FA cup medal finally goes under hammer

medalSEC''Cup final winners medal awarded to Sheffield Wednesday's Bob Petrie'To the obverse with shield design, figures of two footballers and date '1896', the reverse engraved ENGLISH CUP FINAL Won by R.PETRIE', floral relief, hallmarked, 15ct gold, ring suspension. Approx. 31mm diam. '�5,000-7,000

medalSEC''Cup final winners medal awarded to Sheffield Wednesday's Bob Petrie'To the obverse with shield design, figures of two footballers and date '1896', the reverse engraved ENGLISH CUP FINAL Won by R.PETRIE', floral relief, hallmarked, 15ct gold, ring suspension. Approx. 31mm diam. '�5,000-7,000

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A FRESH attempt will be made next week to sell an 1896 Sheffield Wednesday FA Cup winners’ medal – which was dramatically withdrawn from auction earlier this year because of an ownership dispute.

The ownership wrangle, thought to have been between two family members in Scotland, has now been resolved – and the 15 carat gold medal is expected to sell for between £5,000 and £7,000 at Bonhams in Chester next Wednesday.

A Bonhams spokesman said any pre-1900 FA Cup winners’ medal is “very sought after”.

The medal was presented to Bob Petrie after he helped the Owls win the FA Cup for the first time in 1896.

The 5ft 7ins Petrie was Wednesday’s 21-year-old left half in the historic FA Cup final, which took place at Crystal Palace on April 18, 1896.

It was another 27 years before FA Cup finals were switched, in 1923, to the gleaming new Wembley Stadium.

The Owls, then managed by Arthur Dickinson, won the cup by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1.

Both Owls’ goals came from outside left Fred Spiksley, who was also an England international.

The cup-winning Wednesday team contained seven Englishmen and four Scots – Archie Brash, Alec Brady, Laurie Bell and Bob Petrie.

Petrie was born in Dundee and moved to Sheffield from Dundee FC in April 1894, when The Wednesday – as they were then known – were playing their matches at Olive Grove.

They moved, in 1899, to their new ground, Owlerton, which later became known as Hillsborough, three years after Petrie helped them win the FA Cup.

Sheffield Wednesday won the coveted cup three times – in 1896, 1907 and 1935 – and were runners-up three times – in 1890, 1966 and 1993.

Petrie died in 1947.

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