Shirt worn by former AFCB chairman Eddie Mitchell and signed by top stars to be auctioned for charity

DONATION: Jaya Da Costa and Chris Ford with Eddie Mitchell and the signed shirt

DONATION: Jaya Da Costa and Chris Ford with Eddie Mitchell and the signed shirt

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A DESIGNER t-shirt signed by some of the world’s most famous football players has been put up for auction to help save an ailing charity.

The Emporio Armani shirt was worn by Eddie Mitchell, former chairman of AFC Bournemouth, when the club hosted a friendly game against Real Madrid on July 21 last year.

Now it’s up for auction on eBay to raise funds for the Dorset Blind Association, which launched a last-minute fundraising push at the weekend to save support groups for young blind people.

The shirt was signed by a number of Real Madrid players and staff including Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Luka Modric, manager Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane as well as Bournemouth’s Marc Pugh and Steve Fletcher.

After the match it was also sent to Milan and signed by the Italian designer Giorgio Armani.

Eddie said: “I’ve had the shirt hanging in my wardrobe and I wanted to use it for a good cause, so when I read about the Dorset Blind Association’s plight in the Daily Echo I saw my chance to do something to help.”

The charity’s fundraising manager, Jaya Da Costa, said: “We were really pleased that he has taken an interest in a smaller charity because they often get over-looked, especially when companies want more in return for their donation these days, so they tend to go for the bigger, national charities.”

Chris Ford, 51, a volunteer helper for the charity, said: “They gave me my life back, so I wanted to give something back which is why I have been a volunteer since 2008. I think this is a nice gesture and shows that people do care.”

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6:16am Thu 26 Jun 14

Understated says...

good man!
good man! Understated
  • Score: 10

7:13am Thu 26 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Good gesture Eddie!
Good gesture Eddie! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 10

7:13am Thu 26 Jun 14

Talkingheadera says...

A good man wouldn't seek publicity about it. He'd donate it quietly. A good man doesn't rip small businesses off regularly.
If he seeks publicity why not tell all why he's banned from afc bournemouth now.
A good man wouldn't seek publicity about it. He'd donate it quietly. A good man doesn't rip small businesses off regularly. If he seeks publicity why not tell all why he's banned from afc bournemouth now. Talkingheadera
  • Score: -6

7:34am Thu 26 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

No Ozil ! and best not use Persil.
No Ozil ! and best not use Persil. Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

8:32am Thu 26 Jun 14

BarrHumbug says...

Talkingheadera wrote:
A good man wouldn't seek publicity about it. He'd donate it quietly. A good man doesn't rip small businesses off regularly.
If he seeks publicity why not tell all why he's banned from afc bournemouth now.
How do you know he did? Maybe the charity informed the paper? Whats the point in organising an auction if you don't tell anyone about it?
[quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: A good man wouldn't seek publicity about it. He'd donate it quietly. A good man doesn't rip small businesses off regularly. If he seeks publicity why not tell all why he's banned from afc bournemouth now.[/p][/quote]How do you know he did? Maybe the charity informed the paper? Whats the point in organising an auction if you don't tell anyone about it? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 19

8:34am Thu 26 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

A tenner.
A tenner. BIGTONE
  • Score: -6

9:20am Thu 26 Jun 14

Townee says...

Perhaps if they asked the players, they might give a few thousand to the cause. They wouldn't miss it, over paid under worked.
Good luck Eddie, hope you make loads.
Perhaps if they asked the players, they might give a few thousand to the cause. They wouldn't miss it, over paid under worked. Good luck Eddie, hope you make loads. Townee
  • Score: 2

12:21pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I'm disappointed the lovely Labrador isn't named.

I'd rather hear about him than fame hungry Mitchell.
I'm disappointed the lovely Labrador isn't named. I'd rather hear about him than fame hungry Mitchell. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

2:19pm Thu 26 Jun 14

lioneart23 says...

It's only worth a Tenner with Fletchers name on it
It's only worth a Tenner with Fletchers name on it lioneart23
  • Score: 4

7:37pm Mon 30 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

Currently £67 with 13 hours left reserve not met !
Currently £67 with 13 hours left reserve not met ! alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

5:27pm Tue 1 Jul 14

alasdair1967 says...

Sold £100 pounds
Sold £100 pounds alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

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