Fan’s parting gift
Posted: 23 Feb 2015
Pictured: John's nephew Peter Robbins
United fan John Alder’s collection of football memorabilia raised £26,000 for
the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation following an auction at St James’ Park.
from across the UK and as far afield as Singapore, Dubai and Vancouver vied for
the lots. A Newcastle resident secured the top two.
from Low Fell was one of 298 people who lost their lives when Malaysia Airlines
flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July last year.
with fellow fan, Liam Sweeney, he was travelling to New Zealand to watch
Newcastle United play in a pre-season tournament.
deaths sparked a new tradition at St James’ Park when fans stand and applaud
the pair on the 17th minute of each home game.
missed just one Newcastle United game, home and away, in 40 years. He was
also an avid collector of football memorabilia and his home was full of boxes
of carefully stored match programmes.
family donated the collection to help the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and, with
the support of Anderson and Garland Auctioneers and Newcastle United, it was
auctioned at St James’ Park.
of match programmes, tickets and books went under the hammer, dating from 1920s
to the present day.
Robbins, John’s sister, said: “We’ve got mixed emotions. This collection was so
precious to John, and I don’t think even he would know what we should do with
it. It was his passion.
we first went to the house after he died we got a shock. We knew he was
collecting but it seemed to have spread all over the house. We were a bit
overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do with it all. My daughter suggested we
donate it to charity and the rest of the family.
very touched that people have got behind this auction and stunned by all the
help we’ve received.”
Elsie Robson added: “It was a hugely generous and thoughtful gesture and the
money raised will go on to help other people through the charity. We’re very
grateful to John’s family and to everyone who has contributed to making this
auction such a success.”
and Garland and Newcastle United offered their services free of charge to help
John’s family and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The PR team at Sarah
Hall Consulting Ltd, Anderson and Garland’s carrier Gary Cook and
The-Saleroom.com also volunteered their services at no cost, which meant the
collection was available for anyone via the internet.
extensive collection included match programmes from the 1924 onwards which he
sought from other collectors as well a tremendous volume of programmes and
tickets from games he attended over 40 years following Newcastle United.
include rarities from pre-season friendly fixtures, like Newcastle United's
tour of Southern Africa during 1952, to John’s one and only NUFC scarf.
lots included match memorabilia from NUFC fixtures including:
· 1924 Newcastle United v
Aston Villa FA Cup Final £3,200
· John Alder’s match scarf
£200 – purchased by his family
· 1970 Pecsi Dozsa v
Newcastle United Fairs Cup tie £1,800
· Oldham v Newcastle United
match programme £240 – purchased by his family – from Newcastle United’s
pre-season friendly at Oldham Athletic on 15 July 2014 which was the final game
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