An unique trophy presented to Stoke United ladies football team in Barcelona in 1923 and afterwards lost for decades is to go on public display at the National Football Museum following its recent sale at Nantwich auctioneers Peter Wilson.
Bidding by telephone, an agent for the National Football Collection paid £2,800 for the trophy, which had been consigned to the sale by Keith Bridgett, grandson of the founder of Stoke United, Leonard Bridgett.
The brass twin-handled trophy, inscribed Ano 1923 Cooperativa De Periodistas De Barcelona (Barcelona Journalists’ Union) had been estimated at £400-600.
It will go on display in the Football Museum in Manchester alongside a Longton Art China figurine, believed to have been presented to each player in the winning side by the pottery owner Edwin Leadbeater. It was purchased in the sale by the same buyer for £420 against an estimate of £200-300.