Rare Norwich City FC handbook from the 1920s is expected to sell for £70

The Nest at Trowse in 1935.

The Nest at Trowse in 1935.

A rare and early Norwich City handbook from the 1920s is expected to fetch around £70 at an auction.

The Canaries handbook

The Canaries handbook - Credit: Archant

The official handbook was produced for the 1928 to 1929 season when the Canaries were playing in the Third Division (South).

It came out seven years before the Canaries' move to Carrow Road and cost around 1d at the time.

Later this month the book will go on auction in London where it has been estimated to make between £60 and £80.

Auctioneer Graham Budd said: 'It is in reasonably good condition considering it is a pre-war item and it is quite rare.


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'There are some items that have a national appeal, but this one will be of interest to people living in Norfolk. I am pretty sure it will go back to that part of the world.'

In 1928, Norwich played their home matches at The Nest, a converted disused chalk pit in Rosary Road.

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It would be another seven years before they moved to their gleaming new stadium at Carrow Road on August 31,1935.

On the front cover of the handbook, which is coming up for sale at Graham Budd Auctions on Tuesday April 26, is an advertisement for The Thatched Theatre – one of the top night spots in Norwich in the 1920s.

The Thatched, as it was affectionately known, was a cinema situated at All Saints Green, showing silent films and staged live musical shows.

In its advertisement on the front cover of the handbook, the Thatched guaranteed 'comfort and civility' and 'perfect ventilation'.

It had a sliding roof in those days before air conditioning.

For information, contact Graham Budd Auctions on 020 8366 2525.

Do you have an item of historic interest? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684

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