Bobby Moore's first cap as England captain, for the 1963 friendly against Czechoslovakia, sold for £11,000 at Mullock's auction.

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Awarded for the 1963 friendly against Czechoslovakia, a 4-2 victory, it was one of three international caps being offered “by a direct descendant” of Moore that had been consigned to Mullock’s of Ludlow.

Moore (1941-93) was just 22 when he made his first appearance as captain - still to this day, the youngest-ever England captain. The cap had been estimated at £8000-10,000 in the November 20 auction and sold to a room bidder, thought to be UK based.

Online bidders snapped up another Moore international cap for a 1964 Portugal v England friendly, won 4-3 by England, for £5200 and a 1972-73 Yugoslavia friendly, a 1-1 draw, at £4400 (both mid-estimate sums).

The elegant defender won 108 caps in total from 1962-73, as a West Ham player for all that time. It stood as the most England appearances until overtaken by Peter Shilton, whose 125 remain a record. Moore won 90 caps as captain, equal with Billy Wright.

Moore made his first England appearance in May 1962, aged 21, when England beat Peru 4-0 in a friendly. The captaincy came in his 12th international match.

Club football gems

The enduring popularity of early FA Cup and Manchester United memorabilia among collectors was again underlined by results in the same sale.

A ‘scarce’ 1949-50 Sale v Manchester Utd fund-raising for National Playing Fields Association match programme sold for £900 (estimate £500-600); a Vorwarts Berlin v Manchester Utd European Cup match ticket made £850 (£60-80); a 1946-47 FA Cup 3rd round match ticket for Bradford Park Avenue v Manchester Utd took £1200 (£120-150); and a 1951-52 Benefit match Eccles & District Amateur League v Manchester Utd ticket sold for £1400 (£120-180).


A 1926 FA Cup final match programme for Manchester City v Bolton Wanderers made £1000 at Mullock's auction.

Meanwhile, a 1926 FA Cup final match programme for United’s ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City v Bolton Wanderers made £1000 (£400-600).

Prices quoted above are hammer prices. Mullock’s charges a 20% buyer’s premium on top.