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|Title:||Norman Hunter Official PFA Framed Shirt Raffle|
|Author:||The Myasthenia Gravis Association |
|ID & Publication:||20120311020 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
The PFA commissioned ‘club4country’ to produce a set of framed shirts to commemorate the centenary of the organisation, the shirts were of all 34 winners of the players player of the year award, These shirts were the only time that permission was given to put the National team badges on the same shirt as the Club crests.
Leeds and England footballing legend Norman Hunter was the first ever player to be crowned the ‘Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year’ for the 1973/74 Season. During his career he made 679 League appearances and played 28 times for England including in the 1966 World Cup. Normans The Myasthenia Gravis Association have been donated an official PFA Framed shirt. The shirt has been valued and is estimated to be worth up to £20,000.
This shirt was made as part of a collection spanning from the inaugural awards in 1974 to 1997 as the PFA celebrated their centenary.
Only four sets of this shirt have been made, or will ever be made:
- The PFA own the first set
- The second set was sold at an auction held at the PFA Centenary banquet in Manchester, with the proceeds contributing towards the PFA's charitable causes
- Shirts from the third set were presented by the PFA to the respective Footballer of the Year.
- The fourth and remaining set is now being offered for public raffle with proceeds going to The Myasthenia Gravis Association.
The shirt is made in halved colours of the player's club and country, wire woven gold and silver official Club badges matched with the official badge of their Country. It has the winning player’s signature digitised and embroidered on the shirt between the badges, mounted on gold board within an archival quality sealed frame above a printed player profile personally signed by the Footballer of the Year. Two photographs; one portraying the player in match action, the other a portrait of the footballer receiving the PFA trophy. To complete the framed shirts the logos of the PFA Centenary year and the manufacturers 4 Club & Country Ltd are included. The shirt has a separate certificate of authenticity signed by Gordon Taylor, CEO of the PFA.
Myasthenia Gravis is an auto-immune disease which is characterized by fluctuating, sometimes fatal, muscle weakness.
The body's immune system, in the form of antibodies, attacks and damages the nerve signal reception areas on the muscles - causing a breakdown in communication between nerve and muscle; this results in a loss of effectiveness of the muscle. This is a little known and rare disease and the MGA are the only charity in the UK that provides Research, Care and Education into Myasthenia Gravis
We are delighted that this shirt is to be used to raise funds for our small charity – Norman Hunter and his family have been closely connected with the Myasthenia Gravis Association (MGA) for a number of years, as his daughter is a sufferer of Myasthenia Gravis
Tickets are available from the Myasthenia Gravis Association or online at http://www.mga-charity.org/normanhunterraffle
Draw will take place 1st July.
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