin plaque to take home to Jimmy) & Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester sharing a laugh together on a momentous day

The five new inductees at The National Football Museum, Manchester:
Jimmy Greaves, the Chelsea, Tottenham & England goal scoring wizard; Eusebio ‘the black pearl’ who starred for Benfica & Portugal; Paolo Maldini, Inter Milan & Italy – one of the greatest defenders of all time; Alfredo Di Stefano, the supreme all-rounder who played for Real Madrid, Argentina, Colombia & Spain; Denis Law, ​Man Utd/Man City & Scotland all time legend Denis ‘the lawman’ Law.

FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME LEGENDS HONOURED AT THEIR CLUBS 2016/17

SIR ALF RAMSEY

Honoured with Football Walk of Fame plaque, at Ipswich Town FC.

The Football Walk of Fame visited Ipswich Town Football Club on Saturday 1st April 2017 presenting a plaque in honour of one of the most remarkable football managers of all time – Sir Alf Ramsey.

One of the 25 legends inaugurated into the Football Walk of Fame at the National Football Museum in June 2016, Sir Alf Ramsey’s achievements run deeper than ‘just’ winning the 1966 World Cup.

National Football Museum Interim Director Kevin Haygarth, said, “To do what Sir Alf Ramsey did with Ipswich, taking them from near the bottom of the then Third Division South to First Division Champions was remarkable. Then of course he went on to top that quite spectacularly in 1966.”

Above: Pat Godbold, a legend of Ipswich FC herself proudly holds a Trevillion print of Sir Alf presented as a gift to Ipswich Town FC.  The original painting is currently displayed at the National Football Museum whilst a delighted Trevillion is shown holding the replica Football Walk of Fame plaque.

Photo (left): The National Football Museum team and ‘Master of Movement’ Paul Trevillion presented a unique copy of the Football Walk of Fame plaque ahead of the Tractor Boys’ 1-1 draw with Birmingham City.

Ray Crawford: “I love this plaque because you can see the warmth in his eyes. That was him.”

Continued Ray: “Alf’s achievements in football must always be remembered. He was a real gentleman, there was never any bad language, you knew where you stood with him and you wanted to do well for him. He never asked you to do something you couldn’t do and he always picked the right teams.”

Trevillion: “I got to know Alf quite well when he was a Tottenham player and I was working on the Lilywhite magazine in the ‘50’s. I did a drawing of Alf heading the ball. Alf was not pleased, he said, ‘The higher the ball in the air, the lower the standard of play. Always draw me with the ball at my feet!’ He was known as ‘The General’ because he always demanded the ball and directed play.

‘Later in life he pulled me up on one of my Roy of the Rovers drawings. He said ‘you’ve drawn him leaning back too much, that shot would have gone over the bar!’ He was a football man from the top of his head to the bottom of his toes.”

The plaque will reside at Portman Road in the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand in the concourse area.

Sir Alf Ramsey’s Football Walk of Fame plaque is the latest special presentation, with special Walk Of Fame plaques also now at Craven Cottage (George Cohen), Deepdale (Tom Finney), Bloomfield Road (Alan Ball) and in St Helen’s (Lily Parr).

25th FEBRUARY 2017

SIR TOM FINNEY

Honoured with Football Walk of Fame plaque

In the photo: Brian Finney, son of the great Sir Tom Finney, holds the Football Walk of Fame presentation plaque.

One of the greatest English footballers and Preston’s favourite son has been honoured with a Football Walk of Fame plaque in his home town.

In 2016 Sir Tom Finney was immortalized with a bronze plaque in the Football Walk of Fame at the National Football Museum in Manchester. On 25th February 2017 during half time at the Preston North End v Brentford match, the presentation of a replica of the plaque was made to his son Brian Finney, dedicated to his father Sir Tom Finney at Preston North End, the football club where Finney played for his entire career.

The plaque, created from a pen and ink portrait drawing by the ‘Master of Movement’ Paul Trevillion, will reside in the main reception area of the Sir Tom Finney Stand at Deepdale.

Trevillion pays homage, to Tom Finney

Tom Finney bronze plaque outside the National Football Museum.
Photo Credit: Jason Lock Photography

The pen & ink artwork of Tom Finney by Paul Trevillion, which was used to create the image on the Football Walk of Fame plaque.

FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME PRESENTS

LILY PARR 

Plaque in her home town

One of the great pioneers of women’s football has been honoured with a special Football Walk of Fame plaque in her home town of St. Helens. Born in Gerrard’s bridge in 1905 Lily Parr started her playing career in her home town of St. Helens before transferring to Preston based team Dick Kerr Ladies. In her first season in 1920 at just 14 years old, Lily Parr scored 43 goals for the team! Over her playing career she scored more than 1000 goals and was known for her having a harder shot than any male footballer.

On Sunday 29th of January 2017, members of the National Football Museum, and Paul Trevillion presented Lily Parr’s family and St. Helens Rugby League Club with their own Football Walk of Fame Plaque on the St. Helens pitch.

