Nobby Stiles’ World Cup Winners Medal

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2015-06-26 10:42:18

Nobby Stiles’ World Cup Winners Medal was sold in October 2010 for £188,200. Nobby Stiles

Norbert Peter “Nobby” Stiles (1942-present) is an English ex-footballer. He famously played for England in the 1966 World Cup final.

Stiles, a “toothless midfield ball-winner”, is one of only two Englishmen to have won both the World Cup and the European Cup.

Stiles was notable for his toothless grin; he wore dentures (his real teeth forcibly ripped out during a match) which he removed when playing.

Alongside his tenacious playing style, he is best remembered for his celebratory ‘dance’ at the end of the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany.

His “involuntary, spontaneous jig with the Jules Rimet Trophy in his hand while holding his false teeth in the other” was an “image which lived on for decades”.

The medal

The medal is a continental gold 1966 world cup winners medal. The obverse displays an image of an angel holding two branches, stood upon a plinth and is inscribed 'FIFA'.

The reverse is inscribed 'World Championship, Jules Rimet Cup, In England, 1966' and has ring suspension.

Stiles originally intended to leave the medals to his children, but was unsure of how best to divide them up. Instead, the proceeds from the sale will benefit his family.

Sale

On 27th October 2010, the medal was sold for £188,200, by Convery Auctions, Edinburgh, making it the most expensive piece of World Cup memorabilia ever sold.

It was purchased by Manchester United FC, where Stiles spent the majority of his career.

UK newspaper the Daily Mail reported that the club “plan to display the medals in the Old Trafford museum”.

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