Today's Object of the Week is a medal which represents a landmark success for a North East football team.

Newcastle United were one of England's most successful clubs in the early years of the 20th Century.

They were first division champions three times in the first decade of the century, clinching the title in in 1905, 1907 and 1909.

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And they had some great FA Cup runs, without actually winning - beaten in three finals by Aston Villa, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

All that changed in 1910, when The Magpies finally lifted the trophy.

And this week's object in an 18ct gold medal owned by Newcastle United director Robert Oliver - these medals were awarded to both players and management after the team won the 1910 FA cup final against Barnsley FC.

The medal was created by the firm Vaughtan & Sons of Birmingham and is engraved 'English Cup won by N.U.F.C, R. Oliver Director' along with the date of 1910.

The Northern Echo: The reverse of the 1910 FA Cup Final winners medal presented to Robert OliverThe reverse of the 1910 FA Cup Final winners medal presented to Robert Oliver

The  Newcastle city coat of arms appeared on the team’s shirts for the first time in the 1910 final.

It took two matches to determine the winner, the first at Crystal Palace and the second at Goodison Park.

The 39th FA Cup final was held on April 23, 1910. Barnsely had the better of a tight first half, taking the lead ten minutes before half-time through Harry Tufnell.

Newcastle were second best until the last 15 minutes of the game and equalised through a Jock Rutherford header eight minutes from full time.

The replay, five days later, attracted a crowd of 60,000 who witnessed a much-improved Newcastle performance, with two goals from Albert Shepherd - the second a penalty - securing a famous victory.

Thousands of fans greeted the team as they return to the city with the FA Cup the following day.

The medal presented to Robert Oliver is to be auctioned at Ryedale Auctioneers, at Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, on Thursday, June 23.

The Northern Echo: Newcastle United director - and FA Cup medal winner - Robert OliverNewcastle United director - and FA Cup medal winner - Robert Oliver

Also entered into the sale, by the same vendor, is a Newcastle United souvenir photograph album covering the seasons from 1905 to 1911.

It is believed these albums were presented to the players and management. Subjects include the team, management and support staff, team excursions and players training.

Some of the portraits appear to be individually autographed by the players themselves. A photograph of Robert Oliver is also included in the album.

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