Bidding for one of Sir Tom Finney’s 76 England caps has reached £2,500 - with just four days left in the charity auction.
The cap is being auctioned off in aid of the Sir Richard Arkwright Statue Appeal, a campaign to build a statue of Preston’s forgotten father of the Industrial Revolution.
Sir Richard, who invented the first mechanised spinning machine and pioneered the factory system in Britain, is to be immortalised in bronze if supporters can raise £100,000.
Wilf Boardman, chairman of the appeal, donated the cap, which Sir Tom earned during a victory over Denmark in Copenhagen in 1955.
Around 55,000 fans watched Walter Winterbottom’s side run out 5-1 winners, with goals from Don Revie, Nat Lofthouse and Geoff Bradford.
Tony Slater, appeal organiser, said: “I’ve had dozens of people bidding so far. I will keep the bidding open until 11.30am on Friday.
“Sir Tom Finney is a legend - Preston will never see his like again and I very much doubt England will see his like again.
“He will live on in people’s memories and hearts forever, unlike Arkwright who was forgotten, even though he is a great son of Preston too.”
Arkwright was born in 1732 and was living at Arkwright House in Lennox Street in 1768 when he developed the spinning frame, which mechanised the previously hand-operated spinning process and revolutionised textiles. The only visible memorial in Preston to the world’s first industrialist is a small blue plaque on the wall of Arkwright House, hidden away in Stoneygate.
Organisers of the appeal are to make bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council, but need help from individuals and organisations.
For more details, or to make a bid on the cap, contact Mr Slater at email@example.com, on 01772 200181 or 07703475258.