Rare U's programme goes up for auction

Rare U's programme goes up for auction

Rare U's programme goes up for auction

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Colchester United’s first ever league match at Layer Road, will go up for auction next month.

About 11,000 fans packed the U’s former ground on September 4, 1937, to see the newly professional outfit draw 3-3 with Ipswich Town in their second Southern League clash.

The programme cost two old pence, equivalent to 1p today.

The professional club had formed in July and played a series of friendlies at Layer Road, as well as a league match at Yeovil, before the opening home league match.

Later that season amateur team Colchester Town, which had played at Layer Road, folded and many of its players joined the U’s reserves.

Despite pessimism from some at the outset, the U’s finished sixth in the league and became an established professional club. Chris Elmy, auctioneer at Lockdales, in Ipswich, said the find was particularly rare because there were very few programmes dating back before the Second World War.

He added: “During the war, there was a paper shortage and many of the football programmes issued up to that point were recycled.”

Mr Elmy said the programme was listed for £50, but could fetch a lot more over the weekend of September 13 and 14.

It is one of a large private collection of football programmes being sold.

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5:37pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

My Grandfather bought 2 shares in the new Club-along with thousands of other Colchester Patriots.
I still have the certificate somewhere.
It would be a great addition to our Blue and White support.
My Grandfather bought 2 shares in the new Club-along with thousands of other Colchester Patriots. I still have the certificate somewhere. It would be a great addition to our Blue and White support. Shrubendlad
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1:18am Wed 6 Aug 14

Boris says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
My Grandfather bought 2 shares in the new Club-along with thousands of other Colchester Patriots.
I still have the certificate somewhere.
It would be a great addition to our Blue and White support.
Presumably Robbie Cowling bought you out at 50p a share. He bought the shares that I inherited from my dad, bought probably at the same time as your grandfather. It was a compulsory purchase, and the old certificates are now worthless, except of course as decorative souvenirs of a time when supporters were allowed to own shares in their club.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: My Grandfather bought 2 shares in the new Club-along with thousands of other Colchester Patriots. I still have the certificate somewhere. It would be a great addition to our Blue and White support.[/p][/quote]Presumably Robbie Cowling bought you out at 50p a share. He bought the shares that I inherited from my dad, bought probably at the same time as your grandfather. It was a compulsory purchase, and the old certificates are now worthless, except of course as decorative souvenirs of a time when supporters were allowed to own shares in their club. Boris
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7:07am Wed 6 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Boris wrote:
Shrubendlad wrote:
My Grandfather bought 2 shares in the new Club-along with thousands of other Colchester Patriots.
I still have the certificate somewhere.
It would be a great addition to our Blue and White support.
Presumably Robbie Cowling bought you out at 50p a share. He bought the shares that I inherited from my dad, bought probably at the same time as your grandfather. It was a compulsory purchase, and the old certificates are now worthless, except of course as decorative souvenirs of a time when supporters were allowed to own shares in their club.
I think it was Hitler not Robbie who turned our shares into decorative souvenirs. Anyway I think my father and grandfather would approve of Robbies ownership. We just need to get the town behind him-and him to believe in the town.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: My Grandfather bought 2 shares in the new Club-along with thousands of other Colchester Patriots. I still have the certificate somewhere. It would be a great addition to our Blue and White support.[/p][/quote]Presumably Robbie Cowling bought you out at 50p a share. He bought the shares that I inherited from my dad, bought probably at the same time as your grandfather. It was a compulsory purchase, and the old certificates are now worthless, except of course as decorative souvenirs of a time when supporters were allowed to own shares in their club.[/p][/quote]I think it was Hitler not Robbie who turned our shares into decorative souvenirs. Anyway I think my father and grandfather would approve of Robbies ownership. We just need to get the town behind him-and him to believe in the town. Shrubendlad
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