IT’S common that matchday programmes are kept as a memento, put away in a drawer and dug out years later, evoking some fond memories of celebrating a last-minute winner all those years ago.

But getting your hands on your team’s matchday programme from more than 90 years ago is quite an anomaly.

That is why a piece of Northwich footballing history can be found on the online auction site eBay listed for £69.99.

Originally sold for 1p, the 93-year-old programme from a Cheshire County League tie between Northwich Victoria and Altrincham has been kept in good condition.

The match, played on Saturday, November 5, 1927, turned out to be Vics’ first home win of the season and their first win since they last played Altrincham some three months previous, as they beat the away side 5-2.

Goals came from debutants Bolan, two, and Littler, as well as a brace for Dyson.

Despite his brace, the a match report in the Staffordshire Sentinel described Bolan’s performance as weak, while it said the quality of football between the two sides who both finished toward the bottom of the table that season, was ‘very mediocre’.

The report read: “Northwich delighted their supporters with their first home win of the season on Saturday. Incidentally it was recorded at the expense of Altrincham, whom they defeated on foreign soil as late back as September 3.

“They again made several changes in their team. Abbott, a Northern Nomad, deputised for Reid, indisposed, at left back; G. littler, of Skelmersdale, was tried at centre forward; and Bolan, who hails for the Wigan district, displaced Hope on the right wing.

“The football produced was very mediocre. Afterboth sides had missed good chances Bolan opened Northwich's account, but five minutes later Swindell's equalised. It was not until a minute from the interval that the home team recovered the lead.

“In the second half Northwich asserted their superiority and further goals were scored by Bolan and Dyson (two) while Winnington got through for the visitors. Of the new comers, Littler gave a convincing display, at centre forward. Although he found the net twice, Bolan was weak, and Abbott was unreliable at back.”