Jeff’s doll going under the online hammer

The singing and dancing James Brown doll which will be auctioned on eBay this Friday.
The singing and dancing James Brown doll which will be auctioned on eBay this Friday.

AN all-singing all-dancing doll made famous by television star Jeff Stelling is being auctioned to support seven charities.

The Hartlepool-born Sky Sports presenter regularly unleashed his James Brown doll on to screens, in celebration of the singer’s namesake scoring for Hartlepool United.

But with James Brown having left Victoria Park for Gateshead in the summer, Jeff decided to find a new home for the 20inch doll.

And it has since made its way ‘home’ after Hartlepool Borough Council chairman Stephen Akers-Belcher got in touch with Jeff to tell him he could use it to boost the seven local charities he is supporting this year.

The doll is now set to be auctioned on eBay from noon this Friday, with all of the cash raised going towards the Belle Vue Youth project, Central Correctors, Hartlepool Young Carers, Nurturing Young People’s Development (NYPD), The Phoenix Funsters, The Rifty Youth Project and the Wharton Annexe.

Jeff, who was handed the doll by a town resident when he was back in town opening the Rift House Community Centre several years ago, said: “The doll quite literally helped give Soccer Saturday a feel good factor.

“To think it could now help raise money for good causes is, as Chris Kamara would inevitably say, unbelievable.”

Coun Akers-Belcher, who has already raised more than £15,000 for the charities, added: “It is a tremendous gesture and so kind of Jeff Stelling to donate the James Brown doll back to his home town to raise much-needed funds for local young people’s charities.

“The doll has been an iconic figure on Soccer Saturday in recent years entertaining viewers every time James Brown scored for Hartlepool.”