One of Sir Tom Finney’s 76 England caps has been sold for £2,510 in a charity auction.
The cap was 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.
Tony Slater, appeal organiser, said there had been a late flurry of interest in the cap before the auction officially ended at 11.30am last Friday.
The auction was won by a man from Ingol, Preston, who later said he wished to remain anonymous.
Mr Slater said: “We’re happy with the amount.
“Sadly a lot of people in Preston don’t know Arkwright - if he had appeared on the X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent everybody would know him!
“He should be lauded. Apart from Sir Tom, for me he is Preston’s greatest son.”
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.
Mr Slater said the pair had already spoken to Peter Hodkinson, the artist who sculpted the statue of Sir Tom outside Preston North End’s Deepdale Stadium, to see if he could create one of Sir Richard.
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 support the appeal, contact Mr Slater at firstname.lastname@example.org, on 01772 200181 or 07703475258.