Goal-scor­ing leg­end to f log his footie trea­sures

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The man known as Su­per­mac in his 1970s hey­day – suf­fered ex­treme pain and was rushed to hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance amid fears he had sep­sis.

It was a false alarm but the for­mer New­cas­tle United, Ar­se­nal and Eng­land striker says it put life in per­spec­tive.

Mal­com said: “I’m 67 and I think that it’s only com­mon sense to think about your mor­tal­ity – to think about mak­ing sure that every­thing is in place. You never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen.

“I had a nasty health turn. It does bring it home to you.” His scare hap­pened in June when he felt ex­treme pain in his joints.

His wife Carol called a doc­tor and when symp­toms pointed to sep­sis – which can kill if not spot­ted early – he was rushed to Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency.

He had pseudo -gout – a type of arthri­tis that causes sud­den, painful swelling. “As soon as it had come, it just went,” said Mal­colm. “They said you won’t get it for ten years. Four days later I came down with it again.”

Now he is to auc­tion nearly 40 caps, shirts, track­suits and medals so he can leave the money to his seven chil­dren.

Lots in­clude a 1978 FA Cup run­ners -up medal val­ued at £4,500 and the vest he wore on TV’s Su­per­stars show, £300.

There’s even a pair of an­cient 1940s boots sent with a rude mes­sage by a fan af­ter he missed chances, at around £45.

Mal­colm said the idea came af­ter talk­ing to Eng­land’s 1966 World Cup Fi­nal hat-trick scorer Sir Ge­off Hurst who auc­tioned his own trea­sures.

“He told me ‘I’ve got one World Cup win­ner’s medal and three daugh­ters. I can’t cut it into three.’

“My chil­dren never saw me play and it’s the mem­o­ries I value – not ob­jects.”

One l ot is a New­cas­tle United shirt he lent to AC/DC singer Brian John­son to wear on Top of the Pops.

Mal­colm, born in Lon­don but much- l oved in New­cas­tle from his time there, re­vealed he had to “beg, and beg and beg” to get it, in the days when strips had to last a whole sea­son. He said: “Brian was in a band calle called Ge­ordie at the time an and wanted to wear a New­castleNe shirt on the show. “I begged the c club to let him have one of my shirts with nine on the back. “But t hen be be­cause it had a club logo the BBC said, ‘ No, you can’t wear it on air.’ “S“So he cut t he botto bot­tom off it in­stead and wo wore the black and white bits as a tie.” The cut-down shirt is val­ued at around £600.

Su­per­mac, who lives in Northum­ber­land, scored 210 goals for Ful­ham, Lu­ton, New­cas­tle and Ar­se­nal.

The Gun­ners broke their club record to buy him for £333,333.34 in 1976.

A year ear­lier he had scored all five goals in a 5-0 de­mo­li­tion of Cyprus in one of his 14 Eng­land ap­pear­ances.

His shirt from that night is in the auc­tion, with an es­ti­mate of £6,000. So is the shirt of Kyr­i­akos Koureas, who was mark­ing him... for a more mod­est £200.

The auc­tion is at Stacey’s in Rayleigh, Es­sex, on Oc­to­ber 23. Or bid on­line at the-sale­room.com.

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