Leeds rugby league legend medals auction

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A haul of winner’s medals from a legendary sportsman who is thought to have been rugby league’s first £1,000 player are set to go under the hammer.

The golden achievements of Harold Buck, who was part of the famous ‘Busy Bs’ Leeds backline which terrorised unwary defences in the 1920s, are expected to raise £1,500 to £2,000 at auction.

Adam Partridge Auctioneers, in Macclesfield, will sell off Buck’s 15 carat gold winner’s medal from the 1922/23 Challenge Cup final, in which Leeds beat Hull 28-3, along with three other pieces on October 11.

The player moved from Leeds to Hunslet in a £1,000 transfer in November 1921, although some dispute whether another Hunslet player was involved in the move.

Auctioneer Adam Partridge said: “It’s a privilege to be asked to conduct the sale of such an important piece of rugby league history.

“Harold Buck is a significant figure in the history of Leeds RLFC.”

Buck made a total of 99 appearances for Leeds, scoring 72 tries and 15 conversions, totalling 246 points.

He also ran The Coburg pub at 17 Woodhouse Lane with his wife during his playing days and an advertising card held by the auctioneers shows the player outside the venue with the Challenge Cup dated May 1923.

The achievements of Buck’s illustrious career, which also include medals from the Leeds Hospital Cup, United Service Sports Championship and LAFL dating from 1911 to 1917, are being sold by his family.

Leeds Rugby chief executive Gary Hetherington said: “Harold Buck was part of the first great team in our club’s history and was a key part of the famous Busy Bs backline at Leeds in the early 1920s along with Bowen, Binks and Brittain. A collection like this is always keenly sought after in rugby league especially as one of the first stars of the code.”

Buck was never called up to the Great Britain side. He came closest to international recognition in a replacement appearance at Headingley. Visit www.adampartridge.co.uk for details.