It was the moment Norwood became the focus of the world's attention. It was the resolution of an old-fashioned whodunnit that had the public and media gripped.

It's the oft-regaled story of Pickles the dog ferreting out the stolen Jules Rimet World Cup trophy in his Norwood garden back in 1966.

But this tale also has a dark side and set in motion a Tutankhamen-like curse. "I feel like a lucky man," says David Corbett, the former owner of Pickles, "because it's not been a very lucky cup."

The trophy was audaciously pinched on March 20 1966 from under the noses of the footballing authorities, who were proudly exhibiting it in the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, prior to England's hosting of the tournament.

Top fashion designer Sir Paul Smith talks exclusively to World Football's Mike Geddes about how soccer became cool, and which kits from the World Cup 2002 collection could make it on to the catwalk... Let's face it - footballers are cool.

Men like David Beckham lead the way both on and off the pitch - he was voted 'most fashionable male' by GQ magazine once.

But anyone who lived through the vast lapels and skimpy shorts of the 70s and 80s will tell you it wasn't always like this.

Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith has spent years kitting out the top names in the game, and he told me where it all started.

"I know George Best very well" he said, "and one of my first jobs as a young designer was designing George Best Kidswear in the 70s.

The immaculate collection.

Mick's story begins in North London, where he lived before swapping the UK for Sweden several years ago.

An avid Hammer since an early age, Mick has collected Hammers shirts for over 25 years - and now boasts undoubtedly the biggest collection you're ever likely to see.

The collection now weighs in at over 250 strong, and Mick has very kindly photographed each and every shirt in order that KUMB may keep a copy of the whole collection online for your viewing pleasure.

"The collection includes one of each replica, home, away or third shirts the club has ever sold," says Mick.

"It started with a shirt made for the West Ham shop back in the late 60's by Umbro - although the team has never worn Umbro shirts!

"At the time the Hammers wore Bukta shirts, but Bukta were reluctant to make a replica shirt as they thought the idea would never take off!

"Fashion has played a major part in the elevation of footballers to iconic status in modern society. Whether it be George Best's famous clothes shop, Alan Hudson's haircut or David Beckham's unique dress sense, the worlds of fashion and football have often intertwined. In From Best To Beckham, this relationship is brilliantly brought to life for the very first time. Entertaining and informative, the journey starts with the abolition of the maximum wage in the early 60's and focuses on key names, including George Best and Bobby Moore.

There are new interviews with 70's footballers such as Steve Perryman, Alan Hudson and Mike Summerbee, as well as with a wider range of famous names, like the tailor Dougie Hayward, who designed Bobby Moores suits. As well as documenting this unique history, the authors also talk to
players such as Millwall's Darren Ward and examine in depth the huge impact that England captain David Beckham has had on his contemporaries.
The book does not just focus on the players, however, It also charts the many influential street fashions that emanated from the terraces over the years, notably the widespread popularity of the Skinhead in the late '60's
and the birth of the Casual in the mid-70's. To that end, the authors have unearthed many fascinating testimonies from fans of all
persuasions, including the singer Kevin Rowland, the writer Irvine Welsh and members of Cardiff's notorious Soul Crew.

From Best to Beckham is a unique book: an amalgamation of history and entertainment mixed into one riveting read. It is brought to life by photographs taken by the great Terry O'Neill, one of the first lensman to spot and celebrate this remarkable relationship."

The sale of Gordon Banks's 1966 World Cup winners medal for £124,750 illustrates once more that sports memorabilia is big business.

Indeed, the six items of the Banks's collection sold at Christie's auction house in London on Thursday realised more than £171,690. Christie's football memorabilia specialist David Convery was particularly pleased with the sale of the World Cup medal.

"It's a world record for any football medal sold at any football auction throughout the world."

David Convery explained the history of Christie's football sales.

On august 5th 2006 this Northern Ireland WC 86 shirt was sold on Ebay.


Sold for: £454.00

 

The seller added the following information: This is a Match worn world cup shirt from the FIFA World Cup Mexico 1986 .

It is size Extra Large, To fit 107-112

It was worn by Gerry Armstrong.

Cameroon in shirt appeal

The Cameroon football federation, Fecafoot, will appeal against Fifa's decision to deduct six points from their upcoming World Cup campaign. Fifa's disciplinary committee made the decision on Friday that Cameroon would lose six points from their 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

The punishment is for Cameroon's decision to wear a one-piece football kit at the Cup of Nations in Tunisia earlier this year.

Fifa told the Indomitable Lions that they had to change their strip after the first round of the championship.

However Cameroon wore the kit for their quarter-final loss to Nigeria.

Manchester United, has struck the U.K.'s most valuable shirt-sponsorship deal, worth $99 million (£56.5 million) over four years to carry the name of insurer American International Group on its jerseys. But did the club get top dollar for turning its players into moving billboards?

United had been casting around for a replacement for its $16.6 million-per-year deal with Vodafone  after the two agreed last year to part ways early at the end of the current season, with the mobile phone transferring its sponsorship dollars to Europe's top club competition, UEFA's Champion League.

An area to bear in mind is "MATCH WORN shirts for sale". Be careful as some shirts being sold over the internet are far east copies made up to relevant match specifications so as to pass off as match worn. Match worn is when a shirt has been worn by player in a professional football game. To identify a matchworn shirt the shirt may have bobbles, small tears, dirty or colour run due to washing.

Shirt may have been worn in several football matches and not just one - a good indication is often football shirts are machine washed together so sometimes particulary clubs such as Aston Villa, West Ham United, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Coventry City, Chelsea, Manchester United because the players name and players squad number are in white felt (Depending on season and whether home/away)the darker colour from shirt will dye the white felt on number/name so gives the felt a discolour. This would be same if your missus washed your white socks with a red t-shirt. Shirts are usually mass laundry by majority of football clubs. Certain clubs have shirts dry laundry these are the big money clubs where players like to have soft perfumed smelling shirts!!

Hungarian and Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas, who is desperately ill in a Budapest hospital with a form of Alzheimer's disease, was forced to sell off his medals, including the golden boot he was awarded to commemorate his amazing international scoring record, at Bonhams, in London, to help pay for his treatment.


One of the world's greatest footballers sold his memorabilia for £85,000 at auction to help in his battle with terminal illness. The collection of Puskas memorabilia was bought privately, before it was due for sale at Bonhams Auction House in Chester

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