Vaz Te thrilled with boots auction

Ricardo Vaz Te was delighted to see his Championship Play-Off final boots raise £1,700 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

The Hammers No12 kindly donated the lucky footwear, after scoring a dramatic late winner in West Ham United's 2-1 victory over Blackpool at Wembley.

A total of 57 bids were made for the historic piece of West Ham memorabilia, with the winning bid in the online auction coming in at £1,700.

"I was very pleased. I was hoping to get anything up to £1,000 if possible, because it is all going for such a wonderful cause," said Vaz Te. "To get almost £2,000 is incredible, I was delighted.

"I am very thankful to the person who was the highest bidder and to everyone who bid for them. I hope they will be looked after! I am sure they will be. But I hope they can be cherished like I cherished them. They brought me so much joy in my career and the part they played in what was achieved by myself and West Ham last season.

"They will also know like I do, that they will hopefully help a cause that supports many people who suffer from cancer. So many people's lives are affected by this and if this money raised by bidding for my boots can help with the work and research then it can only be a good thing."

Vaz Te donned the purple and orange size 9 1/2 Adidas Adizero TRX boots when he fired West Ham back into the Barclays Premier League in May 2012. While he was obviously sad to part with the boots that had brought him upward of 20 goals last term, he was nevertheless thrilled to contribute to such a worthy cause.

"The boots were very special to me," he added. "They were given to me as a birthday present and I wore them all last season. So for them to go in that way, I feel like I have helped something and hopefully someone with the money going to the fund.

"I am now looking to create new memories and achievements for me and West Ham in another pair of boots and score lots of goals in them. But I will always remember what was achieved in the other boots and it is a nice memory."

With the club targeting to raise £50,000 for the Bobby Moore fund this season, the £1700 is a welcome addition to an already healthy pot.

To date, more than £20,000 has been raised, with Joint-Chairman David Sullivan donating £10,000, in addition to sizeable contributions from the club's Principal Partner SBOBET, as well as manager Sam Allardyce and club skipper Kevin Nolan.

Two home fixtures have also been designated as Bobby Moore Fund Awareness Matches, namely the Barclays Premier League visits of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United on 25 February and 9 March respectively.

The Spurs fixture will mark 20 years since Moore's tragic passing and the club is planning a fitting tribute to the World Cup winning captain, including a special 100-page commemorative Official Programme.