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  • Jimmy Greaves' 1966 World Cup medal valued at $79,500
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    Paul Fraser
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Jimmy Greaves' 1966 World Cup medal valued at $79,500

Jimmy Greaves 1966 World Cup winner's medal is valued at £30,000-50,000 ($47,586-79,310) ahead of a sale at Graham Budd Auctions on November 10-11.

Greaves was not presented with a medal in 1966, as he didn't play in the final - although he was in the squad. He was awarded one in 2009 after a change in FIFA's regulations.

Jimmy Greaves medal
Jimmy Greaves was part of England's 1966 World Cup squad but didn't play in the final

The auction house explained: "In November 2007 FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced that world soccer's governing body would award medals to those players who were part of a winning squad but did not play in the decisive match of tournaments between 1930 and 1974.

"Jimmy Greaves was one of 122 former players eligible to receive a World Cup winning medal after missing out on playing in the final tie in 1966. Coaching staff would also qualify for a medal."

Medals from the 1966 final are highly sought after in the UK due to the games' hallowed place in the annals of British football.

Midfielder Alan Ball sold his for £164,800 ($303,067) at Christie's London back in 2005.

A medal awarded to left back Ray Wilson, who did play in the final, will also feature in the sale with an estimate of £100,000-120,000 ($160,491-192,589).

We have this programme signed by the entire 1966 England squad for sale.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • 1966Greaves'JimmyWorld