Piece of Norwich City history up for grabs

The picture and signatures of the Norwich City 1959 squad.

The picture and signatures of the Norwich City 1959 squad. - Credit: Archant

It is a piece of Norwich City history from a time when the club was on the path to FA Cup glory – despite being in the third division.

Norwich City vs Luton in 1959. RIGHT TO LEFT: RON ASHMAN (CAPTAIN), ROY MCCROHAN, TERRY ALLCOCK, SAN

Norwich City vs Luton in 1959. RIGHT TO LEFT: RON ASHMAN (CAPTAIN), ROY MCCROHAN, TERRY ALLCOCK, SANDY KENNON, TERRY BLY, JIMMY HILL, BOBBY BRENNAN, MATT CROWE, ERROL CROSSAN AND BARRY BUTLER. - Credit: Archant

In 1959 the Canaries famously reached the competition's semi-finals, taking down Manchester United, Cardiff and Tottenham along the way,

And now a picture postcard featuring the signatures of all the players from that squad is to go on sale at auction next month.

Chris Elmy, cataloguer at Lockdales Auctioneers in Martlesham, Suffolk, said: 'We often see Norwich material, being close by, but we have never seen this particular card before.

'The fact that it is signed by the players indicates either that someone went to a lot of trouble to track the players down individually, or perhaps it was made by the team to present to someone for a special purpose.'


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Auctioneers estimate that the item will fetch between £60 and £70 when it goes under the hammer on May 14.

It includes the signatures from Ron Ashman, Roy McCrohan, Barry Butler, Matt Crowe, Errol Crossan, Terry Allcock, Jimmy Hill, Bobby Brennan, Terry Bly, Bryan Thurlow and Ken Nethercott.

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Mr Elmy added: 'The estimate was set by our postcard consultants – two of the most well-known card dealers in the UK, Dave and Maggie Davis, who know the market very well.

'Ultimately the price could go higher because of the football and autograph interest.

'Perhaps a relative of a team member, or even a historic player themselves might want to bid for it.' Another piece of Norwich City memorabilia went to auction earlier this month down in London.

A club handbook from the 1928 to 1929 season sold for £260 – nearly four times the £70 it had been expected to fetch.

For more information visit www.lockdales.com

Get your hands on a copy of the new Pink Un magazine – See Page 13.

Do you have a fascinating piece of Norfolk history? Email luke.powell@archant.co.uk

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