A FOOTBALL fan got more than she bargained for when a signed postcard of one of most famous players of all time fell out of the magazine she had bought.
Frances Chettoe, of Greenfields, Burton, Rossett, spotted the picture of Manchester United legend George Best when opening a military magazine she had bought at Bank Top Auctions in St Martins, near Chirk.
The 67-year-old turned the picture over to find it was a postcard addressed to Harry Thomas, of Wem, Shropshire, and with a message signed by Best.
The former Northern Ireland winger appears to have sent the postcard to the young fan in 1970, with the message ‘hoping to see you this season at Old Trafford’ written on the left-hand side.
Best, who frequently made the headlines for events on and off the pitch, scored 137 goals for the Red Devils in an 11-year spell at the club, which came to an end in 1974 with his premature retirement at the age of 27. He was part of Sir Matt Busby’s 1968 European Cup winning side and was widely regarded as one of the best players in the world.
He died in November 2005, aged 59, after a battle with alcoholism and liver disease.
His body rejected a liver transplant earlier that year.
Mrs Chettoe is a big football fan and is a season ticket holder at Wrexham FC.
She said it was exciting to find an authentic piece of football memorabilia.
“He was such a legendary figure that it is quite special to find it,” she said.
“I opened the magazine and it just fell out, and then I saw the signature.
“I’ve had it authenticated by the auction house in Llangollen who said it would sell for around £100. But I said ‘forget it, I’m not selling’.
“Wrexham FC also authenticated it, they said I’d found a winner. It is the distinctive way the ‘G’ is written which makes it stand out.”
Mrs Chettoe said she would most likely cash in on the postcard one day, but will wait to find the right buyer at the right price – maybe a Manchester United devotee.
“I think it’s worth a few hundred pounds to the right buyer, but it would be good to see it in the right hands,” she added.
“Equally it might be best kept in a museum – we will see.
“I love football and going to watch Wrexham has got me through a lot, but I’m not as interested in this piece of history as a Man United fan would be.”