Football boss’ trophy on sale

Tony Randerson and Jackie Link, trustee and treasurer of the Littlefoot Trust charity, with memorabilia from Bill Nicholson, the Scarborough born, player and manager of Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 1950's and 60's. Photo by Andrew Higgins 124829a 30/11/12
Tony Randerson and Jackie Link, trustee and treasurer of the Littlefoot Trust charity, with memorabilia from Bill Nicholson, the Scarborough born, player and manager of Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 1950's and 60's. Photo by Andrew Higgins 124829a 30/11/12
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Football fans are being offered the chance to get their hands on historic memorabilia belonging to a true legend of the sport.

Programmes, trophies and awards belonging to Scarborough-born ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager Bill Nicholson are being offered to football fans to help boost the coffers of a 
local charity.

The items were left to Jackie Link, who is the treasurer of the Littlefoot Trust charity.

A neighbour of the footballing great’s sister, she helped to care for her and her husband in their old age.

And Jackie, who admits she isn’t a big footballing fan, is looking to sell the treasures to help youngsters with the charity.

“Someone would benefit from them far more than I would. I used to look after Bill’s sister, and they gave me this memorabilia.

“Bill used to joke and say ‘wait until I’m gone as it will be worth a lot more!”

She initially attempted to sell them to Tottenham Hotspur, where the late manager enjoyed considerable success in the 1950s and 1960s.

He guided the club to the first ever domestic league and cup double, and the street leading up to the ground is named after the late Scarborough great.

However, the Premiership giants offered a figure which fell way short of her valuation.

“I got in touch with Spurs, and they made me an offer of £200.

“I thought it as a bit of a mean offer to be honest, especially from a big cash-rich club like Spurs.

“It just seemed a bit greedy, and I thought we could get a bit more for the charity than that.”

She considered holding a sportsman’s dinner to help sell the lot, which includes the Scarborian’s first ever trophy, along with bookends and match programmes.

However, she’s now thinking of holding an auction to help sell the goods, although nothing is confirmed yet.

If anybody is interested in any of the items however, they can enquire about them directly before any possible sale.

Call Jackie on 07878833636 for further details.