The shirt worn by former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero when he scored the goal that clinched the club’s first league title in 44 years is to be sold at auction next week.
The historic Manchester City No.16 jersey worn the Argentine footballer – who played for the sky blues from 2011-2021 – when he scored the unbelievable winning goal v Queen’s Park Rangers in the fourth minute of extra-time at the Etihad Stadium in 2012 is being auctioned off to raise worthy funds for charity.
The shirt is set to go to auction exactly a decade after the iconic ’93:30′ moment – which has gone down in sporting history as one of the most dramatic winning goals of all time.
Set to be sold by Graham Budd Auctions (GBA), the “iconic” mud and champagne-stained shirt has an estimated guide price of £20,000-£30,000.
Although, experts at GBA expect it could sell for more than £46,000.
GBA chief executive Adam Gascoigne said the shirt represented “one of the most important pieces in the history of the Premier League”.
The shirt being sold at auction comes after the striker himself – who won 15 major trophies in 10 years with Manchester City, and is the fourth-highest scoring player in Premier League history, with 184 goals in 275 games to his name – recently unveiled a statue marking the tenth anniversary of the goal.
Aguero – who retired in December 2021 for health reasons – described the historic title-winning goal as “the best moment of my life”.
The shirt is being sold by Neville Evans, who owns the National Football Shirt Collection.
Mr Evans said in his Letter of Provenance that the shirt had come to him completely by chance, thanks to the forgetfulness of Aguero’s then-teammate, Mario Balotelli.
He said that when Manchester City’s players returned to the dressing room after being presented with the Premier League trophy on the pitch, Balotelli asked the Argentine for his shirt as a souvenir and Aguero agreed, so the Italian striker put the shirt in his kit bag, alongside a commemorative T-shirt, the shirt he had received in a swap with QPR’s Taye Taiwo and his playing shorts, but “then left the stadium without his bag”.
The shirt was found the following day and sent to the club’s training ground, but Balotelli never claimed it, and so it was gifted to the National Football Shirt Collection.
Mr Evans said he “never had any intention” of selling the shirt previously, but has decided to put it up for auction now as he wanted to support his collection’s curator – who was “requiring ongoing critical medical care”.
Profits from the shirt sale will to Testicular Cancer UK and the Stroke Association.
The shirt will go under the hammer on Tuesday 24 May, and you can find more information about the listing on the Graham Budd Auctions (GBA) website here.
Popular London bakery Gail’s to open string of North West cafes next year
Popular craft bakery Gail’s has hinted at plans to open a string of new cafes in the North West next year.
The group, which already has a large number of bakery-cafes in the south of England, has announced it will open its first North West site in Wilmslow in early 2023.
Bosses have also said that ‘further locations in the North West’ will be announced in the new year, adding that all the new bakeries will serve GAIL’s artisan sourdough breads, pastries, sandwiches, and cakes alongside its specialty House Blend coffee.
The news also seems to potentially confirm speculation that the brand is planning a move into Manchester after The Manc shared news of potential plans for a Gail”s opening in the city centre in October.
Having already seen planning documents that suggest the chain is planning to take over the former White Stuff unit on King Street, it now appears that more news on that opening will be coming in 2023 – although it’s hard to say if it will be the first Manchester site to be announced.
The bakery group already has strong ties with Manchester, having run its sister wholesale bakery The Bread Factory in Openshaw since 2017.
Formed in the early 1990s by namesake Gail Mejia, Gail’s began when its eponymous founder decided to bring together the best bakers in London to create bakes for the capitals top chefs and restaurants.
Today, is known more as a customer-facing cafe and bakery whilst The Bread Factory continues the original wholesale legacy – supplying high quality, artisan breads to some of the region’s top local restaurants.
Gail’s first cafe opened on Hampstead High Street in 2005, and now the brand has 79 in neighbourhoods in and around London, Oxford, Brighton and more.
Turning back the clock on industrialised baking practices and moving to bake bread as it used to be baked: by hand, using quality ingredients and time-worn artisanal methods, Gail’s soon established a name for itself and has come a long way since those early days.
Still, the stuff that matters – the ethos, the suppliers, the skill and a handful of tried-and-tested sourdough starter cultures – hasn’t changed.
A champion for sustainability, the bakery also prides itself on minimising food waste by carefully setting aside any leftover food and donating it to a selection of local charities in each eatery’s neighbourhood
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