SUNDERLAND legend Kevin Phillips’ historic award for being the highest goalscorer in Europe will go on display for the first time as an exhibition of football memorabilia arrives in the city centre.
The former frontman’s Golden Shoe award, of which he remains the only English winner, is to be part of a huge public display at The Bridges.
It is the latest event put on by Black Cats supporter Michael Ganley, who exhibited his extensive collection of items at Back on the Map community centre, in Hendon, last month.
After the four-day event proved to be a success, with hundreds of people young and old visiting, he today announced that a further display will take next month at The Bridges.
Michael approached “Super Kev” about using the gong as part of the event.
Phillips, now a coach at Leicester City, was handed it after scoring 30 goals in the 1999-2000 Premier League season.
“I’ve known Kev a while now ,and for him to lend me the Golden Shoe for the display is an absolute dream,” said businessman Michael.
“He said to me ‘if there’s anyone who can put this together, it’s you’.”
Famous shirts worn by favourites such as Niall Quinn, Jimmy Montgomery and Charlie Hurley will also be featured, as well as pieces going back more than a century such as the boardroom table and chairs from Roker Park and Championship-winning medals from 1902.
Programmes, artwork and other memorabilia are also set to be shown once again.
This latest exhibition will hope to generate further support for a permanent location for Michael’s extensive collection.
Ideally, he hopes to house the items in Sunderland city centre, so that as many Wearside football fans as possible can get a chance to see them.
“It was great having the display down at Hendon, but there will be more footfall in the city centre,” said the 43-year-old, of Ashbrooke.
“I’ve also had some meetings with the people behind the new heritage and cultural quarter, and they love the idea of getting somewhere permanent.
“Sunderland Bid have said they are going to help too, and they say that even a pop-up location would be good.
“Potentially, it could work, so we’ll have to see where we get with it.”
The display will be on show from Wednesday, October 1, to Friday, October 10.
To contact Michael, tweet him using the handle @safcmuseum.