TREASURED memorabilia including a gold plaque celebrating England's 1966 World Cup victory has been stolen from the Cheshire home of footballing legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
Burglars raided the luxury property in Ollerton, near Knutsford, while the Manchester United and England star was watching United play Arsenal at Highbury last week.
Yesterday, Cheshire Police revealed the property stolen included items from his priceless collection of medals and trophies.
The gold plaque depicts a replica of the front page of La Gazette Dello Sport commemorating the 1966 World Cup final.
Also taken were two engraved replica Premier League trophies, a bronze eagle inscribed with his name and two Variety Club Silver Heart awards.
Fortunately, Sir Bobby's most prized football treasures, including his 1966 World Cup winners medal and his 1968 European Cup winners medal, are kept at the Old Trafford Museum.
But much of what was taken was of great sentimental value to the United hero.
A police spokesman said: "These items have a lot of personal value to Sir Bobby.
"The majority of his career mementoes are in the museum but these were a few small items which he kept at home which meant a lot to him."
Experts say the memorabilia will be difficult to sell because it is so distinctive.
Hamilton Bland, director of Sportizus, which specialises in sporting memorabilia, said: "Anything belonging to Bobby Charlton would be worth tens of thousands of pounds
"My guess is that it will be sold to someone with a lot of money who just wants to squirrel it away."