Desperate times call for desperate measures and with the financial stability of the league of Ireland mirroring that of the rest of the country, it is unsurprising to perhaps to see some of our domestic league footballers selling their prized possessions.
However that appears to be the step taken by one Monaghan United footballer who has taken to the internet to sell of a prized possession.
While it may have lacked the glamour of a Christy’s auction, the EA Sports cup final runners up medal from the 2010 final which Monaghan lost 1-0 to Sligo Rovers sold on EBay earning the seller £147.88 pounds. The Medal was sold by acornantiquescollectables and had 13 bids placed for it.
Sligo Rovers won the final thanks to an effort from Matthew Blinkhorn, the Monaghan team that started that day was Gabriel Sava; Conor McMahon, Alan Byrne, Brian Gartland, Shane Grimes; Aidan Collins, Sean Brennan, Barry Clancy, Don Tierney; Karl Berminghan and Philip Hughes with Cathal O’Connor, Darragh Hanaphy and Aidan Lynch all coming on.
The unnamed footballer is not the only player to have sold his prized collections; here are some others who have sold their prized sporting memorabilia
– Tina Moore, former wife of the late Bobby Moore, sold off his medal collection to secure the future of both her and her children. The collection which included his 1966 World cup medal and his BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy was bought by his former club West Ham United fetched the family a reported 1.5 million.
– Peter Reid sold his 1986 FA cup runners up medal to help pay the staff at Plymouth after the club ran into financial trouble only to be later sacked.
– Gordon Banks Reluctantly sold his in 2001 for £124,740, which auction house Christie’s said was a record at the time for a football medal. Banks wanted to spare his children the burden of deciding what to do with it.
– Former England centre back Larry Lloyd sold his European Cup winners medals after losing his public relations job with Nottingham Forest and used the money to open a bar in Spain.