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The National Football Museum Reveals New Staff Shirt

Working at the National Football Museum already sounds pretty awesome in itself, but now it sounds even better, with the unveiling of a revolutionary new kit that will be worn by staff as their uniform. Designed by Stanley Chow and Manufactured by PlayerLayer, the new staff uniform is made with 50% sustainable bamboo mix.

Staff at the National Football Museum will wear a new football-shirt style kit from this week – made from bamboo. The limited-edition National Football Museum football shirts have been supplied and manufactured by PlayerLayer, famous for their work with eco-friendly football club Forest Green Rovers, and the new uniform uses a 50% sustainable bamboo mix – also used in Forest Green Rovers’ 2019-20 shirts.

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Famous Manchester artist/illustrator Stanley Chow worked on the design with the brief to ‘create something striking that represents the museum and football today’. As part of the shirt, Chow also designed a unique crest for the shirt, incorporating a representation of the iconic city centre Urbis building – where the museum is based – along with the initials NFM. Each shirt also has the number 12 on the back, representing the fan as the legendary ‘twelfth man or woman’ – an homage to the power of the fans in turning the tide of a match with their songs and encouragement for their team.

Tim Desmond, Chief Executive of the National Football Museum said “We are thrilled with the design of the new shirt – it sums up our values perfectly. We think its striking and unique and the staff love it. Stanley Chow has drawn inspiration from England’s kit, Inter Milan and the Nike Arsenal kit of the mid 1990s to come up with something that encapsulates what the National Football Museum is about.

We’re delighted that PlayerLayer have manufactured and supplied the shirts especially for us using their fabric made from a 50% sustainable bamboo mix, making it much more environmentally friendly than many shirts.

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The shirt has been commissioned to coincide with the opening of the NFM’s new exhibition, called ‘Strip! How Football Got Shirty’ – which launched at the National Football Museum on 22 November. The exclusive new exhibition unpicks the global fascination with football shirts and how they have influenced football culture, design, fashion and technology.

The latest addition to the Manchester Football Museum has launched in the gift store and is available to purchase now.

Daniel Jones

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