Trevillion said ” I was born in 1934 so I was used to hearing people say when they saw a young girl kick a ball, ‘Who do you want to be, another Lily Parr?’ It came as no surprise, when the two nephews told me that when Lily Parr was in the USA taking a penalty, the goalkeeper, a big man, laughed. The ball went into the net and the goalkeeper finished up with a broken arm. True story! They also told me that the legendary Manchester Utd manager Matt Busby said, “If they allowed women to play football, I would have selected Lily Parr for every team.”

​I was delighted when the two nephews, said I had captured Lily ‘in action’ in my painting (pictured above) which I presented to them in the St. Helens boardroom before St Helens Pre Season Friendly Match against Castleford Tigers. I must say that for one who enjoys a good Sunday lunch, I have never enjoyed one more than the one on my plate on Sunday in the St. Helens board room. Gordon Ramsay would have been proud to have served it! 

Photo from L to R: Kevin Haygarth (Director of National Football Museum) , Eamonn McManus (Chairman of St. Helens RLFC),
​Roy Culley (Nephew of Lily Parr) Paul Trevillion, Roy Parr (Nephew of Lily Parr)

Photo Credit: Luke Trevillion

2016 ‘FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME’ HONOURS

ALAN BALL

Bloomfield Road

On 26 November when Blackpool took on Newport County in EFL League 2, members of the National Football Museum team and ‘master of movement’ Paul Trevillion presented Alan Ball’s daughters Keely and Mandy Ball along with Blackpool F.C with their own Walk of Fame plaque.

Artist Paul Trevillion described the opportunity to make the presentation: “It is an honour, as it was a privilege to become a great friend of Alan Ball. I met Keely when she was a little girl, and I always remember how Alan talked so fondly about his family with a very special place in his heart for his wife Lesley. It was in the tangerine shirt of Blackpool, not the blue of Everton or the red of Arsenal that Alan became a World Cup ’66 hero.”

National Football Museum Director Dr Kevin Moore, speaking of the England and Blackpool great said: ‘Alan is part of an elite group of people who have won football’s greatest prize, it’s natural that he should be one of the first to be presented with a place on the nationwide Football Walk of Fame.’

Special thanks to all at Blackpool FC for creating this unique retro programme honouring Football Walk of Fame inductee, Alan Ball – Legend of Blackpool FC & England.

THE LONG AND INTRICATE PROCESS OF MAKING THE

FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME PLAQUES

1. The Gordon Banks Pattern is placed in a casting box.

2. The surface of the face and the graphic detail is rammed with a special casting sand.

3. The pattern is removed leaving a sand impression of the plaque detail and molton bronze is poored into the casting box.

4. When cool the plaque is removed.

5. The plaque is then brushed ready for polishing.

6. The finished product.

Football Walk of Fame plaques are made by Photocast Products Limited, website: www.photocast.co.uk

2015 MEDIA LAUNCH

FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME

Football Walk of Fame, media launch – Soccerex Convention 7th September 2015
David Courtney, Paul Trevillion, Sir Bobby Charlton, Dr. Kevin Moore

Trevillion Signature Collection – National Football Museum, Manchester, England

At the 2015 Soccerex Convention in Manchester, Sir Bobby Charlton unveiled plans for the first FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME, a permanent ‘free to view’ tribute to the global icons of International football. Among the first to be immortalised will be the members of the 1966 England team including manager, Sir Alf Ramsey, as part of the National Football Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Summer 2016.

The FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME has been made possible as the result of a collaboration between internationally renowned composer, founder of the UK Walk of Fame cultural attractions David Courtney, ‘Master of Movement’ legendary sports artist and innovator Paul Trevillion and the National Football Museum.

In addition to the 11 English heroes from the 66 team and England manager Sir Alf Ramsey, there will be another 13 world football icons inducted, alongside Brazilian international Pelé who will receive the first ‘Football Walk of Fame Legend Award’. Displayed as a trail leading to the entrance of the Museum, the FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME will feature images of inductees immortalised with stunning iconic Trevillion drawings embedded in brass plaques.

David Courtney says: “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.”

Paul Trevillion is quoted as saying: “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 Kevin Moore, Director of the National Football Museum, adds; “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.”

David Courtney Grammy nominated composer & record producer David Courtney has written & worked with some the biggest names in music during his 50 year career including, Roger Daltrey, Sir Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, discovered Leo Sayer and penned hits including ‘The show must go on’ ‘One Man Band’ &‘Giving it all away’ and has sold in excess of 33 million records world-wide.

THE WORLD’S FIRST

FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME

Visit the National Football Museum today and see the permanent, free to view, 30 Bronze plaques featuring a Trevillion portrait of each of the first Football Walk of Fame inductees which includes the victorious England players in the 1966 World Cup Final – Gordon Banks, Ray Wilson, Jack Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Roger Hunt, George Cohen, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Martin Peters and World Cup ’66 England Manager Sir Alf Ramsey. Pelé is honoured as is Cruyff, Maradona, Beckenbauer, Tom Finney, Marta, Lily Parr, Messi, Ronaldo (Brazil), Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane and George Best

For further details on the first Football Walk of Fame at the National Football Museum please visit my ‘Football Walk of Fame’ page, or www.nationalfootballmuseum.com

Trevillion Signature Collection – National Football Museum, Manchester, England

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