Finney’s England cap and shirt up for auction

Sir Tom Finney's cap from England vs Argentina at Wembley in May 1951

Sir Tom Finney's cap from England vs Argentina at Wembley in May 1951

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An England cap won by Sir Tom Finney looks set to reach around £3,000 at auction.

The blue cap, with white tassel, was presented to Sir Tom when he played for England against Argentina at Wembley on May 9, 1951, when he was 29.

The North End legend’s cap is expected to sell for between £2,500 and £3,500 when it goes under the hammer Graham Budd Auctions in London on Thursday May 22.

Graham said the match was a landmark one as it saw the national side go red for the first time.

He said: “This England match was organised as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations on May 9,1951.

“In a compelling match, England came back from a 1-0 deficit at half-time to beat Argentina 2-1 with goals in the final 11 minutes from Stan Mortensen and Jackie Milburn.

“In this match, England wore a red shirt for the very first time because England’s normal white shirt was too close in resemblance to the pale blue and white stripes of the visitors, who had travelled with no alternative strip.”

One of Sir Tom’s England shirts is also set to fetch between £2,500 and £3,500 when it goes up for auction the following day.

The long-sleeved white Number 11 shirt, with button-up collar, was worn by Sir Tom in the England match against Switzerland in Zurich on May 28,1952.

England won the match 3-0 with two goals from Nat Lofthouse and another from John Sewell.

Sir Tom was aged 91 when he died in February this year.

For more information on the auction, see www.grahambuddauctions.co.uk