New exhibition celebrating Tameside football on display
Sunday 5th March 2017 @ 15:30 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Football News Sports

An exhibition celebrating Tameside’s football heritage is now on display in Ashton.

The borough is not only the birthplace of three World Cup winners but is the only one in the country to have six senior non-league clubs playing at National or Northern Premier League level – Stalybridge Celtic, Curzon Ashton, Ashton United, Hyde United, Mossley and Droylsden.

Goal! is a new exhibition which celebrates Tameside’s love affair with the world’s most popular sport.

It opened on Saturday, March 4, and will run until Sunday, July 9, at the Portland Basin Museum.

Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member with responsibility for culture, said: “It may be nearly 100 years since the borough had a Football League club, but the enthusiasm for the sport remains as intense as ever.

“Goal! proudly highlights Tameside’s place in football and its love for the game. It shows there is much to celebrate, and much to learn, too.”

The exhibition looks at the full expanse of the game, from the Victorian days right up to the modern day, and captures the excitement of football, both on and off the pitch.

Among the exhibits are table games, match programmes, collector cards, books, balls and clothing, including a replica England shirt signed by 1966 World Cup hero Geoff Hurst who was born in Ashton and lived in Denton.

As well as photographs of some of the hundreds of church, pub, works and school teams that have existed in Tameside, 94-year-old Jack Coggan has lent some pictures from his personal collection, showing Manchester United’s famous Busby Babes visiting his Stalybridge shop.