Football treasure trove aids Sunderland charity

John Kirton from Boldon Auction Galleries with Lot 109, a folder of autographs given as a gift to SAFC Foundation.
John Kirton from Boldon Auction Galleries with Lot 109, a folder of autographs given as a gift to SAFC Foundation.
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A TREASURE trove of football player’s autographs has been gifted to the SAFC Foundation from a collector.

The folder included autographs from players including Bobby Moore, Bill Shankly, Geoff Hurst, Wayne Rooney and Ferenc Puskas and raised £280 at Boldon Auction Galleries.

It was left as a legacy to the charity from a lifelong Sunderland fan.

Lynsey Thompson, SAFC Foundation head of development, said: “We’re always very grateful for donations of items that we can auction off to raise funds for SAFC Foundation, whether they’re from private collectors, businesses, or the football club and the players themselves.

“They’re a great way of giving Black Cats fans a chance to own something unique whilst contributing to the improvement of the region through our programmes.”

Meanwhile, Black Cat-daft mackems have been bidding online for some footballing history gems.

The Foundation launched their Christmas charity auction on eBay featuring exclusive and unique SAFC items such as signed and match-worn items including boots and goalkeeping gloves.

Proceeds from the auction go to supporting SAFC Foundation, the official charity of Sunderland AFC, which last year worked with more than 40,000 young people and their families in the Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham areas.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon kindly donated worn football boots and gloves along with defender Michael Turner donating worn boots.

Former players Bolo Zenden and John Mensah’s signed boots were also up for grabs in the auction along with matchday programmes signed by former and current players.

Lynsey Thompson, Head of Development for SAFC Foundation said: “We have been delighted to be able to offer Black Cats fans the chance to pick up some unique items and help the local community in the process. I’d like to thank Sunderland AFC and all of the players who made this possible.”

The winning bidders are expected receive their lots before Christmas.

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