A LEAGUE winner’s medal from the Team of all the Talents, Ian Porterfield’s 1973 FA Cup final tracksuit top and a programme collection so vast it had to be brought in by trolley were among the treasures at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
Sporting memorabilia expert Graham Budd was offering free valuations in the Stadium’s James Herriot suite - and was overwhelmed by both the number and quality of the items on offer.
“It’s a very good turnout today, I have to say, it really is,” he said.
“We do a lot of these around the country and typically we go to a football ground or maybe a golf club or racecourse.
“We always hope for a good turnout, but you never know, but this is clearly a bit of a hotbed – especially for football.
“We’ve seen a little bit of other sports, but it’s almost exclusively football in Sunderland.”
Among those in the queue was club historian – and matchday programme editor – Rob Mason, who was there on official business.
“I’ve brought in some items that actually belong to the football club, which we have on display here at the Stadium of Light,” said Rob.
“I have an idea of the value of them, but it’s useful to get them appraised for insurance purposes.”
Among the items was a league winner’s medal belonging to one of the faces that greets visitors to the Stadium of Light.
Jimmy Hannah was a member of the famous Team of All The Talents that claimed the title three times in four seasons at the end of the 19th century - and appears in the famous Thomas Henry painting of Sunderland versus Aston Villa which hangs in the stadium’s reception area.
“Sunderland were elected to the league in the 1890-91 season, they won it in ‘91-’92 and ‘92-’93, were runners-up in ‘93-’94 and won it again in ‘95-’95,” said Rob. “This medal is the second of the three that Jimmy Hannah won.”
Michael Ganley, founder of the SAFC Museum, had brought along a number of items, including Jimmy Montgomery’s European Cup winner’s medal (The Black Cats’ record appearance maker was an unused substitute when Nottingham Forest lifted the trophy in 1980) and Ian Porterfield’s tracksuit top from the 1973 FA Cup final.
“That’s the only bit of Ian’s kit that is left,” said Michael.
“When Ian’s father died, he buried his strip with his dad.”
Bidding a fond farewell to his beloved programme collection was 68-year-old Bob Dixon, from Houghton.
Bob has been collecting for nearly 60 years, and the collection was so vast he had to bring it in on a trolley and leave with Graham to appraise fully.
He has decided to sell up while he and wife Shirley are still young enough to benefit from the proceeds of the sale, but it was an emotional moment.
“I have got stuff at home that has sentimental value that I am not letting go, but this is the best part of the collection.
“My wife has been on at me about it for a while – the collection is upstairs in the bedroom,” he said.