World Cup top to be auctioned for vital charity

Hotspur 1364 owner Lisa Aynsley with Peter Beardsley's signed England football top. Picture by James Willoughby.
Hotspur 1364 owner Lisa Aynsley with Peter Beardsley's signed England football top. Picture by James Willoughby.

A secret auction in aid of a life-saving charity kicks off tonight for an official England shirt, which was worn by a Newcastle United legend during one of the most notorious matches in World Cup history.

The Three Lions top was worn by Toon hero Peter Beardsley in the quarter-final of Mexico 1986 – made famous for Maradona’s Hand of God goal which helped Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Bobby Robson’s men.

Now, the top, which is framed and signed by the former Toon player, is to be sold in aid of The Stephen Carey Fund.

The namesake charity was set up in memory of the 21-year-old footballer, from Alnmouth, who collapsed and died while playing football in the summer of 2012. He had an undiagnosed heart defect.

Since then, the charity has installed more than 50 defibrillators across Northumberland and taught thousands of people crucial first-aid skills.

The charity has acquired Beardsley’s England strip and the secret auction will take place at premium menswear shop Hotspur 1364, in Narrowgate, Alnwick, starting tonight and running until Christmas.

The framed top is in the store and minimum bids of £100 will be accepted.

Lisa Aynsley, who runs the shop, said: “I am a big fan of The Stephen Carey Fund. It is such a worthwhile charity and the money raised will go towards installing crucial defibrillators in the community.”

To help launch the secret auction, Hotspur 1364 is holding a charity shopping event today, running from 4pm to 7pm, in aid of The Stephen Carey Fund. Ten per cent of the store’s takings, as well as Lisa Aynsley’s wage for the day, plus her coffee money, will be donated to the cause.

As part of the charity shopping event, there will be a goody bag, free men’s hair cuts (first-come first-served), special on-the-night-only discounts on selected tops and complimentary drinks. There will also be a raffle for a luxury hamper donated by Grannies in Alnwick, a Hotspur 1364 gift voucher and other items, including wine, for the Fund.