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National Football Museumís Hall Of Fame Awards a Big Draw For Businesses

Wed 11th Sep 2013 | Football Industry Events

Companies have netted sponsorships deals to support the induction of ten legends of the national game into the National Football Museum’s nationally recognised Hall of Fame.

The annual awards ceremony will be hosted at its new Manchester home on 25 September with some of the biggest names in the game in attendance.

As a highly esteemed event in the football calendar, it has given businesses the opportunity to show their support and be involved with honouring former players that have given so much to our game.

Those to seal sponsorship deals include Lead Sponsor the PFA, and Award Sponsors Singha Beer, Enterprise Insurance Co and Templegate Training Academy.

Gordon Tayor OBE, Chief Executive at the PFA said: “The PFA is proud to have been a supporter of the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame and contributor to the selection process since its inception in 2002. It is a key means by which we ensure that great players of the past are not forgotten.  In its new Manchester home we look forward to the NFM Hall of Fame going from strength to strength.”

Jaturon Zane Himathongkom, the International Sports Marketing Director at Singha Beer, sponsoring the induction of Peter Schmeichel said: "We're delighted to be the official sponsor of Peter Schmeichel's induction into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame. As one of the most gifted and successful goalkeepers to have played in the English game, this recognition is richly deserved. Singha has had a long-term presence in the Barclays Premier League together with Manchester United and Chelsea.”

Andrew Flowers, the Managing Director at Enterprise Insurance, sponsoring Eddie Gray’s inauguration said: "Enterprise Insurance is thrilled to be involved in this year's Hall of Fame intake and induction of Leeds United legend, Eddie Gray. It's a fantastic way to remember those that have given so much to our national game.”

Mike Narey, Chairman at Templegate Training Academy, sponsoring the introduction of Mike Summerbee said: “The National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame Awards is a prestigious event that celebrates a sport that has consumed the nation. We're excited to be part of this and pay homage to players that made football so special.”

2013’s intake of ‘Hall of Famers’ include Peter Schmeichel - the legendary Manchester United goalkeeper, Matt Le Tissier – possibly Southampton’s greatest ever player, Cliff Jones – member of the Tottenham double-winning side, and Mike Summerbee – one of the ‘Holy Trinity’ in the great 1968-70 Manchester City team.

They’ll also be joined by former Chelsea and Man Utd midfielder Ray ‘Butch’ Wilkins, Leeds United legend Eddie Gray as well as Sheila Parker, who played for Chorley Ladies Football Club and is the club’s longest serving player and was the first women’s England captain, and Jack Taylor, the first Englishman to referee a World Cup Final (1974) and first referee to take a place in the Hall of Fame.

A posthumous award will also be made to Raich Carter, who captained Sunderland to League and FA Cup wins in the 1930’s.  David Clarke, England’s record goal scorer in blind football completes the line up. 

The former players join a host of other famous football faces including Sir Alex Ferguson, Alan Ball, Gordon Banks, Cliff Bastin, Jimmy Greaves and Sir Tom Finney, whose achievements are already celebrated with a place on the honour roll.

Inductees have been chosen by a panel featuring some of the biggest names in football including, the Museum’s President Sir Bobby Charlton, Vice President Sir Alex Ferguson, Gordon Taylor and Mark Lawrenson.  They must have finished their playing career or be aged over 30 and have played or managed in England for at least five years to qualify for Hall of Fame nomination.

The much-anticipated evening is a black tie event including a drinks reception, a four-course meal and inductee speeches. September’s event is sold out as companies raced to get their tickets for this very special occasion.

National Football Museum’s Commercial & Operations Director Michele Somers said: “We are delighted to welcome aboard new sponsors and extremely grateful to the PFA for their continued support of the event. The event selling out is a great indication of the Hall of Fame’s national interest.”

The National Football Museum provides a world-class home for the greatest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled, in addition to housing its nationally-recognised Hall of Fame in Manchester.

Admission is free of charge but, as the museum is a registered charity, it relies on donations from the public and support from the corporate sector.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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