JACK CHARLTON has won a place on the world’s first football ‘walk of fame’
The Leeds and England legend is amongst 25 players immortalised with bronze plaques, unveiled by fellow 1966 legends Sir Bobby Charlton and Roger Hunt, as part of a permanent ‘free to view’ tribute to the global icons of international football.
Members of the 1966 England team are among those immortalised as part of the National Football Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
In addition to the 11 English heroes from the ‘66 team, a total of 25 of the game’s best have been honoured.
England manager Sir Alf Ramsey has also been recognised alongside Brazilian international Pelé, legends of today’s game like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and other heroes of modern football including Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Thierry Henry.
Also honoured are George Best, Diego Maradona, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruff and Sir Tom Finney. Women’s football stars Matha and Lily Parr complete the roll of honours.
Displayed as a trail leading to the entrance of the National Football Museum in Manchester, the Football Walk of Fame features images of the inductees by renowned sports artist Paul Trevillion, who has created original illustrations for the brass plaques.
The Football Walk of Fame has come about through a collaboration between the museum, Mr Trevillion and founder of the UK Walk of Fame cultural attractions David Courtney
Mr Courtney said: “As a massive football fan, this has been a long time dream come true for me.
“I am particularly proud that ‘The Football Walk of Fame’ will re-establish our place in history as the ‘birthplace’ of the greatest sport in the world. This is set to become a global landmark for the game and one that we envisage will attract football fans from all corners of the globe.”
Mr Trevillion added: “The National Football Museum is the perfect location for the Football Walk of Fame. I am thrilled to be using my lifetime skills to be bringing this idea to life while honouring the true greats of the game.”