Love Talking Football?

The stadiums. The pitches. The wages. Football has been through some incredible changes since England won the World Cup in 1966. And we haven’t even mentioned the decades of dodgy hairdos, awkward adverts and of course, the ever-changing quality of the half-time pie…

The National Football Museum is inviting fans who have experienced the changing face of football to get together for brew and a chat at the museum, as part of a new Sporting Memories group.

The 90 minute meet-ups will take place every 2nd Monday at 10.30am and are free to attend, with refreshments provided.

Memories of ’66 Project Co-ordinator Louise Rutherford says “Football is always a fantastic way to get people talking.

“The new Sporting Memories group formed at the museum will be a great opportunity particularly for older fans to meet new people, share their stories, and make the most of a visit to the museum.”

The Sporting Memories Foundation was founded to support older people in the UK living with dementia, depression or loneliness by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching and playing sport.

Inspired by The 1966 World Cup Exhibition, the Memories of 66 project has seen the Sporting Memories Network and the National Football Museum working together to gather stories from England’s golden summer of 1966.

With all fans welcome, Rutherford hopes the conversations the group have will cover a wide range of subjects; “The 1966 World Cup is a great place to start the conversation, but as the group progresses we will be looking at different themes in the football calendar, different events and even different sports. We really want it to be a group which is led by the people that attend it; they will shape the way it goes.

“We’re looking forward to what each member of the group will have to offer.”

For more information on how you can get involved, call Louise Rutherford on 0161 871 8177 or email

Check the dates of our upcoming meet-ups here: