John Charles's Italian league winner's medal to sell at Bonhams



2015-06-26 12:01:00

John Charles's Italian league winner's medal to sell at Bonhams

The English footballer voted 'best-ever foreign player' by his club, Juventus FC, could score at auction

A 1957-58 Italian league winner's medal, awarded to Welsh international footballer John Charles, will appear for sale at Bonhams in Chester, UK,as part of its sale of Sporting Memorabilia on June 16.

The medal is expected to sell for 8,000-10,000.

Charles (pictured top right) was one of the first British professional players to be signed for an overseas team, and joined Italian club Juventus FC in 1957 for a then-record transfer fee of 65,000.

In his five years at Juventus, he scored 93 goals in 155 matches and he was voted the best-ever foreign player to play for Juventus by the club's fans.

The sale also features Geoff Hurst's spare shirt from the 1966 World Cup final(estimated at 6,000-8,000).

 John Charles's 1957-58 Italian league winner's medal

Hurst scored three of the four goals in England's 4-2 win over West Germany at the old Wembley, and made World Cup history as the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

Another important lot is a pair of Stanley Matthews's boots (estimated at 6,000-8,000) that he wore in a testimonial match played in his honour on April 28, 1965, at Stokes Victoria ground before 35,000 spectators.

 Stanley Matthews's 1953 FA Cup Final boots sold for 38,400, last February

Matthews had played his final game in February of the same year.

The boots, which come with a note from Matthews stating "Yes, my old soccer boots" were given to one of the players at the end of the game, who passed them to the vendor.

Last February, Another pair of Matthews's match worn boots from the 1953 FA Cup Final when he played as Blackpool's winger and beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3, sold for 38,400 inclusive of Buyer's Premium.

Other highlights in Bonhams' June sale include a 1951 FA Cup final winner's medal presented to Newcastle's Jack Fairbrother (5,000-7,000).

Also on offer is a 1955 FA Cup final winner's medal awarded to Newcastle Captain Jimmy Scoular (5,000-7,000), who had previously won First Division winner's medals with Portsmouth in 1948-9 and 1949-50.

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