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Soccer hero memorabilia tops £100,000

PUBLISHED: 10:11 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:31 14 July 2010

Maurice Norman.

Maurice Norman.

The medals, international caps and jerseys of one of Norfolk's most celebrated footballers went under the hammer yesterday, fetching more than £100,000.

The medals, international caps and jerseys of one of Norfolk's most celebrated footballers went under the hammer yesterday, fetching more than £100,000.

Maurice “Monty” Norman made 35 first-team appearances for Norwich City before signing for Tottenham Hotspur in November 1955.

The Mulbarton-born centre half - whose sale to Spurs for £18,000 helped to pay for new floodlights at Carrow Road - went on to become a linchpin of the North London club's mighty double-winning side of 1961, gaining 23 England caps before an horrific injury in 1965 cut short his career.

The treasure trove of memorabilia from his playing days was sold at auction at London's Olympia, fetching well in excess of the expected figure of £80,000.

Highlights of the 180-lot collection included Norman's 1961 League Championship and FA Cup “double” medals, which went for £20,000.

The short-sleeved number five jersey he wore in that year's Cup final against Leicester City went for £7,000.

His FA Cup winner's medal from the following year, when Tottenham beat Burnley 3-1 in the final, went for £12,000, while his 1963 European Cup Winners' Cup medal went for £1,000.

But it was a huge archive of press cuttings and memorabilia, lovingly assembled by Norman's wife Jacquie, that prompted the fiercest bidding. It eventually sold for £21,000, having originally been estimated to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500.

The identity of the winning bidders has not been revealed, but it is understood that Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur were not among them.

Auctioneer Graham Budd said: “There was substantial interest across the board. It was an exceptionally good selection of items. You don't often get a collection as good as that from such a high level: league, FA Cup and international.”

Norman, who is 74 today, now lives at Trimley St Martin, near Felixstowe. He sold the items some years ago and so did not benefit from yesterday's auction.

“It would have been nice if someone like Norwich City had taken them, but I hope they have gone to a good home,” he said last night.

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