Soccer legend's medal for sale

AN FA Cup winners' medal won by Sheffield-born England international Frank Barson is up for sale again - and this time is expected to fetch up to £6,000.

The 15 carat gold medal - presented to Frank Barson after he helped Aston Villa win the FA Cup in 1920 - was originally put up for sale at Christie's in London in November 2004 valued at between 5,000 and 7,000.

Frank Barson was born in Sheffield in 1891, and started his career with Sheffield amateur clubs Albion FC and Cammell Laird's before joining Barnsley in 1911.

Barnsley sold him in October 1919 to Aston Villa for 2,850 - more than the average Sheffield worker earned in a year.

Barson, who started his working life as a blacksmith, went on to become one of England's finest defenders and also one of the most controversial, frequently in trouble and often suspended.

In their book 'Aston Villa: A Complete Record,1874-1992', authors David Goodyear and Tony Matthews say: "Despite several brushes with authority, Frank Barson was a truly great centre half, a fierce tackler and dominant in the air.

"He became a legend in football, probably serving more suspensions than any other English defender. He revitalised a flagging Villa team. His dynamic personality brought the best out of the players."

But he clashed with the Villa board by refusing to move from his beloved Sheffield to Birmingham so they suspended him again, and then sold him to Manchester United for another huge fee - 5,000 - in August 1922.

Frank Barson was 77 when he died in September 1968.

Shortly after his medal goes under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in Chester on March 21, a 1935 Sheffield Wednesday FA Cup final programme will be auctioned. It is expected to fetch up to 350.

The programme has what Bonhams describe as "the usual creases" because it is made from an aluminium-type of paper, prone to folds. It is almost impossible to find an uncreased 1935 FA Cup final programme, which would be worth a four figure sum.

The 1935 FA Cup final has a special place in Owls' fans affections because it was the third and last time Wednesday won the FA Cup.

The Owls beat West Bromwich Albion 4-2 at Wembley on April 27 1935, with two goals from piano-playing left winger Ellis Rimmer, and others from Mark Hooper and Jack Palethorpe.

Rimmer scored in every round of the FA Cup that season, eight goals in all, plus another 18 in the league.