Mystery of the missing medal

Sheffield Wednesday Cup Team 1896'Final Tie v Wolverhampton Wanderers played at Crystal Palace'April 18th 1896

Sheffield Wednesday Cup Team 1896'Final Tie v Wolverhampton Wanderers played at Crystal Palace'April 18th 1896

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An FA Cup winner’s medal – presented to a Sheffield Wednesday player when Queen Victoria was on the throne – has disappeared from Hillsborough.

The 15 carat gold medal was presented to Henry Davis – also known as Harry – after the Owls beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 before a crowd of 48,836 at Crystal Palace in London on April 18, 1896.

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

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

The medal was eventually passed down to Henry’s grandson Ted Davis who later sold it to the club.

Ted and his sister Margaret say the medal was kept in a display cabinet in a players’ lounge behind the South Stand.

But now Ted says the medal – and the players’ lounge – have disappeared.

Ted, aged 76, a retired steelworker who lives on Abbey Brook Drive, Chancet Wood, said: “Our family are very upset about this and what made it worse is that when we told the club it was in the players’ lounge they told me that such a place had never existed.

“I am told they have looked high and low but no one can find it. Surely someone must know where it is.”

A Wednesday spokesman confirmed the club bought the medal from the Davis family for £3,000 in 1997.

After Ted’s enquiry, staff made a thorough search of the stadium but could not find the medal.

He said no-one at the club could recall a players’ lounge in the South Stand, where Ted claims the medal was displayed.

And architects who drew up plans for the stand have no record of it.

The spokesman added: “I can understand Mr Davis being upset. Our initial thought is that the medal must have been lost when the South Stand was badly flooded in 2007. Water on the pitch and in the stand was between 10 and 15 feet deep.”

An identical medal presented to Henry Davis’ teammate Bob Petrie was recently put up for auction with an estimated value of £7,000.

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