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Friday, 29 September, 2000, 22:59 GMT 23:59 UK
Neal under the hammer
Phil Neal the Liverpool legend
Phil Neal's footballing memorabilia under the hammer
Phil Neal, the legendary Liverpool full-back has had a number of personal items go under the hammer at Christie's auction house in London.

One of England's most decorated players had decided to sell his medal collection to help secure the finanacial futures of his children.

Natasha, 27, and Ashley Neal, 25 will be the main benefactors to the money received, but donations will also be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Bobby Moore Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

The collection of medals from a glittering career at Anfield realised over 94,000, including a staggering 11,750 for the European Cup winners medal awarded to Neal in 1977.

Successful sale

Friday's auction comes 24 hours after the successful sale of Geoff Hurst's World Cup winning shirt from 1966 that fetched 80,000.

Christie's football specialist David Convery was extremely satisfied with the way the auction had proceeded over the two days.

"The sale, which is Christie's third football auction of the year, reflects the continuing interest in the football memorabilia market," Convery enthused.

"Items belonging to footballing greats such as Stanley Matthews and Bobby Moore also performed well with Bobby Moore's cap, awarded to him in 1963, selling for 8,225."

The sale, which is Christie's third football auction of the year, reflects the continuing interest in the football memorabilia market
  David Convery, Christie's
Three of Neal's four European Cup Winner's medals was sold along with his one World Club Championship medal, eight League Championship medals and plaques as well as his 20 England caps.

Neal's European Cup winners medal from 1978 fetched 6,462, which again exceeded the auctioneer's expected price.

The former Liverpool and Bolton player said he had decided to sell his medals "to take it out of my children's hands when I'm gone."

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