Newcastle United memorabilia to go under the hammer

One of the rare Newcastle United photographs that will be up for auction.
One of the rare Newcastle United photographs that will be up for auction.

Rare memorabilia from Newcastle United illustrious past is to go under the hammer.

Collectors of Magpies memorabilia have the chance to bid for a huge collection of items including a gold medal from the 1924 FA Cup Final, pictures that were displayed in the St James’ Park boardroom plus programmes, tickets, shirts and photographs.

The football memorabilia is one of the highlights of the Anderson & Garland Toys, Comics and Collectables auction in Newcastle on Tuesday, February 10.

Among the stand-out pieces are two 9ct gold medals – one from the 1924 FA Cup Final and one from the 1911 Northumberland Hospital Football Competition – inscribed to R.W. McKenzie, Director (original title of the Manager). Mr McKenzie’s collection also includes four framed team photographs from the 1912-13, 1921-22, 1925-26 (showing Mr McKenzie wearing the 1924 FA Cup medal) and 1954-55 seasons.

The collection, which has an estimated value of £2,000 to £3,000, is being auctioned on behalf of Mr McKenzie’s great-grandson, who is also called Robert McKenzie.

“Our family’s connection with the club goes back to before 1900,” said Mr McKenzie, who lives in Stannington.

“My great uncle Roderick Rose McKenzie and my father were directors and we were involved until John Hall bought the club.

“I’m an ardent fan and I never miss a game on the TV or the radio, but my son is an Arsenal supporter and has no interest, so I’ve decided to sell the collection.

“They are not going to go any further in the family, so they need to go to someone who will cherish them.”

An immense family collection of programmes, tickets – including one from the 1958 World Cup – pictures and programmes are also being sold by an unnamed vendor from Newcastle.

The memorabilia belonged to the lady’s late uncle who she says was “pretty obsessed” with the club.

The football memorabilia is part of hundreds of lots of books, toys and collectables going under the hammer in the special sale.

Anderson & Garland auctioneer, Fred Wyrley-Birch said: “There are some really rare items included in the auction and we’re expecting a lot of interest from people who collect Newcastle United memorabilia.

“For me the press release photographs are the best showing some great action shots from games at St James’s and Roker, including Rangers fans marching through St. Nicholas’ street before a Fairs Cup Match and another of them climbing the flood light towers to watch – iconic.”

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