Michael Jackson statue and goalscoring legend's boots unite Fulham and Carlisle in Manchester

By Alejandro Knott | 05 June 2014

A huge Michael Jackson statue has moved to Manchester alongside a pair of boots steeped in Cumbrian folklore

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The National Football Museum will showcase two strange, quirky and iconic gifts from opposite ends of the football league this summer.

A 7ft 6 statue of Michael Jackson that spent three years outside Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage will be joined by the boots of Carlisle United’s legendary goal-scoring ‘keeper, Jimmy Glass.

A photo of a man holding up a pair of football boots inside a museum
The boots of a Carlisle cult hero have also moved to Manchester© Courtesy National Football Museum
The larger than life ‘King of Pop’ statue was donated to the museum by former Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed.

But when the new owners removed it, Al-Fayed was determined to find a place for the statue that many Fulham fans believed brought them good luck. And when the National Football Museum approached him he was happy to deliver.

“The National Football Museum is a splendid institution. Though still young, it is doing great work for the whole of football,” said the former Harrods owner.

“I think Michael would have approved of the choice of location. He was, after all, a man of the people and, like football itself, he entertained the world."

The Deputy Director of the Museum, David Pearson, thinks the artefact will provide a huge talking point to 400,000 visitors.

“We are delighted to offer this famous piece a new home; it’s a great result. We are most grateful to Mr Al-Fayed for his kindness and generosity,” he said.
    
The other item comes from the opposite end of the football league spectrum but will forever hold a place in both Carlisle and football folklore.

In a thrilling climax to the 1998/99 season, Jimmy Glass, making his third and final appearance for the Cumbrians, scored with just 10 seconds remaining to ensure Carlisle remained in the Football League.

On May 8 - a day Carlisle fans now affectionately refer to as St Jimmy’s Day - Glass was at the museum in Manchester to see his boots take pride of place alongside other important football memorabilia.

The Manchester-based museum honours important historical artefacts from the nation’s favourite sport. Both the singer and Jimmy’s glass boot will be on display throughout the summer.

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A photo of a man in a colourful suit standing in front of a statue of a male rock star
© Courtesy National Football Museum
A photo of a man in a colourful suit standing in front of a statue of a male rock star
The statue was originally unveiled outside the stadium before a home win in 2011© Courtesy National Football Museum
A photo of a man in a colourful suit pointing at something while looking around a museum
Fulham fans were not always united in their appreciation of the statue© Courtesy National Football Museum
A photo of a man looking at football boots and shirts inside a display case in a museum
Carlisle United legend Jimmy Glass takes a look at the boots in which he became a hero© Courtesy National Football Museum
A photo of a man looking at football boots and shirts inside a display case in a museum
Goalkeeper Glass kept Carlisle in the league 15 years ago© Courtesy National Football Museum
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