Gary Speed’s Sheffield United shirt is star lot at charity auction

Gary Speed's Sheffield United shirt.
Gary Speed's Sheffield United shirt.
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A shirt worn by former Sheffield United player and manager Gary Speed is the star attraction in a new online auction aiming to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and other charities.

The Wales international and manager, who died suddenly in 2011, played for the Blades towards the end of his career and briefly managed the club.

The shirt up for grabs is one Gary wore when the Blades took on Ipswich Town at Portman Road in 2008.

Gary, who played under Sir Bobby at Newcastle United , became a great supporter of the foundation, even running the London Marathon to raise funds.

Gary’s number 15 match shirt was donated by Eastleigh FC’s Jai Reason, a former Ipswich junior.

He said: “When I was in the academy at Ipswich we would have first-team duties like giving the drinks out. I was on the day Sheffield United played at Portman Road and took the opportunity to ask Gary for his shirt at the end of the game and he handed it over with a smile”

The auction is being run by veteran fundraiser Gina Long and is open until October 19.

It is hosted by www.sale-room.com.