Jack Charlton has won a place on the world’s first football ‘walk of fame’.
The Leeds and England legend was amongst 25 players immortalised with bronze plaques, unveiled by fellow 1966 legends Sir Bobby Charlton and Roger Hunt, as part of a permanent ‘free to view’ tribute to the global icons of international football.
Members of the 1966 England team are among those immortalised as part of the National Football Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
In addition to the 11 English heroes from the ‘66 team, a total of 25 of the game’s best have been honoured. England manager Sir Alf Ramsey has been recognised alongside Brazilian international Pelé who is the first to receive the ‘Football Walk of Fame Legend Award’.
Other names entering the Football Walk of Fame include legends of today’s game Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as heroes of modern football including Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Thierry Henry. Also honoured are George Best, Diego Maradona, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff and Sir Tom Finney. Women’s football stars Matha and Lily Parr complete the roll of honours.
Displayed as a trail leading to the entrance of the National Football Museum in Manchester, the Football Walk of Fame features specially created images of the inductees by renowned sports artist Paul Trevillion.
The project is a collaboration between the museum, Mr Trevillion and founder of the UK Walk of Fame cultural attractions David Courtney.
Mr Courtney said: “As a massive football fan, this has been a long time dream come true for me.
“I am particularly proud that ‘The Football Walk of Fame’ will re-establish our place in history as the ‘birthplace’ of the greatest sport in the world.”