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Ministers have thrown their weight behind requires Bobby Moore’s lacking World Cup shirt to be restored to the nation.

Tradition Secretary Lucy Frazer urged ‘anybody with information of its whereabouts’ to return ahead.

Moore’s household launched a public enchantment by the Mail after the well-known 1966 crimson shirt – the defining image of England’s biggest soccer triumph – went lacking in mysterious circumstances.

The final time Tina Moore, his spouse of 24 years, noticed the legendary crimson No 6 shirt, it was in her home. The household had been shocked to be informed it had cropped up within the palms of an unknown personal purchaser at an public sale.

The thriller took a twist this week when it was claimed the shirt had been bought on once more, to a different personal purchaser, after the holder bought ‘spooked’ when the household claimed possession.

Ministers have thrown their weight behind requires Bobby Moore’s lacking World Cup shirt to be restored to the nation

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer urged 'anyone with knowledge of its whereabouts' to come forward

Tradition Secretary Lucy Frazer urged ‘anybody with information of its whereabouts’ to return ahead

Moore’s teammate Sir Geoff Hurst has led calls from the sporting world to revive it to the household, and yesterday Ms Frazer mentioned: ‘Bobby Moore being carried by his England teammates as he lifts the Jules Rimet trophy in his well-known No 6 crimson shirt is without doubt one of the iconic moments of the twentieth century.

‘I urge anybody with information of its whereabouts, or understanding of the way it has modified palms, to return ahead. It will be unbelievable to see it shared with the nation.’

Former sports activities minister Nigel Adams added that whoever had the shirt ‘could be doing the nation an amazing favour by permitting it to be displayed publicly – maybe in a museum’. He mentioned: ‘It will be a becoming tribute to an amazing legend for it to be on show – and one thing for which the nation might be extremely appreciative of.’ Because the Mail launched the general public enchantment final week, contemporary info has come to mild:


A tantalising clue to the thriller considerations what occurred to a yellow Brazil shirt that Pele swapped with Moore throughout the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

It was stored with the well-known crimson shirt, each neatly folded in a leather-based shirts bag which the Moore household saved at their properties in Essex. The entire bag of shirts has gone lacking.

This week, some have tried to solid doubt on the household’s story by claiming the Pele shirt may probably not have gone lacking, because it had been ‘bought at Christie’s’. Nonetheless, the Mail has found the shirt was not truly bought at Christie’s – as a result of the public sale home withdrew the merchandise from sale in 2007 amid questions over its authenticity.

Also missing is the shirt given to Moore by Brazil star Pele after an epic encounter in 1970

Additionally lacking is the shirt given to Moore by Brazil star Pele after an epic encounter in 1970

The enduring second when smiling Moore and Pele embraced and swapped shirts on the finish of their World Cup ‘conflict of the champions’ is without doubt one of the recreation’s biggest moments of sportsmanship.

The 2 legends’ mutual respect on the pitch changed into a lifelong friendship, with Pele describing Moore as an honourable gentleman and ‘the best defender I ever performed towards’.

Again in Britain, the Pele shirt was cherished by the Moores nearly as a lot as his 1966 crimson high. Moore’s son Dean used to put on the Brazil shirt in mattress when he was a toddler. Now it has turn out to be central to the thriller of what occurred to Moore’s favorite shirts. The household are clear the crimson and yellow shirts had been stored collectively within the attic of their properties.

Others have claimed that Moore ‘gave away’ his most prized shirts, one thing the household say he would by no means have carried out.

This week, Daren Burney, a collector of England soccer memorabilia, has tried to solid doubt on the household’s declare to Moore’s well-known shirts by saying the 1966 captain was well-known for freely giving his jerseys.

Sir Bobby's first wife Tina, left, and daughter Roberta are appealing for the return of the shirt

Sir Bobby’s first spouse Tina, left, and daughter Roberta are interesting for the return of the shirt

The shirt has disappeared from Tina's collection along with many items of kit ¿ including the valuable yellow shirt he got from Pele

The shirt has disappeared from Tina’s assortment together with many gadgets of package – together with the precious yellow shirt he bought from Pele

Mr Burney has claimed the ‘attic story’ is ‘not true’. He wrote on Twitter that there was ‘point out of the Pele shirt apparently being within the attic, but that was given away and bought at Christie’s with windfall’. (It’s assumed he meant ‘provenance’ somewhat than windfall.)

