St Helens Council Library Services are to hold an exhibition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of St Helens Town.
The exhibition will look at some of the key milestones over the past seven decades and look at some of the famous faces who have pulled on the Town shirt.
The club are hoping to have the Macron League Challenge Cup on show, courtesy of the Hallmark Security Football League. While Town have never won the trophy in its current guise, former captain and current Town President Alan Wellens lifted the prestigious piece of silverware back in 1972, when it was the Lancashire Combination Championship Trophy.
Fifteen years later Alan Wellens managed Town to its greatest day with an FA Vase Wembley victory against neighbours Warrington Town and a replica of the trophy will be on show along with a host of Vase final memorabilia.
Town’s Barry Lowe has kindly agreed to loan the exhibition his Wembley blazer, match shirt and his FA Vase medal.
The club’s first Cup final success came in 1949 when they lifted the George Mahon Cup against Runcorn at Prescot Cables and Town are hoping the silverware will also make an appearance during the event. (Courtesy of the Liverpool County Premier League)
There will also be a focus on some former players who started their careers at Town with Bert Trautmann (who was in the George Mahon cup winning side), Bill Foulkes and John Connelly among those to be celebrated.
Club Chairman John McKiernan said: “It looks like being a superb event which will provide a great start to the season for us. It’s an opportunity for the local community to see a whole range of club memorabilia, photographs, programmes and historical documents from the club and Local History archives.
“We are also hoping to show highlights of the 1987 FA Vase win and the Bert Trautmann Story documentary on the Library’s media centre.
“The exhibition will also take a brief look at the original club which operated between 1901 and 1928 and we’re always hopeful that some new items and stories about the club are still to be unearthed.
“Looking at the future, this season’s brand new kit will be on show which will see the team play in blue and white for the first time since 1999-2000”.
The St Helens Town AFC exhibition will open on Monday 1st August 2016 and run for one week and follows on from a week-long exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the England World Cup success which starts on Monday 25th July.