Memorabilia of a 1920s Aston Villa footballer is set to go under the hammer in the first sale of the New Year. A plaque, posters and photos relating to Jimmy Cantrell, who also played for Notts County and Tottenham, are expected to fetch more than £1,000.
Cantrell, born in 1882, made his name at Villa before moving to County, where he topped the goalscoring chart at Meadow Lane in his three seasons there. He was later signed to Tottenham and played there before and after the First World War. He was chosen as a reserve for England several times but never played. Cantrell retired in 1925 and returned to Nottingham, where he took up golf. He died in July 1960.
The memorabilia is being sold by relative Carol Cantrell, 84, the wife of Jimmy’s son Harry. It also includes a wooden wall plaque featuring photographs of the Spurs players when they won the FA Cup in 1920-21.