Football shirt saved from clearance sale worth up to £ 1,200 as it goes under hammer in Derbyshire
The historical treasure dating from 1911, which displays the three lions, was discovered by Hansons Auctioneers.
He is now set to go under the hammer on February 18 with an estimate of £ 800 to £ 1,200.
The shirt was worn during a British Championship home 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 rosters, it is unclear which English player wore the shirt as it ended up in possession of Welsh international footballer Ted Vizard.
Hansons sports memorabilia expert David Wilson-Turner said: “Just like today, players would sometimes swap their shirts after a game.
“Vizard was playing for Wales, winning his third cap in his first game against England. He traded his jersey with one of the England players – we just don’t do it
know which one. It is a great historical find and very rare. It also shows how much sportswear has changed. It is a traditional long sleeve men’s shirt with buttons, cuffs and collar and is made of thick
Equipment. It’s millions of miles from today’s stylish designer soccer jerseys. But 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.”
The seller, who did not wish to be named, said: “The shirt was given to my mother about 50 years ago. She was cleaning for Ted Vizard and his wife in the early 1970s.
“She 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 English shirt for her first game with Wales against England.
“When 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?
The 1911 jersey will be sold at a sports memorabilia auction at Hansons, Heage Lane, Etwall on February 18.