Diego Maradona top sells for £7.1m - but which Sunderland AFC shirts are most collectable?

At the end of the ‘Hand of God’ game against Argentina at the 1986 Mexico World Cup, England midfielder Steve Hodge swapped shirts with Diego Maradona.

Friday, 6th May 2022, 9:55 am
Updated Friday, 6th May 2022, 10:58 am

Now, 36 years later, Hodge has auctioned the shirt for £7.1m, a world record for a sports shirt. Maradona, arguably the greatest, but most controversial footballer of all time, died in November 2020 aged 60.

While any Sunderland shirt since the club’s formation in 1879 would be unlikely to top that, there are still SAFC tops that collectors would love to get their hands on. They would be worth a few quid too.

But more important than that is the huge sentimental value of certain Sunderland shirts. Some, alas, may be lost forever.

However, we have compiled this list, in chronological order, of the 11 most valuable shirts (well, according to us) from the club’s history.

We agonised over the list; for instance we haven’t found a place for shirts worn by Charlie Hurley, Dave Halliday, Charlie Buchan or Jermain Defoe.

Feel free to argue.

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