Sports personality Alan Mullery M.B.E sells for football mementoes
SPURS and England footballer, Alan Mullery M.B.E, is to sell his personal collection of football memorabilia at Sotheby’s in London on Friday, July 14, 2000.
Footballer of the Year in 1975 and capped 35 times, Mullery said he had decided to sell his collection rather than keep it hidden away in boxes.
“My footballing memories will remain with me always and my decision to sell my collection of cups and medals cannot take that away. It seems a shame to keep these mementoes from my career boxed up in my loft when someone else could enjoy them,” he said.
Mullery was out shopping with his wife when he first received news of his international football debut, a friendly against Holland at the Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam, on December 9, 1964. To Mullery’s surprise, a journalist had got wind of his England selection and rang through with the news even before the Football Association had officially informed him. His first appearance for England fulfilled the hope he had always dreamed of as a young boy playing ball in the street. It is therefore of little surprise that among all his awards and achievements, his blue international cap holds the most significance for Mullery, especially in light of the crucial part he played in Greaves’ equaliser. The cap is estimated to sell for £700-1,000.
Asked for his personal favourite among his many mementoes, he singled out his 9ct. gold F.A. Cup winner’s medal for the Cup Final at Wembley between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea on May 20, 1967. Spurs were victorious, defeating the Blues in a 2-1 victory and for Mullery, who was wearing new boots for the occasion, it was his first F.A. Cup winner’s medal ...blisters and all. The medal, which is inscribed on the reverse: “The Football Association Challenge Cup, Winners”, is expected to sell for £3,000-5,000.
Mullery was on the winning side again in 1972 when Spurs defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers in the inaugural UEFA Cup-formerly known as the Fairs Cup. This memorable two-legged final, which was wrapped up at White Hart Lane on May 17, 1972, is the only time two English sides have ever met in the final of any European competition. The continental gold UEFA Cup Winner’s medal is estimated at £3,000-5,000.
Other notable lots in the collection include the Evening Standard’s ‘Footballer of the World Cup’ presented to Mullery for his outstanding contribution to the competition held in Mexico in 1970. The electroplated salver, engraved with facsimile signatures of the English squad, is estimated at £600-800.
In 1974, the BBC Match of the Day ‘Goal of the Season’, was awarded to Mullery for his 25-yard ‘screamer’, scored in the F.A. Cup tie against Leicester at Craven Cottage, Fulham. The salver, to be sold with a commemorative silver cigarette box, is estimated at £900-1,300.
A year later, he was presented with the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year trophy, a silver metal figure of a footballer set in a plinth, which was given in recognition of his part in securing Fulham FC’s place in the F.A. Cup Final for the first time in their history (estimate: £3,000-5,000).
Alan Mullery was born in Notting Hill, London, on November 23, 1941. His move into professional football came when he was selected to play for Fulham’s first team aged just 17. He transferred to Tottenham Hotspur in March 1964 for £72,500 - then a British record price for a midfield player. He stayed with Spurs for the next eight years, winning the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ medals before returning to Fulham. He played for England 35 times between 1965-1972 and subsequently held a number of managerial posts with Brighton and Hove Albion, Charlton, Crystal Palace and QPR. He was awarded the MBE in 1976 and is now a familiar figure on television and radio giving expert analysis on the sport.
The Mullery Collection is part of Sotheby’s annual sale of Traditional Sports, given additional impetus this year with Euro 2000 just around the corner.
An England No.6 jersey worn by football hero, Bobby Moore, during the 1966 World Cup, is just one of the many treasures in the sale. As captain, Moore played in all five games wearing numerous white England shirts and it is therefore impossible to determine in which match this shirt was worn. Estimated to sell for £5,000-8,000, it was given to the present vendor’s uncle by a relative of the footballer.
Particularly poignant are a number of mementoes relating to Busby Babe, Mark Jones, who died tragically in the Munich Air Disaster on February 6, 1958, aged 24. In his short football career Jones made a total of 103 league appearances for Manchester United, winning back-to-back Championship medals in 1955-56 and 1956-57. The 1955-56 medal is estimated to sell for £4,000-6,000. A pair of Jones’ boots is estimated to sell for £500-700, while two sheets of Manchester United autographs collected by Jones for seasons 1949-1950 and 1951-52 are together expected to fetch £500-700.
A black and white Queen’s Park jersey dating from the 1890s is believed to be the earliest club shirt ever to be offered at auction. The shirt belonged to midfielder William Sellar, who was born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, on September 21, 1866. Sellar was considered to be among the greatest early centre-forwards of his time. His shirt, to be sold with his Scotland versus Ireland international cap, 1893, and a copy of Robinson’s History of the Queen’s Park Football Club 1867-1917, is expected to sell for £1,000-1,500.
A 12 ct. gold League Championship medal awarded to John Campbell, of Aston Villa, for the 1895-96 season, the second time in their history that they won the League, is estimated at £2,000-3,000. Campbell, from Glasgow, played for Celtic before transferring to Villa in 1894 where he is noted for scoring the first ever goal at Villa Park in a match against Blackburn on April 15, 1897.
His remarkable career saw him winning all four championships and cups in both England and Scotland.
Among a collection of football mementoes from Leeds and Welsh International ’keeper Gary Sprake’s career are two Continental silver plated miniature replicas of the European Fairs Cup trophy awarded to Sprake following Leeds United victories over Ferencvaros in 1968 and Juventus in 1971, the latter representing the last year of the Fairs Cup before it became known as the UEFA Cup. The trophies are expected to sell for £1,000-1,500 each.
A collection of red International caps presented to Welsh player Clayton Blackmore are among a selection of lots representing a career that saw him making a total of 39 appearances for Wales between 1984-85 and 1996-1997. At club level, Blackmore played for Manchester United before transferring to Middlesborough and it was there that he gained a gold League Division One Championship medal for the 1994-95 season (estimate: £1,000-1,500).
Sotheby’s sale of Traditional Sports memorabilia also includes objects relating to cricket, golf, rugby, tennis, boxing, swimming, bowls and Grand Prix.
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