How much did Derby County legend John McGovern's medals net him at auction?

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An auction of medals and memorabilia won with Derby County during the club's magical golden era has brought in a five-figure sum for Rams legend John McGovern.

The most expensive item was the player's Derby County title-winning medal from the magnificent 1971/72 season, selling for £5,100.

An online bidding war on the John Pye website concluded at noon today, netting McGovern that "few more quid" for Christmas that he said was the reason behind the sale.

McGovern's championship medal is especially important given he scored the winning goal in Derby's last league game of the first title-winning season - a goal that made Derby County English champions for the first time in the club's history.

McGovern's Championship winning medal (top) left is just one of many items he is giving away

McGovern's Championship winning medal (top) left was just one of many items he sold

And there will be extra celebrations this Christmas for the former Derby County and Nottingham Forest midfielder as he netted a total of £11,887 with all the items he has sold.

Other items he put up for sale included his Derby County Division Two league-title medal from 1969, a match-worn shirt and shorts from the memorable 1971/1972 campaign, his Texaco Cup winners medal and a European Cup Ormanent celebrating the Rams' success in reaching the European Cup semi-finals in 1973. Below is a breakdown of how much each item sold for.

How much did John McGovern's medals and memorabilia sell for?

Derby County legend John McGovern
  • Derby County Division One League winners medal won in 1972 in original box - £5,100
  • Derby County Division Two league winners medal won in 1969 in original box - £1,800
  • Derby County match-worn shirt and shorts from the 1971/1972 season - £2,305
  • Texaco Cup winners medal won in 1972 in original box - £1,250
  • European Cup ornament with Ram headpiece and UEFA design to celebrate Derby’s European Cup campaign in 1972/73. This was engraved with teams Spartak Trnava, Sarejevo, Benfica and Juventus - £921
  • Watney tankard to celebrate Derby County winning the Watney Cup in 1970/71 - £140
  • Derby County tankard to celebrate winning the Daily Express national 5-a-side tournament in 1973 - £80
  • Derby County Ceramic Ram shaped money box to celebrate winning the Division Two championship in 1969 - £210
  • His Derby County tie worn during the 1971/72 season - £81

Total: £11,887

It is not yet known who has purchased each item.

Derby County players (from left to right) Ron Webster, John McGovern, Alan Hintton and John Robson with the Watney Cup. They beat Manchester United 4-1 in the final of the competition on August 8 1970.

Derby County players, from left, Ron Webster, John McGovern, Alan Hinton and John Robson with the Watney Cup after beating Manchester United 4-1 in the final on August 8, 1970

When the online auction started, McGovern said he was in need of Christmas cash but denied he was in any debt.

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.”

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.”