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Chelsea fans team up in heroic eBay bid to return legend’s England cap to family


Fans have clubbed together to win an eBay auction for an England cap awarded to Peter Bonetti – and have returned it to his family.

Just over 100 people donated a total of £1,580, which turned out to be more than enough because the artefact was bought for £1,280.

After the legendary Chelsea goalkeeper retired he moved to the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides and is said to have given the cap to a carpenter in part payment for some wardrobes being built.

When the cap appeared on eBay last month Chelsea fan Hilary Hannington vowed to buy it back for his family.

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Peter Bonetti's England cap for his 1967 appearance against Spain
Peter Bonetti’s England cap for his 1967 appearance against Spain

She said: “We discovered that Peter’s England cap for the game versus Spain in 1967 was up for sale on eBay.

“His family were desperate to have the cap it so that Peter’s grandchildren can treasure it, but they could not afford it.

“On Tuesday night, seconds before the auction deadline, the cap was successfully won.

Bonetti at the 1970 Mexico World Cup
Bonetti at the 1970 Mexico World Cup

Bonetti was nicknamed “The Cat” because of his athleticism
Bonetti was nicknamed “The Cat” because of his athleticism

“102 individuals donated a total of £1,580 to bid for the cap.”

Bonetti’s widow Kay has thanked the fans who contributed via the Facebook group “The making of a banner for our Legend Peter Bonetti” and is planning to loan it to the museum at Stamford Bridge.

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She has asked for the extra money that was raised through the appeal to be donated to the Jeff Astle Foundation.

In later life
In later life

In training in 1963
In training in 1963

Astle, who died in 2002 from a degenerative brain disease believed to be cause by heading footballs was an England team-mate of Bonetti.

Bonetti – nicknamed “The Cat” because of his athleticism – won seven caps for England and played in the 1970 World Cup quarter final defeat to West Germany after Gordon Banks fell ill before the game.

He played 729 games for Chelsea and died aged 78 last year.





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