Rare football shirt stolen from National Football Museum returned by post

Paul Lamb

A rare Celtic shirt stolen from the National Football Museum has been posted back to its rightful owner... but the sender remains unidentified.  

The thirty-year-old Umbro shirt had been lifted from the museum's third-floor classic kit exhibition - which displays some of the most sought-after football memorabilia in the world.

But one month after its disappearance, the top - valued at more than £600 - appeared in the museum's mail pile.

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Owner Paul Lamb, who had lent the original shirt to the National Football Museum to use as part of their STRIP! How Football Got Shirty exhibition, took to Twitter to express his delight.

He wrote: "Absolutely buzzing!!! Thank you so much to everyone for their support over the last month. I never thought I’d get to see this again. All your sharing of posts and media links has paid off."

The National Football Museum said they were "pleased" to confirm the return of the shirt and that "CCTV undoubtedly played a part in securing this outcome".

Greater Manchester Police had previously released an image of the man they wanted to speak to in connection to the theft.

No arrests have yet been made.

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