NEWS: Historic football medal up for auction
Posted On: 06 Jun 2022 by Vanya Slater

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An important football medal is coming up for sale in our 23rd June Country House Sale...

This 18ct gold medal was owned by Newcastle United director Robert Oliver - these medals were awarded to the players and their management after the team won the 1910 FA cup final against Barnsley FC.

Above: the front and reverse of the medal, and Newcastle United Director Robert Oliver

It was created by the firm Vaughtan & Sons of Birmingham and is engraved 'English Cup won by N.U.F.C, R. Oliver Director' along with the date of 1910.

The Edwardian period was a golden age for Newcastle United, they reached several FA Cup Finals (1905, 1906, 1909, 1910, 1911) and won in 1910. The Newcastle city coat of arms appeared on the team’s shirts for the first time in the 1910 final. Two matches were played to determine the winner, the first at Crystal Palace and the second at Goodison Park.

Also entered into the sale by the same vendor is a Newcastle United A.F.C. Souvenir photograph album, ‘Season 1905-6. 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11.' It is believed these albums were presented to the players and management in the 1910/1911 period. The album and medal were passed to the current owners by descent. Subjects include the team, management and support staff, team excursions, players training etc. Some of the portraits appear to be individually autographed by the players themselves. A photograph of Robert Oliver is also included in the album. 

The lots feature in Ryedale Auctioneers' upcoming Country House Sale, taking place Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June, with viewing Wednesday 22nd June 10am-4pm. 

Live online bidding is available via easyliveauction.com and the-saleroom.com