Manchester United favourite Norman Whiteside is auctioning off his medals and memorabilia – including his first pro contract and 1985 FA Cup final boots – to try and raise £140,000 for retirement after having his career cut short by injury
- Norman Whiteside was forced to retire at the age of 26 because of a knee issue
- The former Manchester United forward has decided to sell off his memorabilia
- Among the 60 lots are an FA Cup winner’s medal, shirts, boots and a contract
- Whiteside says he wants to top up his ‘small’ pension and ‘secure the future’
Former Manchester United star Norman Whiteside is selling off memorabilia from his career – including an FA Cup winner’s medal – in order to raise £140,000.
The 55-year-old, who made his debut for United aged 16 and in 1982 broke Pele’s record for the youngest player to appear at the World Cup, says his decision is to top up his pension and ‘secure the future’.
Whiteside’s playing career was cruelly cut short after just nine years when a serious knee injury forced him to retire at the age of 26.
Ex-Manchester United star Norman Whiteside is auctioning off his medals and memorabilia
Whiteside’s boots from the 1985 FA Cup final win over Everton are valued at around £5,000
However, after a successful spell at Old Trafford, two years with Everton and 38 caps for Northern Ireland, he has plenty of items to cash in on.
The star lot in the auction, which comprises 60 lots and takes place at Ewbank’s in Woking, Surrey on July 29, is his FA Cup winner’s medal from the 1985 final.
That is expected to bring in around £15,000, while the boots with which he scored the winning goal in the same game are valued at £5,000. His match shirt is expected to sell for around £8,000.
Other lots include match-worn international shirts of France legend Michel Platini and West Germany’s Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Whiteside is auctioning off his FA Cup winner’s medals in a bid to raise around £140,000
Whiteside scores the winning goal for United against Everton in the 1985 FA Cup final
Whiteside, who spent seven years in the United first team and now works as an ambassador for the club, is also offering his first professional contract at auction.
The five-year deal, which ran from 1982 to 1987, shows that he was on a basic wage of £250. The contract itself is now valued at £2,500.
The former Northern Ireland international holds the record for the youngest player to score in a League Cup and FA Cup final, and the youngest player to score a goal for United.
Whiteside said: ‘No one’s pressurised me to do it, but now I’m 55 I want to make sure that all my pension provisions are in place.
The former forward’s first professional contract is expected to fetch £2,500 next month
Whiteside says the decision to sell shirts, medals and more is to top up his ‘small’ pension
‘I get a small pension from my footballing days, but we didn’t earn much in those days before the Premiership, so I want to put that together with what the auction will raise to secure the future.
‘I thought it would be nice for the fans to have a chance to bid for something.’
Whiteside’s Northern Ireland shirt from the 1982 World Cup clash against Yugoslavia is expected to sell for £8,000.
He is also offering match-worn England shirts he swapped with Bryan Robson and Ray Wilkins, which should fetch around £4,000 apiece.
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