A RARE ticket to an FA Cup Final match involving Derby County held almost 117 years ago to the day – which would cost the equivalent of 13p in today’s money – is set to fetch more than £2,000 at auction. The ticket is for the 1899 final between the Rams and Sheffield United, a match which Derby County lost 4-1 after being 1-0 up at half time.

The ticket, which at the time cost two shillings and sixpence, is set to go under the hammer at Graham Budd Auctions in London.  A specialist sporting memorabilia auction house, with a guide price of between £1,800 and £2,000. The game took place before the FA Cup Final started to be played at Wembley Stadium.

The match, which took place on April 15 and was attended by almost 74,000 fans, was staged at the Crystal Palace, which hosted the final between 1895 and 1914.

In the Rams line-up that day was legendary Rams striker Steve Bloomer, (pictured below), but the club’s all-time record goal-scorer could not prevent Derby going down to the Blades. Auctioneer Graham Budd confirmed that the ticket was “rare.”

In 1898, the Rams were beaten 3-1 by Nottingham Forest, then came the Sheffield United defeat the following year. Derby were thumped 6-0 by Bury in the 1903 final which today remains a record for the biggest defeat in FA Cup Final history.

Rams fans would have to wait until 1946 before Derby finally lifted the famous old trophy. In the past, Derby County memorabilia has proven popular at auction.

Earlier this year a collection of rare Derby County programmes dating back as early as the 1920s went under the hammer, fetching hundreds of pounds. The lots, which belonged to a private seller, were sold by Ipswich-based auction house Lockdales.

Among the lots were two programmes from that 1946 final, which saw Derby run out 4-1 winners against Charlton Athletic after extra time. The oldest programme sold dated back to 1923 and was a Clapton Orient (now Leyton Orient) programme that featured Derby.

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