OLD CAP: Lismore?s Steve Bartlett proudly displays his grandfather?s rugby cap he won playing for Wyrallah in 1910.
OLD CAP: Lismore?s Steve Bartlett proudly displays his grandfather?s rugby cap he won playing for Wyrallah in 1910.

Is this our oldest sporting memorabilia?

By STEVE SPINKS

IS this cap the oldest piece of sporting memorabilia on the Northern Rivers?

Lismore's Steve Bartlett is not sure.

The rugby cap that his grandfather was presented with when he was a young man dates back to 1910.

"My grandfather Phil Edwards was part of the three-time premiership winning Wyrallah team," Bartlett said.

"The team won in 1909, 1910 and 1911."

According to Bartlett, the cap was in mint condition until only recently, when a band of silverfish attacked it.

Bartlett also has a winners medallion dating back to 1909 and the photograph below.

"My grandfather was a farmer and I've heard he was also a pretty decent cricketer," he said.

"Apparently, he was a good spin bowler and he almost made a NSW rep team, but he hurt his shoulder."

Edwards obviously passed his football and cricketing talents on to his grandchildren.

Bartlett went on to become a handy rugby league player, good enough to represent the Open NSW Country team as a hooker.

Bartlett's cousin, Phillip Devlin, represented Queensland baseball, showing off plenty of his grandfather's hand-eye co-ordination.

Do you know any of the players not named in the photos below? Do you have any sporting memorabilia that pre-dates 1910?

If you do, contact The Northern Star sports desk on 6620 0549.



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