It was the match that never was. A rare ticket made for a Preston North End FA Cup final replay which never took place is now expected to sell for around £350 at auction.
The three shillings (15p) ticket was printed for the PNE v West Bromwich Albion FA Cup Final replay at Goodison Park scheduled for May 5, 1954, in case the Wembley final, which took four place days earlier, on May 1, ended in a draw.
A replay looked likely, with the cup final score at 2-2 with just three minutes remaining, but then West Brom’s Frank Griffin broke Preston hearts by scoring in the 87th minute and clinching the cup.
Preston, then managed by Scot Symon, were in the old First Division when they reached the 1954 FA Cup final.
They finished eleventh in the league that season, while cup final opponents WBA were second.
Now 60 years later, one of the replay tickets is to go under the hammer for between £300 and £400 at Graham Budd Auctions in London on Tuesday. Auctioneer Graham Budd says the ticket is “extremely scarce”.
The Preston line up for the 1954 FA Cup final was: George Thompson, Willie Cunningham, Joe Walton,Tommy Docherty, Joe Marston, Willie Forbes, Tom Finney, Bobby Foster, Charlie Wayman, Jimmy Baxter and Angus Morrison.
Angus Morrison and Charlie Wayman scored Preston’s goals.