FOOTBALL fans can get their hands on some rare Hartlepool United memorabilia when it goes up for sale at auction later this month.
A number of programmes and teamsheets, some of them dating back to before the Second World War, go under the hammer in the sale after being discovered on Tyneside.
The rare items are attracting the interest of collectors willing to get their hands on a unique piece of footballing history.
Seven of the lots feature Hartlepool teams when they took on teams like Newcastle and Gateshead.
They include rare single sheet programmes from the war when there was a paper shortage and only feature the teams.
John Wilson, of Middlesbrough-based Methuselah Football Auctions, said: “It has generated a good deal of interest from outside the Tyneside area from supporters of the away teams featured.
“People normally tend to think of the bigger teams like Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
“We have actually had a good deal of interest from the smaller teams like Hartlepool. Supporters have been emailing and asking for details.”
Estimates start at £30-£40, but John said many items will go into the hundreds.
“We just don’t know what they are going to go for,” he said.
The auction also features hundreds of rare matchday programmes and team sheets for other North-East sides spanning the 1940s to 1960s, including European ties.
John added: “The collection comes from a man in Tyneside who is moving house. He is an avid football fan and sports fan in general.
“He has accumulated this material over a period of about 50-odd years.
“It is unusual to see a collection of this type.”
The auction takes place on Thursday, June 14 at 1pm at the Marton Hotel and Country Club, in Marton Road, Middlesbrough.
Viewing is from 9.30am-12.30pm on the day. For more details, view the catalogue at www.methuselahltd.com or call 07718 120274.