Morrison shirt goes for highest price
ASTLE Day has given the Jeff Astle Foundation a £50,000 kick-start - with the shirt auction bringing in just under a whopping £15,200.
The final beat-the-clock bids were made last night on all 18 shirts worn by Albion's first-team squad in the recent Barclays Premier League game against Leicester City.
The highest successful offer was made for James Morrison's No.7 shirt, which brought in £2550, followed by £2100 being paid for Saido Berahino's No.9 shirt - that particular jersey, bearing the number most commonly associated with Jeff, attracted the most interest during the auction, with 54 bids being made.
A total of 660 offers were made for the unwashed shirts.
The eBay auction raised a total of £15,194.36.
In addition, the Club has also made a donation of £20,000 to the Jeff Astle Foundation, with a further £8000 raised through Astle Day-related merchandise.
Some £5000 has been brought in via the sale of matchday programmes - more should follow following the recent reprint - with individual donations to the Astle family exceeding £2000.
It means the family's recently-launched Jeff Astle Foundation has collected in excess of £50,000, with the WBA Former Players Association also lodging a £250 donation several weeks ago.
Dawn Astle, Jeff's daughter, said: "My family would like to thank everyone who bought a shirt or in some way contributed to the Jeff Astle Foundation during the recent weeks.
"To say we are overwhelmed is an understatement. If we could say 'thank you' each day for the rest of our lives, it still wouldn't cover it.
"It was Frank Skinner who said we have the biggest Ace in our pack: the Albion supporters. And he was right.
"We would also like to wish a big thank you to the Club staff for all their hardwork in making Astle Day such a success.
"The fans' support and Club's backing of the Justice for Jeff campaign helped bring it to the wider audience and now we have the platform to continue our work with the Jeff Astle Foundation.
"I can't imagine what dad would say about all of this, he used to be delighted if his race horse came in first, so I can only imagine how proud he'd be of our fans and the Club for making this possible."
Listed below is the final total for each of the Astle Day shirts.
GK. Myhill: £511 (49 bids)
2. Dawson: £650 (28 bids)
3. Brunt: £900 (25 bids)
4. Yacob: £625.68 (44 bids)
5. McAuley: £665 (35 bids)
6. Lescott: £820 (47 bids)
7. Morrison: £2550 (40 bids)
8. Gardner: £728 (50 bids)
9. Berahino: £2100 (54 bids)
10. Ideye: £840 (36 bids)
11. Fletcher: £879 (23 bids)
12. Wisdom: £601 (20 bids)
GK. Rose: £310 (50 bids)
14. Olsson: £800 (40 bids)
15. Baird: £510 (28 bids)
16. McManaman: £510 (24 bids)
17. Anichebe: £603.68 (35 bids)
18. Sessegnon: £600 (32 bids)