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The world’s first football league was formed at a meeting in Manchester in 1888. A lot has happened in the 125 years since.

 

This has inspired the Football League and National Football Museum to create a fascinating new exhibition exploring the many changes in the game and the weekend ritual of football fandom since 1888.

From William McGregor’s Victorian vision to the sixties superstardom of George Best, Game Changers: 125 Years of The Football League follows the steps to the modern day league and its millions of dedicated fans.
 
The seventy-two current Football League clubs have all donated something. The goods range from the historic – the Wolverhampton Wanderers official fixture card from the first season in 1888/89 – to the unexpected – with Watford putting forward a pair of Elton’s sunglasses.

The free exhibit, open daily, runs through April 27.