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Barnsley's Football Heritage Finds Home In New Town Hall Museum

Friday June 7 2013

Don Rowing, Sarah Briggs and Arthur Bower Don Rowing, Sarah Briggs and Arthur Bower

BARNSLEY'S footballing heritage will be united for the first time when Experience Barnsley opens on June 27.

The all-new £4.3million visitor attraction is in Barnsley Town Hall and until now, many of the proud footballing objects have been in private collections or at other museums across the UK.

Among the memorabilia on show is an England shirt worn by Tommy Taylor, the Barnsley-born Manchester United player who was killed in the Munich air crash in 1958.

Taylor scored an incredible 16 goals in just 19 England appearances and his England shirt still has grass stains. It's been brought back to Barnsley on loan thanks to the support of the National Football Museum.

The match ball from the 1912 FA Cup final - the only time Barnsley won the famous trophy - will also have pride of place in the museum galleries. Harry Tufnell scored the only goal of the match in extra time to give the Reds a 1-0 win against West Brom.

Arthur Bower, Barnsley FC’s official historian, said: "I’m thrilled to see Barnsley Football Club’s history being celebrated,” said the 79-year-old.

Supported by just over £2.6million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the state-of-the-art museum will open to the public on June 27, be free to enter and open seven days a week.

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Reply Posted by Karen Maw on Friday June 7 2013 at 09:39
Cant wait to take a look , been well overdue..

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday June 7 2013 at 11:34
The Barnsley Museum is going to be like walking round a charity shop. A very bad charity shop.

Reply Posted by Proud Tyke on Friday June 7 2013 at 12:09
Mick, I cant believe you are still living here. Nothing but negative comments about Barnsley, why don't you go and find somewhere else to live that is up to your exacting standards!

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday June 7 2013 at 19:17
I don't have anything negative to say about Barnsley, only about Barnsley Council.

Reply Posted by Cathy on Friday June 7 2013 at 12:31
Can't wait for the museum to open, I think it will be a great success. I am very interested in seeing all the exhibits especially the football memorabilia as well as the Olympic torch they have been loaned.

Reply Posted by Lynda on Thursday June 13 2013 at 21:55
My grandson must go as he's named after his great great uncle tommy Taylor

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