It was certainly a very special day for the first visitor - Thomas Clifford, who was there on his fourth birthday! As reported on the Museum's official website, Thomas, wearing his favourite team England shirt, and his dad Clive were waiting outside in perfect museum-visiting wet weather, thirty minutes before the doors opened.
Museum Director Kevin Moore and Deputy Director David Pearson were on hand to greet Thomas and Clive and hand over National Football Museum goody bags. Clive, a Manchester United supporter said ‘I visited the museum in Preston and loved it there, but I’m curious to see how it’s changed. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the UEFA European Cup Winner’s Cup, as I was at the 1984 match when Manchester United played Barcelona.‘
But spare a thought for Deepdale - Manchester's gain is Deepdale's demise. The former museum remains largely unused and unloved and could surely be put to better use?
Admission to the new museum is free as was the case at Deepdale. There's no doubt the pulling power of a city centre location in one of Europe's iconic football cities will ensure success - an advantage the old site never had.