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A fierce bidding war broke out for the 1969 items

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A tracksuit top worn byLeicester CitysBobby Roberts during the Foxes 1969 FA Cup final has smashed all estimates at auction. The spectacular sale may not make up for the defeat Leicester encountered on the day, but it is still a pretty impressive haul.

The white cotton Umbro tracksuit was worn by midfielder Roberts on the special occasion at Wembley in May 1969. The final was the fourth time Leicester had reached the final of theFA Cup, but it didnt guide them on the way to victory with Neil Young scoring a winner for Manchester City in the match.

The top, with its blue and white cuffs and collar, also came adorned with a series of embroidered designs. These included the club badge with a Wembley 1969 banner on the front and a Leicester City FC on the back, all of which were thought to make it an interesting prospect at auction.

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The top was consigned toMarket Harborough-based Gildings Auctioneers by Bobby himself, with initial estimates suggesting it could fetch at the very most 300 when under the hammer. However, a fierce bidding war ensured the top netted a big price on the day.

After several bids, the tracksuit suit was eventually secured by a Warwickshire buyer who bought it for 600 - more than double the upper estimate. It is something that auctioneers believe showed the power of the Foxes and its footballing history.

Gildings memorabilia specialist Andrew Smith said: The fierce bidding this rare tracksuit top attracted shows the high value collectors place on memorabilia from Leicester Citys long and chequered history. Indeed, with the 2023 FA Cup campaign just around the corner, the story behind this particular piece of Leicester City history serves as a timely reminder that they have long been an unpredictable club who have arguably delivered higher highs and lower lows for their fans over the years than any other football team.

To get to that 1969 final, Leicester had beaten the likes of Millwall and Liverpool before suffering defeat to Manchester City. That cup run came in stark contrast to their league campaign that same year which saw them relegated.

FA Cup victory would come for Leicester at the fifth time of asking in 2021 though whenYouri Tielemansfired home a stunning shot that helped the Foxes secure the win against Chelsea. The victory topped off what had been a successful few years which included Leicesters against-all-odds Premier League title win.

Mr Smith said the tops sale couldnt have come at a better time. He said: On the eve of an international event like the World Cup, interest in footballing history is always raised. However, the result achieved for this tracksuit top is testament to the sustained strength of demand for memorabilia connected to the history of both club and international football.

The auction of Bobby Roberts top was filmed for an episode ofBBC OnesAntiques Road Trip. The episode is due to be broadcast in spring 2023.

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