Pele shirt raises hundreds of pounds for north Norfolk football club

East Coast Warriors youth team manager Craig Howell and sons Jesse, 10, and Tyler, 15, with the signed Pele shirt being auctioned tonight in aid of club funds. Photo: Karen Bethell East Coast Warriors youth team manager Craig Howell and sons Jesse, 10, and Tyler, 15, with the signed Pele shirt being auctioned tonight in aid of club funds. Photo: Karen Bethell

Sunday, July 6, 2014
11:05 AM

A shirt signed by football legend Pele has helped raise hundreds of pounds for a Norfolk youth football club.

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Brazilian soccer legend Pele jokes with the media during a news conference today (Friday) at the new Manchester United Football Club Museum which he will officially open tomorrow.  Photo by Owen Humphreys/PABrazilian soccer legend Pele jokes with the media during a news conference today (Friday) at the new Manchester United Football Club Museum which he will officially open tomorrow. Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA

The Brazilian ace, who become a global icon as he graced World Cups between 1958 and 1970, signed a shirt which was the star lot at a fundraising ball for the East Coast Warriors club, raising £320.

East Coast Warriors are based on the playing fields of Bodham near Holt, where they run seven youth teams involving more than 100 youngsters.

The link-up came through celebrity photographer Andy Gotts, whose family live at Sheringham. He met Pele through capturing him for his growing portfolio of portraits, and decided to donate the signed shirt to the club to help raise funds.

Craig Howell, who is one of the coaches at the club, said in total they believed they had raised just over £4,000 from the ball held at Pinewoods Leisure Centre in Upper Sheringham on Saturday night .

He said; “We are really pleased. The money will go to help buy new equipment and other things for the club. It was a really good night.”

He said the Pele shirt fetched the most on the night, which also included Norwich City and Manchester United signed footballs, and was bought by someone who wished to remain anonymous.

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