Christie’s did supply a Pele shirt on the market in 2007. Its press launch from February 28 that 12 months, obtained by the Mail, trumpets an upcoming public sale of soccer memorabilia that will be led by ‘the shirt worn by Pele and swapped with Bobby Moore’.

It was hoped the yellow shirt would fetch £15,000, and the announcement was lined by a number of nationwide newspapers in early 2007.

However there’s a twist, till now unreported. The shirt was withdrawn from the public sale, after the household contacted Christie’s and highlighted an issue with the supposed model of occasions. Within the press launch, it was mentioned Moore had ‘introduced Pele’s shirt again to England and gave it on to the present vendor’s grandfather’ on the opening of a sports activities store in Plymouth ‘within the Seventies’.

The household mentioned this was unimaginable – they nonetheless had the yellow Pele shirt within the Nineteen Eighties. They recall Dean carrying it in mattress as a toddler, and this week Dean’s childhood sweetheart Sara – they had been companions in grownup life, having a daughter collectively – remembers him carrying it round the home as an adolescent. She has cross-referenced her dates and is bound she noticed him carrying it at Christmas in both 1981 or 1982. Dean died in 2011.

So what was the yellow shirt that Christie’s had apparently mistaken for the well-known Pele one?

After Christie’s withdrew it from sale, an identical-looking yellow shirt, bearing the identical tell-tale brown stain, cropped up later the identical 12 months at one other public sale home, Bonhams, and one other clarification was given: it was a special Pele shirt from the identical recreation. In response to Bonhams, it was worn by Pele ‘throughout the first half’ of the England-Brazil match, and a ‘DVD of the sport reveals that Pele modified shirts at halftime’.

It was not, due to this fact, the shirt the Brazilian celebrity swapped with Moore on the last whistle. The Bonhams shirt bought for £4,320 – a fraction of the worth of the primary Pele shirt from that day.

The whereabouts of that – and the crimson shirt – stay a thriller.


One other thriller was solved this week – what occurred to Moore’s ‘spare’ shirt from the 1966 last. Some have questioned whether or not the shirt being hunted would possibly transform the spare, somewhat than the well-known high Moore was carrying when he hoisted the trophy.

Two shirts had been made for every participant for the historic match, and Moore wore just one. He gave away his spare shirt after the sport.

Till now, it was not recognized the place it had ended up. However the Mail is now assured that the spare is within the palms of an aged West Ham fan residing in Essex.

The person got here ahead by way of his solicitor, who mentioned his shopper – who needs to stay nameless – had seen the Moore household’s public enchantment and was ‘barely panicked’, believing he may need the shirt they had been looking for.

The person was described as a lifelong supporter of Moore’s previous membership West Ham, and could be ‘fairly joyful to revive it’ to the household.

However enquiries by the Mail have established that the shirt he has is the spare. The proprietor obtained it legitimately at an public sale, and it belongs to him.


The one that had the No 6 shirt has bought it to a different thriller purchaser after questions had been requested, it emerged this week.

That shirt. The ultimate symbol of the fabled extra-time conquest of England¿s nemesis, West Germany, of which, just moments earlier, he¿d been sharing with me his personal memories to record for posterity. Pictured: The statue of Bobby Moore outside Wembley stadium - the site of his 1966 triumph

The statue of Bobby Moore outdoors Wembley stadium – the location of his 1966 triumph

The revelation got here from shirts collector Mr Burney writing in The Instances. He mentioned that whereas the individual ‘was in little question of the legality of their possession, they didn’t need the stress’ of a dispute with Moore’s household, who’re positive the shirt belongs to them.

It was beforehand mentioned the holder had turn out to be ‘spooked’ by the eye after the household mentioned the shirt was theirs.

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