Artwork : ArchiveNo00119

International Cap 1901






Contributor Name Portsmouth Football Club
Contributor Image richard_owen_web.jpg

Location Fratton
Collection Date 03.04.08 3.40pm
Artefact Name International Cap
Artefact Description Good condition. Blue velvet with gold braid and wire.
‘1901-02’ embroidered on the peak.
Traditional school boy’s cap. Lined with taffeta.
Emblem on the front is the National Association of Football for Ireland. Includes a tassel on the top.
Artefact Date 1901
Artefact Stored Portsmouth City Museum (on loan to PFC for 110th club anniversary).
Artefact Form

Artefact Image 00119_-_cap.jpg
Sample Taken Yellow and blue thread from inside cap
Sample Image

History of Artefact If a footballer plays internationally they are presented with a cap. This was Matt Reilly’s cap (a PFC player) – it was given to him when he played as goalkeeper for Ireland in 1902. He was Portsmouth’s first international player, he was also the first player to be signed as a professional. PFC was formed in 1898. This was his second cap.
Historian Richard Owen / John Stedman
Previous Owners Matt Reilly and his descendants
Special Memories The Reilly’s were very pleasant and generous people. There’s a photograph of him on his wedding day (1900) on loan to PFC from the museum also, which is normally displayed with the cap - these are included in an exhibition to celebrate the club's 110th anniversary.
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