Mister Pentland is a key figure in the history of the club. A coach that marked and reinforced the Athletic style. A person that our elders have always spoken about and a person that has been brought to light once more, we are convinced that there is still a lot to learn from his passage through our institution.
The opening ceremony, to be held on Monday, 19 April at 19:00 hours at the Athletic Museum, will count on the presence of relatives of Pentlandís Athletic players, members of the Board of directors, along with the President Fernando García Macua as head, players, members of the coaching body, club sponsors, Museum collaborators, and a significant number of old Athletic Club coaches.
Itís a shame about the absences, due to the disruptions to air traffic because of the volcano EyjafjallajŲkull, Angela Hilton, Pentlandís daughter, who had been chosen to take the kick off of honour at todayís match as mentioned in the bulletin that is usually handed out upon entering San Mamés, and former coach Howard Kendall wonít be able to come.
The "txapelgorris (red berets)", also wanted to take part in this friendly tribute, and therefore, for the first time in San Mamés history, will not be wearing their characteristic red berets at the gates of the field instead theyíll be wearing bowler hats, an inseparable item of clothing for the English coach and a symbol associated with the red-white triumphs. In fact, every time Athletic won a League or Copa title, the players would destroy his hat, seven in all.
Pentlandís records, his numbers, his players, how he trained, his more human side Ö all of which can be seen at our exhibition that goes over Pentlandís biography from his days as a professional English player at the beginning of the XX century until his last visit to Bilbao in 1959.
As of Tuesday, 20 April and at the Athletic Club Museumís usual opening hours, the "Mister Pentland" exhibition will be open to the public.