1905 FA Cup

When Harry Hampton woke up on the morning of April 15th 1905 he was both nervous and excited, but also, somewhere deep inside, he felt lucky. Today was the day he was going to join his teammates at Aston Villa, so that together they could knock seven bells out of Newcastle United and the team could lift the FA Cup.

Well, in front of a crowd of 101,117 roaring football fans, Harry went on to score both goals in the 2-0 win Aston Villa secured over their rivals Newcastle United. They lifted the trophy and somewhere in the crowd, cheering himself hoarse, was the owner of a programme from the game which was brought into our saleroom last week. Just think, all those years ago, our programme was in the pocket of one of the fans, who stood on the terraces at Crystal Palace, in 1905 and watched Harry score those goals.

There is something slightly different about our programme though……. In those “good old days” unscrupulous fellows produced cheaply forged copies of the big match programmes and their associates stood outside the ground and sold them to unsuspecting fans, for large profits. It only happened for big games as the smaller matches wouldn’t have had the crowds to make the whole exercise viable.

We have a Football Programmes and Sporting Memorabilia Auction on September 2nd and this wonderful 1905 programme will be one of the exciting lots included and we are expecting it to realise many hundreds of pounds.

Our own football Guru and sporting memorabilia specialist, Robert Lea told me that a genuine programme from that game would make considerably more, possibly between five and eight thousand pounds. It seems strange to me, a man who doesn’t collect football programmes, that there should be such a difference in the two values. Both were produced at the same time, both witnessed Harry’s two goals and both cost an Edwardian fan some of their hard earned cash.

As a footnote; well played Harry Hampton.

Senior Valuer Michael Dowse

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Football Tickets

As a boy I had a friend, who for some inexplicable reason supported a football team called Scunthorpe United. He even went to the Old Show Ground, where they used to play, in pursuit of his hobby. He still has, much to the annoyance of his long suffering wife, many programs from that passionate football following frenzy of a life he once lived. Never once though did he ever give the tickets a second thought.

What makes me think of this is the number of football tickets in our recent Sporting Memorabilia auction. So I caught up with Robert Lea, our specialist valuer on all things sporting and font of all football related knowledge and quizzed him about the interest in tickets.

Tickets are very collectable. Not only for football matches, but for all sporting events. The key to collectability in general sport is an extraordinary event, like the four minute mile, or something completely unexpected taking place at a meeting. The major meetings will always be in demand, but also major names breaking records at smaller events.

As far as football is concerned one of the most interesting is the David and Goliath meeting when Goliath is playing away at David’s house. The ground is small and the ticket allocation is low. A ticket which has not been used and so is complete with it’s stub in good condition is also always collectable.

Imagine therefore a ticket from a David and Goliath clash, taking place at David’s house when David won the encounter handsomely, but the ticket owner had a severe bout of influenza and was unable to attend. That ticket would tick all the collectable boxes.

Senior Valuer Michael Dowse

For more information or if you have similar items you’re thinking about offering items in auction or you simply would like a valuation, please get in touch with us, full details can be found on our company website