We come to blows over FA Cup Final - to mark new exhibition tribute to Bobby Moore and Bill Shankly

05/May/2006

The FA Cup Final has brought Andy Green to blows with his colleagues.

Andy Green a West Ham fan, and Ian Green– no relation, an avid Liverpool fan and are recreating the FA Cup final - on the blow football table, to launch a new exhibition about sporting legends Bill Shankly and Bobby Moore, and to raise funds for charity.

Fans of the cup finalists Liverpool and West Ham are being invited to an all-comers blow football tournament during the lunchtime of Thursday May 11th to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition called ‘Heroes: Shankly and Moore’ at the Art of Propaganda gallery in Wakefield, part of the Wakefield Media Centre which is owned by Andy and Ian Green.

Donations raised during the event will go to the Bobby Moore cancer fund.

Local BBC broadcasters Martin Kelner, a keen Hammers fan and Shourjo Sarkar– a Reds supporter will formally launch the blow football tournament on Thursday May 11th.

Commenting on their forthcoming blow football challenge, which could be a trial run for the real game, Andy Green said: “We’re hoping West Ham will take the wind out of the sails of the mighty Liverpool” while Ian feels the Hammers hopes of victory is “just full of hot air.”

The new exhibition explores the myths and legends surrounding each of the men and what makes them sporting icons. Bill Shankly was manager of Liverpool between 1959 and 1974. Bobby Moore captained club and country to glory being the first Englishman to lift the World Cup trophy.

Why is Bill Shankly better known than more successful managers? What has helped shape the stature of Bobby Moore? Why are sporting heroes so important to us?
These questions and more will be explored in the special exhibition as part of the gallery’s programme of displays exploring how perceptions are shaped and moulded.

The exhibition highlights how Bill Shankly was a master of the soundbite – creating numerous memorable quotes. Bobby Moore in contrast had few soundbites but spoke through his actions where he is remembered for his own brand qualities and iconic images.

The display also highlights why heroes are important in our lives and explores how much we model our lives on our greatest personal role models.

The art of propaganda gallery is housed in the Wakefield Media and Creativity Centre at King Street, Wakefield. Admission is free and the display is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5.30pm from Thursday May 11th and until Friday June 2nd.

To mark the occasion the Wakefield Media centre will also be broadcasting a commemorative audio sculpture of the sounds and songs associated with the cup final teams, with the sound of Liverpool’s ‘You’ll never walk alone, ‘ and West Ham’s ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’ being heard across the Wakefield skyline.


The art of propaganda gallery has already featured a range of challenging and thought-provoking exhibitions on subjects ranging from the profound, such as ‘Images of Auschwitz’ commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Nazi death camp’s liberation, through to posing questions such as ‘Does Yorkshire Exist?’ and a seasonal exhibition on the ‘Twelve Propaganda Myths of Christmas’ to the more offbeat subjects of ‘Join Me’ on how leading comedy writer Danny Wallace created a worldwide personal cult and ‘Was the Moon landing a conspiracy?’

The Wakefield Media and Creativity Centre provides a focal point for the creative and media industries for the Wakefield district, featuring exhibition and public meeting facilities, office accommodation for media industry companies, as well as acting as a catalyst for encouraging business development in the media industries sector.

The Centre is already home to leading public relations and marketing consultancy GREEN communications, internet developer eleventeenth, and Lime Brand design..

The Media Centre development has received financial support from the European Regional Development Fund.

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For further information please contact Abi White of the art of propaganda gallery on 0845 450 3210 or e mail abi@greencomms.com


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BBC radio’s Martin Kelner, an avid West Ham fan and Shourjo Sarkar– a Liverpool supporter, both in club colours, will recreate the FA Cup final - on the blow football table, to launch a new exhibition about sporting legends Bill Shankly and Bobby Moore at the Art of Propaganda gallery at the Wakefield Media Centre, 19 King Street, Wakefield WF1 2SQ at 12.30pm Thursday May 11th