Rarity is just the ticket for North End superfan Gary

Gary Mounsey from Ashton bought a one-off FA cup final ticket for Preston North End
Gary Mounsey from Ashton bought a one-off FA cup final ticket for Preston North End
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A one-off ticket for a Preston North End FA Cup final replay which never took place has sold at auction for £800.

A bidding war broke out for the PNE v West Bromwich Albion ticket, but PNE fan Gary Mounsey emerged the winner.

The antiques dealer already has a vast collection of PNE memorabilia at his Ashton home, and is always on the look out for more rarities.

He said: “I’ve been a North End fan since I was seven and I’m the biggest collector of PNE memorabilia. I’ve got stuff like Tom Finney caps and the oldest PNE programme from 1888, and I keep my eye on all of the auction listings.

“I went for the ticket because it’s a one-off - it was the prototype ticket for a match that never ended up being played and I can only think that it must have come from someone connected with the FA or Everton Football Club.”

The three shillings ticket for the FA Cup Final replay at Goodison Park scheduled for May 5, 1954, was printed in case the Wembley 
final ended in a draw.

Auctioneer Graham Budd had estimated it would sell for between £300 and £400.

Gary, 48, added: “There was a lot of interest from people, not just PNE fans, but collectors of football memorabilia in general. I paid a bit over the estimate, but it’s worth it to me.”

Gary said he’s “nearly got everything” for his collection which he allows the club’s historian to view and feature in matchday programmes. His favourite item is a Sir Tom Finney England cap, which he bought around 10 years ago.

Certain items still Gary though, and he’s particularly interested in tracing a a programme from the first PNE home match after the Second World War against Leeds United. Call him on 01772 731151.