Stagecoach Manchester marks sponsorship of Homes of Football exhibition with photographic competition

If you look at how many Stagecoach bus routes pass Greater Manchester’s football grounds, you may be surprised to find how many do. The 250, X50, and 256 routes pass Old Trafford for example; the 216 and 231, outside the Etihad Stadium. The 201 is good for getting to Ewen Fields, Hyde United’s humble abode. By day, the 236 and 237 pass Bower Fold and Surrey Street – the homes of Stalybridge Celtic and Glossop North End football clubs respectively.

With Stagecoach buses being a popular choice among City, United, and Celtic fans (and followers of The Hillmen), they seem to be a natural choice of sponsor for the National Football Museum’s exhibition. Furthermore, Hyde Road depot is only yards from the site of one of Manchester City’s former homes.

In the last month, Stagecoach announced its sponsorship of the Homes of Football Exhibition, held at the National Football Museum in Manchester city centre.

As part of its sponsorship, Stagecoach will be hosting a social media competition asking fans to share photos of where, and how, they are watching the World Cup. To enter, fans must share their photos on Twitter tagging @StagecoachGM with the hashtag #MagicMoments18.

Participants will be in with a chance to win a meal for four at Café Football, which sits inside the National Football Museum. The winner will also receive their photo displayed in the exhibition and four DayRider tickets for travel on the day. Winners will be selected at random and notified through @StagecoachGM Twitter channel. The competition will close on the day of the World Cup final, Sunday 15th July.

Elisabeth Tasker, managing director at Stagecoach Manchester, said: “Football holds a significant place at the heart of the Greater Manchester community, bus travel and football both serve as ways to bring the community together.

“I’ve seen the exhibition and am impressed by what’s there, we’re expecting some strong competition entries to choose from in July.”

Stuart Clarke’s series of photographs on The Homes of Football have never failed to impress football supporters of all ages. Throughout the years they have recorded how ‘the beautiful game’ has changed dramatically. Not only in England but also around the world. From 1997 to 2011, he exhibited them in a gallery in Ambleside.

Whether you are watching the World Cup in a pub, living room, or a public space, keep your entries coming in. Remember, the deadline is the 15 July – the date of the World Cup Final.

An EM60 Presentation, 30 June 2018.

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