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This lot formerly the property of George Briggs, Secretary, Darwen F.C. and offered for sale by a relative of the family.
Darwen's connection with Association Football in the mid to late 19th Century is fairly well documented. The Lancashire side's best performance in the F.A. Cup in 1879 was a second replay in the quarter- finals against Old Etonians.
Interestingly, the Bolton Wanderers side in the above match included no less than eight of the players who went on to participate in the Cup Final that year.