Sez Les: Owls great recalled as caps go under the hammer

Sheffield Wednesday around 1930 Left to right: Tommy Walker, Ellis Rimmer, Harry Burgess, Jack Brown, Ernest Blenkinsop, Walt Millership and Mark Hooper
Sheffield Wednesday around 1930 Left to right: Tommy Walker, Ellis Rimmer, Harry Burgess, Jack Brown, Ernest Blenkinsop, Walt Millership and Mark Hooper
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He was a star in Sheffield many, many years ago and, in view of his record, one of the great names in his club’s history.

In the past week, the name of Jack Brown resurfaced in the city where he made his name and was to win medals and earn international recognition.

Of course, it might not mean anything to most but might just ring a bell with keen Sheffield Wednesday fans. It ought to do.

Jack Brown is the second highest appearance maker in Wednesday’s history and one of only three players to make over 500 appearances for the club.

He won the League title (yes, that’s the Premier League now) twice with the Owls and also the FA Cup among other medals and was good enough to play for England six times.

And it was those smart, velvet caps they awarded to internationals in those days which had Jack the centre of attention again. They were up for sale.

Sheffield Auction Gallery at Heeley put five of them under the hammer at their latest sporting memorabilia sale and would have been delighted at what they fetched.

Three of them went for £1,300 each and the two others for £1,200. Around double the estimate. The sixth cap wasn’t on the list.

Tag on five velvet caps awarded to him for playing in what were termed International Trial matches - which went for between £240 and £380 each - and it adds up to a tidy sum.

There was one other item too and this was a present from Wednesday fans.

It was a 125 piece canteen of cutlery (made in Sheffield, of course) in an inscribed oak case presented to Jack by Sheffield Wednesday Supporters Club in appreciation of him making over 500 appearances for Wednesday - he made 507 in all. It went for £180.

Jack was spotted when playing a ‘blinder’ for Worksop Town in a shock 0-0 FA Cup draw with Spurs at White Hart Lane and signed shortly afterwards for £360. He was goalkeeper in the Wednesday side which won back-to-back League titles in 1929 and 1930 having also won a Division Two championship medal in 1926. He was also the ‘keeper when Wednesday won the FA Cup in 1935 and his international caps were won in 1927 and 1929.

And just think, Wednesday almost let him go two years after they signed him but, luckily, couldn’t get a replacement and so they re-signed him!