From The Nantwich News
Rare medals, Stoke City football memorabilia, England caps and shirt badges belonging to Stoke City and Port Vale legend Tommy Clare could be sold for up to £10,000 at a Nantwich auction this month.
The memorabilia, being sold on behalf of the family, is part of a two-day sale by fine art and antiques auctioneers Peter Wilson on April 19.
Thomas “Tommy” Clare (pictured) was born in Congleton in 1865 and played his early football with Talke Rangers, Golden Hill Wanderers and Burslem Port Vale, before becoming Stoke City’s first professional player in 1883.
He was captain of the Stoke side that was a founder member of the Football League in 1888.
Clare spent 14 years with Stoke, playing 251 games and helping them to take the Football Alliance title in 1890-91.
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