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Thursday, 27 September, 2001, 15:40 GMT 16:40 UK
Ramsey collection nets tidy sum
Sir Alf's International caps and medals
The Ramsey collection was guaranteed to be popular
A collection of football memorabilia that once belonged to World Cup legend Sir Alf Ramsey has fetched more than 80,000 at auction.

International caps, championship medals and other items from his playing and managerial career went under the hammer at Christie's in London.

Sir Alf, who was the manager of the 1966 World Cup winning side, died in 1999 aged 79.

The collection was offered for sale by his family.


Sir Alf Ramsey was such a large part of (our) history, that we just had to be interested
Spurs spokesman

Two of Sir Alf's former clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and Ipswich Town, acquired items at the auction.

Spurs, with whom he played for much of his career, bought an international cap won in 1950 when England played Portugal.

Ipswich, where he started his managerial career, bought three gold championship medals.

The medals were won for the 1956/57 Division Three (South) Championship, the 1960/61 Division Two Championship and the 1961/62 Division One Championship.

During Sir Alf's time at Ipswich, he took the club from the old Third Division (South) to the Division One crown in just seven years.

Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks said the club were delighted to secure the medals. He said they would be put on display in Ipswich's new Hall of Fame, which is due to open later this year.

David Beckham's boots went under the hammer
Beckham's boots fetched 2,350

A spokesman for Spurs said: "Sir Alf Ramsey was such an important player for this club, and such a large part of its history, that we just had to be interested."

He said the club was actively trying to buy more items from its history.

However, a silver gilt medal that Sir Alf won with Spurs for their triumph in the 1950-51 Division One Championship was bought by a private bidder for 7,050.

The bidder also paid 4,935 for the cap Sir Alf received on his last England appearance in 1953 against Hungary at Wembley.

Modern lots were also auctioned, with a pair of football boots worn by David Beckham sold to a private bidder for 2,350.

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