1886 FA Cup final programme realises $30,500

An 1886 FA Cup final programme has realised £20,000 ($30,553).

It was among the top lots of Graham Budd Auctions' October 27 sports memorabilia sale in London.

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The lot is one of the earliest surviving football programmes

The game pitted West Bromwich Albion against Blackburn Rovers and resulted in a disappointing 0-0 draw. It was followed by a replay, which Rovers won 2-0.

The lot is one of the earliest surviving football programmes. It's also extremely rare, with only a handful of copies extant.

The auction house comments: "This programme was issued for the 15th F.A. Cup Final in 1886 and the auctioneer has only ever seen one earlier example, the match card issued for the 1882 Cup Final between Old Etonians and Blackburn Rovers in 1882, also played at the Kennington Oval, and sold at Graham Budd Auctions 13th May 2013, lot 895, for a World Record auction price of £30,000."

A Manchester United football shirt worn by "Busby Babe" Dennis Viollet during the 1958 FA Cup Final sold for £13,000 ($19,845).

Viollet survived the Munich air disaster, which claimed the lives of eight of his team members.

He took to the pitch in the final alongside a squad of new players. Despite country-wide support, United lost to local rivals Bolton Wanderers.

We have a fascinating selection of football memorabilia available.

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