Old Blades programme goes under hammer

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A rare 113-year old Sheffield football programme, which cost only one old penny new, is set to fetch around £20,000 at auction this month.

The programme, described as ‘a good clean copy’, was produced for the 1901 Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup final played at the Crystal Palace in London on April 20, 1901. It is expected to sell for between £18,000 and £22,000 at Graham Budd Auctions in London on May 22.

At the same auction, a ticket for that 1901 FA Cup final – which originally cost five shillings or 25p in modern money – is set to fetch between £5,000 and £6,000.

The Blades were in the first division when they met Spurs, then a non league club, in the final, so they were favourites to win. But they were held to a 2-2 draw, watched by a crowd of 110,820, and then Spurs 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’ first two goals, and Fred Priest scored again in the replay.

A 1901 Sheffield United v Spurs FA Cup final programme set a new world auction record for a football programme, when it fetched £14,400 at auction in 2003.