David James’ FA Cup Pompey top raises £460

David James after winning the 2008 FA Cup with, from left, Sol Campbell and Sylvain Distin
David James after winning the 2008 FA Cup with, from left, Sol Campbell and Sylvain Distin
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BANKRUPT former Pompey keeper David James’ shirt from the club’s FA Cup-winning year has been sold for £460 at an auction.

It was part of a job lot of his sport memorabilia, including shirts and balls that were put up for sale by a trustee. The cash raised will be used to pay off his debts.

Besides his Pompey shirt, a Liverpool 1995/96 season jersey sold for £160. An England shirt worn in the 1-0 World Cup win over Argentina in 2002 went for £672.

Pompey fan Dan Whitmore, manager of the Shepherd’s Crook pub, said he wasn’t surprised the Pompey shirt sold for that much.

‘That season was a great year for Pompey,’ he said.

‘The FA Cup win is why it went for a significant amount because it was memorable season.

‘It doesn’t surprise me that it went for more than £400.

‘Pompey fans are loyal and if they want something, they are willing to pay whatever the cost is.’

In the Shepherd’s Crook in Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea, they already have two shirts from the FA Cup final in 2008.

Dan added: ‘We spent £3,000 on David James and Sol Campbell shirts from the FA Cup final so they can go for a lot more too.’

As well as sport memorabilia, other items up for auction included vinyl records, an unused retro Raleigh Chopper bike, which went for more than £1,000, and DJ decks.

A giant I Love NY mug, customised Vauxhall Astra van and three flat-screen televisions were also sold.

Across the 10 days the items were up for sale, more than 1,000 people from across the world showed an interest.

The former England international, who made 134 appearances for Pompey between 2006 and 2010, earned around £20m before being declared bankrupt in May.