A FORMER Aston Villa player’s medals, found lying in the rubble of a demolished Sheldon bank, have fetched £6800 at auction.
The medals belonging to Alex Leake, who captained the club from 1902-1907, went under the hammer in Manchester this month.
Originally kept in a vault at the old Barclays Bank in Coventry Road, staff forgot to remove them before the building was bulldozed. They were thought lost, but were found, years later, by children playing in the rubble - who tried to barter them for ice creams.
The set was bought by collector Neville Evans, who has said he would like to put them on public display.