One of the oldest Liverpool football medals in existence – awarded to one of their players 122 years ago - is coming up for auction.
A gold Lancashire Combination Championship medal presented to Evan Reginald Lloyd, known as Reggie Lloyd, when Liverpool clinched the title in the 1896-7 season will go under the hammer this week.
And Hansons Auctioneers, which is selling the medal along with two others and never-before-seen photos of Lloyd serving as a First Wold War soldier, are expecting strong interest from Liverpool fans.
However, the rarity of the objects means they will have to dig deep. The entire collection will go into Hansons’ Football in Focus auction on Thursday, August 22 with a guide price of £3,000-£4,000.
David Wilson-Turner, head of the sports memorabilia department at Hansons, said: “For any Liverpool fan or collector this is an opportunity to own a piece of history relating to the early glory days of one of the biggest and most successful football clubs in the world
“Lloyd signed for Liverpool in 1897, just five years after the club was founded in 1892, and went on to win his gold medal when The Reds won the Lancashire Combination Championship that same season.
“We don’t know too much about Lloyd’s skills on the pitch but in September 1900 the Lancashire Evening Post described him as ‘sharp as a needle, a somewhat tricky player, and a good shot’.
“He also served his country in Egypt during the First World War and two framed images of him during the conflict are being sold with three of his medals. On one of the pictures he’s seen riding a camel in army uniform.”
The Lloyd memorabilia also includes a silver Liverpool and District FA Shield Tranmere Rovers winners’ medal from 1899 and a silver ‘LFA Amateur Runners-Up Liverpool Leek’ medal.
Lloyd, who was born in Liverpool in 1876, signed for Queen’s Road Athletic Club in 1893. The following year he moved to Liverpool Caledonians and then Liverpool Leek.
He signed for Liverpool in 1897 and later went on to play for New Brighton, Tranmere Rovers, Birkenhead and Chorley.
The Reggie Lloyd medals will be sold on August 22 at Hansons, Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire, DE65 6LS. Viewing available at the auction centre on Wednesday August 21, 10am-4pm or browse and bid by visiting: hansonslive.hansonsauctioneers.co.uk. To find out more, email [email protected] or call 01283 733988.