Talk about a buried treasure.
Proud descendants of one of Sheffield Wednesday’s stars of the past have been reunited with his most prized possession.
The family of Henry Davis – also known as Harry – feared his 15-carat gold FA Cup winners’ medal had gone for good after it went missing from Hillsborough earlier this year.
Club bosses believed the medal, awarded to Harry for his part in a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in London on April 18, 1896, had been lost when floods hit its home in a display cabinet in the South Stand five years ago.
But Harry’s grandchildren Sheila, 80, Margaret, 78, Ted, 77 and Gordon, 67, breathed a sigh of relief when a researcher found it hidden in the Owls’ archives.
Gordon, of Wincobank, said: “That medal is 117 years old. It survived two world wars. We thought that was it when they couldn’t find it.
“The children wanted it there for the next generation to visit, and the one after that. It was my brother Ted who visited it more than us.
“We were scared we’d leave this world wondering what had happened to it.
“But we contacted The Star to see if anyone could help us track it down - and about three weeks later we got a phone call to say it had been found.
“It was a massive relief.”
To celebrate the success of the treasure hunt Gordon and son Gareth, 30, were invited to hold the medal on Wednesday’s turf ahead of their home match against Huddersfield.
Gordon said: “To hold that medal on the turf at Sheffield Wednesday was an awesome feeling, I can’t describe it.”
The medal was initially passed down to Ted who later sold it to the club.
It has now been put back in its rightful place in a cabinet in a players’ lounge behind the South Stand.
An identical medal presented to Henry Davis’ teammate Bob Petrie went up for auction with an estimated value of £7,000 this year.