Sir Bobby Charlton's England shirt from 1966 World Cup semi to be auctioned amid hopes Man Utd will buy it

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The signed jersey was worn by the Manchester United legend four days before England's iconic Wembley triumph against West Germany.

The shirt worn by Sir Bobby Charlton in England's 1966 World Cup semi-final victory could fetch £100,000 at auction.

The signed jersey was worn by the Manchester United legend against Portugal on July 26, 1966 in a game the Three Lions won 2-1 on the path to World Cup glory. Sir Bobby scored both goals during the triumph at Wembley Stadium before England famously went on to beat West Germany 4-2 in the final four days later.

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The shirt, which was part of the team’s finest hour 57 years ago, was consigned to auction a year ago but is now being sold following Sir Bobby's death. The 'hugely important piece' of football memorabilia is expected to fetch between £50,000 to £80,000 when it goes under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers.

Sir Bobby Charlton scores England's second goal in their World Cup semi-final against Portugal back in 1966Sir Bobby Charlton scores England's second goal in their World Cup semi-final against Portugal back in 1966
Sir Bobby Charlton scores England's second goal in their World Cup semi-final against Portugal back in 1966 | Getty

Hansons owner Charles Hanson said: “This important shirt was consigned to auction a year before news of Sir Bobby’s passing emerged. It had long been scheduled for Hansons’ November Sporting Auction. News of his loss came as huge shock to us all. We were deeply saddened.

"He was a football legend admired by millions. This was the shirt worn by an iconic player whose goals put England into the World Cup final and beat Eusebio’s Portugal. It's a tribute, it's a memory and Sir Bobby’s legacy will live on.

"I hope it's bought by the National Football Museum and put on permanent display or, perhaps, Manchester United. It’s an ever-present reminder of what Sir Bobby did for his country.

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"We could see bids reaching £100,000. It comes to us thanks to a West Midlands man who was a Littlewoods Pools winner in the early 1990s. He decided to invest in football memorabilia and bought the shirt for £9,200, equivalent to around £20,000 today, at a London auction in 2000. It was offered at what now seems a modest estimate of £10,000-£15,000. But that was 23 years ago, demand for football memorabilia has soared, England’s 1966 World Cup glory has never been repeated and respect felt for Sir Bobby is immense.”

Auctioneer Charles Hanson estimates that Sir Bobby Charlton's iconic World Cup semi-final shirt could raise as much as £100,000 (photo: Mark Laban/Hansons)Auctioneer Charles Hanson estimates that Sir Bobby Charlton's iconic World Cup semi-final shirt could raise as much as £100,000 (photo: Mark Laban/Hansons)
Auctioneer Charles Hanson estimates that Sir Bobby Charlton's iconic World Cup semi-final shirt could raise as much as £100,000 (photo: Mark Laban/Hansons)

A total of 94,493 spectators watched the England v Portugal drama unfold. Sir Bobby opened the scoring with a crisp side-footed finish. His second was a sweetly struck shot following a run from Geoff Hurst. Eusebio bagged a goal for Portugal from the penalty spot but it was too little, too late.

David Wilson-Turner, Head of Sports Memorabilia at Hansons, said: “The shirt was originally donated by Sir Bobby to a charity auction after the 1966 World Cup. He autographed it, personally dedicated it to the successful bidder and confirmed he wore the shirt in the game against Portugal.

“In 2022 Diego Maradona's ‘Hand of God shirt’, worn to score a goal for Argentina against England at the 1986 World Cup, sold for a record £7.1m. That was the highest price ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia.

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"In honour of Sir Bobby’s passing it would be wonderful to see his Number 9 shirt exceed all expectations. Hopefully we can give this item the justice it deserves.”

Sir Bobby, who had dementia, sadly passed away on October 21 following a fall at his care home. His death at the age of 86 prompted a tidal-wave of tributes from across the footballing world.

The signed shirt, which is signed, 'To Bill, Best Wishes, Bobby Charlton', will be sold on November 14.

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