Newcastle United collection under the hammer

Collectors of Newcastle United memorabilia can bid for a huge array of items, including a gold medal from the 1924 FA Cup Final.

The memorabilia has been put up for sale by a Stannington resident with a long-standing family connection to the club.

It is one of the highlights of the Anderson and Garland Toys, Comics and Collectables auction in Newcastle on Tuesday.

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.

“Our family’s connection with the club goes back to before 1900,” he said.

“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 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 football memorabilia is part of hundreds of lots of books, toys and collectables going under the hammer.

Anderson and 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.”

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