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World Cup winner Sir Alf Ramsey's England job letter fetches £3,400

Alf Ramsey and Bobby Moore with the World Cup trophy Image copyright PA
Image caption Sir Alf Ramsey led England, captained by Bobby Moore, to victory in the 1966 World Cup

A letter confirming World Cup-winning Sir Alf Ramsey's appointment as England manager has sold for £3,400.

Dated 26 October 1962, the letter, signed by Denis Follows, then secretary of the Football Association, offers an annual salary of £4,500.

Sir Alf, who died in 1999, managed England for 11 years, winning the World Cup in 1966.

A silver salver commemorating his 100th game in charge of England topped the letter, selling for £3,600.

Both were sold for several times their reserve price.

Thirty lots from the estate of Sir Alf's widow Lady Victoria Ramsey, who died in March, went under the hammer at Clarke and Simpson auction house in Framlingham, Suffolk.

Image copyright James Shand
Image caption The lots include a letter from the Football Association appointing Ramsey as England manager in 1963

The letter details a salary rising annually by £100 increments to a maximum of £5,000, to start from the following May.

The salary would equate to about £95,500 today.

The salver was presented to Sir Alf by the Council of the FA at England's match against Wales in 1972.

There had been an estimate of £600-800 on the letter, with the salver expected to attract between £1,000 and £1,500.

Items from Sir Alf's time as manager at Ipswich Town, who he led to become English champions in the 1961-62 season, were also sold at the auction.

Image caption Sir Alf, who died in 1999, is remembered by a statue in his honour outside Ipswich Town's Portman Road stadium
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Image caption A silver salver presented to Sir Alf Ramsey in recognition of his 100th game in charge of England

Geoff Barfoot, from the auction house, had said it was "exciting" to be auctioning the items because of Ramsey's "links to the local community".

"A quirk of the letter is that the 'O' in October is out of line, so perhaps the FA's typewriter wasn't very good!"

The auction was held as England's 2018 World Cup players prepare for their opening match against Tunisia in Volgograd, Russia.

Image copyright James Shand
Image caption The letter confirms Sir Alf's appointment at an annual salary of £4,500 rising by £100 increments

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