A complete set of autographs from Preston North End’s 1922 FA Cup final team is set to go under the hammer.
The signatures are on a page removed from an autograph album and they are coming up for sale at Graham Budd Auctions at Sotheby’s in London next Tuesday.
Among the autographs are those of PNE’s Kirkham-born England international captain Joe McCall- who was a poultry farmer at Wrea Green, near Kirkham - and the PNE goalkeeper James Mitchell, who, in 1922, became the first and only player to wear spectacles in an FA Cup final.
The 1922 FA Cup final, which Preston lost 1-0 to Huddersfield Town, was Preston’s third of seven FA Cup final appearances – the others being in 1888, 1889, 1937, 1938, 1954 and 1964 – and it was also the last FA Cup final to take place before FA Cup finals switched to the newly-built Wembley Stadium the following year.
The 1922 FA Cup final – at Stamford Bridge in London on April 29, 1922 – was a particularly bad-tempered match.
In his book about Huddersfield Town, Terry Frost says: “It was a forgettable final, a bad tempered affair with constant bickering and fouls producing a succession of free kicks which discredited the game and culminated in a subsequent reprimand for both clubs from the Football Association.
“The continual rough play also saw many of the 53,710 spectators streaming away from Stamford Bridge after the debacle feeling ‘cheated’ of their three shillings (15p) admission fee.”
Preston North End’s 1922 FA Cup final team contained 10 Englishmen and one Scot, right back Tom Hamilton.
The PNE line up – whose autographs are now up for sale – was: James Mitchell, Tom Hamilton, Alex Doolan, Tom Duxbury, Joe McCall, Johnny Williamson, Archibald Rawlings, Frank Jefferis, Billy Roberts, Roland Woodhouse and Peter Quinn.
The signature of PNE reserve Jimmy Ferris is also in the collection coming up for sale and expected to raise £220.