Bankrupt former England goalkeeper David James auctions goods

Former England goalkeeper David James is to auction hundreds of items of football memorabilia collected during his career.

James, who played for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth, was declared bankrupt in May.

The former England goalkeeper’s loss of wealth is remarkable. Not only did he command a colossal salary as a club player at Liverpool and Aston Villa, among others, but he earned more than many other players by being able to secure secondary income as a model. He had a lucrative with Armani, for example.

The bankruptcy was due to money owed to the taxman, although news reports have previously cited a costly divorce in 2005.

Among the items being sold through London-based auctioneer Hilco are 150 signed shirts, shorts and match balls.

Also being sold is James’s customised Astra van and Raleigh Chopper bikes.

The 44-year-old won 53 England caps during a career that also saw spells at Watford, Bristol City and Bournemouth and is currently goalkeeper and manager of Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters FC.

Bids for his possessions, which also include exercise and DJ equipment, vinyl records, books and toys, are being accepted from 6 to 18 November.

Shirts including an England home kit signed by the team, and a bright pink Portsmouth goalkeeper’s jersey, are expected to sell for upwards of £30-50 each.

Credit: BBC & The Daily Telegraph