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Sheffield United souvenir under the hammer

A rare 113-year-old Sheffield football programme, which cost only one old penny new, has sold for �19,000 at auction

A rare 113-year-old Sheffield football programme, which cost only one old penny new, has sold for �19,000 at auction

A rare 113-year-old Sheffield football programme, which cost only one old penny new, has sold for £19,000 at auction.

The programme, described as ‘a good,clean copy’, was produced for the 1901 Sheffield United versus Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup final played at the Crystal Palace in London on April 20, 1901.

Before the sale, at Graham Budd Auctions in London, it had been expected to sell for between £18,000 and £22,000.

The Blades were in the first division - now the Premier League - when they met Spurs, then a non league club, in the 1901 FA Cup final, so they were favourites to win.

But they were held to a 2-2 draw in the final, watched by crowd of 110,820.

Spurs then went on to win the replay 3-1 at Burnden Park, Bolton, to become the first non league team to lift the cup.

Fred Priest and Walter Bennett scored the Blades’ goals in the final and Fred Priest scored again in the replay.

The Blades line-up for the final included Willie ‘Fatty’ Foulke in goal - who at 20 stone was one of England’s tubbiest goalies.

The rest of the team was Harry Thickett, Peter Boyle, Harry Johnson, Tom Morren, Ernest ‘Nudger’ Needham, Walter Bennett, Charles ‘Oakey’ Field, George Hedley, Fred Priest and Bert Lipsham.

At Sotheby’s in London, on February 18, 2003, another 1901 Sheffield United v Spurs FA Cup final programme set a new world auction record for a football programme when it fetched £14,400.

Before the auction, it had been expected to sell for between £2,500 and £3,500.

 

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