A football fan with a collection of 5,000 Sheffield Wednesday programmes attended a fair in Sheffield hoping to find one of just a handful of match day souvenirs he is missing from his ever expanding collection.
Andrew Senior, aged 31, from Hillsborough, has virtually every single programme ever printed since 1960.
He was one of scores of collectors who attended a fair at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn on Saturday hoping to find a gem to help him complete his collection.
“I have been coming to these fairs for about 10 years now because I have about 5,000 programmes in my collection but have a small number I am missing, which are proving very difficult to find,” he said.
“I started being interested in programmes when I was a kid and my dad and granddad would buy me programmes at games.
“My granddad also gave me a ton he had collected himself over the years and it spiralled from there - they are to blame!
“I enjoy looking around these fairs because you never know what you are going to come across, but finding the missing programmes is becoming more and more of a headache.”
He said despite being a valuable collection he hopes one day to pass it on to children or to donate it to Sheffield Wednesday ‘to help preserve the history of the club’.
Among the programmes on sale at the fair was one for £240 from the 1935 Cup Final between Sheffield Wednesday and West Brom - the last time Wednesday won the FA Cup.
A Sheffield United programme for a game against Bradford Park Avenue was also on sale for £100, along with memorabilia from Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley FC.
Chris Williams, of Sportingold Ltd - the largest UK auction company for sporting memorabilia - revealed the most expensive programme he has ever auctioned off was from the 1904 Cup Final between Man City and Bolton, which sold for £27,000.
But a bound collection of Tottenham Hotspur programmes sold for £158,000 after he travelled to Jerusalem to meet a woman who had inherited them from her stepfather and wanted advice on their value before deciding whether to bin them.
“These fairs are ideal for people interested in starting collecting or for those who have programmes they would like valued. There are always specialists on hand to talk to for advice,” he said.
Mick Brodie, who specialises in selling Sheffield Wednesday programmes, has a collection of around 50,000 to sell.
“You always get a good turn out at fairs like this but they are not as busy as they were in years gone past because for some reason we are not getting the younger new collectors coming through to replace the older ones who have been doing it for years,” he said.
“I do starter packs for kids in the hope that they receive them as presents and get excited about them and get the bug.
“It is like collecting a piece of your club’s history and those who collect programmes get a lot of enjoyment from looking through them and searching for the ones they haven’t yet been able to track down.”