One of Shropshire’s oldest and rarest football medals sold for more than double its expected price at auction.
The twelve carat gold Welsh Cup winner’s medal as awarded to Edward Hodnett after he helped Oswestry United win the Welsh Cup on April 8, 1901, just a few weeks after the death of Queen Victoria on January 22, 1901.
It fetched £950 when it sold at Graham Budd Auctions in London, where it had been expected to attract bids of between £300 and £500.
The medal was part of an extraordinary £50,000 collection of Wales football memorabilia – including international jerseys, caps and other rare mementoes – put up for sale by Ceri Stennett, a leading authority on Welsh football.
Oswestry United, who won the Welsh Cup in 1901, were one of Britain’s first football clubs, founded in 1860, 26 years before Shrewsbury Town and 28 years before the Football League was founded in 1888.
Oswestry United won the Welsh Cup in 1901 by beating Ruabon-based Druids FC 1-0 in the final, watched by seven thousand people, at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham.