Extremely rare base metal football medal won by Arsenal stalwart Alf Fields. He was presented with this medal as Arsenal Youth Coach for the Youth Football Tournament in Altrip Stadium, West Germany in 1968. The reverse of the medal is engraved "Europa-Festival der Fussball-Jugend 23.-26. 5. 1968. Stadion Altrip". This medal comes complete with its original presentation box. As part of the package a copy of a photograph of Alf Fields is included (see photos). This item was purchased recently at auction which included a number of medals won by Alf Fields.
Weight: 35.9 gm. Diameter: 49 mm.
Alf Fields: Alf was born on 15 November 1918 and died on 14 November 2011. Fields signed for Arsenal Football Club in 1936, turned professional in 1937 and made his debut in 1939. Between then and 1952 he made 19 appearances in the Football League. Arsenal won the First Division Championship in 1947 - 48 with Fields making 6 League appearances, restricted by a serious injury. At the start of that season Arsenal won 5 successive games with Fields at the centre of defence. However in the game against Bolton he collided with his own keeper and he damaged his knee. His season and effectively, his career, was over.
Alf then played for Arsenal Reserves for several years after WW2 (played over 200 games for the club at all levels). His playing career ended in 1952. He stayed with Arsenal until he retired in 1983, staying with them for an amazing 47 years in various roles including Coach, Youth Teams Trainer and Physiotherapist.
Summary: A very rare opportunity, particularly for Arsenal fans, to purchase a medal won by Alf Fields in his role of Youth Team Trainer in an International Tournament in Germany.