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Drunken eBay splurge has a happy ending; Signed Senegal shirt auctioned for Sir Bobby.


A NEWCASTLE United fan has seen his drunken eBay buy turn into a boon for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Having drowned his sorrows following the Magpies' 5-2 thrashing by Fulham, Taylor Payne returned to his South Shields home in the early hours and logged on to the internet auction site.

In his inebriated state, the lifelong Magpies supporter decided it was a good idea to splash out pounds 29.99 on a replica Senegal national team football shirt, then went to bed.

Waking in the cold light of day, the 29-year-old realised what he'd done and hatched a plan to ensure some good came from his impulsiveness.

"I think I knew I'd bought it, but my head was fuzzy," said Taylor, who presents the Newcastle United fanzine True Faith's podcast with friend Stephen Best.

"I'd also bought some books, which I had no memory of, and an autographed photo of Yohan Cabaye for a mate.

"After explaining to the wife why I'd bought a shirt for a national team I had no affiliation to, I thought about it and realised my football days are over so I was never going to wear it.

"But I'd done some stuff for the Bobby Robson Foundation last year and raised almost pounds 2,000. For various reasons they're a cause close to my heart so I try to do my part."

Taylor sent a message on Twitter to Newcastle United communications chief Wendy Taylor who agreed to have the shirt signed by Senegalese strike duo Demba Ba and Papa Cisse.

And on Wednesday night the shirt went up on eBay, where Toon fans worked themselves up into a bidding frenzy.

"We'd auctioned a signed Newcastle shirt before and it made around pounds 70," the college lecturer said.

"So I was hoping if we could get that or even into three figures I'd be quite pleased.

"But within 30 seconds the bids were up to pounds 62. When I woke up on Thursday morning they had reached pounds 220, then by lunchtime over pounds 350 and on Thursday night it was up to pounds 535.

"I never expected we'd see anything like this money for it but a couple of the players even tweeted to tell people to go look at it."

The auction still has five days left to run and bids currently stand at more than pounds 600.

To bid for it yourself, go to


CHARITY BOOST Demba Ba and Papa Cisse with the Senegal shirt they signed and which is attracting lots of bids on eBay
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Feb 27, 2012
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