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Notts County fan buys Division Two winners medal awarded to John Edward Wren

By Connor Thompson

A devoted football fan has paid more than £3000 to own a gold medal and watch which once belonged to a club legend.

A gold Division Two winners medal awarded to John Edward Wren, when Notts County were crowned champions in the 1922-23 season, together with a commemorative gold pocket watch marking the same event, were sold at Hansons Auctioneers’ Football in Focus Auction for £3,300.

The buyer, a 50-year-old man, from Nottinghamshire, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I’ve supported Notts County all my life and I’ve been a season ticket holder since 1981.

Division Two medal. (10996672)
Division Two medal. (10996672)

"I’m a big collector of Notts County sporting memorabilia and this was something I was keen to own.”

Hansons’ sports valuer Alistair Lofley said: “I’m delighted a Magpies fan has bought this wonderful historical find. The medal is nearly 100 years old and relates to a club with a proud history."

Notts County were founded in 1862 which makes them the oldest professional association football club in the world.

Division Two medal. (10996668)
Division Two medal. (10996668)

The club predates The Football Association itself and became one of the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888.

Wren, who lived from 1894-1948, originated from Bristol. He made 63 appearance for Notts County, playing half back from 1922-1925. His career also took him to Millwall, Bristol City and Southport.

Hansons valuers will be at Newark Civil War Centre, on June 4, 10am-1pm, for free evaluations.


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