Monty's memorabilia fetch more than 100k

THE medals, international caps and jerseys of a former footballer now living near Felixstowe have gone under the hammer, fetching more than £100,000.Maurice “Monty” Norman made 35 first-team appearances for Norwich City before signing for Tottenham Hotspur in November 1955.

THE medals, international caps and jerseys of a former footballer now living near Felixstowe have gone under the hammer, fetching more than £100,000.

Maurice “Monty” Norman made 35 first-team appearances for Norwich City before signing for Tottenham Hotspur in November 1955.

The Mulbarton-born centre half - whose sale to Spurs for £18,000 helped to pay for new floodlights at Carrow Road - went on to become a linchpin of the North London club's mighty double-winning side of 1961, gaining 23 England caps before an horrific injury in 1965 cut short his career.

The treasure trove of memorabilia from his playing days was sold at auction at London's Olympia, fetching well in excess of the expected figure of £80,000.

Highlights of the 180-lot collection included Norman's 1961 League Championship and FA Cup “double” medals, which went for £20,000.

The short-sleeved number five jersey he wore in that year's Cup final against Leicester City went for £7,000.

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His FA Cup winner's medal from the following year, when Tottenham beat Burnley 3-1 in the final, went for £12,000, while his 1963 European Cup Winners' Cup medal went for £1,000.

Norman, who is 74, now lives at Trimley St Martin. He sold the items some years ago and so did not benefit from the auction.

“It would have been nice if someone like Norwich City had taken them, but I hope they have gone to a good home,” he said.

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