Nobby Stiles auctions off 1966 collection and other memorabilia for family

15 September 2010 06:29
World Cup hero Nobby Stiles is to auction off the medal he won when England became world champions in 1966.

Stiles is also putting his European Cup winner's medal, the blue shirt he wore on the night plus the famous red jersey Alan Ball wore during the clash with West Germany 44 years ago under the hammer.

The former Manchester United hero, 68, won two league titles and the European Cup in 11 years at Old Trafford and conceded that agreeing to sell the items was a difficult decision to make.

Champion:Stiles is hoping to raise money for his family from thesale of items including his World Cup winner's medal

Stiles said: 'It was always my intention to leave the entire collection to my children. But I have three sons - how do you fairly divide up this sort of collection between them?

'They have each selected some pieces they would like to keep for themselves.'

I'm as patriotic as the next Englishman and will always cherish my memories and the friendships I made in my playing days.

'But at this stage of my life I would rather have some control over the distribution of my memorabilia and know that my family will benefit.'

The World Cup medal is expected to sell for between £100,000 and £150,000 and some other items anywhere up to £30,000.

Champions:Stiles (second left) is hoping to raise money for his family from thesale of items including his World Cup winner's medal

The sale will take place at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh on 27 October, and the collection will be on view from 25 October, with interest expected to come from around the world.

David Convery, from the Convery Auctions said: 'The Nobby Stiles Collection represents English football's greatest period in both the domestic and European arena.

'We anticipate worldwide interest in this important collection, particularly for his World Cup and European memorabilia.' 

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