GRAND INTERNET AUCTION 'TWO'
FOR NOTTINGHAM'S STATUE FUND
Signed items for big auction
Memorabilia signed by European Cup legends Martin O'Neill and John Robertson helped raise over £1,400 in the second big internet auction for Nottingham's statue fund (November 2006). O'Neill is pictured adding his signature to an 'Old Big 'Ead' tribute sweatshirt which was also signed by Robertson and Cloughie's son Nigel. The sweater was framed to include photos of the Euro heroes and sold for £210.
Another rare item signed by the trio was a Paul Smith designer football, which was also signed by the fashion king himself. That went for £102. O'Neill and Robertson also signed a hardback copy of the commemorative edition of Cloughie's autobiography 'Walking on Water', which was published after the Master Manager died and for which O'Neill wrote the foreword. A buyer snapped that up for £68.50.
The items featuring the signatures of Nigel Clough, Martin O'Neill and John Robertson were signed personally during a fund-raising evening in Middlesbrough in September 2006. Volunteers smashed through their overall fund-raising target within 18 months, an amazing feat in the days long before social media helped to publicise similar projects elsewhere.
Two items were secured by fans overseas. A Forest shirt signed by Reds players was bought by a fan in Australia for £171, while a buyer in the United States was the highest bidder for a matchday programme, on which Kris Commons had signed his front-cover photo (£15).
One of the more unusual items was a tree donated by the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Christopher Battiscombe-Scott, who owns the tree firm Green Mile Trees Ltd near Retford in Nottinghamshire and is a big Forest fan. The company grows large mature ornamental specimen trees. He said: "As a life-long Forest fan, I am delighted to donate an oak tree for the statue fund auction. Brian Clough brought such amazing success to the county. It seems only fitting to celebrate success with a tree - the Forest emblem." The winning bidder was able to select a tree to the value of £100. The lot went for £31.