Tommy Clare was a 19th century English footballer whose playing days saw him earn a place in the history of both Stoke City and Port Vale. Now a forthcoming auction will give collectors the chance to acquire some of the many medals, international caps and badges won during his illustrious career.
Clare became Premier league club Stoke City's first ever professional player when he signed with them in 1883, and was the Captain of the side when they became a founding member of the Football League in 1888.
He went on to win four international caps for England between 1889 and 1894, and spent 14 years with Stoke before signing for Port Vale in 1897. After his playing career ended in 1901 he went on to manage to side from 1905 to 1911.
The sale, which takes place in Nantwich, England on April 19, includes medals, England caps, photographs and ephemera which offer a fascinating picture of the professional game in the late 19th century.
The most notable lot will be a group of 11 medals including those from the Staffordshire Senior Cup, the Macclesfield Football Contest and the Staffordshire Charity Cup amongst others. Including four gold medals, the set will be sold as a single lot with an estimated value of £3,000 - £3,500. Each of Clare's international caps will be offered with a pre-sale estimate of £800 - £1,200.
In total, the collection is expected to raise around £10,000 when it crosses the auction block and is sure to attract attention from fans of both clubs and football historians alike.
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