A key artefact from Leeds United has gone on display in a new national exhibition marking the 125th anniversary of The Football League.
Club chiefs have provided The National Football Museum in Manchester with the match-day programme of the 1968 League Cup Final clash between Leeds United and Arsenal. Leeds United battled to a 1-0 victory as they lifted the trophy at Wembley.
The National Football Museum and The Football League are behind the major exhibition called Game Changers: 125 Years of the Football League.
Greg Clarke, chairman of The Football League, said: “his new exhibition at the National Football Museum captures the essence of The Football League and what it means to millions of people throughout the country.
“The content of the exhibition is extraordinary; it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see items from 125 years of football history and we’re thrilled that it features contributions from all 72 League clubs. I strongly encourage supporters to go and see the exhibition and the rest of this outstanding museum.”
A spokesman for Leeds United said: “The programme was from our first win at Wembley and our first domestic trophy under Don Revie so we’re delighted to contribute it to the exhibition. We’re pleased to have played a part in The Football League’s great history.”
Kevin Moore, National Football Museum director, said: “The history of The Football League provides a fascinating story for football fans across the world. It’s the benchmark of competition football and a triumph for the game that this nation created. We’re delighted for the fantastic support from The Football League and The Arts Council for this exciting new exhibition.”
The free exhibition runs from September to April – the length of the first season of the league in 1888-89.