English Football Hall of Fame

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The English Football Hall of Fame is housed at the National Football Museum, in Manchester, England. The Hall aims to celebrate and highlight the achievements of the all-time top English footballing talents, as well as non-English players and managers who have become significant figures in the history of the English game. New members are added each year, with an induction ceremony held in the autumn, formerly at varying locations, but exclusively at the Museum itself following its move to Manchester's Urbis building in 2012.

The Hall is on permanent display at the Museum. An accompanying book, The Football Hall of Fame: The Official Guide to the Greatest Footballing Legends of All Time, was first published in October 2005 by Robson Books. Authored by football historian Rob Galvin and the Museum's founding curator Mark Bushell, it is updated every year with the newest inductees, containing an in-depth profile about the career and reputation of each one, along with a select exhibit from the Museum which relates to their achievements.

Selection panel[edit]

Members of the Hall of Fame are chosen by a panel. Initially, this comprised ex-players Jimmy Armfield, Sir Trevor Brooking, Jimmy Hill, Mark Lawrenson and Gordon Taylor, all of whom had become professional pundits and/or senior figures in the game after retiring.

They have since been joined by former England manager Graham Taylor and a group of the country's most eminent football historians - Rob Galvin, Peter Holme, Dick Holt, John Hughson, Simon Inglis, Alexander Jackson, Graham Kelly, Tony Mason, Gail Newsham, Dave Russell, Matthew Taylor, John Walton and Jean Williams - whose role is to advise on the selection of players from the game's early days.

All surviving inductees to the Hall are granted an additional place on the panel. Two players have been inducted as the 'Fans' Choice', following polls on the BBC Sport and Sky Sports websites.

Awards[edit]

Initially, there were three main categories of induction; a mass of 'Players' and 'Managers' from the men's game, together with one figure from the women's game. (Sir Alf Ramsey is noted as the only figure to date honoured in both of the main male categories.) To be considered for induction players must be either retired or at least 30 years of age. All inductees must also have played/managed for at least five years in England.

In 2007, two other regular categories were established. Chiefly, this was in recognition of football's central role in English culture, extending Hall of Fame honours to those who have contributed greatly to the English game outside the more obvious fields of play. The Community Champion category – sponsored by the Football Foundation – honours professional players who have donated their spare time and money to the grassroots level of the sport, while the Football for All Award – sponsored by The Football Association – is presented to pioneers of the various forms of football played by disabled people.

Since 2009, the Museum has also commemorated great teams from history alongside its awarding of individual players and coaches. The criteria for a team's induction is that they must have played at least a quarter of a century prior. 2013 saw the first induction of a referee.

On occasional circumstances there will also be a presentation of a 'special award', usually to mark significant anniversaries. Jimmy Hill is to date the sole recipient of an honour styled as a Lifetime Achievement Award, in celebration of his unusual polymathic career in the game.

2002 Inaugural Inductees[edit]

Players[edit]

Women's Inductee[edit]

Managers[edit]

2003 Inductees[edit]

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Players[edit]

Women's Inductee[edit]

Managers[edit]

2004 Inductees[edit]

Players[edit]

Women's Inductee[edit]

Managers[edit]

Special Category – Ambassador of Football[edit]

  • Switzerland Sepp Blatterthe president of FIFA was inducted to mark the world federation's centenary, becoming the first figure outside the English game to be honoured by the Museum.

2005 Inductees[edit]

Players[edit]

Women's Inductee[edit]

Managers[edit]

2006 Inductees[edit]

Players[edit]

Women's Inductee[edit]

Managers[edit]

2007 Inductees[edit]

Players[edit]

Women's Inductees[edit]

Football Foundation Community Champion[edit]

FA Football for All Award[edit]

  • England Stephen DaleyNorthern Irish-born player whose professional career was ended by loss of vision at 18. Later became the captain of the partially sighted England national team.

Manager[edit]

Special Award[edit]

  • Sheffield F.C. - the world's oldest football club was commemorated for reaching its 150th anniversary

2008 Inductees[edit]

Players[edit]

Women's Inductee[edit]

Football Foundation Community Champion[edit]

FA Football for All Award[edit]

  • England Steve Johnsona regular member of the England squad for amputee football and the leader of Everton's charity venture, Everton in the Community.

Manager[edit]

2008 Special Awards – European Hall of Fame[edit]

In 2008, the museum was invited to stage an additional awards dinner in Liverpool at the ACC Liverpool as part of the city's European Capital of Culture celebrations. This time, the selection panel deliberated to select the English game's greatest players and managers on the criteria of their performance for English clubs in European competitions and/or their successful periods with clubs on the Continent.

Also honoured were the 40th and 30th anniversaries of two of the earliest English successes in the European Cup tournament.

Players[edit]

Managers[edit]

Teams[edit]

All-Time Great European Footballer[edit]

  • France Michel Platinithe current UEFA president became the second figure outside the English game to be honoured by the Museum

In addition, fans of the host city's two major clubs – in conjunction with The Liverpool Echo – respectively picked their favourite performers from European games:

2009 Inductees[edit]

Players[edit]

Women's Inductee[edit]

Football Foundation Community Champion[edit]

FA Football for All Award[edit]

Managers[edit]

Teams[edit]

2010 Inductees[edit]

Players[edit]

Women's Inductee[edit]

Football Foundation Community Champion[edit]

FA Football for All Award[edit]

  • England George Fergusonlong-time member of Everton's blind football team and secretary of the Visually Impaired Football League.

Manager[edit]

Team[edit]

Special Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

2011 Inductees[edit]

With the museum's relocation to Manchester taking up nearly all available resources, 2011 (and 2012) did not see a full induction ceremony. However two special ceremonies were held in 2011. The first, in January, saw the re-induction of Thierry Henry, who had been unable to attend his initial inauguration in 2008. The second, in October, was to induct Aston Villa's 1982 European Cup winning side into the teams section.

2013 Inductees[4][edit]

Players[edit]

Peter Schmeichel also collected his Hall of Fame trophy, having missed his initial inauguration in 2003.

Women's Inductee[edit]

FA Football for All Award[edit]

Referee[edit]

Special Awards[edit]

2014 Inductees[5][edit]

Players[edit]

Alan Shearer and Ray Wilkins also collected their Hall of Fame trophies, having missed their initial inaugurations in 2004 and 2013 respectively.

Women's Inductee[edit]

FA Football for All Award[edit]

Team[edit]

Special Award[edit]

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