Howard’s way to mark a place in football history

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HE’S long been regarded as one of the world’s greatest referees.

But it’s not only Howard Webb’s name which is set to go down in history.

When the National Museum of Football opens in Manchester city centre in July it will contain several items from the South Yorkshire ref’s own personal collection of football memorabilia.

Howard will be donating the shirt he wore when he famously refereed the 2010 World Cup Final between Spain and Holland in South Africa before a worldwide audience of millions.

He has also donated the World Cup medal he was presented with after the game and the MBE he was awarded in the 2011 New Year’s Honours for his services to the beautiful game.

Married to Kay with two children Hollie, Jack and Lucy, 40-year-old Howard is also a serving Sheffield police sergeant his items will be exhibited amongst some of the greatest treasures of the game.

When the new museum opens they will sit alongside some of the greatest treasures of the beautiful game.

Other top attractions in the museum include historic items donated by the world’s oldest club - Sheffield FC.

There are also items relating to former Wednesday manager Harry Catterick who, after he left Hillsborough in the early 1960s, went on to manage Everton to victory in the Football League twice and the FA Cup.

And there’s also a number of items relating to former Sheffield United manager Howard Kendall, including UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Kendall’s Everton side lifted the giant trophy in 1985, and UEFA have loaned the trophy for display at the museum.

National Football Museum Director Kevin Moore said: “Some of the greatest names in modern football have competed for the trophy over the years and we’d very much like to thank UEFA for allowing us to display it.

“Our new museum will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the most impressive collection of football exhibits ever assembled.”

n The museum opens July 6.