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Hotel to House Permanent Football Exhibition in Honour of Sir Tom Finney and Bill Shankly

We are happy to announce that the brand new Shankly Hotel in Preston will feature a permanent football exhibition dedicated to the late Sir Tom Finney CBE and Bill Shankly OBE.

The £15 million project, set to transform the former Grade II listed Post Office building in the heart of Preston, will showcase extremely rare memorabilia, kindly donated by both the Shankly and Finney families.

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This wonderful news comes after director of The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool and grandson of Bill Shankly, Chris Shankly Carline recently met with Sir Tom’s son, Brian Finney. Both families have formed a close bond and have agreed to combine their fascinating treasures at this unique football exhibition in Preston.

The items kindly donated by the Finney family will be in addition to the trinkets and memorabilia that the Shankly family are loaning. It will mark a permanent and touching tribute to two legends of the football world and Preston North End.

Chris and Brian have already started the fascinating process of curating the exhibition and deciding which unique items and personal trinkets will feature in the collection. They have already agreed that Sir Tom Finney’s OBE and CBE will be displayed, as well as his Freedom of the City of Preston scroll and silver casket, his Army Wartime Football Medal, a Testimonial Programme, signed Preston North End shirt and some 1950’s boots endorsed by Sir Tom.

Chris and the Shankly family are still yet to confirm the complete list of memorabilia that they will be donating to this exciting new football exhibition.

Following the meeting, Chris said: “I had a very productive meeting with Brian Finney, we discussed how we could jointly honour the memory of Sir Tom and my grandfather’s football achievements at Preston.”

“I am thrilled and delighted to confirm that we now have agreed our Shankly Hotel memorabilia collaboration with the Finney family. The family have agreed to provide a number of unique items which will make this a truly outstanding collaboration and one which will be unique.”

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Chris Shankly Carline

This fabulous news is sure to be a great boost to Preston’s tourism. The National Football Museum used to be based in the heart of the city, offering a fantastic visitor experience for football fans from across the UK. However, in 2009 it was announced that this amazing museum would be moving to Manchester, a huge blow for Preston.

For our football exhibition in The Shankly Hotel Preston, we will be working with the National Football Museum, who will be assisting us in the display of our memorabilia.

Talking about the upcoming exhibition Chris Shankly Carline said: “When the National Football museum was based in Preston it was a fantastic visitor experience for football fans from across the UK to visit and it was a huge loss to the city.

“We hope in some way – working with the Finney family – and combining their memorabilia to bring something special and unique back to the city.

“Together with the National Football museum and the Finney family we aim to make the Shankly Hotel Preston one of the top football themed hotels and experiences in the UK. It will create something very unique for football fans and to continue the legacy that the National Football museum first established in Preston.

“For me the greatest honour will be to see the legacy of Sir Tom and my grandfather Bill celebrated for their achievements and the values that they stood for both as gentlemen and footballers, and which truly made football the beautiful game that it is today.”

Collections officer for the National Football Museum Peter Holme said: “The National Football Museum is pleased to assist the Shankly Hotel project in Preston with displays of memorabilia celebrating two icons of football, both of whom had long playing careers at Preston North End Football Club.”

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A visualisation of how one of our suites will look

Alongside this exciting football exhibition, The Shankly Hotel Preston will feature 65 luxurious bedrooms, a bar and restaurant dedicated to Bill Shankly and beautiful weddings and events venue. Our stunning hotel will follow the same brand and DNA as the successful Shankly Hotel set the heart of Liverpool.

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