A green Northern Ireland shirt worn by Best in a match against England in 1964 is now heading to the US. Best wore the shirt in an opening Home International Championship match at Windsor Park, Northern Ireland. England won 4-3 in what was Best’s first game against England and third appearance for his country. The shirt sold to a buyer in California for a hammer price of £8800, just below estimate.
Staying on home soil are boots worn by Beckham when he played for Manchester United in the 1999 FA Cup final against Newcastle United. The Red Devils won the game 2-0, their 10th FA Cup win in a memorable 1989-99 treble season. The size 8¾ boots, created to Beckham’s unique specification, sold within estimate to a private UK phone bidder for £10,500.
The items came to the auction on August 24 from a private Shropshire collector.
In that same sale a football shirt believed to be from a 1970s game which featured ‘the greatest fight in English football’ took £2800 against an estimate of £700-1000.
The yellow jersey belonged to Leeds United player Trevor Cherry (1948-2020). He scored in the match that took place on November 1, 1975, which Derby County won 3-2. But the game is better known for the feisty punch up between the Rams’ Franny Lee and Leeds defender Norman Hunter.
It had been consigned by Notty Hornblower, a lifelong Derby supporter and owner of Hope House Costume Museum in the Peak District village of Alstonefield – and Hansons’ vintage clothing consultant.
She said: “I won the shirt in a raffle at a sports club event in the 70s, possibly a DCFC supporters’ club night. I remember being told it belonged to Trevor Cherry and had come from that famous game in 1975.”