Alan Hudson’s medal will be auctioned next month. Hudson was one of the original ‘Kings Road playboys’, winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup with Chelsea before signing for Stoke City in 1974
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Football legend Alan Hudson is selling his FA Cup winner’s medal from ‘the most brutal game’ in English history for £30,000.
The playmaker was injured and did not feature for Chelsea as they won 2-1 in the final replay against Leeds United in 1970, a game notorious for its physicality.
But he was still awarded a medal that will be auctioned off next month.
By modern standards there would have been at least six red cards and 20 yellow cards, but referee Eric Stourbridge sent off just one player at Old Trafford.
Hudson, who played 145 games for the West London club, presented his medal to his mother.
When she died, it was left to his uncle, who has since also passed away. Hudson’s sister-in-law returned it and he’s selling it through London auction house Noonans.
Hudson was one of the original ‘Kings Road playboys’, winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup with Chelsea before signing for Stoke City in 1974 for an English transfer record of £240,000. However, after the end of his playing career, he suffered a terrible losing streak. He was almost killed when he was run over by a car in 1997 and required 70 surgeries.
Hudson moved to Cyprus but was broke due to failed deals.
The now 70-year-old said: “I don’t see medals as trophies, they are great reminders of great times. I’m happy to now share these by having them auctioned off, especially as the Noonans have promised to make a replica for me to keep.”
Peter Preston-Morley, Head of Coins at Noonans, said: “His flamboyant teammates, including Peter Osgood, Charlie Cooke, John Hollins and Ian Hutchinson, welcomed Hudson as the team’s creative playmaker.
“The replay of the FA Cup final on 11 April 1970 at Old Trafford is still considered the most brutal game in English football history. It remains second only to the 1966 World Cup final with 28 million viewers for a sports broadcast and is among the largest.”
The sale will take place on June 15th.