IT COST only one old penny new, but this rare 1901 Sheffield United versus Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup final programme is now set to fetch up to £12,000 at auction.
It would be worth even more if it had not been Sellotaped together and suffered what the auctioneers describe as “some paper loss”.
When another 1901 Blades v Spurs FA Cup final programme came up for sale at Sotheby’s in London in 2003, it sold for a staggering £14,400 and set a new world record for a football programme.
Before the auction it had been expected to fetch between £2,500 and £3,500.
The programme for sale at Graham Budd Auctions at Sotheby’s in London will go under the hammer on Tuesday, November 8.
At the same auction, a 1912 Barnsley versus West Bromwich Albion FA Cup final programme - which also cost one old penny new - is expected to sell for between £6,000 and £8,000 despite “tape repairs to central vertical fold and one of the vertical margin”.
The Barnsley v WBA final at Crystal Palace on April 20, 1912, ended in a goalless draw, but Barnsley won the replay 1-0 four days later at Bramall Lane thanks to a goal in extra time from inside right Harry Tufnell.
After the match the Barnsley players were cheered through the streets of Sheffield as they held the cup aloft to show the crowd.
The 1901 FA Cup final between Sheffield United and Spurs - who were then a non league team - was also played at Crystal Palace in London and that ended in a 2-2 draw.
The Blades’ goals were scored by inside left Fred Priest and outside right Walter Bennett. United lost the replay 3-1 at Burnden Park, Bolton, but bounced back and won the FA Cup the following year, in 1902.
The Blades’ line-up for the 1901 FA Cup final included William ‘Fatty’ Foulke - whose name was misprinted ‘Foules’ in the cup final programme.
At 6ft 4ins tall, and at different times weighing between 18 and 22 stone, larger-than-life Fatty was one of the biggest goalkeepers ever to play for Sheffield United and England.
He was only 42 when he died in Sheffield on May 1, 1916, and was buried at Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
The rest of the team included Harry Thickett, Peter Boyle, Harry Johnson, Tom Morren, Ernest Needham, Walter Bennett, Charles ‘Oakey’ Field, George Hedley, Fred Priest and Bert Lipsham.