By Emily Goddard

World Cup winners medal by Ray Wilson and Jimmy Greaves are being put up for auction in London ©Getty ImagesThe 1966 FIFA World Cup winner's medals won by former England footballers Ray Wilson and Jimmy Greaves have been put up for auction.

Wilson's award, which he sold for £80,000 ($127,000/€102,000) in 2002, is expected to fetch up to £120,000 ($190,000/€153,000).

Greaves is estimated to make between £30,000 ($48,000/€38,000) and £40,000 ($63,000/€51,000) on the sale of his medal, while a Stanley Matthews' 1953 FA Cup winner's medal looks to sell for up to £60,000 ($95,000/€76,000) as part of the same auction.

Former Everton left-back Wilson, 79, played in the World Cup final against West Germany, which England went on to win 4-2.

Ray Wilson's World Cup winners medal from 1966 is to go up for auction for a second time and is expected to fetch up for £120,000 ©Graham Budd AuctionsRay Wilson's World Cup winners medal from 1966 is to go up for auction for a second time and is expected to fetch up for £120,000 ©Graham Budd Auctions


The sale of Greaves' medal, however, comes just five years after the 74-year-old received the medal following a campaign that called for all members of the squad to be honoured after only the 11 winning final players were awarded it.

Greaves, England's third highest international goalscorer with 44 goals, originally missed out on the medal as, despite playing in all three of England's Group A matches against Uruguay, Mexico and France, he sat out the rest of the tournament because of a leg injury.

The former Tottenham Hotspur player ultimately received the 18-carat gold award from then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Downing Street in June 2009.

Jimmy Greaves only received his World Cup winners medal five years ago after a public campaign to earn recognition for the squad who did not play in the final against West Germany ©Graham Budd AuctionsJimmy Greaves only received his World Cup winners medal five years ago after a public campaign to earn recognition for the squad who did not play in the final against West Germany ©Graham Budd Auctions

A number of players from the 1966 World Cup winning squad have already sold their medals, including Nobby Stiles, Gordon Banks, George Cohen and Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the final.

Also up for auction will be Sir Stanley Matthews' winners from the 1953 FA Cup final, one of the most famous matches in English football history.

It remains the only Wembley FA Cup Final to feature a hat-trick, scored by Blackpool's Stan Mortensen, but is known as the "Matthews Final" after he inspired his side to come from 3-1 down against Bolton Wanderers to win 4-3. 

The match is also ingrained in British history because it was the football match that attracted a major television audience after many households had brought new sets to watch the upcoming Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. 

The items will feature as part of a Graham Budd Sporting Memorabilia auction at Sotheby's in London on Tuesday (November 11).

A bobsleigh used by the French team at the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924 is among the items due to be auctioned in London ©Graham Budd AuctionsA bobsleigh used by the French team at the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924 is among the items due to be auctioned in London ©Graham Budd Auctions

The sale also includes items from many other sports, including the long jump bronze medal awarded to Robert Stangland of the United States at the St Louis 1904 Summer Olympic Games, which is expected to fetch up to £25,000 ($39,000/€32,000).

A bobsleigh used by the French team at the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924, which is estimated to make up to £6,000 ($9,500/€7,600), is also up for sale. 

They are also due to go on sale today.

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