David James puts his Pompey memorabilia up for auction

David James, centre, celebrates the FA Cup win
David James, centre, celebrates the FA Cup win
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HE’S a Pompey legend and he lifted the FA Cup trophy during one of the club’s most successful spells in its history.

But now memorabilia belonging to former Pompey goalkeeper David James has been put up for auction.

The former England international, who played for the club from 2006 until 2010 making 134 appearances, was declared bankrupt in May.

The auction is not being run by James himself, and is being run by a trustee to help pay back his debts.

Items up for grabs include three FA Cup final shirts as well as Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech’s shirt from Pompey’s defeat to Chelsea in 2010. The auctions will start at £20. Some shirts will start at £50.

Robert Playle is a valuer for Hilco Global, which is putting the items up for sale.

He said: ‘There are a series of shirts covering the seasons he was there (at Pompey) including the 110-year anniversary shirt that was produced for the 2007/2008 season.

‘The ones that will particularly interest Portsmouth fans include signed shirts by players from the 2006 season.

‘For Portsmouth fans it was a period of great success for them. These shirts would appeal to any fan.

‘Get online and get bidding – best of luck.

‘The people that we want to buy the shirts are the fans. It means more to them.’

As well as selling memorabilia from his time at Fratton Park, James is selling memorabilia from other clubs he played for.

That includes Liverpool, Manchester City, Aston Villa, West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth and Bristol City winning the League and FA Cup. James has amassed more than 50 caps for England and in excess of 800 senior appearances at league clubs.

The auction will offer more than 150 signed football shirts, shorts and match balls and signed English Premiership shirts.

There will be an opportunity to buy FIFA World Cup finals and qualifying tournament signed shirts, UEFA European Championship finals and qualifying tournament shirts.

The online auction, which started selling items yesterday will remain open for two weeks.

The first auctions will close on Tuesday, November 18.

To place a bid and to find out more about what’s up for auction, visit bit.ly/1EfBAWg.

The club declined to comment.