NORMAN WHITESIDE has revealed he’s been forced to sell his priceless FA Cup winner’s medal to top up his pension by £140,000.
The Manchester United legend, 55, has revealed he’s had to sell medals, caps and old jerseys to make some much-needed money.
Whiteside, who scored the winner in the 1985 FA Cup final, confessed to being left with a “small pension” following his career in football, which spanned just nine years.
The 38-cap Northern Ireland international was forced to hang up his boots aged just 26 due to injury.
It was a bitter blow for Whiteside, who made his Man Utd debut at the age of 16 – and quickly broke Pele’s record as the youngest player to star at a World Cup at 17 years and 41 days.
Whiteside also became the youngest captain in Old Trafford history aged just 20.
But now, he’s been forced to sell his treasured memorabilia to help make ends meet – with his 1985 FA Cup winners’ medal the star attraction.
The medal will go up for sale from £15,000 in Whiteside’s lot – with the whole collection set to rake in at least £140,000 at the July 29 auction.
The former midfielder has never been shy of his mentioning his “modest” upbringing.
Whiteside once revealed: “My mum and dad were very proud of what I did, but they were quite modest.
“Football is as popular as it is because it a working class game.
“The best Christmas present you could get was a football or a pair of boots.”
Whiteside spent seven years at Man Utd, playing over 200 times in the league, before moving to Everton in 1989, where he was forced to retire two years later.