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FC United of Manchester announce new Partnership with the National Football Museum

Based in Manchester city centre, in the iconic Urbis building, the National Football Museum tells the stories of the game of our lives and preserves, conserves and displays important objects from the Football Heritage Collection.  

As part of the partnership with FC United of Manchester, the museum will sell a range of FC merchandise in their official store and display our celebratory women’s kit which marks 120 years since the Women’s Social & Political Union (WSPU) was formed in Manchester in 1903 and also celebrates equality and diversity in football.

Natalie Atkinson, FC United of Manchester Chief Executive said: “I am thrilled to announce this new partnership with the National Football Museum. This is the only outlet outside of the club selling official FC United merchandise and having this strong presence within the museum helps us to share our story and widen our profile to visitors of the museum from all over the world.”

Tim Desmond, CEO of the National Football Museum said: “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with FC United of Manchester. The museum welcomes over 160,000 visitors every year and there is a lot of interest in FC United of Manchester and the European FENIX Trophy competition. We are delighted to help showcase the club to a wider audience and celebrate women in football by displaying the celebratory women’s kit and launching this on International Women’s Day.”

For more information on the National Football Museum please visit: www.nationalfootballmuseum.com and don’t miss your chance to view the fantastic and thought provoking exhibition From Moss Side to Marseille curated by artist Michael Browne and Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, available until 01 June 2023. 

FC United women’s Captain, Kirsty Chambers photographed wearing the new celebratory women’s kit next to the statue of women’s footballing trailblazer, Lily Parr, in the National Football Museum.

A range of FC United of Manchester merchandise is now available to purchase within the official museum shop. 

Susan Heath (pictured left), whose idea it was to create a celebratory women’s kit, is pictured with Kirsty Chambs wearing the special kit alongside the  statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in St Peter’s Square, Manchester. Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social & Political Union (WSPU) in 1903. 

National Football Museum located in the iconic Urbis building in Manchester city centre.


About the National Football Museum

The National Football Museum in Manchester is the only cultural organisation that tells the story of England’s national game and is custodian of the Football Heritage Collection, the largest public collection of football objects in the world. Its mission is to share stories about football and with a strong social purpose to drive inclusion, equality, and wellbeing amongst our communities. Investment from the European Regional Development Fund and National Lottery Heritage Fund has enabled the museum to welcome over 2.5m visitors since opening in the Urbis Building in 2012. Thanks to funding from Manchester City Council all City of Manchester residents and schools are admitted free of charge.

In November 2022 the National Football Museum achieved National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status awarded by Arts Council England to leading institutions that maintain the world class cultural sector of England. Thanks to Arts Council England funding we can widen the reach of our work though Football Creates, using the unrivalled power of football to engage people and communities in creativity, championing inclusion and improving wellbeing.


Opening Times

Monday-Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Last admissions 4.00pm.

The National Football Museum is an accessible venue.

E: info@nationalfootballmuseum.com

T: +44 (0) 161 605 8200

A: The National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Medieval Quarter, Manchester M4 3BG

First Posted ~ 21:47 Tue 7 Mar 2023
News ID ~ 9530
Last Updated ~ 19:32 Mon 4 Sep 2023