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Old 09-21-10, 03:12 PM   #1
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The name Nobby Stiles might not run off the tongue today as Messi or Ronaldo, but he is important to me for many reasons. He was a tough tackling defender who played along side George Best, Dennis Law, Bobby Charlton, etc in that famous Manchester United team that was the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968. But, he was more than this...he was only one of an elite group of 3 English players who have won both the World Cup with England and a European Cup with their club.

To me he was much more. He was a player from an era when I was just a little lad starting to kick a football about for the first time, enthralled by all that I had seen in my first World Cup...1966. I remember the little fellow dancing around the field, a toothless grin on his face as his country had just won the World Cup on home soil. Nobby was only 24 then.

Things have changed since then...boy have they changed!!! For bringing the Jules Rimet trophy to England for the first (and only) time he was paid the princely sum of 1,000, which was really 600 after tax. Each time he played for England he was paid 3 Shillings and 5d (17 pence in today's money). For his club he was paid the maximum wage which was 20 per week. The maximum wage (20) had been scrapped in 1963, but most players were still paid no more than 20.

Nobby has fallen on hard times since then. In June this year he was given a "wake up" call when he suffered a stroke. Because of this he has decided to sell off his precious dual medal collection to leave some money for his 3 sons. The sale includes Stiles's 1966 World Cup Winner's Medal (estimate: 100,000-150,000), a 1966 World Cup Cap (estimate: 20,000-30,000), his 1968 European Cup Winner's Medal (estimate: 20,000-30,000) and the blue Manchester United shirt worn by him in the 1968 European Cup Final against Benfica (estimate: 15,000-20,000).

In all he hopes to raise about 300,000, a large sum to me but only about 2-3 weeks wages to today's stars such as Chelsea's Terry or Drogba. The irony is that none of these overpaid star have ever got within a sniff of winning a World Cup medal, and probably never will.

I hope you get the cash you deserve Nobby. You represent players from a different age who do not play for the live of money, but love for the game, club and above all, country.



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Im from the states, and I do follow football here... I reconize him in the picture... Yeah athletes today are spoiled.. im sure he could easily sell that stuff for 300 k pounds
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Nobby Stiles- yes that name does ring a bell - Im glad he is still around

and how interesting about selling his medals. 1966 WORLD CUP CAP -20-30K
is this an ordinary cap or something else? lmao.

Good ole nobby.
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Brandy, every time a player plays for his country he gets a cap (look like school caps) that commemorate that particular international games. Thus Bobby Charlton was "capped" for England 106 times as he played for England in 106 games.

Often the names of the 2 international sides, the date of the game and the country's emblem (e.g. 3 lions) would be embroidered on the cap.
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Thanks for explaining B.D. -

So SIR bobby CHARLTON GOT 106 caps in all. ??? real caps,?
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Yes, brandy 106 England internationals for which he has 106 real caps. That puts Sir Bobby 4th in the list:

Top is keeper Peter Shilton with 125, a total that probably will not be beaten in my lifetime, covering a 20 year England career.

2nd is Beckham with 115

3rd is the late Bobby Moore - 108

Incidently, just behind Charlton in 5th place was the late great Billy Wright - 105, who was married to one of the Beverley Sisters.

No-one else has managed to get over 100 caps.....yet!
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