It was a great honour for 80s Casuals to have recently been asked to participate in an interview and to contribute an original pair of 1980s adidas Grand Slam to the new Liverpool Museum.
The museum based and newly built on the World Heritage site at Liverpool's Pier Head waterfront is due to open on 19 July 2011. It is the largest new build National museum in over a century. The £72m building will represent the 800+ years of the City of Liverpool showcasing the history and culture of its people.
Peter Hooton [The Farm and The End magazine] and myself were asked to say a few words on the Casual culture that enveloped the city in the late 70s/early 80s. The interview took place in Ran on Bold Street Liverpool a few months back and will apparently be shown on a loop in a section commited to Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere fans. The area will display memorabilia from supporters of each club.
The adidas Grand Slam were donated to support the Casual era as they were one of the first pair of trainers brought back from Europe in the early 80s that weren't available in the U.K.
The trainers are extremely rare because they have Grand Slam on the side which adidas have been unable to replicate for many years due to the words 'Grand Slam' being copyrighted by the governing Tennis elite.