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Medal presented to former Southampton Football Club goalkeeper Harry Moger up for sale
THE medal presented to a Southampton-born former Saints footballer for helping Manchester United win the very first FA Charity Shield more than a century ago is to be sold at auction.
The 15-carat gold medal, inscribed ‘The Football Association Charity Shield 1908’ is expected to fetch up to £12,000 when it goes under the hammer next month.
It was presented to United goalkeeper Harry Moger for helping the then-Football League champions beat Southern League winners QPR 4-0 in the Charity Shield replay at Stamford Bridge on August 9, 1908.
The medal is now expected to go for between £8,000 and £12,000 when it is sold by Graham Budd Auctions at Sotheby’s on November 6.
Henry Herbert Moger, affectionately known as “Harry”, was born in Southampton in 1879.
As a young child he lived in Bell Street, in Holyrood, with his boiler- maker father William Moger, mother, Elizabeth, sisters Elizabeth and Ruth, and brothers William and Albert, before they all moved to Matlock Avenue.
Harry, who worked as a labourer, started his football career with junior club Forest Swifts, before joining another junior club, Freemantle.
The goalkeeper signed for the Saints in 1900, just two years after the club moved to its new stadium, The Dell, after leaving the County Cricket ground.
Southampton won the Southern League championship in his first season, although Moger only played in four of the club’s 28 league games.
The following year he made a further three Southern League appearances, and played for the first team seven more times in the 1902-3 season, before joining Manchester United in May 1903.
In their book The Alphabet Of The Saints Duncan Holley and Gary Chalk said: “Harry Moger was a local goalkeeper who during his time at The Dell was a worthy understudy to England international Jack Robinson.
“Tall and lean, Harry was particularly useful in high-ball situations when he would come off his goal-line to punch the ball out from a scrimmage and Manchester United were quick to spot his undoubted potential.
“At United... Harry gained a commendable reputation and helped United win two (Football) League championships and the FA Cup.”
Harry Moger was only 47 when he died in Manchester, in June 1927.
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