This football themed DVLA number plate sold for over £50,000

This football themed DVLA number plate sold for over £50,000


Personalised number plates can even be purchased as a gift for someone that doesn’t have a car as long as they are renewed every 10 years. But if your name or initials isn’t your thing, drivers could have a flavour of their favourite football team to show support wherever they go.


  • This DVLA number plate sold for over £20,000

Fans are not the only ones who like to snap up a number plate memento of their cherished club, with those involved in the inner workings often getting in on the act.

Former Aston Villa Chairman Sir Doug Ellis once splashed out on a unique ‘AV 1’ plate for his Rolls Royce, with Peterborough United Director of Football Barry fry sporting his ‘POS 11’ plate coined from the club’s famous nickname The Posh.

Football related DVLA plates have been sold for big money, with the most expensive selling for over £50,000.

Some plates may require some squinting to make out the reference to a club after using unique and often bizarre digits.

Others are very clear but are often the most expensive as fans aim to stand out on the roads. lists a selection of the highest-grossing football-related number plates sold at auctions since 1989, revealing a mega win for Premier League club West Ham United.

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The accurately represented ‘WE57 HAM’ number plate was sold for £58,320 at auction, closely followed by ‘AR53 NAL’ which cost just over £46,000.

Other accurate number plates include ‘V1 LLA’ which cost £45,000 and ‘BRI5 TOL’ which hit the hammer for £20,000.

‘FU11 HAM’ was a cheaper alternative at just £7,000, with ‘CHE 153A’ being sold for an affordable £5,663.

Fans of the national team missed out on securing the unique ‘EN61 AND’ for £15,000, while a supporter bagged the clever ‘F4 CUP’ for £14,595.


  • DVLA chiefs reveal why this number plate flopped at auction

Cash-strapped fans can pick up a personalised number plate from as little as £250 and it should be possible to find something that fits on the DVLA government website.

Combining your team’s initials with your name makes the number plate unique and is therefore likely to keep costs down.

Bigger clubs have seen number plates go for a lot of money and fans are advised to change around all acronyms of a clubs name to swoop a deal.

Manchester United fans can use either ‘MU’, ‘MUFC’, ‘MCR’ or ‘MANUTD’ as the start of a number plate search, with Chelsea fans having the choice between ‘CFC’ or the more common abbreviation of ‘CHE’.

Former Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said: “Many football fans want to show their support for their team in all aspects of their life, and displaying a number plate that links them to their club is a fun way to do this.”

The most expensive number plate sold at a DVLA auction was ‘25 O’ which hit the hammer for £400,000 in 2014.

At the most recent auction, the plate ‘32 O’ was the most successful, selling for a cool £39,000.

Other number combinations to achieve success at the recent auction included ‘ADD 44M’ which was sold for £24,000 and ‘666 SB’ which reached £17,000.

DVLA auctions are held several times per year and allow motorists to snap up plates in person, online or over the phone.

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