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Century-old England shirt swapped by ex-Wolves manager sold for £4k

By Jordan Reynolds | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A century-old England football shirt that nearly ended up at a jumble sale in Wolverhampton has been sold for £4,000.

England shirt from 1911. Credit Hansons

The historical treasure dating back to 1911, which displays the three lions, was uncovered by Hansons Auctioneers.

The shirt was worn in an England v Wales British Home Championship game at The Den, London on March 13, 1911, in front of a crowd of 22,000.

England shirt from 1911 - credit Hansons

Though records reveal England won 3-0 and provide full team line-ups, it is not known which England player wore the shirt as it ended up in the possession of Welsh international footballer Ted Vizard.

The seller, who did not wish to be named, said: “The shirt was given to my mother about 50 years ago. She used to clean for Ted Vizard and his wife in the early 1970s in the Tettenhall area of Wolverhampton.

“She brought the shirt home one day and said the Vizards were having a clear out of items to send to a jumble sale. Mrs Vizard knew my mother had two sons and asked if she would like the England shirt from his first match playing for Wales against England. She told mum the shirt had been swapped after the game.

England shirt from 1911 - credit Hansons

“My mother kept the shirt in a plastic bag in a drawer for years and occasionally got it out to show people and talk about how she was given it.

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“When it was given to my mother about 50 years ago it was probably not of great value. I wonder what else was sent to the jumble sale?

Nike England shirt Three Lions badge 2019-2020

“I support both England and Wales as my father was English, born in Wolverhampton, while my mother was Welsh. I was born in Wales so I am loyal to both camps.

“My mother died two years ago and the proceeds from the sale of the shirt will be shared with my brother and sister.”

Ted (Edward) Vizard was born in Cogan, Wales, in 1889. The outside left joined Bolton Wanderers in September 1910 from Barry and made 512 appearances scoring 70 goals. He also notched up 22 international caps for Wales. He went on be a manager for Swindon, QPR and Wolves. He died at the age of 84 on Christmas Day in 1973.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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