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Preston North End FA Cup Final medal fetches 5,000

FA Cup medal 1938
Only 11 medals were given out in 1938

A gold FA Cup winners' medal from Preston North End's historic 1938 victory over Huddersfield Town has sold at auction for £5,000.

The medal awarded to Andy Beattie was bought by a mystery bidder at an auction at Sotheby's in London.

The club won their second FA Cup title in the final minute of extra time after a Bill Shankly cross resulted in a penalty for George Mutch.

Auctioneer Graham Budd said pre-World War II FA Cup medals are "very rare".

"Only 11 medals per final were ever given out because they didn't take substitutes in those days," said Mr Budd.

"Pre-war FA Cup medals are very rare things because the war turned lives upside down with people moving and possessions getting lost. It's also a long time ago now."

It was a personal tragedy for Andy Beattie that his prime playing days were cut short by the war
Auctioneer Graham Budd

Andy Beattie joined Preston North End from non-league Inverurie Loco for £150 in 1935 when he was 22 and he also played for Scotland.

"It was a personal tragedy for Andy Beattie that his prime playing days were cut short by the war, because matches were suspended between 1939 and 1946, when he was past his best," said Mr Budd.

"The medal is an important part of football history as well as the history of Preston North End."

A programme from the club's earlier unsuccessful 1922 FA Cup final against Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge sold at the same auction for £3,800.

Mr Budd said: "It was significant because it was the last final before Wembley stadium was built, which opened the following year.

"Collectors always love programmes as they're an item that every fan buys as a child."

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