Football legend’s medal goes under the hammer

Manchester City's Eric Brooks (second right from bottom) with some of the 1934 Cup finalist team-mates.

Manchester City's Eric Brooks (second right from bottom) with some of the 1934 Cup finalist team-mates.

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AN FA Cup winners medal won by Mexborough-born England, Manchester City and ex-Barnsley star Eric Brook, has sold for more than £9,000 at auction.

The 15 carat gold 1934 medal was sold to a private collector based in the south for £9,120 at an auction held by Bonhams in Chester.

Brook, who was born in Mexborough on November 27, 1907, played non league football for Mexborough FC, Dearne Valley Old Boys and Wath Athletic before joining Barnsley in 1925.

He scored 18 goals in 78 appearances for Barnsley before he was sold along with team-mate Fred Tilson to Manchester City for a combined fee of £6,000.

He went on to become Manchester City’s greatest goal-scorer, netting 178 goals in 494 matches in the late 1920s and 1930s.

Eric also played 18 times for England, scoring 10 goals.

When he quit football, he became a coach driver, publican and crane operator.

He was 57 when he died in Manchester in March 1965.