Willie Maley cup medal makes $12,750 at PFC Auctions



2015-06-26 13:00:06

Willie Maley cup medal makes $12,750 at PFC Auctions

The Scottish Cup medal of legendary Celtic manager Willie Maley sold well on September 27

A Scottish Cup medal awarded to legendary Celtic manager Willie Maley (1868-1958) has supplied one of the leading lots at PFC Auctions' online sale, which ended on September 27.

The 14 karat gold medal, awarded to Maley for Celtic's 2-1 victory over Aberdeen in the 1936-1937 season, sold for 7,878 ($12,766).

Willie Maley Scottish Cup medal Maley brought Celtic 16 league titles and 14 Scottish Cups

The match was witnessed by 146,000 at Hampden Park in Glasgow, which remains a record for a European club match.

Engraved "Scottish Cup. 1936-37. Won by Celtic F.C. Willie Maley", its connection with the club's first and longest serving manager, and a true great of football in Scotland, ensured its strong price.

Northern Ireland born Maley masterminded the club to 16 league titles and 14 Scottish Cups between 1897 and 1940.

He had previously appeared for the club as a player, making his debut in Celtic's inaugural year of 1888. He also earned two caps for Scotland in 1893.

The medal came from the family of former Scottish MP James Carmichael, who was gifted the item by Maley.

PFC Auctions' spokesperson, Kylie Whitehead, commented: "Willie Maley remains one of Celtic's most celebrated names, he was a key man in establishing the legend of the club.

"It's no surprise that the medal performed as well as it did, particularly with its excellent provenance from James Carmichael."

Maley's name will be familiar to anyone who attends a game at Celtic Park, where his famous song reverberates around the ground.

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