Record-breaking Sunderland footballer Alf Common’s keepsakes up for auction

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THE keepsakes of a Wearside footballer who set records for being the highest paid player go under the hammer today.

Centre forward Alf Common, who was born in Millfield and played for South Hylton Juniors, joined Sunderland AFC in 1900 and was later transferred to Sheffield United for £325.

During that season, he scored the opening goal in Sheffield’s FA Cup final win, and in 1904 won his first England international cap.

That year, he rejoined Sunderland for a record £520 but switched to relegation-threatened Middlesbrough for another record-breaking £1,000.