One of a number of important pieces of British football heritage due to go under the hammer this month, lot 1931 in The Sporting Medals & Trophies Auction on 26th April features a fifteen carat gold Scottish Football League Championship medal. This medal was awarded to Scottish footballer Joe Hendry, a midfielder for Rangers Football Club, in season 1910/11.
Hendry started his career at Maryhill F.C. before moving to Greenock Morton in 1909. Best known for his time with Rangers, Hendry made his Rangers debut on 23rd April 1910 and stayed with the club for 8 years, where he played 147 times and scored seven goals. Beyond his stint at Rangers, Hendry also played for Dumbarton (1918-1919), Third Lanark (1919-1920), St Johnstone (1920-1922) and Northern Ireland’s ‘Distillery’ clubs (1922-23).
One of Joe Hendry’s grandchildren, Kay Hutchison, has taken some time to explain the man behind the medal, and the family’s decision to send the medal under the hammer,
“My granddad was a great footballer but he also had a strong social conscience. When he stopped playing he continued to be involved in the game providing dedicated commentaries for blind fans. Some of my earliest memories are helping my grandmother make rounds of corned beef sandwiches that he would take to the games to share at half-time with his ‘listeners’.
“The medal was a treasured memento of my late mother’s and after my father died recently my brother Glenn and I thought long and hard about where it should go. We are not avid football supporters and we felt the time was right for the medal to go to a true sporting fan, someone who understands the importance and heritage of the piece, and would cherish it for years to come.”
This impressive piece of footballing history comes accompanied by the late footballer’s archive, including photographs and football books, and an auction estimate of £2000-3000.
Of course, medals from the early days of Rangers and Celtic football clubs are hugely collectable and have proven to achieve significant sums at auction in the past. Hendry’s is one medal that is sure to catch the eyes of some True Blues when it goes under the hammer on 26th April, one of several medals in the inaugural Sporting Medals & Trophies Auction which can claim a connection with Ibrox and Rangers F.C.
For a free no obligation auction valuation, please contact Hannah Murphy on 0141 810 2880, or email HannahMurphy@mctears.co.uk