“This was the earliest Cup Final programme I’ve ever seen,” said Graham Budd (15% buyer’s premium), referring to lot 747 in his sale on May 9-10 in association with Sotheby’s Olympia.
Just a single-sheet, giving the date of the match, the venue
at The Oval, Kennington, and the line-ups of Preston North End and
Wolverhampton Wanderers, the 1889 FA Cup final programme surpassed
its £7000-1000 estimate, selling at £19,000 and setting a new
record for a football programme.
1889 was an historic year for football - the football league was
established at that time and Preston were dubbed "The Invincibles"
after going unbeaten all season, a feat not repeated until Arsenal
two years ago. Preston then thumped Wolves 3-0 in the Cup Final and
became the first team to complete the Double.
The programme was in good condition considering its age, although
it did have some foxing marks and a small tear.
The buyer was dealer Giles Lyon from Bodyline Books in Farnham,
Surrey, who purchased it on behalf of a customer.
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