Football memorabilia from the collection of Norman Whiteside to go under the hammer22 July 2020 “No one’s pressurised me to do it, but now I’m turning 55 I want to make sure that all my pension provisions are in place,” says Norman Whiteside.
Although he was the youngest player to appear in a World Cup, the youngest to score in a League Cup Final and FA Cup Final, made his debut for Manchester United at 16 and was their youngest captain at the age of 20, football was different when he was on the pitch.
He says: “I get a small pension from my footballing days, but we didn’t earn much in those days before the Premiership, so I want to put that together with what the auction will raise to secure the future.”
His collection of football memorabilia goes under the hammer at Ewbank's on July 29. Lots from the sale can be viewed and bid for on thesaleroom.com. Also click on the links below to view and bid for specific lots.
Lots include his FA Cup winner's medals from 1983 and 1985, United shirts from both the 1983 League Cup Final and 1985 FA Cup Final, as well as World Cup shirts, including one from his 1982 appearance in Spain, and international caps from his 38 Northern Ireland appearances (nine goals).
The chasm between football salaries then and the millions earned by Premier League players today as a result of TV rights is clear from Whiteside’s Manchester United contracts, also up for sale. From 1982 to 1984 as their star player, his basic wage was just £250 a week, rising to £400 from 1986 to 1987.
By the time he left the club for Everton at the end of the 1980s, his annual salary had risen to £60,000. That’s the equivalent of about £125,000 today, compared with an annual salary of £15m for Paul Pogba, who plays in similar positions for the club. Another document showed FA Cup bonuses went from £300 for a second-round win to £2000 for the final.
Some of the lots that will be on offer have been in the Manchester United Museum for 30-odd years.
Looking back on his career, Whiteside declares it “a bit surreal” when he thinks of all the firsts he achieved, but says his most cherished memories are his winning goal against Everton in extra time in the 1985 FA Cup Final and the spectacular winning goal against Arsenal at Villa Park in the 1983 FA Cup Semi-Final.
Other highlights in the auction are a match ball and pair of boots from the 1985 FA Cup final and a signed ball commemorating his FA Cup quarter final hat-trick against West Ham in 1985.