Alan Ball’s 1966 shirt, medal and cap sell for £445,000 at Tennants

England legend Alan Ball’s 1966 World Cup winners medal, his iconic 1966 number 7 shirt and his World Cup cap were sold for £445,000 today.

The sale at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn was not deliberately planned to be during the World Cup, but excitement over the England v France Quarter Final clash fuelled interest.

At 21, Ball was the youngest and least experienced member of Sir Alf Ramsey’s triumphant squad but played a major role in securing the Jules Rimet Trophy.

His performance and non-stop running in the final at Wembley were among the key factors in England’s victory over West Germany.

The items were sold and were bought separately by bidders.

The same sale saw a famous Pele shirt sell for £33,000.

It was worn by the Brazil legend during the first half on the 1970 World Cup clash with England – made famous by Gordon Banks’ incredible save from a header by the legendary striker.

The sale was made more poignant by the recent announcement that he has entered end of life care.

Alan Ball’s winner’s medal sold for £200,000, the No.7 Shirt went for

£130,000 and the1966 World Cup Cap sold for £115,000.

Tennants sporting specialist Kegan Harrison said “The 1966 World Cup victory will always be a golden moment in English sporting history and we are absolutely delighted and honoured to be handling the sale of these extraordinary items.

“It has been 56 years since that incredible match, but it is still very close to the hearts of all football fans.

“Oddly, the date for the auction wasn’t planned to coincide with the Cup, that’s just how it has happened.

“In terms of rarity, when you’re looking at something like the World Cup medal, they were only given to the team and manager, not the squad – so there are only 12.”

It is the second time the winner’s medal has come up for auction, after Ball himself sold them in 2005.

He died aged only 61 two years later after suffering a heart attack whilst putting out a garden waste fire at his home in Hampshire.

The medal was auctioned the first time at Christie’s in London and was bought for £140,000 by the then owner of Bolton Wanderers, Edwine “Eddie” Davies, who died in 2018.

At the time Ball said: “I have three children and three grandchildren, and the most important thing for me is to make sure that they are looked after as well as possible.

“Winning the World Cup in 1966 will stay with me forever, but it is time to look to the future, not the past.”

The 60-year-old former Arsenal, Blackpool, Everton and Southampton midfielder went on to manage several clubs including Manchester City, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Ball’s tireless running, with his socks rolled down to his ankles, is one of the most enduring memories of the final.

It was his chase and low cross which set up Geoff Hurst’s controversial second goal which cannoned in off the bar, sparking debate over whether it actually crossed the line.

Ball returned to a civic reception in Walkden, Lancashire, where he lived with his parents and sister.

His appearance in the final marked the last occasion a Blackpool player received a full England cap.