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Lowestoft and Kirkley rarity tops £300

PUBLISHED: 15:38 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:39 05 July 2010

RARE TREAT: The Lowestoft and Kirkley Combined X1 versus Aston Villa friendly programme from 1898.

RARE TREAT: The Lowestoft and Kirkley Combined X1 versus Aston Villa friendly programme from 1898.

A RARE piece of football history has today gone under the hammer.

A single sheet programme from 1898 showcasing a friendly match between a combined Lowestoft and Kirkley X1 against the reigning double winners Aston Villa has sold for £320 at auction - £30 less than the estimated price.

A RARE piece of football history has today gone under the hammer.

A single sheet programme from 1898 showcasing a friendly match between a combined Lowestoft and Kirkley X1 against the reigning double winners Aston Villa has sold for £320 at auction - £30 less than the estimated price.

The below-estimate sum was sold to an unnamed bidder, who was not in the room at the Keys Auctioneers saleroom in Aylsham on Friday.

Dubbed as a “valuable bit” of Lowestoft's history, prior to the auction club secretary Terry Lyned told The Journal that Lowestoft programmes “were not regularly issued until the mid 1920s” making this a prize catch for one lucky new owner.

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