The community has always been at the heart of the Fans Museum, whether that is viewing the collection or events at the museum or our many community outreach events. Our outreach covers care schemes, schools, hospitals, shopping centres and much more.  See our timeline below for the history of our community and outreach work

2014
How it Started
How it Started

In 2014, Sunderland AFC reached the League Cup Final at Wembley. It was at this point that Michael Ganley started displaying the extensive range of memorabilia which he has collected over the course of thirty years. It consisted of shirts, tickets, balls, medals, cups and much more. It has continued…
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Customs House Display
Customs House Display

Some of the collection was on display at the The Customs House in South Shields for the play 'I left my heart in Roker park'  

Fans Museum Visits The Bridges Shopping Centre
Fans Museum Visits The Bridges Shopping Centre

The Fans Museum visited The Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland where many items of memorabilia were displayed including Kevin Phillips' European Golden Shoe, the only English player ever to win the award.

Fans Museum At The Bridges
Fans Museum At The Bridges

The Fans Museum took to the bridges for a 10 day event allowing the public to take photos and hold football shirts, boots, gloves and the golden boot! [gallery size="1536x1536" ids="6368,6367,6366,6365,6364,6363,6362,6361,6360,6359,6358,6357,6356,6355,6354,6353,6352,6351,6350,6349,6348,6347,6346,6345,6344,6343,6342,6341,6340,6339,6338,6337,6336,6335,6334,6333,6332,6331,6330,6329,6328,6327,6326,6325,6324,6323,6322,6321,6320,6319,6318,6317,6316,6315,6314,6313,6312,6311,6310,6309,6308,6307,6306,6305,6304,6303,6302,6301,6300,6299,6298,6297,6296,6295,6294,6293,6292,6291,6290,6289,6288,6287,6286,6285,6284,6283,6282,6281,6280,6279,6278,6277,6276,6275,6274,6273,6272,6271,6270,6269,6268,6267,6266,6265,6264,6263,6262,6261,6260,6259,6258,6257,6256,6255,6254,6253,6252"]

2015
Fans Museum Remembers Nick Sharkey
Fans Museum Remembers Nick Sharkey

As all SAFC fans know his week we sadly lost one of our own. Former Sunderland and Scottish International Nick Sharkey sadly lost his battle with cancer aged 71. Michael Ganley set up a Go Fund Me to raise money for Cancer and Alzheimers. To support this First Class Memorabilia…
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Fans Museum Talk In At The Mallard
Fans Museum Talk In At The Mallard

Fans Museum hosted a charity event at The Mallard in Seaham for the upcoming charity night "All the Way Round for Matthew". An auction was held. All proceeds went directly to Matthews charity.   [gallery size="1536x1536" ids="7064,7065,7066,7067,7068,7069,7070,7071,7072,7073,7074,7075,7076,7077,7078,7079,7080,7081,7082,7083,7084,7085,7086,7087,7088,7089,7090,7091,7092,7093,7094,7095,7096,7097,7098,7099,7100,7101,7102,7103,7104,7105,7106,7107,7108,7109,7110,7111,7112,7113,7114,7115,7116,7117,7118,7119,7120,7121,7122,7123"]

Fans Museum Goes Golfing with Kevin Phillips
Fans Museum Goes Golfing with Kevin Phillips

Thank you to Phil Harbord from Harbro Electricals. His hospitality was second to none as Club Captain. Todays game at Castle Eden Golf course was fantastic, and it was good to see Mr Ward & Kevin, great guys.

Fans Museum Visits St Mary’s School
Fans Museum Visits St Mary’s School

The Fans Museum visited St Mary's School in Sunderland during National PE week. What an amazing way for our kids to have seen & hear History,and to have seen the changes in the game over the years #Support #History #safcmuseum

Fans Museum at the Board Inn
Fans Museum at the Board Inn

At the #BoardInn on the 25th June, #BillyWhitehurst with #MickyHorswill compare. Also a #Comedian and food. £15 a ticket, the stories are unreal. He will answer any question put to him. #SAFC [gallery ids="6959,6960,6961,6962,6963,6964,6965,6966,6967,6968,6969,6970,6971,6972,6973,6974,6975,6976,6977,6978,6979,6980,6981,6982,6983,6984,6985,6986,6987"]

