Sporting memorabilia can be extremely valuable: a programme from the 1924 F.A. Cup final between Newcastle United and Aston Villa was auctioned for £7,500. Rainy conditions on the day mean that very few undamaged programmes exist.
71-year-old Michael Broadley, from Stoke Poges, is representing Sportingold, a company that auctions sports merchandise. The most expensive item on display is a match card from an 1884 F.A. Cup match between Nottingham Forest and Swifts, on sale for £1,300. He said:
“The London programme fairs are very popular; they’re easy to get to by bus or tube, you don’t need to own a car. Buyers come from all over, we had an Italian fly in today to pick up an item he won in our December auction.”
Portsmouth-born Will Priddy, 70, has collected football cards and programmes as a hobby since childhood. He’s now looking to sell them. He said:
“The New Year event is a good one – you can chat to like-minded people, and have a bit of banter with the other sellers.”
Brian White, 49, a part-time telemarketer from Romford, has already bought an Arsenal v Stoke 1972 FA cup semi-final programme. He said:
“I began collecting football programmes when I was 14; I now have more than 15,000. International fairs like this one are really useful for people looking to fill gaps in their collection.”
The Premier Programme Fair, which promises more than 30 dealers, will be held on Saturday 2 June 2012. Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG