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Colin Veitch: two England Football Caps; and an England jersey badge.

Lot 633 (The Collectors' Auction, 17th December 2020)

Sold for £2,400

Lot details

Colin Campbell McKechnie Veitch (22 May 1881 – 26 August 1938):

The England international caps of Colin Veitch, Captain of Newcastle United in the Glory Days of 1899-1914. A 1907 purple England International Football Cap by A.W. Gamage Ltd., 126-129 Holborn, London; and a 1906 red England Cap by Young & Co., 36 King William Street, London Bridge; and an England jersey badge.

Provenance: Given to the vendor by Veitch's wife.

Exhibitions: The caps were on loan to Newcastle United for 28 years and displayed in the St James's History Museum as well as the Newcastle Breweries guest room. 1906 cap was Exhibited in the Discovery Museum 2014 'Toon Time' exhibition.

History: Colin Veitch is one of, if not the, greatest Newcastle United players who ever played. Born in Heaton he proved himself as both an academic as well as a sportsman and although he started as an amateur he soon tuned professional ins 1899, something very few footballers at the time had the opportunity to do. He was described as “a man who is the master of his job”, and scored 49 goals in 322 appearances. For a short spell, Veitch considered giving up his football career to pursue a career in academia, but after a spell in the reserves, playing under the pseudonym of 'Hamilton' he changed his mind. Veitch played for England on six occasions from 1906-1909, what happened to the other dated cap is unknown, if it exists at all. He was also an accomplished playwright, composer, conductor and producer, and counted George Bernard Shaw amongst his circle of friends. He founded the People's Theatre in 1911. Veitch served in France during the First World War as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery which sadly ended his football carrier. However he was still an active member of the football community as a Union spokesman and an Evening Chronicle Journalist, but he was banned from the press box in 1929, a harsh decision against someone who had done so much for his team. In 1938, Veitch contracted pneumonia and died aged 57 in Bern, Switzerland whilst on a recuperation holiday with his wife Greta.


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Auction: The Collectors' Auction, 17th December 2020

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