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Bittersweet find for son of Leeds United hero Bobby

Robert Collins with his late dad's 1965 FA Cup final tracksuit top.

Robert Collins with his late dad's 1965 FA Cup final tracksuit top.

The son of the late football legend Bobby Collins has been reunited with long-lost shirts from his dad’s playing career – but the whereabouts of one prized item remain a mystery.

Robert Collins issued a plea through the pages of the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this month for the return of a collection of shirts that went missing from his Leeds home during the 1970s.

The appeal prompted an old friend to get in touch saying she had been looking after the shirts all these years without realising that Robert wanted them back.

He travelled to Leeds from his home in Hampshire to pick up the collection on Wednesday night and was, in the main, delighted by what he found.

Items now returned to the Collins family include a tracksuit top worn by Bobby as he captained Leeds United in the 1965 FA Cup final against Liverpool as well as two Scotland shirts.

Still missing, however, is the number 10 shirt that the United hero proudly wore at Wembley in the 1965 final.

Robert’s friend told him she had no idea what had happened to the shirt, which bears Leeds’s owl badge from the time. “It’s bittersweet, really,” said Robert today. “Of course I’m pleased that we have most of the items back.

“But it grates to know that the cup final shirt is still missing.

“I’m not sure what to do now, it may even be that we end up going to the police.”

Bobby signed for Leeds in 1962 and is credited as their on-field inspiration during the early years of their rise to trophy-winning greatness under manager Don Revie.

The Scottish international’s death last month at the age of 82 prompted a flood of tributes from fans and former team-mates.

 

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