Bolton Wanderers 'White Horse' FA Cup final ticket sells for £340
A TICKET for the famous White Horse FA Cup final has sold at auction for £340.
The ticket for the 1923 final — in which Bolton Wanderers defeated West Ham 2-0 — would have cost just three shillings (or 15 pence) at the time.
Had the rare ticket been in better condition, auctioneers at Graham Budd Auctions said it could have fetched up to £1,000.
At the same auction, a sepia photograph of the cup-winning team along with a leaded stained-glass window panel featuring the Whites’ crest sold for £300.
In 1923, it was the spectators and a white horse named Billy — rather than the players — who made the headlines on the day after the match.
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.
But a potential tragedy was averted thanks to PC George Scorey and his white horse, Billy, who managed to control the crowd.
Auctioneer Graham Budd described the match as a momentous occasion.
He said: “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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