Redfern’s England relics going under the hammer

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he is up there in the pantheon as one of Sheffield Wednesday’s great names. I’ve always thought it rather a flamboyant one.

Redfern Froggatt.

In fact, can’t instantly bring to mind any others who played locally called Redfern. Not a christian name anyway.

But it wasn’t just the name which made him stand out. He left behind an outstanding playing record for Wednesday.

In a first-team career that lasted over 14 years (finally finishing in 1960) he made 458 appearances and scored 148 goal which, near as dammit, is a 1-in-3 ratio. Over a timescale like that, it is pretty impressive.

He was an inside forward, as they were called then, who was good enough to play four times for England.

And Redfern’s legacy from one of those international appearances will have a starring role amidst hundreds of items of footballing memorabilia in Sheffield today.

The England shirt he wore against Scotland at Wembley in 1953 (a 2-2 draw) goes under the hammer today at the Sheffield Auction Gallery at Heeley.

Also up for grabs will be Redfern’s England cap from that game - each player being presented with a cap for each game and pretty natty they were too.

This one is described as “blue with silvered braid with a tassle to the top”. The price on it is £500-£700.

The shirt is up for much more.

Catalogued as ... “white, long-sleeved, button-up collar, red No 10”... it is listed at between £800 and £1200. Oh, and that also includes his blue Umbro shorts worn that day. Don’t know what happened to the socks.

The Froggatt items are among hundreds at the Football Programme and Memorabilia Sale which starts at 11am at the auction gallery’s Windsor Road premises.

In the list I spotted a medal from Redfern’s dad, Frank, who also played for Wednesday, skippering them to promotion in 1926.

I have seen Barcelona B play this season (at Huddersfield a couple of weeks ago) but not yet Rodri, the striker Sheffield Wednesday have plucked from the Nou Camp (he wasn’t in the B squad that night). I hope to rectify that next Tuesday.

Signing someone from such a club certainly captures the imagination. And there was the air of mystery about him too because no-one really knew what he was like.

Except that, bearing in mind where he had come from, then he has to be decent!

I’ve heard two people (one our own Paul Thompson) liken him somewhat to Kevin Phillips. Now, I don’t care if he’s come from Raghouse Rovers, that’s a pretty good recommendation. If he’s anywhere near as good ...

Wednesday and Barcelona have been linked previously, of course.

The Owls manager of the early 1960s, Vic Buckingham, later managed Barcelona (and also Seville, Rodri’s previous club).

There’ll be those long-time fans who recall Wednesday beating Barcelona.

It was in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, forerunner to what became the UEFA Cup and is now the Europa League.

Buckingham was manager as Wednesday qualified for Europe for season 1961/62 and they reached the quarter-finals of the Fairs Cup whereupon 28,000 saw them beat Barcelona 3-2. The problem then was they had to go to the Nou Camp for the second leg and Barcelona won it 2-0.