Why Does English Football Need Another Hall Of Fame?

Why Does English Football Need Another Hall Of Fame?

Last month the Premier League announced the creation of a Premier League Hall of Fame, which will honour players who have played in English football’s top-flight from the 1992/93 season onwards.

Most of the most high profile best betting sites have Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, and Ryan Giggs down as nailed on favourites to be the first three inductees, with Paul Scholes, Patrick Vieira, and Roy Keane among the next in line.

To enter this particular hall of fame, the player must have already retired from professional football, and only their games in the Premier League will be taken into account, so any English football pre-1992 doesn’t exist, according to their criteria.

“A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.

“It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.”

This latest creation seems unnecessary and is another attempt by the modern powerhouse of English football discard anything which came before its creation in 1992.

A more authentic hall of fame exists in the National Football Museum in Manchester, where the entire history of English football is considered, as is women’s football, and the achievements of managers as well as players.

A host of legendary players and managers were indicted when the English Football Hall of Fame first opened its doors in 2002, and it has been added to ever since, up until the most recent inductions — Alex Scott and Cyrille Regis in 2019.

Below is the full list of inductees:

English Football Hall of Fame

Players

Women

2002 – Lily Parr
2003 – Hope Powell
2004 – Sue Lopez
2005 – Debbie Bampton
2006 – Gillian Coulthard
2007 – Karen Walker
2007 – Joan Whalley
2008 – Pauline Cope
2009 – Marieanne Spacey
2010 – Brenda Sempare
2013 – Sheila Parker
2014 – Sylvia Gore
2015 – Faye White
2016 – Rachel Brown-Finnis
2016 – Rachel Unitt
2017 – Kelly Smith
2017 – Rachel Yankey
2019 – Alex Scott

Men

2002 – Gordon Banks
2002 – George Best
2002 – Eric Cantona
2002 – John Charles
2002 – Bobby Charlton
2002 – Kenny Dalglish
2002 – Dixie Dean
2002 – Peter Doherty
2002 – Duncan Edwards
2002 – Tom Finney
2002 – Paul Gascoigne
2002 – Jimmy Greaves
2002 – Johnny Haynes
2002 – Kevin Keegan
2002 – Denis Law
2002 – Nat Lofthouse
2002 – Dave Mackay
2002 – Stanley Matthews
2002 – Bobby Moore
2002 – Bryan Robson
2002 – Peter Shilton
2002 – Billy Wright
2003 – Alan Ball
2003 – Danny Blanchflower
2003 – Pat Jennings
2003 – Tommy Lawton
2003 – Gary Lineker
2003 – Stan Mortensen
2003 – Peter Schmeichel
2003 – Arthur Wharton
2004 – Tony Adams
2004 – Viv Anderson
2004 – Billy Bremner
2004 – Geoff Hurst
2004 – Roy Keane
2004 – Wilf Mannion
2004 – Alan Shearer
2005 – John Barnes
2005 – Colin Bell
2005 – Jack Charlton
2005 – Ryan Giggs
2005 – Alex James
2005 – Bert Trautmann
2005 – Ian Wright
2006 – Liam Brady
2006 – Alan Hansen
2006 – Roger Hunt
2006 – Jackie Milburn
2006 – Martin Peters
2006 – Ian Rush
2006 – Gianfranco Zola
2007 – Peter Beardsley
2007 – Dennis Bergkamp
2007 – Glenn Hoddle
2007 – Mark Hughes
2007 – Billy Meredith
2007 – Graeme Souness
2007 – Nobby Stiles
2008 – Jimmy Armfield
2008 – David Beckham
2008 – Steve Bloomer
2008 – Thierry Henry
2008 – Emlyn Hughes
2008 – Paul Scholes
2008 – Ray Wilson
2009 – Ossie Ardiles
2009 – Cliff Bastin
2009 – Trevor Brooking
2009 – George Cohen
2009 – Frank McLintock
2009 – Len Shackleton
2009 – Teddy Sheringham
2009 – Frank Swift
2010 – Charlie Buchan
2010 – Ian Callaghan
2010 – Ray Clemence
2010 – Johnny Giles
2010 – Francis Lee
2010 – Alf Ramsey
2010 – Clem Stephenson
2013 – Raich Carter
2013 – Eddie Gray
2013 – Cliff Jones
2013 – Matt Le Tissier
2013 – Mike Summerbee
2013 – Ray Wilkins
2014 – Trevor Francis
2014 – Hughie Gallacher
2014 – Jimmy McIlroy
2014 – Michael Owen
2014 – Patrick Vieira
2015 – Ivor Allchurch
2015 – Bob Crompton
2015 – Norman Hunter
2015 – Paul McGrath
2015 – Alan Mullery
2015 – Gary Neville
2015 – Stuart Pearce
2016 – Rio Ferdinand
2016 – Denis Irwin
2016 – Mark Lawrenson
2016 – Billy Liddell
2016 – John Robertson
2016 – David Seaman
2016 – Neville Southall
2016 – Gordon Strachan
2017 – Billy Bonds
2017 – Steven Gerrard
2017 – Frank Lampard
2017 – Charlie Roberts
2017 – Gary Speed
2017 – Bob Wilson
2019 – Cyrille Regis
2020 – Justin Fashanu

Managers

2002 – Matt Busby
2002 – Brian Clough
2002 – Alex Ferguson
2002 – Bob Paisley
2002 – Alf Ramsey
2002 – Bill Shankly
2003 – Herbert Chapman
2003 – Stan Cullis
2003 – Bill Nicholson
2003 – Bobby Robson
2004 – Dario Gradi
2004 – Don Revie
2005 – Howard Kendall
2005 – Walter Winterbottom
2006 – Ron Greenwood
2006 – Arsène Wenger
2007 – Terry Venables
2008 – Bertie Mee
2009 – Malcolm Allison
2009 – Joe Mercer
2010 – Harry Catterick

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