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Mystery of Leeds United hero Bobby’s missing shirts

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THE FAMILY of Bobby Collins is appealing for the return of long-lost shirts worn by the late Leeds United legend during his glittering playing career.

A collection of shirts disappeared from the Leeds home of Scottish international Bobby’s eldest son Robert way back in 1974.

Robert made efforts at the time to trace them but the trail went cold when he moved away from Leeds.

Now he is hoping the widespread tributes paid to his dad following his death last month will prompt somebody to come forward with information regarding their whereabouts.

Robert, 59 and living in Hampshire, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I appreciate that it’s a bit of a long shot but if there is a person out there who knows where they are, then this is the time to do the right thing.

“Assuming someone does have them, then they can’t be getting too much pleasure out of them as they are not rightfully theirs.

“My gut instinct is that they are still somewhere in Leeds.

“It would be nice to think they could soon be back with us.”

Robert was living in a flat on St Mary’s Court, Chapeltown, when the irreplaceable mementoes from his dad’s days with Leeds and Scotland went missing.

Items taken included the shirt and tracksuit that Bobby wore as he captained Leeds in the 1965 FA Cup final against Liverpool.

The number 10 shirt and the tracksuit both bore United’s owl badge of the time. The tracksuit also had the name Leeds United on the back.

Around a dozen shirts from Bobby’s matches for Scotland during the 1950s and 1960s also disappeared.

If Robert is reunited with the Leeds shirt and tracksuit, he is considering donating them to the Whites or possibly a group affiliated to the club. Anyone with information about the missing items is asked to e-mail him at rob@gen-3glasscoat.com.

Bobby signed for Leeds in 1962 and is credited as their on-field inspiration during the early years of manager Don Revie’s transformation of the club from Second Division also-rans to serial trophy winners. His death at the age of 82 followed a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Scotsman’s funeral at Leeds Minster last Thursday was attended by hundreds of mourners, including former team-mates such as Eddie Gray and Johnny Giles.

 

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