Sir Stanley Matthews’ FA Cup medal fetches £220,000

The 1953 FA Cup Winner's medal given to Blackpool FC legend Sir Stanley Matthews (below) sold at auction for �220,000.
The 1953 FA Cup Winner's medal given to Blackpool FC legend Sir Stanley Matthews (below) sold at auction for �220,000.
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A medal won by Blackpool FC legend Sir Stanley Matthews in 1953 has sold at auction for £220,000.

The frantic bidding stunned auctioneers who had set a guide price of between £50,000 and £60,000 for the FA Cup Winner’s medal.

Historic moment: Stanley Matthews carried alongside Harry Johnston. Below - his winner's medal

Historic moment: Stanley Matthews carried alongside Harry Johnston. Below - his winner's medal

The medal was awarded to Matthews following his eye-catching performance at Wembley that saw him provide three assists as Pool came from 3-1 down to win in extra time.

It had previously been bought by TV presenter Nick Hancock, who paid £23,500 for the item in 2001.

The item, still in its original case, returned to the same London auction house this week, where an anonymous bidder picked it up for almost 10 times that price.

The legendary winger was 38 when he finally secured his elusive FA Cup Winner’s medal, orchestrating an incredible comeback as Blackpool beat Bolton 4-3 in the final.

After twice being on the losing side at in an FA Cup final, in 1948 and 1951, he finally won his medal with a performance that lives long in the memory.

Previously, the medal has been on display at the Britannia Stadium, the home of Stoke FC, where the “wizard of the dribble” spent 19 years of his career.