Rare Dons medals from Fergie era to go under the hammer

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Rare football medals marking historic Dons wins are to go under the hammer.

A medal from Aberdeen’s first league championship win under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson is to be sold off at a dedicated auction of sporting medals and trophies.

The nine-carat gold 1979-80 Scottish Football League Championship medal is inscribed “Premier Division Winner 1979-80 Derek Hamilton”.

It will go up for sale at the McTear’s Sporting Medals & Trophies Auction next Friday in Glasgow, and could fetch £2,000.

The team won the league with a 5–0 win on the penultimate game of the season against Hibs.

A number of other rare medals connected with the Pittodrie side are also up for sale, including a winner’s medal from the 1983-84 season.

The medal comes in a box signed by defender Stewart McKimmie and has a pre-sale estimate of £1,000-£2,000.

McTear’s managing director Brian Clements said: “Sir Alex’s legend status is guaranteed so when a piece of history comes up from the early part of his career it is really exciting.

“Both of the league medals are from the time when Aberdeen were not only one of the best, if not the best, team in Scotland but also one of Europe’s strongest clubs having won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983.

“We expect there to be a lot interest in these rare medals.”

Fellow Don Jim Forrest’s Scottish Cup-winning medal from season 1969-70 has an estimate of £1,000 to £2,000, while one of the more unusual lots includes a rare Aberdeen FC South African Tour medal from 1927.

The tour saw the club become the first Scottish club to visit South Africa, playing a total of 14 matches.

A silver Drybrough Cup winner’s medal from 1971 inscribed “Winner Aberdeen F.C. A. Willoughby 7.9.71” will also feature.

Brian added: “In recent years we have seen more and more highly desirable sporting awards come to auction and our dedicated sale for sporting medals and trophies now attracts international buyers looking for rare items to add to their collections.”

Some of the 106 lots set to go under the hammer include four editions of The Scottish Football Book written by Stanley Paul, two Glasgow Junior Football caps dating back to 1909 and the jersey worn by St Mirren legend Tommy Gemmell during the only two matches he played for Scotland in 1955.

The most expensive item up for auction, starting bid at £5,000, is the 1910 London Professional Charity Fund Medal awarded to James Kennedy of Tottenham Hotspur.