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Wednesday, 27 March, 2002, 16:47 GMT
Blanchflower medal sold for 10,500
Both Danny and Jackie Blanchflower played for Northern Ireland in the 1958 World Cup finals
Danny Blanchflower (right) with his brother Jackie
A European medal won by one of Northern Ireland's most famous footballers has been bought for over 10,000 at an auction in London.

Danny Blanchflower's Cup Winners' Cup medal, won with Tottenham in 1963, fetched 10,575 at Christie's football memorabilia auction on Wednesday.

The medal was bought by a fan who had followed the Spurs legend's career avidly since the age of four.

Christie's had estimated that the medal would sell for between 8,000-12,000.

Danny Blanchflower captained Tottenham to the league and cup double in 1961
Danny Blanchflower lifted the 1961 FA Cup

Having been lost for many years, the gong was discovered at the bottom of a claret jug bought for 25 at a market stall in west London 12 years ago.

Blanchflower, who captained both club and country, died in 1993 after battling against Alzheimer's disease for years.

He was a hero to Spurs fans all over the world after he led his side to the English League and Cup double in 1961.

BBC's Stephen Walker
"Many thought the medal would realise more"
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