50th Anniversary of the SAFC Supporters Club
50th Anniversary of the SAFC Supporters Club

June 28th 2015 the #safcmuseum 50th anniversary of the SAFC supporters club. [gallery size="1536x1536" ids="6918,6919,6920,6921,6922,6923,6924,6925,6926,6927,6928,6929,6930,6931,6932,6933,6934,6935,6936,6937,6938,6939,6940,6941,6942,6943,6944,6945,6946,6947,6948,6949,6950,6951,6952,6953,6954,6955,6956"]

Fans Museum At The North East Goalie Wars
Fans Museum At The North East Goalie Wars

Kasper Schmicheal endorsing North East Goalie Wars. Big day with surprise guests including ex pro goalkeepers coming along. Some #GreatDanes at #NEGoalieWars today. #safcmuseum

Fans Museum at The Sunderland Fan Zone
Fans Museum at The Sunderland Fan Zone

Exciting times as the Fans Museum will be displaying our collection prior to the Sunderland  game at the  Stadium of Light against Spurs where you can view and even try on famous match worn shirts.  It will be great to see you there  

Fans Museum Returns to the FanZone
Fans Museum Returns to the FanZone

This is a very unique piece of our clubs history. It's over 2ft and 14" wide, hand made locally. Hope everyone enjoys it and see you all in the FanZone for the Manchester City cup game, there will be some items relating to that special Final in 2014. [gallery size="1536x1536"…
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Fans Museum At The FanZone
Fans Museum At The FanZone

Something #Positive from last nights game v #ManCity seeing the faces of our #Future, #Support #History & #SAFCmuseum see you all again at our next home game #WestHam #SunderlandAFC [gallery size="1536x1536" ids="6999,7000,7001,7002,7003,7004,7005,7006,7007,7008,7009,7010,7011,7012,7013,7014,7015,7016,7017,7018,7019,7020,7021,7022,7023,7024,7025,7026,7027,7028,7029,7030,7031,7032,7033,7034,7035,7036,7037,7038,7039,7040,7041,7042,7043,7044,7045,7046,7047,7048,7049,7050,7051,7052,7053,7054,7055,7056"]

Fans Museum At The Fan Zone
Fans Museum At The Fan Zone

Day 2 of the Fans Museum at the Fan Zone. #History this is what it's about #Memories from todays 2-2 draw with #WESTHAM #FanZone if your wondering why the World Cup was included, it was to pay respect to the #WestHam players from 66 who helped #England to lift it.…
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Fans Museum At The Lord Nelson Talk In
Fans Museum At The Lord Nelson Talk In

What a great night. The staff at the Lord Nelson in Jarrow were all fantastic. A great first talk in with another satisfied venue. Looking forward to sort another very soon. Thank you to Lesley & John Oley. The food was lovely and everyone seemed to enjoy it. #Sunderland fans…
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Fans Museum At The 6 In A Row Fan Zone
Fans Museum At The 6 In A Row Fan Zone

#History 6 in a row a great attendance in the #FanZone today. We had 595 through the doors within 2 hours. [gallery size="1536x1536" ids="6711,6712,6713,6714,6715,6716,6717,6718,6719,6720,6721,6722,6723,6724,6725,6726,6727,6728,6729,6730,6731,6732,6733,6734,6735,6736,6737,6738,6739,6740,6741,6742,6743,6744,6745,6746,6747,6748,6749,6750,6751,6752,6753,6754,6755,6756,6757,6758,6759,6760,6761,6762,6763,6764,6765,6766,6767,6768,6769,6770,6771,6772,6773,6774,6775,6776,6777,6778,6779,6780,6781,6782,6783,6784,6785,6786,6787,6788,6789,6790,6791,6792,6793,6794,6795,6796,6797,6798,6799,6800,6801,6802,6803,6804,6805,6806,6807,6808,6809,6810,6811,6812,6813,6814,6815,6816,6817,6818"]

