We are thrilled to share the news of Jack Greenwell‘s posthumous induction into the National Football Hall of Fame at the Football Museum. This recognition is well-deserved and long overdue for a man whose contributions to the sport continue to resonate through the annals of football history.

On the evening of April 16, 2024, representatives of County Durham football gathered at a special dinner to celebrate Jack Greenwell’s induction, a momentous occasion that honoured his remarkable legacy. As supporters of his induction, we were joined by esteemed guests, including Jim Montogomery, Stuart Regan, Dennis Tueart, to pay tribute to a football icon whose impact transcends generations.

Jack Greenwell’s journey from the mining communities of Durham to the global stage of football is nothing short of inspirational. Born in the village of Crook, County Durham, Greenwell’s passion for the beautiful game was ignited at a young age. Despite facing economic challenges, he pursued his love for football with unwavering determination, eventually rising to prominence as a player and later as a highly successful manager.

Greenwell’s illustrious career saw him play for prestigious clubs such as Barcelona and RCD Espanyol, where he not only showcased his exceptional skills on the pitch but also demonstrated remarkable leadership qualities. However, it was his contributions as a manager that truly solidified his place in football history.

During his tenure as manager of FC Barcelona from 1917 to 1923 and again from 1931 to 1933, Jack Greenwell left an indelible mark on the club, leading them to numerous domestic and international successes. His innovative tactics, commitment to developing young talent, and unwavering dedication to the sport earned him widespread acclaim and admiration.

Beyond his achievements on the field, Greenwell’s impact extended far beyond the realms of football. He became a beloved figure in Barcelona, earning the nickname “El Gaffer” and forging a deep connection with the local community. His legacy endures through the generations of footballers who have been inspired by his passion, resilience, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

As we reflect on Jack Greenwell’s remarkable journey, his induction into the National Football Hall of Fame serves as a fitting tribute to his enduring legacy. It is a testament to his enduring influence on the sport and a reminder of the power of determination, talent, and perseverance in overcoming adversity.

At Redhills Durham and alongside the Durham Miners Association, we proudly stood in support of Jack Greenwell’s induction, advocating for his rightful place among football’s greatest legends. Through our letter of support and social media awareness initiatives, we sought to ensure that his contributions to the sport would be duly recognised and celebrated.

On behalf of Redhills Durham and the Durham Miners Association, we extend my heartfelt congratulations to the family of Jack Greenwell and Harold Stephenson who has tirelessly campaigned to make this happen. May his induction into the National Football Hall of Fame serve as a beacon of inspiration for future generations of football enthusiasts, reminding us all of the enduring power of passion, perseverance, and the pursuit of excellence in the beautiful game.