Bidding hots up for Rams legend's championship medal and the auction ends at NOON

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Bidding has hotted up for Rams legend John McGovern's Derby County championship winning medal - but wannabe buyers will have to be quick.

The medal - one of English football's most prestigious prizes - which was awarded to McGovern in 1972 after Derby County's triumph - is available to buy until noon today.

The latest bid for the medal is £3,000. But there is still time to beat it.

Other items McGovern won during his time at the Baseball Ground are also up for grabs and likely to fetch a few quid.

The other items in the John Pye Auction include McGovern’s Division Two winners medals for the Rams which he won in 1969, Derby County shirt and shorts worn by McGovern in the title-winning 1971/72 season, McGovern’s Derby County Texaco Cup winner's trophy and other items he received during Derby County's golden era.

McGovern is selling his Rams League Championship medal and other memorabilia so he can save "a few more quid" for Christmas – but he is not selling any of his Nottingham Forest medals.

John McGovern (right) playing for the Rams against Leeds United

John McGovern (right) playing for the Rams against Leeds United

The 68-year-old helped the Rams to the league title in the 1971/1972 season, scoring the winning goal in Derby County’s last match of the season against Liverpool.

Brian Clough’s side then had to wait on the result of final games for Leeds United and for Liverpool. Leeds lost at Wolves and Liverpool were held to a draw by Arsenal which left Derby as champions by one point.

Speaking to the Derby Telegraph he said: “There’s some important memorabilia there. People ask me why I’m selling them and I say listen ‘I don’t owe the bookmakers any money, I own my own house, I own my own car' – there’s no desperate reason to sell them but just hoping to have a bit more money when it gets closer to Christmas.

“It was a great honour to play for Derby and win the medals. It’s just come to a time when I’ve moved from living in Sheffield for 20 years to moving to an apartment in Nottingham and the medals I don’t have on display anyway and I thought selling them would give me a few more quid at Christmas to do some shopping.”

Derby County legend John McGovern

Derby County legend John McGovern

Asked if he was also selling any Nottingham Forest medals or memorabilia to help with expand his Christmas budget – McGovern replied: “No. I’ve got two grandchildren now and I’ve got two European Cup Winners Medals and I would like to hand them or the money to them.

“At the moment, the medals I won at Nottingham Forest are staying put. There’s no special reason for that either. I’m lucky enough to have won medals at both clubs.”

What is John McGovern giving away?

  • His Derby County Division One League winners medal won in 1972 in original box
  • His Derby County Division Two league winners medal won in 1969 in original box
  • One of his Derby County match-worn shirt and shorts from the 1971/1972 season
  • His Derby County Texaco Cup winners medal won in 1972 in original box
  • His European Cup ornament with Ram headpiece and UEFA design to celebrate Derby’s European Cup campaign in 1972/73. Engraved with teams Spartak Trnava, Sarejevo, Benfica and Juventus
  • His Derby County Watney tankard to celebrate Derby County winning the Watney Cup in 1970/71
  • His Derby County tankard to celebrate winning the Daily Express national 5-a-side tournament at The Wembley Pool in 1973
  • His Derby County Ceramic Ram shaped money box to celebrate winning Division Two championship in 1969.
  • His Derby County tie worn during the 1971/72 season

The auction is live on the John Pye Auction website until noon on Thursday, December 7.

The online auction can be found by visiting the John Pye Auction website - www.johnpyeauctions.co.uk.