Sunderland memorabilia collection gets a new home

Michael Ganley with some of his SAFC memorabilia.
Michael Ganley with some of his SAFC memorabilia.
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A collection of priceless Sunderland Football Club memorabilia has found a new temporary home in the heart of the city.

Items owned by lifelong supporter Michael Ganley are now on display at Sunderland Library and Arts Centre, in Fawcett Street.

Michael Ganley with some of the shirts featured in the display of memorabilia.

Michael Ganley with some of the shirts featured in the display of memorabilia.

Shirts and medals belonging to some of the Black Cats’ most famous former players are on display as part of the exhibition.

The boardroom table from the club’s former ground Roker Park is also on show.

Entry to the exhibition is free to people of all ages.

“We’ve had a great response from the first couple of days,” said Michael.

1960s star Nick Sharkey's boots and international cap are among the SAFC memorabilia on display.

1960s star Nick Sharkey's boots and international cap are among the SAFC memorabilia on display.

“I’m hoping that social media will help increase interest and parents will be looking to bring their kids down over the Easter holidays because you don’t need to spend money to get in.”

Artefacts from as back as the late 1800s can be seen at the exhibition, as well as medals from legendary players such as striker Patsy Gallagher and 1937 FA Cup-winning goalkeeper Johnny Mapson.

Items from Wearside school footballers who went onto become professionals and Sunderland Ladies’ kits are also included.

“There’s really something for everybody,” added Michael.

“We don’t discriminate, so there’s something for everyone, whether they’re young or old, male or female.

“Nobody else can offer this, and I’m sure the memories that people make will stay with them in the future.”

The SAFC Museum exhibition will be on display for the next five months, and Michael hopes a permanent home can be found for it elsewhere in Sunderland after that.

He has previously put items on display at the former Hendon Library building and in the city’s Bridges shopping centre.