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In 2019, Goole Museum produced the exhibition ‘From Street to Stadium’, which was researched by local football fan, Phil Collins. The exhibition was about the men from Goole who played professional football in the 1960s.

It proved very popular, and Phil was regularly stopped in the street by people who wanted to share their own memories and the part football played in their past. It was obvious what Phil needed to do…and the result is the new exhibition, ‘Boys Will Be Boys’!

Goole Museum curator Dr Alex Ombler said:

The ‘boys’ we are remembering in this new exhibition are those who played club and pub football in Goole during the 1960s and 1970s. In a time before smartphones and a million other distractions, many young men were happy to play football and be part of a team. It gave them something to do at the weekend.  However, not all of the players remained in the local league; some went on to play for Goole Town, and a few progressed to playing professionally.”

The exhibition also explores the story of women’s and girls’ football in a section called ‘Girls will be Girls’. It reveals to visitors that women’s and girls’ football is more popular than ever, and that the origin of the female game has its roots in the late Victorian period.

The exhibition launch is this Saturday (15 October) at the Museum from 10am.

‘Boys will be Boys’ will run until 23 December, 2022. Admission is free, and there is no need to book.

Goole Museum is located in Carlisle Street and is open:
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Closed for lunch 12 noon to 12.30pm

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