Signed ‘Premier League’ football up for auction in July


19 June 2018

Former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has joined forces with his boxing trainer, Richie Woodhall, in a project that they hope will raise money for the charity The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Rio, who lost wife, Rebecca, to cancer, has donated a signed Nike Pitch ‘Premier League’ football to their next Collective Auction at Halls in Shrewsbury, with all the proceeds going to this fantastic charity.

7 young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK and it is the only charity dedicated to providing specialist nursing care and support when they need it most.

They have built specialist facilities in 28 hospitals across the UK, providing a home away from home for young people while they receive treatment.

Woodhall, a former world boxing champion who lives in Telford, is training Ferdinand in his new career as a boxer. He has been selling his collection of boxing memorabilia with fine art auctioneers Halls to raise money for cancer charities in memory of his late father, Len, a boxing coach.

When Ferdinand heard about the fundraising campaign, he was keen to support Woodhall in this venture.

The ‘Premier League’ football will be sold together with a Lonsdale boxing glove as Lot 100 on 4th July.

The auction starts at 10am and the catalogue will be uploaded on  If you are unable to bid in person you can leave a commission bid, bid via telephone or bid live via our online catalogue.

Full lot description:

Lot 100: Rio Ferdinand: A signed Nike Pitch ‘Premier League’ football

Size 5, multicolour (white/crimson/dark blue), inscribed in black marker pen ‘DEFENDER TO CONTENDER’ by Rio Ferdinand with signature and the number 5 in a circle below, together with a Lonsdale boxing glove, in red and grey leather and composite, similarly signed in black marker.


This lot has been presented by former WBC super-middleweight boxing champion Richie Woodall, the proceeds from which will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Halls’ fine art director Jeremy Lamond says he hopes the football generates a lot of interest and raises a significant sum to support the cancer charity’s excellent work.


For more information about the lot call 01743 450 700 or email the Fine Art team [email protected]

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