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Town buys legend's medals

PUBLISHED: 14:07 27 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Town has bought three championship medals won by Sir Alf Ramsey during his time as the club's manager.

It bought the medals which were put up for auction today at Christies in London.

IPSWICH Town has bought three championship medals won by Sir Alf Ramsey during his time as the club's manager.

It bought the medals which were put up for auction today at Christies in London.

The gold medals, sold in three separate lots, were for the 1956/57 Division Three South Championship, the 1960/61 Division Two Championship and the 1961/62 Division One Championship.

The medals chart the rise of Ipswich Town from being a small, lower-league club into its current role as one of the giants of the game.

Speaking from Moscow, Club Chairman David Sheepshanks said: "I was very pleased to hear that we have secured all three of the championship medals belonging to Sir Alf Ramsey.

"These medals were the only artefacts within the Sir Alf Ramsey collection that directly related to his time at Ipswich Town so we were particularly keen to acquire them for display in our new Hall of Fame that will be open to the public towards the end of this year."

The new Hall of Fame will be included in the redevelopment of the ground which will continue over the next few months.

International caps, championship medals and other items from his career as a player and manager all went under the hammer.

The collection has been offered for sale by the family of Sir Alf, who managed the England team which won the World Cup in 1966. He died in 1999 at the age of 79.

David Convery, Christie's football specialist, said: "The Sir Alf Ramsey collection represents English football's greatest period in both the domestic and international arena.

"Christie's is honoured to offer this collection belonging to one of English football's greatest-ever servants, at both playing and managerial level."

The defender played for Tottenham from 1946 until he retired in 1954, and made almost 300 appearances for the club, scoring 30 goals.

He also played 32 games for England.

The Football Memorabilia auction at Christie's, in Kensington, west London, also offered two pairs of football boots worn by two of today's England stars – David Beckham and Steven Gerrard.

Beckham gave his boots, inscribed with the word "Becks', to a young fan after he accidentally smashed a ball into the boy's face during a pre-match warm-up. They were expected to fetch up to £3,000 at the auction.

Gerrard's boots were presented to a junior football league to help them raise money for new changing room facilities and were expected to sell for £600-£800.

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