Iconic Newcastle United football shirt worn by Chile's George Robledo in 1952 F.A. Cup to be sold by Graham Budd Auctions
An iconic black and white striped Newcastle United Football shirt and shorts worn by Chile's George Robledo when, in 1952, he became the first South American to score a goal in an F.A. Cup final, will be included in Day Two of Graham Budd Auctions’ sale of Sports Memorabilia on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Robledo was the first foreign player to be awarded the Golden Boot and was a part of the great Newcastle United team of the 1950s who won back-to-back F.A. Cups in 1951 and 1952. The match-worn top is estimated to fetch £6,000-8,000.
As Adam Gascoigne, CEO of Graham Budd Auctions, explained: “Robledo’s 84th-minute goal for the Magpies sealed their 1-0 victory over Arsenal and saw them defend their FA Cup title. The goal was captured by a young John Lennon and later used as the artwork for his solo album Walls & Bridges in 1974. The next Chilean to play in a F.A. Cup final was Alexis Sanchez in 2015.”
The sale will include 12 lots relating to George Robledo which are being offered by his daughter, Elizabeth. She has been in the UK for the past month and brought the items with her from Chile for the sale. She explained: “I was coming to the UK to unveil blue plaques to commemorate my father in Newcastle and in West Melton in South Yorkshire, and I was also a guest at this weekend’s F.A. Cup Final, which was celebrating its 150th anniversary. I decided to bring the items with me as I am the last Robledo – I don’t have siblings or children to pass them on to, it’s been an emotional few weeks but I wanted to know that these items, which my Father and I treasured, were being looked after and going to a good home.”
The sale will also include the Black & white striped Newcastle United F.A. Cup final no.10 jersey v Blackpool, which was played at Wembley on 28th April 1951. Newcastle United defeated Blackpool 2-0, with the goals by England's Jackie Milburn and the top and shorts are estimated at £4,000 - 6,000.