Barnsley’s footballing history is coming home

L-R:'Don Rowing, Sarah Briggs and Arthur Bower
L-R:'Don Rowing, Sarah Briggs and Arthur Bower
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Football fans in Barnsley will be able to find out about the town’s footballing heritage when a multi-million pound museum opens its doors.

Until now historic footballing artefacts from the town have been split up and housed in private collections or at other museums across the country.

But now they are under one roof as part of Experience Barnsley – a new £4.3 million visitor attraction in Barnsley town hall.

Among the memorabilia to go on display 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 16 goals in 19 England appearances and his shirt still has grass stains on it.

It has been brought back to Barnsley on loan thanks to the support of the National Football Museum.

The Manchester United FC Museum has loaned objects that belonged to Mark Jones, another of Barnsley’s Busby Babes.

The match ball from the 1912 FA Cup final – the only time Barnsley have won the cup – will also have pride of place in the museum galleries.

Arthur Bower, Barnsley FC’s official historian, said. “I’m thrilled to see Barnsley Football Club’s history being celebrated.”

Terry Sykes, chairman of the steering group, said: “Experience Barnsley will be great fun for the whole family.

“Whether you’re interested in football, fashion, our industrial story or how our stone-age ancestors lived, there will be something for everyone.”

The museum is supported by £2.6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and will open on June 27.