Leeds United legend Bobby’s shirt is back with football family

Dave Cocker with the long-lost shirt.
Dave Cocker with the long-lost shirt.
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What a result for the Leeds United family!

The long-lost shirt worn by Leeds great Bobby Collins in the 1965 FA Cup final has been recovered, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal today.

It is now in the safe hands of Dave Cocker, the son of the late United coaching stalwart Les Cocker.

And he can’t wait to meet up with Bobby’s son Robert and present him with the number 10 shirt.

Dave, from New Farnley, told the YEP : “I’m delighted that he is going to get it back.

“It’s a part of Leeds United history that deserves to be with Bobby’s family.”

Robert, who now lives in Hampshire, issued a plea through the YEP last month for the return of a collection of shirts that disappeared from his Leeds home during the 1970s.

The appeal prompted an old friend to get in touch saying she had been looking after the items without realising he wanted them back.

But when Robert travelled to Leeds to pick up the collection, he found to his disappointment that his late father’s 1965 cup final shirt was still missing.

Following a further story in the YEP, however, Robert received word that the 1965 shirt was at an address in the Meanwood area.

He called pal Dave, who headed to the house – where it was framed and hanging on a wall – and made a successful case that it should be returned to the Collins family.

Robert today said he had been “absolutely delighted” to hear that the shirt had been located, adding: “I’d like to say a big thank you to both Dave and the YEP.”

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 recent death at the age of 82 followed a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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

Dave’s father Les, Revie’s right-hand man during United’s glory years, died in 1979 aged 55.

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