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Paul Trevillion’s historic work showcased at the PFA

Paul Trevillion and Gordon Taylor

An original portrait of Sir Winston Churchill has been unveiled at the PFA’s offices in Manchester.

Sketched by renowned football artist Paul Trevillion, the illustration is believed to be the only portrait of the World War Two Prime Minister, which is hand-signed by Churchill himself.

PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor OBE shared his delight at hosting the picture: “I’m very proud that Paul, who is known as the ‘Leonardo of line and master of movement’, has asked if we would like to have this unique picture to hang in our boardroom following it’s display at the National Football Museum.

“I consider Paul to be one of the finest football artists ever, so it is an absolute privilege to showcase his historic piece depicting one of the greatest statesman of our time in Sir Winston Churchill.”

“The portrait is taking pride of place and will be displayed alongside treasured memorabilia including shirts of PFA founder Billy Meredith and the England caps of Arsenal legend George Eastham.”

The illustration was completed in 1955 and was signed by Britain’s war time leader after he saw the portrait and asked to meet Paul.

Paul explained: “I did the drawing and a mutual friend sent it to Churchill.

“Then, one day in the office, many months later I got a phone call from Winston Churchill himself. He said ‘Winston here, I will be at the Bernard Sunley Buildings, Berkeley Square, on Wednesday. 10.30. Oblige’. And down went the phone.

“We walked in and Churchill was sitting down, facing the door, and he never got up. He put his hand out, still sitting down. The first words he said to me was ‘when were you born?’ I said ‘1934’.

“He said he liked my portrait very much so I asked him if he’d put that in writing. He said ‘I will do better than that young man, I will sign it’.”

Paul Trevillion said: “It is a real honour that the PFA, who in my opinion represent the football family, have added my most cherished piece of work to their boardroom.

“It is the only portrait that Sir Winston signed in his lifetime, I'm very proud that it is now on display at the PFA, the home of football.”

PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor