BLACKBURN Rovers midfielder David Dunn has loaned a special engraved ‘super stud’ to the new National Football Museum.
It is the latest exhibit in the collection of the new museum, which is set to open at Urbis, in Manchester, in July.
The stud is engraved with all 38 of the English national team’s World Cup goalscorers, plus the famous ‘Three Lions’ emblem.
He bought the stud at auction last year.
It was made by Birmingham engraver Graham Short, and took six painstaking months to complete.
Dunny, who is from Great Harwood, said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with the National Football Museum, and I’m particularly pleased to be able to loan an item with such real significance.
“The engraving on the stud is so intricate, and I’m really happy that it will be on display in the new museum.
“I bought it because it’s a great piece of art, which is a complete one-of-a-kind.
“The craftsmanship is amazing and the story it tells makes it an exciting piece of football memorabilia.”
It is being loaned to the new National Football Museum, to go on display when the museum opens its doors.
Bosses said the museum, which is re-opening after moving from Preston, will provide ‘a world-class home for the greatest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled’.
There will be more than 140,000 objects, works of art, and photographs, to make up this unique collection.
Museum collection highlights include a shirt from the world’s first international match played in 1872, the 1966 World Cup Final ball, and the shirt worn by Maradona during the infamous 1986 ‘Hand of God’ quarter-final match between England and Argentina.