Tom Huddlestone's hair sells for £6,300 on eBay in charity auction
The winning bidder will be presented with the lock of hair by Huddlestone at the club's training ground
Monday 06 January 2014
Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone has sold his famous lock of hair, cut off to mark his first goal for thirty-two months, for £6,300 on internet auctioning website eBay.
To many it's only a few strands of hair but to one lucky Hull fan, it's a momento of the Tigers' biggest ever Premier League victory - the 6-0 dismantling of René Meulensteen's Fulham on Boxing Day.
In the 67th minute, with his 39th shot of the season, Huddlestone's wait was finally over as he watched the ball fizz past David Stockdale and into the visitors' net.
Marking the auspicious milestone with sufficient pomp and ceremony, Huddlestone then ensured that the famous afro - trimmed by club physio Rob Price on the sidelines - would live on in the minds of all at the KC Stadium with a memorable goal celebration.
Put up for sale on the club's official eBay page on 30th December, bidding soon jumped from £9.99 into quadruple figures overnight.
The item - listed with the caption "Fluffy. One previous owner" - attracted 114 unique bids and was sold for £6,300 last night.
After scoring in Tottenham Hotspur's 3-3 draw with Arsenal in April 2011, the 27-year-old was challenged not to cut his hair until his next success in front of goal.
Not even Huddlestone, more modest than most about his scoring exploits, will have thought that it would take almost three years for that dare to be won.
The former England international, whose form for Steve Bruce's side has put him firmly back in contention for a call-up, has raised over £50,000 towards his 'Huddlefro' campaign for Cancer Research UK.
The winning bidder, whose identity is unknown at present, will be presented with the lock of hair at the club's training ground in East Yorkshire and get the opportunity to meet the midfielder in person.
“I had always thought about the celebration," Huddlestone told The Independent this evening.
"It was about 18 months ago at Spurs that we all decided I’d get the scissors on it. I didn’t expect it to take so long to actually happen though!
"When we planned the celebration, we all thought it would be a good laugh, but I’m not sure anybody spoke about what would happen to the piece of hair.
"Thankfully the club picked it up on the day, and put it online for auction.
"It’s raised an amazing amount of money, more than I could have imagined, and the generosity from everybody involved has been incredible.
"I’d like to thank everybody for donating as much as they have done, and watching the total amount rise, particularly since the final whistle against Fulham, has meant a great deal to me."
To donate to Huddlestone's JustGiving page, follow this link.
Latest in Sport
Crystal Palace manager latest: Malky Mackay ruled out due to messy departure from previous club Cardiff
Sami Khedira to Arsenal: Midfield omitted from Real Madrid squad for Spanish Super Cup
Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
Angel Di Maria latest: Manchester United target is Real Madrid's 'best player', says Diego Simeone
Luis Nani exit: The curious case of the Manchester United winger
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict
- 4 Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda': Singer finally releases predictable video
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women