England 1911 football shirt set to sell for £ 1,000 after being rescued from Wolverhampton clearance sale
An English football shirt worn in a historic win over Wales 109 years ago is expected to fetch more than Â£ 1,000 after being saved – thanks to a JUMBLE SALE.
The muddy shirt was worn during a home British Championship match between England and Wales at The Den, London on March 13, 1911, in front of a crowd of 22,000.
Although records reveal England won 3-0 and provide full team rosters, it is not known which English player wore the shirt.
He found himself in possession of Welshman Outside Left Ted Vizard after the players exchanged their jerseys at the end of the match.
Players traditionally swapped their shirts with their counterparts and England’s left outside was Bobby Evans who likely wore the historic stripe.
Oddly, the Sheffield United star also played for Wales because he had Welsh parents before the FA decided he should represent England, which he did from 1910.
In the 1960s, a cleaner working for the Vizards received the iconic Three Lions shirt after packing it in a bag that was donated to a clearance sale.
The seller, who did not wish to be named, said: âThe shirt was given to my mother about 50 years ago.
âShe was cleaning for Ted Vizard and his wife in the early 1970s in the Tettenhall area of ââWolverhampton.
âShe brought the shirt home one day and said the Vizards had run out of items to send to a clearance sale.
“Mrs Vizard knew my mother had two sons and asked if she would like the England shirt for her first game with Wales against England.
âShe told mom that the jersey was exchanged after the game.
âMy mom kept the shirt in a plastic bag in a drawer for years and sometimes took it out to show people and talk about how she received it.
âWhen it was given to my mom about 50 years ago, it probably wasn’t of much value. I wonder what else was sent to the clearance sale?
âI support both England and Wales because my father was English, born in Wolverhampton, while my mother was Welsh.
âI was born in Wales so I am loyal to both camps.
âMy mother passed away two years ago and the proceeds from the sale of the shirt will be shared with my brother and sister. “
The shirt is now going under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on February 18 with an estimate of between Â£ 800 and Â£ 1,200.
Hansons sports memorabilia expert David Wilson-Turner said: âJust like today, players would sometimes swap their shirts after a game.
âVizard was playing for Wales, winning his third cap in his first game against England.
âHe exchanged his jersey with one of the English players – we just don’t know which one.
âThis is a great historical discovery and very rare. It also shows how much sportswear has changed.
âIt’s a traditional long sleeve men’s shirt with buttons, cuffs and collar and is made of thick material.
âIt’s millions of miles from today’s stylish designer soccer jerseys.
âBut his English football pedigree is unmistakable thanks to his chest badge displaying three lions and a crown.
“We found out that it almost ended in a clearance sale without the intervention of the Midlands family who now own it.”
Ted (Edward) Vizard was born in Cogan, Wales in 1889.
The left outside joined Bolton Wanderers in September 1910 from Barry and made 512 appearances scoring 70 goals.
He also landed 22 international caps for Wales. He continued to be a manager for Swindon, QPR and Wolves.
He died at the age of 84 on Christmas Day 1973.