Attention-grabbing new exhibition brings Rossendale’s soccer golden age to existence


A brand new exhibition guarantees to inform the ‘extremely essential’ tale of the heritage of soccer within the Valley.

‘Soccer in Bacup: The Early Years’ is a big choice of artefacts, pictures and memorabilia.


The brief exhibition, which makes a speciality of Bacup and its surrounding cities, will also be considered on the Bacup Herbal Historical past Society and Museum for the following couple of weeks.

The exhibition, masking the duration from 1870 to the First International Battle, used to be curated via committee member Andy Boocock, who has been researching it over a few years.

He stated the native footballing scene within the Valley used to be a lot more colourful prior to now.

Andy stated: “It has form of petered out – now there’s almost certainly about six groups in the entire of Rossendale. Bacup would have had 20 groups on my own.

“Each and every pub had one, each manufacturing unit had one.”

Andy’s shut affiliation with the Nationwide Soccer Museum in Manchester implies that Bacup may have 14 pieces from their assortment on show, together with a Burnley FA Cup winner’s medal from 1914.

He stated that the historical past of soccer in Bacup will also be traced again to 2 brothers, John and Robert Rankine, who got here down from Scotland and arrange a membership in 1879.

Curator Andy Boocock on the Soccer in Bacup: The Early Years showcase on the Bacup Herbal Historical past Society and Museum

Numerous the show is composed of paper cuttings from when the Loose Press first began to document on soccer presently.

Because the years handed and the game’s reputation larger, those fit studies grew from only a few traces to nearly part a web page. A surge in soccer groups happened in every single place the rustic, and it used to be a results of a key piece of 19th century law being presented.

“It’s related to the 1874 Factories Act which gave running elegance other folks within the textile trade a Saturday afternoon off”, Andy stated.

“That had restricted the quantity of sport you need to do. This intended that it used to be the start of the custom of Saturday afternoon soccer.

“There used to be no TV, no radio however from 1874, you need to move and sign up for a soccer workforce and benefit from the sport that presented.”


Then again, the showcase on the Yorkshire Side road museum is probably not only fascinating for soccer lovers as it’ll display what running elegance other folks were given as much as of their spare time.

Andy stated: “It’s now not simply soccer, however the tales round it as smartly.

“The place our forefathers got here from, what other folks got here from and what they were given as much as. It simply brings that each one house.”

The showcase will likely be open on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 4pm, Thursdays from 7.30pm and each 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm.

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