The director of the National Football Museum, Dr. Kevin Moore, went on an undercover mission give out early Christmas presents to football fans on Monday morning.
Donning a Santa Claus costume, Dr. Moore spread Christmas spirit throughout the city’s Christmas Markets and the National Football Museum by surprising passers-by and guests with football-themed goodies from the museum.
The Santa substitute made many football fan’s Christmases by giving away gifts including a priceless England 1966 replica shirt signed by footballing legend and hat trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst.
People young and old were treated to early Christmas presents as the season of goodwill gets into full swing.
John Roberts, 82 from Nantwich got more than he bargained for during his visit to the National Football Museum and was delighted to be the recipient of an official England 1966 World Cup shirt signed by Hurst.
Mr Roberts said: “What a great surprise, I certainly wasn’t expecting this when I visited. I told my son, who’s visiting this Christmas from Dundee, I was visiting the National Football Museum today and he asked me to get him a piece of memorabilia, I think the shirt will give him a bit of a shock.
“It’s a wonderful gift, I can clearly remember watching the victorious 1966 World Cup final at home on television with my wife.”
Dr. Kevin Moore commented, “It was a brilliant experience to dress in Santa’s famous outfit and surprise and delight football fans with some truly amazing gifts. Hopefully we’ve made this special time of year even more memorable for those lucky enough to receive a gift.”
A range of gifts inspired by the beautiful game as well as official signed memorabilia is now available from the museum’s newly launched online shop – www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/shop.