England cap won by Ipswich Town legend Sir Alf Ramsey set for auction
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An England cap won by Ipswich Town legend Sir Alf Ramsey is set to go under the hammer at a Suffolk auction house next month.
The cap, awarded to England's World Cup-winning manager for his playing appearance for the Three Lions against Yugoslavia in November 1950, is being auctioned by Lacy Scott & Knight in Bury St Edmunds on September 10.
Sir Alf captained the England side in the international friendly, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
The cap was one of 32 won by Sir Alf throughout his England playing career and is expected to fetch between £2,000 and £3,000.
The 71-year-old cap's current owner acquired it from Sir Alf's wife, Lady Victoria Ramsey, when he was working as a painter and redecorator at her home.
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The winner of the auction will also receive a signed letter of authenticity from Lady Ramsey, who passed away in March 2018.
Lacy Scott & Knight said in its condition report of the item that the cap is faded to the front and side, with areas of discolouration on the top.
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Sir Alf managed Ipswich from 1955 to 1963 and was in charge of the First Division-winning team in the 1961-62 season.
He went on to lead England to glory in the 1966 World Cup, held on home soil.
The Blues legend has a statue outside of Portman Road and one of the stands is named after him in recognition of his service to the club.
Sir Alf continued to live in Ipswich after his retirement from the game until his death in 1999 at the age of 79.
He was buried at Old Ipswich Cemetery.
Glenn Pearl, auctioneer at Lacy Scott & Knight, said the cap was in a good condition considering its age.
He said: "These sort of things do turn up from time to time, but not people of Sir Alf's standing.
"It's certainly up there for all the football memorabilia that we've had - it's an interesting thing football-wise.
"It's interesting because he managed Ipswich Town and had a lot of connections here. The cap is in good condition - there's a few marks, but that is to be expected because of its age."