Fellows’ auction of Coins & Medals on Monday 27th February 2012 is set to have fans of the ‘Claret and Blue’ excitedly bidding on a piece of Birmingham footballing history, namely, a selection of unique Aston Villa medals which hail from an era characterised by the club’s dominance of the game.
The medals in question were awarded to full back Albert Evans, a player who enjoyed considerable success during his career at the club. Joining the team in 1896, he appeared in a total of 206 games until he left in 1907 to play for West Bromwich Albion. His opening season saw Villa crowned champions of the football league and they went on to win the double the following year, an impressive achievement which allowed the club to move from its site in Perry Barr to its current home at Villa Park.
As champions at the beginning of the twentieth century, Aston Villa where soon ousted by Liverpool. However, they still continued to dominate football in the West Midlands that decade, winning the Birmingham Senior Cup six times and finishing as runners-up twice. It is for this competition that Evans received one runners-up medal and three winner’s medals, each made in 9ct gold and enamel, and engraved on the reverse.
Stephen Whittaker, Managing Director at Fellows said: “These medals are a delightful reminder of Aston Villa’s glorious past and those players who helped establish it as a symbol for sporting excellence in the West Midlands.”
Evans’ medals will be sold as Lot 326 with an estimate of £4,000 – £6,000 in Fellows’ auction of Coins & Medals on Monday 27th February 2012 at 10am.
View the lot in more details here: http://bit.ly/xevBRK