Medal marking Falkirk’s last Scottish Cup success to go under hammer

A memento of Falkirk’s last Scottish Cup win is up for grabs at an auction being held next week.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 12:41 pm
The 1957 Scottish Cup winners' medal up for auction next week

A winners’ medal from that historic game is to go under the hammer in Glasgow next Friday, May 21.

The gold medal, presented to one of the Bairns’ directors at the time, is expected to fetch up to £2,000 at a sale of sporting trophies at McTear’s in Meiklewood Road.

Falkirk’s 1956/57 Scottish Cup campaign saw them knock out Berwick Rangers, Aberdeen, Clyde and Raith Rovers before their final against Kilmarnock in front of 80,000 fans at Glasgow’s Hampden Park twice over within the space of five days as it went to a replay.

The first game, on April 20, ended 1-1, with John Prentice scoring from the penalty spot for Falkirk and David Curlett equalising for their East Ayrshire opponents, and the Bairns secured a 2-1 victory on April 24, thanks to strikes by George Merchant and Doug Moran.

That was Falkirk’s second and most recent Scottish Cup success, its predecessor being back in 1913. They were beaten finalists in 1997, 2009 and 2015, however.

Auctioneer James Bruce said: “We have auctioned a number of Scottish Cup medals over the years, but to have a winners’ medal from Falkirk’s historic 1957 triumph is a rare find indeed.

“This is a true piece of Scottish football heritage, and I am sure it will attract significant interest from Bairns fans and football historians alike.”

The 9ct gold medal, being auctioned off on behalf of an anonymous seller, is offered for sale on a presentation plaque with the names of players and directors inscribed beside it.

A full auction catalogue can be found at https://www.mctears.co.uk/