Vieira honoured by National Football Museum
- 24 April 2014 20:04
- Posted by @MCFC
City EDS boss Patrick Vieira is set to be inducted into the English Hall of Fame at the National Football Museum.
The French legend has been recognised for his outstanding achievements as part of a prestigious playing career, and Vieira is now passing on his wealth of experience in the game to City's youngsters in the Elite Development Squad.
Vieira, together with Michael Owen, Jimmy Mcilroy, former England captain Alan Shearer, Trevor Francis, Ray Wilkins, Matt Dimbylow (Captain of the England Cerebral Palsy team), women’s football pioneer Sylvia Gore MBE, and Scotland, Newcastle and Chelsea goalscoring phenomenon of the 1920s and 30s Hughie Gallacher, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a prestigious award ceremony in October.
Vieira said: “I am extremely honoured and proud that I have been selected to join the National Football Museum Hall of Fame. It is a huge privilege to be inducted and join my former team mates Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams on the illustrious list.”
Two special awards will also be made – the first, to mark the 1914 WW1 centenary, will go to The Football Battalion, a group of professional footballers and fans who fought in the Battle of the Somme; the second will go to the 1880s squad known as the Preston North End Invincibles, who 125 years ago this month were the first team to win the world’s first Football League competition, remaining unbeaten all season.
They join a host of others inducted in previous years, including Mike Summerbee, Alan Ball, Peter Schmeichel, Gordon Banks, Cliff Bastin, Jimmy Greaves and Sir Tom Finney, whose achievements are already celebrated with a place on the honour roll.
The names were revealed at a launch drinks reception at the National Football Museum on Thursday evening.
The Hall of Fame dinner 2014 takes place on 16 October. Members of the public can buy tickets to attend the exclusive event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about ticket prices and sponsorship packages can be found online at www.nationalfootballmuseum.com