We’ve sold our own shirt short
TWO MILLION quid? Are you kidding me? Two million quid for Geoff Hurst’s World Cup winning shirt? I know I love football but … I wonder how much we could have got for the Spurs shirt our Alex wore when he took part in a half-time shoot-out at White Hart Lane and belted a shot past a bloke dressed as a cockerel? He’s just given it away to a young friend who’d been to his first match. Considering Spurs’ latest fund-raising auction is asking £20 as a starting bid for a signed photo of the Japanese player Kazayuki Toda, who apparently played four forgettable games in 2003, I should think we could have got at least 50 quid for Alex’s shirt. What a waste. And yet the man who owns the shirt in which Sir Geoff scored his “They think it’s all over …” hat-trick at Wembley in 1966 is expecting £2.3 million for it when it goes on sale at Harrods next month. Maybe Mohammed Al Fayed, who owns Fulham and has just sold Harrods for a reputed £1.5 billion, will stump up the small change. If you were feeling mean, I guess you could play the shirts game, bearing in mind that Sir Geoff originally sold his shirt for £91,000 in 1998: Bobby Charlton £1.5 million, Gary Lineker £700,000, Terry Fenwick £17.50 … Bizarrely, the ball with which Sir Geoff scored was taken by the German striker Helmut Haller, who handed it back into British ownership, 30 years of hurt later. Talking of balls, having survived the notorious Wembley pitch, England are apparently having trouble adjusting to the performance of the newly-developed adidas ‘Jabulani’ ball which will be used in South Africa. Why Fifa feels it necessary to muck about with the most basic piece of equipment for the sport’s most important tournament is baffling, unless it has something to do with raking in sponsorship. Once we marvelled at the high-altitude ball-bending exploits of Rivelino. With the glorified beach-balls they’re using these days, even Leighton Baines can swerve in a shot on a wet Wednesday at Goodison Park.