FIFA visit Exeter City to discuss 1914 Brazil match heritage material

The Exeter City History Group was delighted to host a visit to the Club by FIFA Museum Photo Consultant Peter Robinson on Friday 25 September.

Peter is working on display material for the new Fifa museum due to open in Zurich, Switzerland next year.

His particular interest was in Exeter City’s historic tour to South America in 1914 during which the Grecians became Brazil’s first ever opponents on 21 July at Fluminense FC’s Laranjeiras Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

The visit was arranged by Gabriella Giannachi, Professor of Performance and New Media, University of Exeter and member of the Exeter City History Group committee whose research into how to present archival materials to the public Peter had become interested in with respect to the creation of photographic displays at the FIFA Museum. Other committee members present were Paul Farley (Chair), Martin Weiler (Secretary) and Will Barrett (University of Exeter).

Peter was shown the full range of photographic and other memorabilia from the tour. He also met Martin McGahey (great grandson of Michael McGahey who led the 1914 tour) and talked, via Skype, to Aidan Hamilton, author of ‘Have you ever played Brazil?’, the story of Exeter City’s 1914 tour to South America.

Club representatives Julian Tagg, Andy Gillard and Bruce Henderson also talked to Peter to share their knowledge of the historic link between Exeter City and Brazil.

The Exeter City History Group was set up earlier this year by the Exeter City Supporters Trust. To contact the Group please email trust@ecfc.co.uk or via Reception. The Group is always interested in any items of historical interest connected with Exeter City.

Pictured left to right are Martin Weiler, Paul Farley, Peter Robinson and Will Barrett with some of the Brazil related heritage material.

History Group Pic

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