Valuable keepsakes charting the career of former Football Association chairman Sir Bert Millichip have been stolen from his widow's home, police said yesterday.
A haul of silverware and jewellery, including a UEFA medallion and a 9th Bachelor Brooch awarded when he was knighted, was taken from Barnt Green, Birmingham.
Other items stolen were two silver goblets inlaid with gold and a silver bowl, both bearing the crest of West Bromwich Albion - a club where Sir Bert served on the board.
Five silver platters, some of which were also engraved with "To Sir Bert Millichip", were snatched.
A large Bible, written half in Hebrew, half in English, which has silver binding and a cover encrusted with turquoise and garnet gem stones also went.
Thieves struck after Lady Barbara Millichip left home around noon on July 21 and returned just over half an hour later.
Her son yesterday appealed for help to return the family treasures.
"After my father's death his mementoes and memorabilia took on an even greater significance than before," he explained.
"These were treasured items, a lot of it irreplaceable and it's a bit like having your family album ripped up and burned.
"The items are not of particularly significant material value but have huge emotional and personal value to my mother."
Bromsgrove Police are keen to trace two men seen running from the vicinity of the house and also a maroon car spotted in the area in the days leading up to the burglary.
Sir Bert was a member of West Bromwich Albion's board for nearly 50 years and was with the FA for 28 years -serving as chairman for 15 years between 1981 and 1996.
He died in 2002, aged 88, and was described by the FA's acting chief executive David Davies as "one of football's true gentlemen".