Historic sports medal goes under auction

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One of South Tyneside’s oldest sports medals is expected to fetch about £350 at an auction next week.

Inscribed on one side of the 1895 nine-carat gold and enamel medal are the name of South Shields Rugby Football Club and its motto, “courage, humanity, commerce”.

On the other side of the medal are the words “Durham County Cup holders, points for: 42. Against: Nil, Ryton, Rovers. Tudhoe, Hartlepool.”

The medal, in its original fitted case, was originally supplied by James Grant, of King Street, South Shields.

The lid of the case is inscribed: ‘South Shields F. 1895 C.’

The medal is coming up for sale at Graham Budd Auctions in London on Monday, and it is expected to go for between £300 and £400.

Westoe Rugby Football Club, founded in 1875, is South Shields’ oldest rugby club, but whether the medal was originally produced for it or for a rival South Shields club of similar name is not known.