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Former Wolves legend Bobby Mason to sell off medals to raise cash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

  • WOLVERHAMPTON STEVE LEATH COPYRIGHT EXPRESS AND STAR 10/06/2014 Pic in South Derbyshire of former Wolves player Bobby Mason 78 ,at home. For a story on an auction coming up with some of his personal items in it. With a team photo from 1957-59 season.

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BE it the latest designer range by Gucci, a diamond earring or sports car, today’s Premier League footballers can snap it up without giving it a second thought.

But for Bobby Mason, who achieved it all on the domestic front during a glittering career, he decided to give up some of his most cherished possessions to try and bring in some cash to support his family.

Mr Mason, who lives in Overseal, was a member of the all-conquering Wolverhampton Wanderers side of the 1950s, winning the Football League Division One title in 1958 and 1959, as well as the FA Cup in 1960.

He starred as an inside forward alongside legends such as Billy Wright, who was capped more than 100 times by England, and played in the European Cup, scoring 54 goals in 173 games for Wolves.

But despite all the success, Mr Mason found himself needing to raise some extra money.

He said: “You need to have deep pockets for so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“I am 78, I think it is the right time to see the things sold, rather than leave them behind and in the air.”

Mr Mason managed to bring in £12,600 after the glut of medals and memorabilia went under the hammer in Shropshire.

Among the lot was his two championship winning medals, which sold for £3,600 each, and the FA Cup medal, which raised £2,400.

Other memorabilia, including programmes from Wolves’ tour of southern Africa, made up the rest of the total.

He said: “It was something I decided to do with my three sons to support my family. Of course, it’s been a difficult decision - I’ve had them all for 60 years and they were precious to me, but now I felt the time was just right to let them go.”

While he may no longer have the medals to hold, Mr Mason will always have the memories of his time spent at the very top of English football.

He said: “Winning the championship two years running has to be the highlight of my career.

“I’ve also got great memories of big games like playing Real Madrid in a friendly, scoring in the 2-2 draw and receiving ‘performance of the match’.”

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