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Viv Anderson lends historic shirt

Viv Anderson lends historic shirt

24 February 2011

The museum was delighted when approached recently to see if we would be interested in Viv Anderson’s England shirt from 1978. 

The shirt was worn by Viv as the first black footballer to play for England.  The match in 1978 was at Wembley against Czechoslovakia, with England winning 1-0.

Since that famous match, the football shirt has been lying in boxes, sometimes hung on the wall, and most recently been stored in Viv’s garage!  The shirt will be conserved in the museum’s Textile Conservation Studio before hopefully going on public display in a few months time. 

Viv played for Manchester United between 1987 and 1991 (he was Alex Ferguson’s first signing since taking over as manager of United) as well as playing for other clubs such as Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday in the 1970s and 1980s.  Viv now works in corporate hospitality and paid tribute to his friend Mark Bushell, from the Brathay Trust, a charity for young people and friend of the museum, who persuaded him to loan it to the People’s History Museum.

To hear more about Viv’s memories of that historic game, there’s coverage on Manchester Evening News and BBC Online