Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Euro Memories Put Up for Sale; Fairs Cup Winner Auctions His Precious Memorabilia

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Euro Memories Put Up for Sale; Fairs Cup Winner Auctions His Precious Memorabilia

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON

FAIRS Cup winning favourite Benny Arentoft is selling his European memories to cover crippling taxes in his native Denmark.

The scorer of one of Newcastle United's goals in the 1969 win over Hungarian giants Ujpest Dosza has reluctantly agreed to sell, among other things: his No. 10 Fairs Cup Final shirt from the second leg miniature Fairs Cup replica trophy official players' pennant from the match, and his original programme from probably United's greatest night.

Today the midfield crowd-pleaser told of his anguish at selling his precious belongings but said he had no choice because of the spiraling cost of living in Scandinavia.

From his home in Copenhagen, Benny, 68, said: "I have thought long and hard about this decision.

"Newcastle were wonderful days but I have spoken to my three children and they have no interest in my memorabilia.

"The money I make from the auction will help cover rising taxes in my country. "A car has twice the amount of tax than in England, our VAT is 25% and our food has VAT on it as well, where as Britain hasn't. Our electricity bills are huge. I pay about pounds 3,000 a year and half of that is taxes.

"They are even talking about making you pay to go to the doctor. "Everything is so expensive and the sale of my shirt and other things will help towards this.

"It is sad in a way but it would warm my heart to think fans will be able to get pleasure from my things."

He hopes to get more than pounds 10,000 from the sale which includes the black and white shirt he wore.

During his playing days Benny had the habit of picking up a programme at every game he played in and he kept his shirts and other memorabilia.

Benny, who became head of child probation in Copenhagen when he retired from football and also went into coaching, added: "I wouldn't say how much I was paid when I was at Newcastle, we all kept our wages a secret in those days, but they were nothing like the players get paid today. …

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