Two pre-war Preston North End FA Cup final programmes – which cost sixpence each new (or about three pence each in modern money) – are now set to fetch more than £150 each at an auction.
The 1937 Preston v Sunderland FA Cup final programme is expected to sell for between £150 and £200 at Graham Budd Auctions in London on Tuesday, while at the same auction the 1938 Preston v Huddersfield Town FA Cup final programme is set to fetch between £140 and £180.
The 1938 cup final programme is especially treasured by PNE collectors because 1938 was the last time Preston won the FA Cup.
They beat Huddersfield 1-0 at Wembley on April 30,1938, thanks to George Mutch’s goal in extra time.
This was also the first FA Cup final to be broadcast on television.
Preston were beaten 3-1 by Sunderland in the 1937 FA Cup final.
Preston have appeared in seven FA Cup finals, including two in the 19th century – in 1888 and 1889 – and those two pre-1900 cup final programmes are much rarer and therefore considerably more valuable.
On May 10, 2006, an 1889 Preston versus Wolves FA Cup final programme sold for £19,000 at Graham Budd Auctions in London.
Then, on May 19,2015, an 1888 Preston versus West Bromwich Albion FA Cup final programme sold for £20,000.
The 1930s FA Cup final programmes are not the only Preston mementoes in the auction next week.
An England supporter’s shirt, signed by Sir Tom Finney is expected to sell for between £70 and £100, while the autographs of the 1922 FA Cup final captains, Preston’s Joe McCall and Huddersfield’s Tom Wilson, are likely to sell for between £140 and £180.
Joe McCall,who was born atKirkham on July 6, 1886, and joined Preston from Kirkham FC in 1905-1906,also played for England.
He also played professional cricket for Lancashire clubs and was a smallholder and poultry farmer at Wrea Green.
He died on February 3,1965.