Celtic: Rare football shirt stolen from National Football Museum returned

  • Published
Stolen Celtic shirtImage source, Paul Lamb
Image caption,
The match-worn number 10 shirt was once worn by club legend Charlie Nicholas

A rare football shirt stolen from the National Football Museum has been returned anonymously by post.

The 30-year-old Celtic top, valued at about £600, was taken after a man entered the Manchester museum without paying on 1 February, police said.

The number 10 shirt, once worn by Bhoys legend Charlie Nicholas in the club's 1991/92 season, was loaned to the museum by its owner Paul Lamb.

He said he was "absolutely buzzing" as he did not think he would see it again.

"It is unbelievable," said Mr Lamb, who was told the Umbro shirt had arrived at the museum earlier.

"I can only assume all the media coverage has spooked them and they returned it."

The Celtic fan from Glasgow said the shirt was a "key part" of his 125-strong collection.

Image source, Paul Jolleys
Image caption,
Paul Lamb, right, pictured alongside friend Owen Mullen before the shirt was stolen

Greater Manchester Police, who had issued a CCTV image of a man wanted in connection with the theft, said no arrests had been made.

The museum said in a statement: "We are pleased to report that a Celtic football shirt stolen from our third-floor gallery has now been recovered and returned to the museum.

"We take security of our collections extremely seriously. All our galleries are covered by extensive high-quality CCTV cameras.

"The item had been on loan to the museum as part of an exhibition of football shirts and the jersey can now be reunited with its owner."

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter

Related Internet Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.