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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 October 2005, 19:59 GMT 20:59 UK
Banned war match programme sold
A football programme for a British match banned by the Nazis in 1943 sold for 320 at an auction in Shropshire.

The game, which was organised for 8 June on Nazi-occupied Guernsey, was due to be between a team of islanders and a continental side.

But it was banned as Germany feared the continental players, slave workers from occupied Europe, would use the game as a chance to escape.

A spokesman for the auctioneers said it sold for more than was expected.

The programme had been given an estimate of 100.

Richard Westwood-Brookes of Mullock Madeley said it had been sold to a local programme collector.

"It's always difficult to estimate exactly what items will go for, but this was a real find and it shows the level of interest in football programmes," he said.

The slave workers had been brought to the island to build an underground hospital, bunkers and defences.

The auction was held at Ludlow Racecourse.




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