Falkirk Gunner’s medal sells for £1500

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A gold medal won by a famous footballer from Falkirk was sold for £1500 this week.

The honour was awarded to the late Archie Macaulay for being part of the Arsenal team that won the FA Charity Shield in 1948.

The Gunners, who had won the league the previous season, defeated cup holders Manchester United 4-3 in a thrilling match played at Highbury.

Macaulay was born in Falkirk and played for Rangers, West Ham and Arsenal in a highly succesful career as an inside-right.

He later managed Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion before his career changed direction and he became a traffic warden in Chelsea.

The medal, made of 15-carat gold, had been expected to fetch £1000, but exceeded all expectations and cost a mystery bidder £1500.