Former Norwich City striker’s 105-year-old FA Cup winner’s medal expected to fetch £8,000 at auction

George Travers' FA Cup winner's medal from 1912.

George Travers' FA Cup winner's medal from 1912. - Credit: Archant

A former Norwich City striker's century-old FA Cup final medal is expected to go for more than £8,000 at auction this month.

George 'Paddy' Travers signed for the Canaries in October 1920 having left the army at the end of the First World War.

Despite an impressive record with city - scoring 14 goals in 29 games - he achieved much more in his early years with other clubs.

His 1912 FA Cup Final gold winner's medal, which goes to auction this month, was awarded following a spell at Barnsley that season.

The club beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in extra time at Bramall Lane in Sheffield.

Auctioneers in Birmingham believe the item will fetch a high price as it is the first and only time the club has won the cup.

Mr Travers' medal was discovered in New Zealand decades after he died there in August 1946 from TB.

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Robert Adrock, managing director of Sporting Memorys, which is selling the itme, said the 15ct gold medal was in good condition.

He added: 'It is a great item to display and Barnsley have not won the FA Cup since, so there is only 11 of these medals available.'

Mr Travers started his career at Bliston United in 1904, before undertaking short spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham and Aston Villa.

After signing for Second Division Barnsley half-way through the 1910/11 season, he joined Manchester United in February 1914.

He established himself as one of the club's first-choice inside-forwards, but left in September 1914 to join the army.

Mr Travers signed to Norwich in 1920, but left the club at the end of the 1920/21 season and moved to Gillingham.

He retired in 1931, aged 43.

• The item goes under the hammer on February 22 at midday. Visit https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/sporting-memorys/catalogue-id-srspo10008/lot-2fa9f09c-a654-48c5-aa71-a7070114ece0

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