Historic 1923 Bolton Wanderers 'white horse' FA Cup final ticket could be sold for £600

The Bolton News: Bolton players are scarcely visible at the 1923 cup final at Wembley with fans on the pitch. Bolton players are scarcely visible at the 1923 cup final at Wembley with fans on the pitch.

A PRIZED Bolton Wanderers FA Cup Final ticket that cost just three shillings in 1923 — 15p in modern money — but now it is set to go under the hammer for up to £600.

The famous “White Horse Final” was the first to be held at Wembley Stadium, with Bolton Wanderers going on to beat West Ham 2-0.

But it was the spectators and a white horse named Billy — rather than the players — who made the newspaper headlines the following day.

The official attendance was 126,047, although it is thought that more than a quarter of a million people squeezed into the gleaming new £800,000 stadium with thousands of fans spilling on to the pitch before the game.

A potential tragedy was averted thanks to PC George Scorey and his white horse, Billy, who managed to control the crowd.

The ticket will go under the hammer at Graham Budd Auctions in London on Thursday.

Two photographs from the match will also be auctioned for around £300.

One is a picture of the Wanderers players trying to escape the crowd to collect their first major trophy with another picture showing the winning team in full kit with a match ball and the famous FA Cup trophy.

Auctioneer Graham Budd described the match as a momentous occasion and said the items up for auction were “of enough significance to interest any collector”.

He added: “Bolton should be extremely proud of this match. It’s a historic occasion and the ticket is a lovely collectable. Its price will only go up in the future.”

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