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Football Museum: what would you add?
The 1966 World Cup Final match ball
The 1966 World Cup Final match ball is amongst the exhibitions at the museum

Manchester will be the main base for the National Football Museum after the decision was made to move most of its collections from Preston.

Whether the new gallery in the Urbis exhibition space will hold items like the 1966 World Cup Final ball or an 1872 England shirt remains to be seen.

Local fans will be hoping that George Best's European Footballer of the Year Trophy and Bert Trautmann's neck brace make the journey south.

But what would you like to see?

The National Football Museum opened in Preston in 2001 and holds over 30,000 items in its archives, with 2000 of these currently being displayed.

Those archives include collections dedicated to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Football Association (FA), Sir Stanley Matthews and Sir Tom Finney.

Bert Trautmann's neck brace
City fans will be able to take a look at Bert Trautmann's neck brace

One of its biggest is the People's Collection, which is made up of objects and ephemera donated or loaned to the Museum by members of the public.

It includes everything from magazines, player contracts and trophies to toys, cigarette cards and floodlight bulbs.

With the partial move to Manchester, that collection is bound to get even bigger, with a city filled with football fans ready to donate and lend their prized football possessions.

What would you add to the Museum?

If you could add one item to the National Football Museum, one thing that holds a treasured memory of football for you, what would it be?

And even if you don't have something yourself, what one piece of memorabilia would you want to see taking pride of place in Manchester's Football Museum?

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Football museum to open new base
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