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Saturday, June 20, 1998 Published at 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK


World Cup winner fails to sell medal

Cap and Medal: First from 1966 to go on sale

One of England's 1966 World Cup players has failed to sell his prized medal to help provide for old age.

Full-back George Cohen, 58, who played in all the team's matches during the 1966 World Cup, put his medal into auction to help provide for him and his wife, Daphne, who nursed him through bowel cancer.

But bids stopped £5,000 short of the £60,0000 reserve price and the medal was withdrawn from sale at Christie's in Glasgow.

[ image: World Cup heroes: Cohen (right) at Wembley]
World Cup heroes: Cohen (right) at Wembley
The solid gold World Cup winner's medal, the first from 1966 to go on sale, was expected to sell for up to £80,000.

David Davies, who acts as agent to many of the 1966 World Cup winning side, said: "Obviously we're all disappointed by the no-sale.

"Christie's had given an amount, and we had set our sights on that, but unfortunately the bidding did not reach that price.

"I listened to the auction on the telephone, and the bidding was going quite quickly.

"George knows what the amount is and now he has to decide what he is going to do."

The Professional Footballer's Association bought Mr Cohen's special England cap, awarded for playing in all six games in 1966, for £10,000.

Speaking before the auction, Mr Cohen said it had been a tough decision to sell the prized medal and cap.

[ image: Medal: Failed to hit reserve price]
Medal: Failed to hit reserve price
But he added: "There are worse things in life. What I have been through helps put things in perspective."

"I'm sure that without (Daphne) I would not have survived and I'm doing this for our retirement together, our future."

The memorabilia was auctioned as part of Christie's tenth annual sale dedicated to football.

In 1993 the auction house sold Liverpool midfielder Ray Kennedy's 1977 European Cup Winners medal for £17,600.

But interest in Mr Cohen's medal had been so strong before the auction that Christie's had extra telephone lines installed to receive bids from collectors.

Moves are also underway to buy for the nation the medals of the late captain of the winning World Cup side, Bobby Moore.

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