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Andys Collection


Name : Andy
Forum Nickname : Andy1966
Age : ???
Started Collecting : ???

About Me

What do you do for a living?

I work for an IT Consultancy based in Chester specialising in IBM Technology Consultancy.

Which club do you support and why?

I support Everton. My dad is an Evertonian, his father was ....etc. Born a Blue.

What do you collect?

I collect Everton Home and Away programmes, largely from Post War, although I have quite a few pre-war programmes. I also collect Everton related books, brochures and teamsheets.

How did you get into programme collecting?

My Grandad was a season ticket holder in the Lower Bullens. He saved me his programmes and gave them to me when I visited.

Your Collection

What was your first football programme?

Everton v Leicester City, August 1973. This was the first Everton match I attended, I was 7 years old.

What was the last programme you bought?

Burnley v Everton 1947-48

How big is your collection?

My collection currently stands at: Everton Homes - 1845, Everton Aways (including neutral) 2081. I have over 200 Everton books.

How do you store your collection?

Most of my programmes are in binders from the club or ones bought from the internet.

Whats the oldest programme you own?

I have a Everton home programme for the game played against Blackburn Rovers on the 5th November 1904.

What is the rarest item in your collection?

I have quite a few Rare programmes, probably my rarest is the Valerengens away match programme in the Fairs Cup in 64-65

Which programme from your club is the rarest and most expensive to obtain?

I'd have to say the above programme. Of the ones I need, some of the postponed games are very difficult to obtain.

What is...?

What is your worst buy?

Not sure really, some of the more recent pre-season games, which I have missed going to have led me to pay over the odds just to get hold of a copy.

What is your best buy?

I managed to get a copy of the Everton v Newcastle 1968-69 postponed game for less than £20.

What is the most you have paid for a programme and which one?

I paid a lot of money for the Valerengens v Everton programme. I have only seen this once, so I had to get it. I would rather not say what it cost me, my wife might read this!

What is the most you have received for a programme and which one?

I had a spare copy of the Everton v Birmingham City (FAC) 1938-39. I got £89 for it. I think thats a fair price for a programme from that age, especially in one of our Championship seasons.

What is your most prized programme?

There are two, Valerengens away and the 1933 FA Cup Final against Manchester City.

Whats your biggest regret in collecting?

My dad tells me that his Mum, my Nana, threw away all of his 1940's home programmes!

The Hobby

In you opinion, is the programme collectors communtiy shrinking or growing?

Definitely growing! eBay and these type of sites mean that there is more information about other collectors.

What do you enjoy most about the hobby?

The thought of having a complete record of our history at some time in the future.

Where do you buy most of your programmes from?

Most of mine have come through eBay recently. I also subscribe to Sportingold, Programme Promotions and Sports Programmes. Some of the programmes are expensive with these sellers but sometimes I find a reasonably priced one I need.

The Future

If money was no object, which programme would you most like to add to your collection?

Manchester United v Everton 1954-55, Friendly game which was postponed.

Would you ever sell your collection?

I don't see any time that I would want to get rid of my collection, unless money became very tight or space at home became an issue!

How do you wish to develop your collection over the coming years?

I have already started developing my pre-war collection. I guess money will restrict just how far I go here.