Soccer star's medals up for auction

The medals, international caps and jerseys of one of Norfolk's most celebrated footballers are expected to fetch up to £80,000 at a London auction next month.

The medals, international caps and jerseys of one of Norfolk's most celebrated footballers are expected to fetch up to £80,000 at a London auction next month.

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

Born in Mulbarton, he was sold to Spurs for £18,000, his transfer fee helping to pay for new floodlights at Carrow Road.

He went on to become a linchpin of the mighty Tottenham double-winning side of 1961, and won 23 England caps before an horrific injury in 1965 cut short his career.

Had he not broken his leg, he would almost certainly have played in Sir Alf Ramsey's 1966 World Cup team instead of Jackie Charlton and could have added another winner's medal to his haul.

Highlights of next month's sale at Olympia are his 1961 League Championship and FA Cup “double” medals, which are estimated to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000.

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Spurs were the first club in the 20th century to win the “double”, finishing the season a long way clear in the old First Division and beating Leicester City 2-0 in the FA Cup Final.

The following season Tottenham beat Burnley in the final. Norman's winner's medal is estimated to fetch between £5,000 and £7,000.

Further triumph came in 1963 when Spurs demolished Atletico Madrid in Rotterdam to win the European Cup Winners' Cup. Norman's medal may go for up to £9,000.

Other highlights include many of his 23 England international caps and jerseys and a range of other awards, plaques and pictures. The boots he wore in the 1961 FA Cup Final should make up to £1,000 and the Spurs shirt he wore in the final the following year may go for up to £2,500.

Also going under the hammer on May 7 are a set of 11 pencil portraits of Spurs players, including Norman (£700), a huge archive of press cuttings and memorabilia (£1,500), a wristwatch presented to Norman to mark the “double” season (£600) and a silver tray marking Tottenham's record-breaking achievement of winning their first 11 games in the 1960-61 season (£1,000).

Auctioneer Graham Budd said: “This is certainly a remarkable collection in its completeness. When you look at his record and see what he achieved, everything is there.”

Norman, 73, who now lives at Trimley St Martin, near Felixstowe, with his wife Jacquie, did not want to comment this week.

It is understood the items are not being sold directly by Norman himself but by a third party.

News of the sale comes days after it was revealed that another England star George Eastham, 71, was selling his treasured 1966 shirt to pay for his daughter's school fees.

Norman, a former farm labourer, turned professional for Norwich in 1952 and played in the days before top-flight footballers earned a fortune. At Spurs he earned the maximum wage of £20 a week, falling to £16 during the summer.

He made 367 League appearances for Spurs but was not given a testimonial when his badly-broken leg forced him to quit the game.

He is reported to have worked in a wool shop in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, and in a garden centre at Wickham Market, Suffolk.

He has retained his links for his first club and is an honorary vice-president of Norwich City Supporters' Trust.