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125 Years of the Football League

25 September 2013

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The National Football Museum and The Football League have launched a major new exhibition at the Museum’s stunning new Manchester home.

The exhibition, which is free to all visitors, opened September, 10 and celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the world’s original league football competition. It runs from September through until April, the length of the first season of The Football League in 1888/89.

Game Changers tells the story of the origins of the professional game and its place at the heart of our nation’s sporting culture. The exhibition brings to life the personalities and events that have shaped league football, both on and off the pitch. It also features some of football’s most iconic and historic items - including many never before seen objects - with each of The Football League’s 72 member clubs providing an item of historical importance. 

Chesterfield's contribution to the exhibition is the cheque that was used by the Chesterfield Football Supporters Society in 2001 to buy Andrew Cooke's 78% shareholding in the club. This saw Chesterfield become the first senior football club in Great Britain ever to have been bought out by a supporters' group.

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