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Following on from my piece on the museum, here’s something for those fans who are interested in collecting and preserving the history of West Ham United.

On Monday 15th April at 10:00am there will be a specialist football auction at Stacey’s Auctioneers and Valuers, who are located in Rayleigh in Essex. If you want to browse the whole catalogue click the following link:

Stacey’s Football Auction Catalogue

If you want to go straight to the lots associated with West Ham follow this link:

Stacey’s Football Auction Catalogue – West Ham Lots

There are a few West Brom items mixed in with this West Ham selection as Stacey’s search facility doesn’t accept search quotes. There are also some shirts that don’t seem to be related but if you hover over the images you’ll see that they’ve been included because they were swapped with a West Ham player after a game.

There’s the usual selection of shirts and programmes but one or two more unusual lots caught my eye in particular.

Lot 752

“West Ham Signed 57/58 Promotion Menu: Stunning condition claret and blue tasseled menu signed to inside back pages by players including Bond Gregory Brown Musgrove Dare Cantwell and Bond. Manager Charlie Paynter Chairman Reg Pratt invited guests Vic Watson Stanley Rous Entertainers including Anna Neagle and others. C/W seating plan for you to decipher other autographs.
Estimate £160 to £180”

Some great historic autographs among that lot!

Lot 761

“West Ham 36/37 Football Season Ticket: A rare ladies season ticket with nearly all counterfoils intact inside. Signed inside by club secretary Mr Searles. Nice item.
Estimate £80 to £100”

I wonder who Mrs J. Neill was? No doubt she was the wife or family member of one of West Ham’s players of the 1936/37 season. She clearly wasn’t much of a football fan as her complimentary season ticket didn’t get much use.

Lot 790

“West Ham 1960s Football Rug: 50 years old in very good condition featuring the West Ham crest with two players either side in West Ham kit. Measures 27 × 50 inches.
Estimate £35 to £45”

I really like this and I thought it might look nice mounted on the wall of a certain Mr Kahn’s personal WHU museum.

Lot 782

“Rare West Ham Football Season Summaries: Complete run from 59/60 to 69/70. Very rare and not available to the public. Each season has forthcoming fixtures and an in depth factual report on previous season with club records going back to 1900 and a list and description of every professional at the club. Given to teams hosting West Ham prior to a match mainly for programme information. Excellent. (11)”

These look like they would be of great interest to the true West Ham historian.

If you are interested in buying any of the items listed you can bid in person, by submitting a commission bid, over the ‘phone or online, all the details of how to do that are here:

How to make a bid

Happy bidding Hammers!