City are top of the fundraising league

PUBLISHED: 13:08 01 December 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 14 September 2010

The Canaries have topped the league when it comes to fundraising for the Royal British Legion after more than £7,000 was raised on Ebay. Limited edition players' shirts were specially embossed with poppies and were worn by all City players who took part in last month's Armistice Day clash with West Brom at The Hawthorns as a tribute to all those who lost their lives in past conflicts.

The Canaries have topped the league when it comes to fundraising for the Royal British Legion after more than £7,000 was raised on Ebay.

Limited edition players' shirts were specially embossed with poppies and were worn by all City players who took part in last month's Armistice Day clash with West Brom at The Hawthorns as a tribute to all those who lost their lives in past conflicts.

And while star players Darren Huckerby and Robert Earnshaw, who fittingly scored his 11th goal of the season on the 11th day of the 11th month in the 1-0 win, raced into an early lead in the bidding war surprisingly it was team skipper Adam Drury whose shirt raised the most. Drury's shirt fetched £770 at the end of the 10-day auction and finished just £10 ahead of Huckerby and £50 ahead of Earnshaw.

Ben Thompson, marketing assistant at Norwich City Football Club, which put all 25 first-team shirts on Ebay following the match, said: “It was a push on the last day - the morning of the Hull game.

“It was at £600 and in the last hour it just went mad and it raised £770. We expected that with Huckerby and Earnshaw, but not Drury.”

In total the club has raised about £7,500 for the Poppy Day Appeal.

“It's fantastic,” said Mr Thompson. “It's such a good cause and we didn't expect to do that well. We thought we would give a starting price of £20 and if we got that back then it would be good, but raising £770 for Drury's shirt is amazing.”

The Canaries' were also celebrating their achievement of raising more money through the auction than any other football league club. “It's outdone every other club with poppy shirts,” said Mr Thompson. “Southampton raised £6,000 through it and West Brom had about £3,000 in the end.”

As the Evening News reported last month with the auction barely 24 hours old it looked for all the world as if it was going to be a two-horse race for the title of most popular shirt with Huckerby and Earnshaw racing into an early lead as the top two with bids of £500 and £510 respectively.

And we also reported last month how diehard Norwich City fan Neil Hall, a freelance photographer from London, snapped up a Norwich City championship winners' medal from Ebay. The medal, which was won by one of the players who helped the Canaries to promotion to the Premiership in the 2003/04 campaign, was originally put on the internet auction site in 2005 by a Sheffield-based collector for £3,000.

But the price was too high and as the Evening News reported in January the price was slashed to £2,000 before plummeting to the £1,000 price it finally went for.

The only remaining mystery is which player originally owned the medal.

Have you broken the bank in your pursuit of Canaries memorabilia? Or do you have an interesting Ebay story? Call Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772439 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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