Former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has donated his collection of football shirts, signed by some of the game’s biggest names, to the St Wilfrid’s Centre, writes James Shield.
The jerseys, autographed by the likes of Hernan Crespo, Eusebio and Roy Keane, will be auctioned to raise funds for the project which works with homeless and vulnerable people. Items worn by the likes of Phil Jagielka, Michael Tonge, Paddy Kenny and Michael Brown, who played for United during Warnock’s reign, were also handed over by the 64-year-old.
Kevin Bradley, director of St Wilfrid’s, said: “Neil is an old friend and supporter of the centre and he always told us that he’d donate his memorabilia to help us.”
Warnock parted company with Leeds earlier this term and Bradley added: “True to his word, Neil travelled-up at 5am from his home in Cornwall to hand them all over. It was great to see him and we are very grateful for his gesture.
“We hope the money raised will be a boost to our dream of building a residential centre for homeless people.”
Bradley revealed the shirts will be auctioned shortly but confirmed he would be interested in receiving private bids for individual items.