Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Soccer idol money row unresolved

Family still divided over Blanchflower goods cash

THE youngest daughter of Ulster soccer legend Danny Blanchflower has lost a new bid to get an auction house to release £40,000 raised from the sale of his footballing possessions, the Belfast Telegraph learned today.

THE youngest daughter of Ulster soccer legend Danny Blanchflower has lost a new bid to get an auction house to release £40,000 raised from the sale of his footballing possessions, the Belfast Telegraph learned today.

The money remains frozen at Christies in Glasgow until agreement is reached between the feuding parties on whether she or Blanchflower's other four offspring should get the cash.

Lawyers for Stacey Cowling (33) approached Christies earlier this month, claiming again that her late father's possessions had been her's to sell.

She argued that the 56-times- capped former Northern Ireland captain had promised them to her while she nursed him during the final years of his life at his Middlesex home.

But other family members, who successfully pushed for the money to be frozen after the goods went under the hammer in September, argued that Blanchflower would have wanted the money split between them all.

They say they cannot go to court for a legal ruling because they cannot afford it.

And they feel now that the auction house will take a decision itself because they suspect it wants the matter brought to a swift conclusion.

Daughter Gayle Blanchflower (44) said today: 'I do feel that Stacey is going to end up with the money.

'But at least I will be able to say that I helped ruin her Christmas.'The bitter family wrangle began after east Belfast-born Blanchflower died five years ago aged 67.

He had opted not to make a will due to a personal distrust of lawyers, but Stacey Cowling was left with power of attorney.

Christies would not comment on the matter today, and Stacey Cowling could not be contacted.

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