Toon memorabilia under the hammer

Newcastle United memorabilia belonging to a family with Seahouses connections.
Newcastle United memorabilia belonging to a family with Seahouses connections.
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A Seahouses family’s links with one of the greatest periods in Newcastle United’s history came under the spotlight this week.

Footballing memorabilia belonging to the Mackenzie family went under the hammer at auction in Newcastle.

Included in the sale at Anderson & Garland were a 9ct gold medal from Newcastle’s 1924 final triumph presented to club director Robert William Mackenzie.

Also included were a 9ct gold medal from Newcastle’s victory in the 1911 Northumberland Hospital Cup, also awarded to Mr Mackenzie, and United team pictures from 1912-13, 1921-22, 1925-26 and 1954-55.

Mr Mackenzie was born in Seahouses and ran the family decorating business. He was a United director for 25 seasons from 1905 and also served on Seahouses lifeboat.

His son, Roderick Rose Mackenzie, served as a Newcastle United director for 23 seasons from 1953 and spent all of his life in Seahouses.

Also born in Seahouses, Roderick’s nephew, Ronald Mackenzie, who lived in Stannington, was a director from 1977 to 1989 when he sold his interest in the club to John Hall.

The collection was auctioned on behalf of Mr McKenzie’s great-grandson, who is also called Robert Mackenzie.

“Roderick Rose Mackenzie and my father were directors and we were involved until John Hall bought the club,” said Mr Mackenzie.

“I’m an ardent fan and I never miss a game on the TV or the radio, but my son is an Arsenal supporter and has no interest, so I decided to sell the collection.

“They needed to go to someone who will cherish them.”