Fans Museum At The Fort
Fans Museum At The Fort

A great night was had by all on Saturday, I guarantee there was a few foggy heads yesterday. Here are some images of the fantastic night. Big thank you to Alan Wallace aka Skip. Put on the best drinks packages known to man. Also, to the girls behind the bar,…
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Fans Museum Remembrance Day At The Fan Zone
Fans Museum Remembrance Day At The Fan Zone

Today we pay respect to all the family members and friends we lost all those years ago. I'm proud to display on such a memorable occasion. Please take a moment to come in and see us in the #FanZone #stadiumoflight #sunderlandafc #poppy #Poppyday to pay #respect #rememberanceday   [gallery size="1536x1536"…
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Fans Museum at the John Farnworth Show at East Durham College
Fans Museum at the John Farnworth Show at East Durham College

Here are a few images of the John Farnworth show we did on Saturday at East Durham College. It was a fantastic day and great to see the Mayor & Mayoress of Seaham attend.    

Fans Museum At The Fan Zone
Fans Museum At The Fan Zone

Here are a few images from Saturday's Fan Zone. Although it wasn't a nice day, we got the 3 points and I recall worse weather in the summer at Roker park! [gallery size="1536x1536" ids="6426,6427,6428,6429,6430,6431,6432,6433"]

Fans Museum at the Bridges with Micky Horswill
Fans Museum at the Bridges with Micky Horswill

The Fans Museum were back at the Bridges Shopping Centre displaying memorabilia but also with special guest and former Sunderland player Micky Horswill

Fans Museum at the Stadium Of Light
Fans Museum at the Stadium Of Light

  Few images from 12th December. Sunderland vs Watford, the weather didn't dampen these fans #safcmuseum #FansMuseum and what a pleasure to meet Bobby Bland, who had came back home from New Zealand to visit me and the #safcmuseum. To make it more special, he grew up with my dad.…
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Fans Museum Wishing A Merry Christmas
Fans Museum Wishing A Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone, here are a few images from the bridges and Micky Horswill. 2015 was a great introduction. I'm proud to say I'm the only display in the world that does it all for free. Now time to step it up considerably and take it to schools, care homes,…
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2016
Fan Zone 2nd January
Fan Zone 2nd January

Well what a start to 2016, Sunderland with a great win. Although it was a dull, miserable day, we still had over 250 fans come to see safc museum in the fanzone, Thank you everyone who attended. It was lovely to see some children who's first ever game come and…
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Fans Museum Celebrates Hebburn Branch 50th Anniversary
Fans Museum Celebrates Hebburn Branch 50th Anniversary

Proud to be supporting #HebburnBranch on their fantastic achievement of being one of only a few supporter branches to have been in existence for 50 years. #FansMuseum #SAFCMuseum Please share these images to everyone who you feel is a #fan or if you recognise anyone in these images #share [gallery…
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SAFC Museum Visits 100 Year Old Supporter With Sunderland Legends
SAFC Museum Visits 100 Year Old Supporter With Sunderland Legends

What can I say, it was an honour and I'm privileged to have met and been able to create memories for and with a lovely gentleman by the name of Ernie Jones today. Not only can he boast to be 100 years young, well his actual birthday is tomorrow, his…
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Fans Museum Visits residents of High Grindon House
Fans Museum Visits residents of High Grindon House

ell all set for my Tuesday Morning Memories session with the residents of High Grindon House. Morning Memories is what we call it and it gets the residents out of there rooms to engage with social activities, reading and bringing out stories of there lives. If any of the images…
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SAFC Museum Development
SAFC Museum Development

Looking forward to seeing all the #fans in the new venue we have secured, spread the word please, and it's going to be a unique part of our #culture. #FansMuseum the only museum in the #world of its kind. If #Carlsberg did museums #safcmuseum for the #fans Come and join…
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Fans Museum Opens at Sunderland Library
Fans Museum Opens at Sunderland Library

Great to see we have had so many through the doors without advertising the launch of the Fans museum. The only museum in the world that is so interactive, its unique. We even had some coverage from the local news: https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/sunderland-memorabilia-collection-gets-new-home-370721