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Jack Greenwell was posthumously honoured by the National Football Museum at a celebratory evening hosted at St Mary’s College on Tuesday 16 April.

Jack Greenwell’s football career took him around the world, first as a footballer, then coach and latterly a manager. His passion for football took him from his hometown of Crook in County Durham to Spain, Peru and Colombia. He was one of the first English coaches ever to manage international teams, was a pioneer for the development of the women’s game, and is best remembered for being FC Barcelona’s longest serving manager.

From local to global

To commemorate Jack’s footballing legacy, guests from local and global backgrounds came together to pay homage, in a tribute led by host Stewart Regan, former CEO of the Scottish Football Association.

Guests included members of our senior staff, Durham County Council leaders, including Councillor Lesley Mavin, the current Mayor of Durham. Local football teams, Crook Town AFC and West Auckland Town FC were represented, as were Durham Miners’ Association, to mark Jack’s early football career and job down the mines in the North East of England.     

Further contributions throughout the evening were given by North East England football icons Dennis Tueart and Jim Montgomery, who were guests of honour, former FC Barcelona player Steve Archibald, Valencia CF and the Peruvian football federation.

Left to right: Jim Montgomery, Stewart Regan, and Dennis Tueart

Supporting our local communities

Durham is a world-leading university and proudly part of North East England. From inspiring learning to sharing our facilities, from driving economic growth to helping our region become more sustainable; we ensure that the benefits of a world-leading university are shared across our city, county and region. We partner with and support local organisations and people in our wider community. Fittingly for Jack’s achievements, women’s football is one of our strongest sports and we have a close relationship with Durham Women’s FC, who compete in the Women’s Championship and also have a thriving grass roots development programme.

Quentin Sloper, our Director of Student Enrichment said: “It has been a privilege to work with the National Football Museum to celebrate Jack’s achievements and legacy. They are truly inspiring. I’m delighted that we have been able to play an active role in this celebration and to demonstrate our support for our local community.”

Quentin Sloper addressing guests at the celebrations for Jack Greenwell's induction into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame

National Football Museum

The National Football Museum Hall of Fame aims to celebrate and highlight the achievements of those who have made an outstanding contribution to English football. The Hall of Fame also acknowledges and champions the careers of those that go beyond just impact on the pitch.

Jack Greenwell's National Football Museum Hall of Fame trophy

Watch the video of the evening's celebrations:

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