IT COST only 15 shillings new, but now, nearly 90 years later, a rare 1923 Bolton Wanderers versus West Ham United FA Cup final ticket is set to fetch up to £1,200 at auction.

The ticket was issued for seat 14, row 29, block KK at the very first FA Cup final staged at the gleaming new £800,000 Wembley Stadium on April 28,1923.

The match has been known ever since as The White Horse final after the police horse which helped control the crowd — officially put at 126,047, but thought to be closer to 300,000.

Bolton won that historic final — and lifted the cup for the first time in the club's history — by beating West Ham 2-0 with goals from David Jack and Jack Smith.

Now a precious ticket from that first Wembley final is set to fetch between £1,000 and £1,200 at Bonhams in Chester next Wednesday.

It is being sold together with an FA Cup brooch with attached blue and white ribbons.

So many people — including an estimated 5,000 from Bolton — turned up to watch that 1923 FA Cup final that the crowd chaotically spilled on to the pitch. Order was eventually restored thanks to PC George Scorey on his white horse, Billy.

The final produced gate receipts of £27,776, which was then a record for any sporting event. Bolton and West Ham each received £6,000.

At the same Bonhams auction a prewar Westhoughton golf club captain's badge is expected to fetch between £250 and £400.

The gold badge was presented to the club's 1932 captain, JP Higson, who was only the second captain in the then newly-formed club's history. Mr Higson succeeded HP Haworth as Westhoughton’s captain.

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