A West Ham United supporter has raised £1,700 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK by winning an auction to sign a unique piece of Hammers memorabilia.
Ricardo Vaz Te kindly donated the purple and orange size 9 1/2 Adidas Adizero TRX boots he was wearing when he fired West Ham back into the Barclays Premier League at Wembley in May 2012.
The Hammers No12 scored a dramatic late winner to clinch a thrilling 2-1 npower Championship Play-Off final victory over Blackpool - and now one lucky fan has won the chance to own the boots that scored that historic goal by successfully bidding £1,700 in an online auction!
A total of 57 bids were made for the historic boots, which also scored West Ham's Goal of the Season against Brighton and Hove Albion in April 2012.
"I wore these boots all last season, so they scored more than 20 goals and are very special to me," said Vaz Te before the auction began. "Believe it or not, a friend of mine bought me the boots from a sports shop because I did not have an endorsement deal at the start of last season, so they really are my lucky boots!
"However, I know the Bobby Moore Fund is a very important cause and does a lot of fantastic work, so I felt it was right that I put the boots up for auction to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
"So many people's lives are touched by cancer, so any work that is done to try to find ways to prevent and cure it is extremely valuable, so whatever money we can raise by selling the boots will be put to good use in this area."
The £1,700 raised will go to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research, with the club targeting to raise £50,000 for the charity founded in memory of the late, great West Ham and England captain this season.
So far, thanks to a personal donation of £10,000 from Joint-Chairman David Sullivan and significant contributions from the club's Principal Partner SBOBET and manager Sam Allardyce, the club has raised more than £20,000 towards this total.
Two home fixtures have also been designated as Bobby Moore Fund Awareness Matches - the Barclays Premier League visits of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United on 25 February and 9 March 2013 respectively.
The Spurs fixture will mark 20 years since Moore's tragic and untimely passing and the club is planning a fitting tribute to the great defender, including a special 100-page commemorative Official Programme.