devoted Notts County fans has paid thousands of pounds to own a gold medal and watch which once belonging to a club legend.
A gold League Division Two winner’s medal awarded to John Edward Wren, known as Jack, when Notts County were crowned champions in the 1922-23 season, together with a commemorative gold pocket watch marking the same event, were sold at Hansons Auctioneers’ Football in Focus Auction today (May 23) for £3,300.
The buyer, a 50-year-old Nottingham man, wished to remain anonymous but said: “I’ve supported Notts County all my life and I’ve been a season ticket holder since 1981. I’m a big collector of Notts County sporting memorabilia and this was something I was keen to own.”
Hansons’ sports valuer Alistair Lofley said: “I’m delighted a Magpies fan has bought this wonderful historical find. The medal is nearly 100 years old and relates to a club with a proud history.
“Notts County were founded in 1862 which makes them the oldest professional association football club in the world. The club predates The Football Association itself and became one of the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888.
“They were crowned Second Division champions for a third time in the 1922-23 campaign and Jack Wren played a key role in that success in what was his first season at Meadow Lane.
“He was an industrious player and captain material. He knew every move on the board and tackled fearlessly - the sort of player fans love.”
Wren, who lived from 1894-1948, originated from Bristol. He made 63 appearance for Notts County, playing half back from 1922-1925. His career also took him to Millwall, Bristol City and Southport.
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