Barnsley programme at auction

the 1912 Barnsley FA Cup Winners team picture 31st May 2006
the 1912 Barnsley FA Cup Winners team picture 31st May 2006
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IT COST only one old penny new but now a hundred years later a rare football programme from 1912 is set to raise up to £10,000 at auction.

The programme is from the Barnsley v West Bromwich Albion FA Cup final replay which took place at Bramall Lane on April 24 1912 – just nine days after the sinking of the Titanic.

The teams drew 0-0 in the cup final at Crystal Palace in London so the match was replayed at Bramall Lane four days later.

Barnsley won 1-0 to lift the cup for the first and only time it’s 125-year history.

Now a programme from that historic cup final replay is up for sale and is expected to sell for between £8,000 and £10,000 at Bonhams in Chester on Wednesday.

The programme is the jewel in a collection of Barnsley FC programmes and memorabilia collected by a fan over a forty year period.

The whole lot is expected to fetch around £50,000.

The collection includes complete seasons of Barnsley home and away programmes and several rarities – including the Barnsley v Bradford City FA Cup quarter final replay, which also took place at Bramall Lane.

That programme is expected to sell for between £300 and £400.

Barnsley were the underdogs in the 1912 FA Cup final.

They finished sixth in the second division – now known as the Championship – while opponents West Bromwich Albion finished ninth in the first division – now the Premier League.

The cup final replay was watched by 38,555 and the only goal was scored two minutes from the end of extra time.

The match took place nine days after the Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

A collection for the Titanic Disaster Fund raised £49 one shilling and tuppence – around 49.6p in modern currency.