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The English Football Hall of Fame is housed at the National Football Museum in Preston, England. The Hall aims to celebrate and highlight the achievements of the top English footballing talents, and non-English players and managers who have become significant figures in the English leagues. New members are added each year, with a ceremony described as the 'Oscars of English Football' being held in September/October.

Members of the Hall of Fame are selected by a panel. Initially, this panel comprised former players Jimmy Armfield, Sir Trevor Brooking (also vice-president of the museum), 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 ex-England manager Graham Taylor and a group of the country's most eminent football historians (who advise on the selection of players from the game's early days). All surviving inductees to the hall are also granted an additional place on the panel, for all following years after their selection.

To be considered for induction players/managers must be 30 years of age or older and have played/managed for at least five years in England. The only exception to this rule is Duncan Edwards, who died at the age of 21 in the Munich air disaster (and whose playing career had been cut short just two months before the requisite five years).

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 Robert Galvin (one of the aforementioned historians on the panel), it is updated every year with the newest inductees, containing an in-depth profile about the career and reputation of each one.

In recent years, other regular categories of induction have been established alongside the main players, managers and women's categories. Chiefly, this has been done in recognition of football's central role in English culture. The Football Foundation Community Champion category honours players who have devoted their spare time to the grassroots level of the sport, while the FA Football for All Award is presented to leading pioneers of the various forms of football that are played by disabled people.

From 2009, the Museum now commemorates whole teams alongside its awarding of individual players and coaches.

Contents

2002 Inaugural Inductees

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Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

2003 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

2004 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

Special Category - Ambassador of Football

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

2005 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

2006 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

2007 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductees

Football Foundation Community Champion

FA Football for All Award

  • England Stephen Daley

Manager

Special Category - 150th Anniversary of the World's Oldest Club

2008 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Football Foundation Community Champion

FA Football for All Award

  • England Steve Johnson

Manager

2008 Special Awards - European Hall of Fame

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. In addition to this was a commemoration of the two teams largely responsible - from an English perspective - for creating the legend of the European Cup.

Players

Managers

Teams

All-Time Great European Footballer

  • France Michel Platini - the 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 respectively picked their favourite performers from European games:

2009 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

Teams

External links


The English Football Hall of Fame is housed at the National Football Museum, currently being relocated to 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 leagues. New members are added each year, with an induction ceremony being held in September/October at varying locations. To be considered for induction players must be either retired or, if their careers are still ongoing, at least 30 years of age. All inductees must also have played/managed for at least five years in England.

Members of the Hall of Fame are selected by a panel. Initially, this panel comprised ex-players Jimmy Armfield, Sir Trevor Brooking (also one of the museum's Vice Presidents), Jimmy Hill, Mark Lawrenson (also an Ambassador of the museum) 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; Robert Galvin, Peter Holme, Dick Holt, Simon Inglis, Alexander Jackson, Graham Kelly, Tony Mason, Gail Newsham, Dave Russell, John Walton and Jean Williams. Their role is to advise on the selection of players from the game's early days. All surviving inductees to the hall are also granted an additional place on the panel, for all following years after their selection.

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 the aforementioned historian Robert 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.

In 2007, two other regular categories of induction were established alongside the main players, managers and women's categories. Chiefly, this was in recognition of football's central role in English culture, extending Hall of Fame honours to those whose main contribution to the English game has been outside the more obvious field 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 now also commemorates whole teams alongside its awarding of individual players and coaches. The criteria for their induction is that they must have played at least a quarter of a century prior.

Contents

2002 Inaugural Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

2003 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

2004 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

Special Category - Ambassador of Football

  • Sepp Blatter - the 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

Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

2006 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Managers

2007 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductees

Football Foundation Community Champion

FA Football for All Award

  • Stephen Daley - Northern 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

Special Category - 150th Anniversary of the World's Oldest Club

2008 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

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Football Foundation Community Champion

FA Football for All Award

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

Manager

2008 Special Awards - European Hall of Fame

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. In addition to this was a commemoration of the two teams largely responsible - from an English perspective - for creating the legend of the European Cup.

Players

Managers

Teams

All-Time Great European Footballer

  • Michel Platini - the 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

Players

Women's Inductee

Football Foundation Community Champion

FA Football for All Award

  • Ronnie Watson - a player on the books of Oldham Athletic who has learning disabilities.

Managers

Teams

2010 Inductees

Players

Women's Inductee

Football Foundation Community Champion

FA Football for All Award

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

Managers

Team

Special Lifetime Achievement Award

Dalglish and Ramsey are noted for being the first inductees recognised for their achievements as both players and managers.

External links


Simple English

The English Football Hall of Fame is in the National Football Museum in Preston, England.


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