Oldest known Sunderland programme goes up for auction - and could fetch thousands

The oldest known Sunderland programme, dating from 1888, and the 1902 menu, on the right, are being put up for auction.
The oldest known Sunderland programme, dating from 1888, and the 1902 menu, on the right, are being put up for auction.
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Sunderland fans are being given the chance to pick up what is believed to be the club’s oldest match programme when it comes under the hammer.

The programme, which is from the Sunderland v Sunderland Albion friendly game on December 1, 1888, is expected to fetch more than £4,000 when it appears in an auction next month.

This menu is from a dinner at the Grand Hotel in Sunderland in honour of the 1902 league championship-winning team.

This menu is from a dinner at the Grand Hotel in Sunderland in honour of the 1902 league championship-winning team.

Andy Lane, from Football Sport Auctions Limited, which is running the sale, said he is expecting a lot of interest in the item, along with some other Sunderland AFC memorabilia, which is being sold by a private collector.

The auction, which will take place at the Chiltern Hotel in Luton on Monday, September 14, will include about 22 items from the collector.

The 1888 programme, which is lot 667, is thought to be the oldest known Sunderland home programme.

It has four pages with adverts for shops in the Sunderland and Hartlepool area.

There are a few very choice Sunderland AFC items. We are expecting the programme to sell for around £4,000.

Andy Lane, Football Sport Auctions Limited

The list price is between £2,000 and £2,500, but it is believed it could fetch a lot more.

Andy said: “There are a few very choice Sunderland AFC items. We are expecting the programme to sell for around £4,000.”

He said he was unable to reveal who was selling the items, but confirmed they all belong to a private collector, who was Sunderland-born and has just decided to sell his collection.

Also listed in the auction, lot 689, is an extremely scarce menu for a dinner at the Grand Hotel in Sunderland for the Sunderland AFC team, winners of the Association League Championships 1901/02.

This postcard is the oldest known team picture of Sunderland AFC, showing players and staff from the 1883-84 season.

This postcard is the oldest known team picture of Sunderland AFC, showing players and staff from the 1883-84 season.

This is a great piece of history and includes the menu and toast list with a full team picture to reverse.

It’s estimated the item will fetch between £500 and £700.

Another item will be a Sunderland football postcard, lot 685, which is probably the oldest known team picture of Sunderland AFC, showing the players and staff from the 1883/4 season.

The estimate for this is between £200 and £300.

And lot 675 is a Sunderland football picture from season 1890/91, which shows 11 players head and shoulder pictures on stiff paper and is estimated to sell for between £100 and £150.

Also included in the auction will be a selection of Sunderland AFC programmes from the 30s, 40s and 50s and postcards from the early 1900s.

Further details of the items in the auction, which starts at 11am, can be found at www.footballsportsauctions.co.uk.