A collection of more than 2,500 football programmes is set to be auctioned on Friday 7th February at Rogers Jones Co Auctioneers. Among the collection is a rare programme from a game between Manchester United and Yugoslavian team Red Star Belgrade in 1958. The away game took place just weeks after and resulted in the Munich air disaster which claimed the lives of eight ‘Busby Babes’.
Brynmor Stark, from Dinas Powys, started collecting football programmes in 1966 when he was taken to his first game at the age of 12 years old by his grandfather. The 5th of February was the 56th anniversary of the Munich disaster. The plane crashed after refuelling in West Germany, with 23 passengers being killed, including eight United players, nicknamed Busby’s Babes, after manager Sir Matt Busby. The football programme from the Red Star Belgrade game is included in one lot of around 160 programmes, with an estimated value of £400. There are also a few hundred programmes from rugby union games, including World Cup matches, Wales home tests from the 1940s to the current day.
Although the collection has cost Mr Stark a lot over the years, he realises that it is now the right time to sell them on at auction. Maybe the new owner of the football programmes will want to consider displaying them, perhaps in open bookcases. Preston is a popular location for reputable antiques dealers, who have a variety of antique bookcases on display.
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