Museum teams up with Leeds United to make football history
Fans will get the chance to relive some epic nights in Elland Road history thanks to a new display celebrating 100 years of Leeds United.
Cherished memorabilia harkening back to some of The Whites’ unforgettable Champions League clashes will take pride of place at Leeds City Museum alongside photos, programmes and souvenirs from key moments in the club’s storied past.
The display coincides with city-wide celebrations for Leeds United’s centenary, which will has seen events and activities take place throughout the year. The club officially turns 100 on October 17.
Objects fans can see at the museum include a pennant exchanged by with Italian giants SS Lazio when the two sides met in the group stages of the 2000 Champions League. A memorable tie saw the teams share the spoils in a 3-3 draw.
Also on display is a matchday programme from the 1972 FA Cup final, which saw The Whites bring the iconic trophy home thanks to a goal from Allan Clarke.
The game was also the origin of the song "Leeds! Leeds! Leeds!” more commonly known as "Marching on Together", which was the B-side of the team’s cup final song.
A bust and photo of Leeds United Legend John Charles and a programme form Lucas Radebe’s testimonial are also part of the display.
And a souvenir edition of the Yorkshire Evening Post from April 27, 1992 carrying the headline We Are the Champions also commemorates one of the greatest moments in the club’s history when they won the last ever first division title before the birth of the Premier League.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Leeds United have given their fans and the city so many unforgettable memories over the years and they are such an important part of our culture and our history.
“It’s a fitting tribute to how much they mean to the people of Leeds that we are commemorating some of those special moments and giving visitors the chance to reminisce about their heroes, the nights they have spent in the stands at Elland Road and the impact the impact the club has had on their lives.”
The 100 Years of Leeds United 1919-2019 display can be seen at Leeds City Museum, which is free to enter.
For more details, please visit: https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/leeds-city-museum/
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Leeds City Council
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About Leeds City Museum
Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH
0113 378 5001
Leeds City Museum was established in 1819 and reopened on 13 September 2008, having moved to the former Mechanics’ Institute located on Millennium Square in the centre of Leeds. With four floors and six galleries to visit, the museum offers an exciting, fun and interactive day out for all the family. The museum collection spans ancient and contemporary history, the local area and the wider world. The museum’s temporary exhibition space hosts a changing programme of exhibitions, currently A City and its Welcome, open until 31 December 2019.
The museum was named winner of the Kids in Museums ‘Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2018’. Family activities and school holiday events take place throughout the year including craft sessions at Rory’s Saturday Club, Tiny Tigers for under 5s and Museum Minis. The museum has dedicated conference and events spaces, with in-house catering provided by Leeds City Museum Café. The museum welcomed 283,138 visitors in 2018.