VIDEO: Famous Ipswich Town commentary clips to be immortalised at National Football Museum
SOME of the most memorable Ipswich Town football commentary clips are to be immortalised in a new exhibit at the National Football Museum.
Radio 5 live and BBC Local Radio have compiled an archive of hundreds of the most memorable BBC radio football commentary clips for a permanent exhibit that will be on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester, when it opens in the city on July 6.
Ipswich Town clips that are to be included in the museum for permanent display include the 1-0 FA Cup Final win over Arsenal and Roger Osborne’s display of emotion after his winning goal, the glorious 5-4 victory over Alkmaar Zaanstreek in the 1981 UEFA Cup Final and the 4-2 play-off win over Barnsley which finally took the club to the Premier League after three years of heartache.
Other outstanding clips that made it into the show included the nerve-shredding commentary from the moment David Beckham’s wonderful free-kick against Greece won England a place in the 2002 World Cup and Didier Drogba’s match-winning penalty for Chelsea in this year’s Champions League final.
Every one of the 92 Premier and Football League clubs, plus some non-league clubs with rich histories, will be represented in the exhibit with at least three special commentary moments.
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The exhibit also features sections on milestones, England, funnies and classic commentaries, including two champions league comebacks – Manchester United in 1999 and Liverpool’s remarkable turnaround in 2005 – the Matthews Cup final in 1953 and Arsenal’s rollercoaster victory over Manchester United in the 1979 FA Cup final, which prompted the late Peter Jones to exclaim: “I swear I do not believe it!”
National Football Museum Deputy Director David Pearson said: “We are delighted to be working with BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Local Radio to bring together such an astounding collection of clips, which are so integral to football supporters’ memories and experiences of football history.
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“It’s such an impressive project to undertake and will feature some of the greatest names in football commentary. We would very much like to thank the BBC for their help and assistance in compiling this fascinating collection for our visitors.”
The BBC Radio Football Commentary Collection will be available for football fans to enjoy in its permanent home at the National Football Museum in Manchester, which opens to the public on July 6.
Museum collection highlights include a shirt from the world’s first international match played in 1872, the 1966 World Cup Final ball and the shirt worn by Diego Maradona during the infamous 1986 ‘Hand of God’ World Cup quarter-final match between England and Argentina.
The museum – formerly based at Preston’s Deepdale stadium – will be across three floors, with entrance free.