PNE Cup final ticket could fetch £350

Football memories: The Preston North End players before the 1954 FA Cup Final, and (below) the ticket to go under the hammer.
Football memories: The Preston North End players before the 1954 FA Cup Final, and (below) the ticket to go under the hammer.
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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.

Ticket for the PNE v West Bromich Albion FA Cup Final replay at Goodison Park scheduled for May 5, 1954 - which was never played

Ticket for the PNE v West Bromich Albion FA Cup Final replay at Goodison Park scheduled for May 5, 1954 - which was never played

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.