Sheffield United father and son duo's FA Cup winners medals sell for double guide price

FA Cup winners medals won by a father and son for Sheffield United in the early 1900s sold for double the guide price.

Thursday, 9th September 2021, 12:13 pm

The medals were won by Harry Johnson senior and Harry Johnson junior in 1902 and 1925. They were each estimated at £3,000-5,000 but sold for £9,038 and £10,243 respectively to a private collector.

Harry Johnson senior’s 1902 medal is in 15ct gold and inscribed SUFC, WH Johnson, winner, English Cup, in the original fitted case and sold with two cigarette cards portraying Johnson.Sheffield United beat Southampton 2-1 in a replay on April 26. The original match on April 19 ended 1-1 and both games were played at The Crystal Palace.

William Harrison "Harry" Johnson was born in Ecclesfield in January 1876. The Right Half won the Cup twice, firstly in 1899. He was also a member of The Blades League Championship winning side in 1897-98. Johnson also won six England caps between 1900 and 1903.He had two sons Harry junior and Tom who both played for Sheffield United. Harry Junior emulated his father and was a member of United's 1925 Cup Final team. Tom just missed out on a family hat-trick, playing in the Blades team that were runners-up in the 1936 Cup Final to Arsenal.

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Harry Johnson senior’s 1902 medal is in 15carot gold and inscribed SUFC, WH Johnson, winner, English Cup.

The medals were part of the Bryan Horsnell collection which included more than 200 lots of football memorabilia featuring caps, pennants and jerseys. The collection was sold by Graham Budd Auctions and fetched £392,378.

Graham Budd said: “It has been one of the most successful auctions we have had for many years which is a tribute to the outstanding quality of the Bryan Horsnell Collection.”

1st April 1925: Cardiff City take to the field for the for the FA Cup final against Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
25th April 1925: Rival team captains shakes hands before the kick off of the FA Cup Final match between Sheffield United (stripes) and Cardiff City at Wembley. United went on to win the game 1-0. (Photo by Edward G. Malindine/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
April 1925: Sheffield United players attack the Cardiff City goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Sheffield United went on to win the match wit a 1-0 victory. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
One of the FA Cup winners medals won by Sheffield United's Johnson duo.
Sheffield United's FA Cup winners in 1925. Centre is captain Billy Gillespie, with two other famous Blades, Harry Johnson and Fred Tunstall on the right
Medals won by the Johnsons and cigarette cards featuring them
Medals won by the Johnsons and cigarette cards featuring them
Medals won by the Johnsons and cigarette cards featuring them
A cigarette card featuring Harry Johnson junior
Cigarette cards featuring the Johnsons
A cigarette card featuring William Johnson Senior