Lot 1190: A Leeds City AFC letter signed by club secretary Herbert Chapman and d
November 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: A Leeds City AFC letter signed by club secretary Herbert Chapman and dated 18th January 1916, a rare and early First World War period typescript letter signed by Chapman, the letter concerning playing kit, additionally signed by the club chairman Herbert Chapman (1878-1934) had an undistinguished playing career but went on to become a toweringly influential manager in the first third of the 20th century before his sudden death in 1934. His first managerial successes were at Northampton Town between 1908 and 1912 whom he led to a Southern League Championship title. This attracted the attention of the bigger Football League clubs and he moved to Leeds City. After the end of the First World War the club was embroiled in an illegal payments scandal and eventually disbanded. Chapman successfully overturned a ban on appeal and went on to achieve major successes firstly at Huddersfield Town and latterly at Arsenal.