Nottingham Iremonger brothers' football medals auctioned

Iremonger brothers
Image caption The brothers both won honours with Notts County FC

Medals won in the early 1900s by two brothers who played for Notts County and Nottingham Forest have been sold at auction.

James Iremonger achieved fame as a Nottinghamshire cricketer, as well as playing for Nottingham Forest and later becoming a coach at Notts County.

His 6ft 5in younger brother Albert, was a goalkeeper for Notts County, making 564 league appearances.

The medals sold for more than £5,000 at an auction in Nottingham.

Image caption Medals from the Nottinghamshire Senior Cup in 1907-08 and the Boston Hospital Cup in 1922-23 were included in the sale

As well as a Football League Division Two champion's medal, other items in the sale included a gold medal awarded to James Iremonger for the England v Scotland match of 1901, which ended 2-2.

He won three England caps; versus Scotland and Germany in 1901 and Ireland in 1902.

After leaving Forest he joined Notts County as a coach.

Albert Iremonger's Notts County title medal was included in the sale.

He also played first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire but it was as a goalkeeper he was most revered.

He achieved a club record of 564 league appearances between 1904 and 1926.

Image caption Despite playing more than 300 matches for Nottinghamshire, James Iremonger (back row left) never played Test cricket for England
Image caption A gold watch presented to James Iremonger when Notts County won the League Two title in 1922/23 was also part of the auction

Iremonger Road off Meadow Lane, where Notts County play, is named after him.

Nigel Kirk, from auctioneers Mellors and Kirk, said these days many clubs "owe their success, or failure" to managers and owners.

"But it is the great names of the past, multi-talented sportsmen such as the Iremongers... who didn't earn a fortune but still enthralled the fans, on which the worldwide reputation of the leading English clubs has been built," he said.

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