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The original Transfer Window to be displayed at National Football Museum

Tue 1st Apr 2014 | Marketing & PR

The Football Transfer Window is about to take up official residence at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

The 112-year-old window - which is constructed out of wood, is painted white and measures 3ft by 5ft.

The window is from the old Football League’s offices, built in 1902 in Winckley Square, Preston, Lancashire.  It’s the window through which clubs and players officially submitted registration documents for transfers, hence the phrase ‘transfer window’.

English football clubs are only allowed to buy and sell players, with a few rare exceptions, when the window is open.

The National Football Museum has confirmed it will strictly follow officially established guidelines and will only open and close the window when appropriate – twice per season.

Rules surrounding the transfer window changed dramatically in the 2002/03 season – when football bosses in England realised that the window had in fact never been closed. They ruled that it could be only used for two periods per season - closing at 11pm on the final day of each of the summer and winter periods – August 31 and January 31 respectively.

The window, which has never had a blind, will, however, be given an ‘exceptional circumstances’ allowance to be opened and closed just once at its official unveiling event on April 1.

Guests on the day will include Sky Sports presenter Jim White, who has his famous yellow Deadline Day tie already on display in the NFM, and QPR manager and Transfer Window sceptic Harry Redknapp.

The official ceremony will start at 11am and will last exactly one hour until the window is unveiled by new NFM media manager, Avril Olof, at 12 Noon prompt.

NFM spokesman Avril said: “We’re really excited to be giving the official transfer window a full-time home at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

“It’s very much a one-off special event, and we’ve been given special dispensation to open and close the window, outside of its usual opening times, at the ceremony.”

Football League bosses would have to open the window and shout the names of the players about to be transferred through the open window. According to FA rules, as long as no one shouted back to question the proposed transfer the clubs involved were then allowed to proceed with the deal.

And the Transfer Window system has as many detractors as it has fans in the Beautiful Game. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says it is unfair. French legend Michel Platini believes it is damaging and QPR manager Harry Redknapp has even likened it to "gang warfare".

 

Posted by: Kev Howland 

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