Lot 1804 (The Sporting Medals & Trophies Auction, 11th October 2019)
Sold for £1,700
SCOTTISH ENGLISH LEAGUE GOLD MEDAL 1893,
awarded to Dan Doyle of Celtic F.C., obverse with enamelled lion rampant motif to centre, below blue enamelled scrolling border inscribed 'Scottish English League', the reverse inscribed 'D. Doyle 8th April 1893', 40mm high including bale, maker V&S, Birmingham 1892, in fifteen carat gold, 12.7g
Note: Dan Doyle (1864-1918) signed for Celtic in 1891, and spent eight years with the Glasgow side. Paisley born Doyle, known for his wicked temper, once in fact fatally injured an opponent in tackle. A book charting the life of the legendary player, Dan Doyle: The Life and Death of a Wild Rover, by Marie Rowan, suggests Doyle was 'Scotland's first bad-boy football superstar', and includes a foreword from current Celtic manager Neil Lennon, who describes the player as 'one of the first and most inspirational captains our club has ever had'.
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