Pools shirts sale nets £3,000 for charity

Hartlepool United striker James Poole with his poppy shirt
Hartlepool United striker James Poole with his poppy shirt

SIGNED football shirts bearing poppies to remember those who lost their lives in war have raked in nearly £3,000 in an online bidding auction sale.

The Hartlepool United shirts were worn by the players in the FA cup first round tie with Stevenage at Victoria Park earlier this month.

The specially embroidered shirts were all signed by the Pools stars and were put up for auction on online bidding website, eBay.

The response was fantastic and hundreds of bidders came forward for the shirts.

All together the sales raised a hugely impressive £2,900, which will now be donated to the Royal British Legion.

The winners of the auctions received two tickets for Hartlepool United’s League One clash with Yeovil Town on Saturday where they had the shirts presented to them by the player who wore it.

The shirt of fans’ favourite Nolberto Solano not surprisingly brought in the highest amount of cash.

As reported in the Hartlepool Mail earlier this week, bids reached as high as £360 by as early as Monday evening for the shirt worn by the Peruvian winger. The shirt ended up being sold for £460.

The shirt of Hartlepool United’s all-time appearance record holder and club captain Ritchie Humphreys also attracted huge interest and ended up going for £347.

Antony Sweeney’s number 15 shirt also proved a hit and received a winning bid of £275.

Sales of other shirts ranged from £104 upwards and all helped to raise the impressive final amount.

A Hartlepool United spokeswoman said: “To raise as much as we did is brilliant.

“It’s gone so much better than we ever thought it would.

“The generosity of the fans is just incredible and we would like to say a big thank you.

“To be able to donate that much to the Royal British Legion is fantastic.”