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England cap awarded to World Cup-winning manager and Ipswich Town legend Sir Alf Ramsey to go on sale at Suffolk auction house




An England cap awarded to Ipswich Town legend Sir Alf Ramsey is going on sale at an auction house in Suffolk.

The cap of the World Cup-winning manager will go under the hammer at Lacy Scott & Knight in Bury St Edmunds on Friday, September 10, and could collect between £2,000 to £3,000.

Ramsey was awarded the cap for his 14th appearance in an England shirt, a 2-2 draw with Yugoslavia in 1950. The game, which took place at Highbury, was one of three games that he captained as a player.

A cap awarded to England legend Sir Alf Ramsey is going on sale. Picture: Lacy Scott & Knight
A cap awarded to England legend Sir Alf Ramsey is going on sale. Picture: Lacy Scott & Knight

Glenn Pearl, auctioneer at Lacy Scott & Knight, said the connection to the cap could see the price soar.

"I have seen similar caps, without that connection, at a similar sort of money," he said.

"With that connection, it should hopefully elevate it a lot more.

A cap awarded to England legend Sir Alf Ramsey is going on sale. Picture: Lacy Scott & Knight
A cap awarded to England legend Sir Alf Ramsey is going on sale. Picture: Lacy Scott & Knight

"I have sold a lot of football memorabilia, but nothing of somebody of his standing. If you think of English football, you think of Alf Ramsey.”

Ramsey won 32 caps as a player before retiring, the last of which came in 1953.

He retired in 1955 and immediately took on his first managerial role at Ipswich on August 9.

A cap awarded to England legend Sir Alf Ramsey is going on sale. Picture: Lacy Scott & Knight
A cap awarded to England legend Sir Alf Ramsey is going on sale. Picture: Lacy Scott & Knight

Ramsey remained at Ipswich until 1963, when he then took over as England manager.

Mr Pearl based the price on previous England caps that had been sold, some of which belonged to Ramsey himself.

He said: “I based the valuation on other England caps that have sold, but there was also Lady Victoria Ramsey, who sold a lot of his collection at Christie’s. They sold about 30 caps so a lot of it was based on that as well.

"But I think being in this area, with his connection to Ipswich, it will do particularly well. I wouldn’t think it would make any less. But it has really got to be sold at my discretion.”

The auction will take place on Friday, September 10.

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