MEMORABILIA from a footballing legend will go under the hammer at a saleroom tomorrow.

Raich Carter was a sportsman who lifted the FA Cup twice, captained Sunderland to the Football League title, was described by his admiring international team mate Stanley Matthews as "lethal in front of goal" and received countless awards.

But he would treasure a homespun cricketing trophy from his school days for the rest of his life.

In July 1927, Hendon School demolished local rivals the James Williams Street School in the Swan Cup Final (189 for 2 v 55 all out) - Carter scored 111 runs not out and took four wickets for 21 runs.

His headmaster was so impressed that he had the match ball mounted on a wooden base with a brass plaque recording the details.

It is amongst a treasure trove of Carter memorabilia that will be sold on tomorrow (Friday, June 24) on the instructions of his daughter, retired schoolteacher Jane A Carter, in a history and memories sale at Yorkshire auctioneers David Duggleby Auctioneers in Scarborough.

The 22 lots going under the hammer include the scrapbooks that Carter started in his schooldays and maintained throughout his entire career, with mementoes ranging from the watch that he was given by the directors of Derby County after the team won the first post-war FA Cup Final in 1946, to the the silver tray and tea service presented by the Lord Mayor of Hull when he player-managed the city team.

Also included are various sports writer and former player association awards including his Football League 100 League Legends gold medal, plus photographs, programmes and ephemera, autographed by the greats that he played with and against.

Auctioneer Graham Paddison said: “It is a unique collection that charts a quite remarkable story.

"Despite being a schoolboy international the teenage Raich was initially rejected by several clubs, including Sunderland, because he was thought to be too small to be a professional footballer.”

“Fortunately he grew a bit and Sunderland took a chance on him. Good decision! He would go on to make over 200 appearances for the club in the 1930s, scoring 118 goals, captaining the side to the Football League title in 1936 and victory in the 1937 FA Cup Final.”

“After the war he had a couple of seasons at Derby County – hence the 1946 Cup Final watch – and then moved on to Hull City where he started a management career that would eventually also take in Leeds, Mansfield and Middlesbrough.”

The 22 auction lots are expected to make a total of £10,000 to £16,000. Pre-sale estimates range from under a hundred pounds for some of the programme and memorabilia lots up to £6,000 for the silver tray and tea service presented by the Lord Mayor of Hull for services to the city.

And that Swan Cup Final trophy?

Mr Paddison said: “It has been given a pre-sale estimate of just £40 to £60 – but we could end up looking daft. It is being sold without reserve so it will make what it makes.”

The History and Memories Auction catalogue is available on the firm’s website. The viewing sessions at the Vine Street Salerooms in Scarborough from 9am tomorow until the start of the auction at 2pm. It is live online.

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