A new 10-metre high mural celebrating the love Manchester has for football has been unveiled today April 5th on the edge of the city’s Northern Quarter.
Over the last few weeks, Manchester football brand Umbro has been asking Mancunians “What does football mean to you?”. Umbro received hundreds of responses and chose the 11 best to feature on this huge piece of art commissioned to celebrate the brand’s 95th anniversary.
Some of the members of the public whose words are up on the wall attended today’s unveiling to see the mural for the very first time.
Rachel Herdson (43), a Manchester City fan from Altrincham, tweeted: “Football determined my choice of husband’. She met her husband at a City match twenty years ago this year. City won 6-0 against Sheffield so she thought he was a lucky omen and married him.
Don Grant, 60, a Manchester City fan living in Old Trafford, tweeted: “It’s not just for Christmas”. As a MCFC fan of 50 years, he’s experienced the highs and lows of football and been loyal to the Blues throughout.
Leon Mike (37) is a Manchester United fan from Chorlton. He’s also an ex-professional footballer with Manchester City. Leon tweeted: “Watching the impossible become a reality” in reference to Manchester United’s treble in 1999.
On seeing the mural unveiled, Rachel commented: “It’s fantastic – so colourful. I’m really chuffed and proud to be part of Umbro’s 95th birthday celebrations.”
Umbro Head of Global Brand Marketing, Helene Hope, said: “Umbro was founded in Manchester back in 1924 and is still based here today so it’s only fitting that we kicked-off our 95th birthday celebration right here in our hometown. Football is nothing without the fans and this piece of street art, created by fans, reflects the passion
Mancunians and Umbro have for the game. I think every football fan in this city that comes to look at the wall will recognise the love for football on display.”
The next event to celebrate Umbro’s 95th birthday is a pop-up exhibition of retro football shirts in conjunction with Manchester-based Classic Football Shirts and football magazine,
Mundial. It will open in Manchester on April 8th and run until April 14th at 23a Princess Street, M2 4EN.
The Umbro mural can be seen on the side of the Hare and Hounds pub near Shudehill Interchange from now until the end of the April.