Rare West Bromwich Albion Division One title triumphant medal up for auction

Joe Smith’s League Winner’s Medal

West Bromwich-based Midlands Sports Auctions sell Joe Smith’s gold medal of the 1919/1920 WBA season.

The lot, which is being auctioned online until Sunday, November 28, is described by MSA as “extremely rare”.

The lot description read: “Here we have an extremely rare West Brom memorabilia item, it is the nine karat gold medal awarded to Joe Smith for Albion winning the Div 1 Championship.

“Stamped The Football League on the front; on the back West Bromwich Albion FC 1919/1920 J Smith and hallmarked; approx. 29 mm in diameter weighing 20 grams.”

“This was the first and only time that West Brom has been crowned the Top League champion, which in itself makes it a very rare item, added to that, Albion has only used 18 players this season, so less than 20 of those medals would have been issued.

“Joe was the right-back for Albion and played in all but two games in 1919/1920, only two team members played more.”

The civic welcome menu for the triumph of the Wolves

Albion won the league after the end of World War I and broke records, topping the standings scoring 104 goals and winning 60 points.

Tim Beddow of Midlands Sports Auctions said: “We are really delighted to have this extremely rare medal for sale. Considering that Albion only won the Division One title, this is a real find.

Several other sports fields are up for auction, including rare Wolves and WBA programs, including one from the 1931 FA Cup semi-final match between Albion and Everton at Old Trafford.

Wolves fans who want a piece of history will be interested in the menu at the civic reception hosted for the 1957/1958 title-winning team. Another program of Wolves’ exploits in Canada in the 1960s is also for sale – the game between the Wanderers and the Vancouver All Stars took place in June 1963.

Speedway fans can get their hands on a 1962 schedule of a Cradley Heathens meeting with Poole, with the results written in pencil.

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