Bees call for return of trophiesBy Alan Manicom
April 22, 2008
Bracknell Bees boss Katie Eleftheriou has appealed for the return of the club’s trophies that were up for sale on an internet auction site last week.
Fans were left outraged to discover bids were being invited on eBay for the silverware the club received for winning the 2006-07 English Premier League title and play-off Championships, the NEFF Tri-Forces charity competition and the 2005-06 EPL Cup.
The seller, listed as icehockeytrader from Wiltshire, claimed the items had been purchased directly from David Taylor, who quit as Bees’ previous owner last December after encountering financial problems.
Bidding for the trophies was due to end last night, but they were all withdrawn from sale on Friday night, the day after being listed on eBay.
Eleftheriou said: “There was a lot of media attention surrounding this and I’ve heard it through the grapevine that that was why the seller withdrew the trophies.
“Two of the trophies had bids of £102 against them at the time. I fully expect the seller to be in further contact. It is in the person’s best interest to donate them back to us.
“We would certainly make sure that they received positive coverage if they were to do so.”
Eleftheriou added that she had contacted the league in an effort to clarify who owned the trophies.
“I sent an e-mail to the league and they are disappointed at what is happening.
“They feel the fans and club have been let down, but there is nothing the league can do about it legally.
“David Taylor may technically have owned these cups as the previous owner, but morally they should be with the team.”
Taylor, whose Wokingham estate agents offices closed last December, used to keep the trophies in a display cabinet in his living room. But Bees would like them back to put on display at the John Nike Leisuresport Complex, where they play.