Friday, 17 August 2012

Celtic Legend's Rare Medal Put up For Auction

It was a successful week for McTear's with our '3 Days of Auctions' including the Furniture, Clocks and Works of Art & Collectables auction that saw a rare medal given to Celtic legend James ‘Sunny Jim’ Young go under the hammer. 

         Celtic F.C. Interest a gold medal awarded to James 'Sunny Jim' Young in season 1910-11

The medal which is dated 1910-11 was awarded to the legend, Jimmy Young, for playing in a Scottish League team against his English counterparts.The former Celtic captain played 443 times for the Glasgow side and despite only winning one cap for Scotland against Ireland in 1906, he played for the Scottish League side on six occasions including the game against England in 1911 in which he received the medal that is now being sold. Originally from Kilmarnock, Jimmy Young joined Celtic in 1903 on a free transfer from Bristol Rovers. Before he retired in 1917 due to injury, Young enjoyed fourteen trophy laden years with the club. Devastatingly, he sadly died in 1922 at the age of just 40 following a tragic motorcycle accident.
The medal was expected to fetch between £800 and £120
Commenting on the sale, McTear’s Managing Director Brian Clements said: “This is a chance to get your hands on a piece of footballing history. It’s rare that memorabilia belonging to true greats appear for auction and when you look at Jimmy Young’s achievements he has to fall under that category. This medal will appeal not only to Celtic supporters but collectors of all sports memorabilia.”

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