Only Scot to score in World Cup fi­nal is putting his win­ner’s medal up for sale

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Lesley Roberts -

A rare, post­card-sized lunch menu for the f irst meal served on the Ti­tanic is tipped to sell for £100,000 at an auc­tion in De­vizes, Wilt­shire.

Ar­gentina leg­end Jose Luis Brown’s gold d gong is ex­pected to o fetch £ 50,000 when it goes un­der the ham­mer. er.

The de­fender – whose hose roots are in Leith, Ed­in­burgh urgh – headed the opener in thee 3-2 vic­tory over West Ger­many in the Azteca Sta­dium in 1986.

Now the 61- year- old is of­fload­ing the medal he picked up in f ront of 116,000 spec­ta­tors at an auc­tion in New York.

Brown played 36 times for his coun­try – scor­ing just the one goal.

The medal – lot 68449 – goes un­der the ham­mer at the Hard Rock Cafe in Man­hat­tan’s Times Square on May 18. It is among a col­lec­tion of 300 items of sport­ing mem­o­ra­bilia to be sold by Julien’s Auc­tions.

The medal fea­tures an im­age of the World Cup tro­phy on one side and the words Copa Mun­dial de la FIFA Mex­ico 1986 on the other.

Julien’s Auc­tions pres­i­dent Dar­ren Julien said: “This area of celebrity sports mem­o­ra­bilia is one of the fastest grow­ing ar­eas of a lter­nat ive investment col­lecta­bles – their value just keeps on grow­ing.

“This col­lec­tion of care­fully cho­sen items of sport­ing mem­o­ra­bilia rep­re­sents the dreams and am­bi­tions of the sports­men who cap­tured the hearts of mil­lions.”

Brown re­mains a lead­ing fig­ure in Ar­gen­tinian foot­ball and re­cently coached the na­tional un­der-17 side.

Ex­perts at Ham­p­den’s Scot­tish Foot­ball Museum found he is a de­scen­dant of James Brown, one of the orig­i­nal Scot­tish set­tlers in Ar­gentina.

Seven brothers and a cousin, all grand­chil­dren of James Brown, played for Ar­gen­tinian clubs and six of them also played for the na­tional team.

Brown said of his fa­mous mo­ment, a 23rd-minute header from a Jorge Bur­ruchaga free­kick: “I think Schu­macher, the West Ger­many goal­keeper, was over-con­fi­dent.

“Bur­ruchaga hit it hard and well. When I saw that the keeper had come out and failed to get it, I thought, ‘ That’s it’.

“I still get emo­tional. To score a goal in a World Cup fi­nal is the very best thing that can hap­pen.”

MEDALMANMEDALMAN Brown is big na­me­nam in Ar­gen­tinian game

I DID IT Jose Luis Brown holds the ball aloft af­ter scor­ing his goal

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