Hoops leg­end’s J777 NKY reg plate sells for £2800

Daily Record - - NEWS - BY GOR­DON ROBERT­SON g.robert­son@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

JIMMY John­stone’s car num­ber plate has been snapped up at an auc­tion.

The reg­is­tra­tion J777 NKY once owned by Hoops leg­end Jinky sold for £2800.

The plate came com­plete with the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Li­cens­ing Agency (DVLA) Re­ten­tion Doc­u­ment and Num­ber Plate Au­tho­ri­sa­tion Cer­tifi­cate. It was sold at McTear’s auc­tion­house in Glas­gow yes­ter­day.

Jinky passed away aged 61 in 2006 af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with mo­tor neu­rone disease five years ear­lier. The wing wiz­ard scored 129 goals in 515 ap­pear­ances for Celtic and picked up nine league win­ners’ medals as well as lift­ing the Scot­tish Cup four times and the League Cup five times.

Jinky also fa­mously lifted the Euro­pean Cup in 1967 and was voted Celtic’s best ever player by the club’s fans in 2002. James Bruce, from McTear’s, said: “Pri­vate num­ber plates are big busi­ness in the UK but it is not of­ten that one comes to auc­tion with such a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory.

“This is a very un­usual piece of mem­o­ra­bilia and that was re­flected in the price paid by a col­lec­tor in Eng­land.”

LEG­END Jinky John­stone

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