When Ireland beat the Nazis: Rare swastika-emblazoned programme from 1936 football match against Germany goes under the hammer

  • Programme among hundreds of unusual lots at Dublin auction in March
  • International fixture was staged at Dalymount Park on October 17, 1936
  • Some 28,000 fans filled stadium in Dublin to watch Ireland win game 5-2
  • German footballers gave Nazi salutes as they listened to national anthem

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A football programme emblazoned with a swastika from a match between Nazi Germany and the Irish Free State is going under the hammer.

The 77-year-old programme is expected to fetch up to €500 when it goes on sale in Dublin next year.

Some 28,000 football fans packed Dalymount Park to watch Ireland win the match on October 17, 1936. 

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Unusual: The Ireland v Germany programme - which is expected to fetch up to ¿500 - is among the hundreds of unusual lots at a history, literature and collectibles sale hosted by Whytes in Dublin in March

Unusual: The Ireland v Germany programme - which is expected to fetch up to ¿500 - is among the hundreds of unusual lots at a history, literature and collectibles sale hosted by Whytes in Dublin in March

On camera; Video footage of the game on the British Pathé website shows the German football team standing in line on pitch, doing Nazi salutes as they listen to their national anthem

On camera; Video footage of the game on the British Pathé website shows the German football team standing in line on pitch, doing Nazi salutes as they listen to their national anthem

Footage from the event shows the German side giving Nazi salutes as they listen to their national anthem.

According to local reports at the time, the German team toured the city the day before the match, and were warmly welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alfred Byrne.

 

The Lord Mayor described the historic meeting as one which 'brought widely separated countries together,' and 'one of the greatest factors in ensuring peace among nations,' according to the Irish Times.

The hotly anticipated match was a tense spectacle, with the teams level at half time.

The Irish side scored three goals in the second half, to the delight of local press whose headlines the following day celebrated: 'Stern display brings victory'.

It was the second time that year the German national time, made up predominantly of amateur footballers, were left red-faced.

The 1936 Berlin Olympics saw the squad knocked out during the semi-finals after a 2-0 loss to Norway.

Enlarge   5-2 victory: The international fixture was staged at Dalymount Park in Dublin on October 17, 1936 - with the 'Football Association of the Irish Free State' defeating Germany

5-2 victory: The international fixture was staged at Dalymount Park in Dublin on October 17, 1936 - with the 'Football Association of the Irish Free State' defeating Germany

The match was the second time that year the German team (pictured) were left red-faced on the football field after losing out to Norway in the Olympics

The match was the second time that year the German team (pictured) were left red-faced on the football field after losing out to Norway in the Olympics

Italy went on to win the gold, while Great Britain were knocked out by Poland. Bertie Fulton became the first Northern Ireland footballer to play at the Olympics that year.

Ian Whyte of Whytes auctioneers said the lot, of which the programme is part, would be of interest to sports fans who collect programmes, as well as those with an interest in European history.

‘It's quite chilling to see,’ he said of the swastika. ‘In the past a similar programme fetched up to £800.’

'It's quite chilling to see (the swastika). In the past a similar programme fetched up to £800'

Ian Whyte, Whytes auctioneers

Key tags from the H Blocks in the Maze prison and Celtic wood carvings made by republican inmates held at Portlaoise and Long Kesh are also in the historic sale.

The set of ten key tags were found by contractors called in to demolish the notorious Maze, which closed in 2000.

‘This is the second time we've offered these,’ he said. ‘We sold them in 2010 to a man, but he has since died and his son is selling them on,' added Mr Whyte.

They are expected to fetch €300 to €500 (£250 to £420).

Historic military uniforms, decommissioned weapons, documents and a pair of duelling pistols will also be auctioned.

Another highlight is a framed 1960 US election poster for John F Kennedy, which is expected to fetch between €400 and €600 (£330 to £500).

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It's a shame they didn't put their soldiers into the fight against the Na'zis, but I guess we can all work out who they were supporting.

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watch out for the OFFENDED/OUTRAGED brigade

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The start of a long friendship united against the British more like.

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What about the thousands of Irish men who fought and died in war serving in the British army, bet none of your relatives did.

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"Emblazoned with a swastika"? You make it sound like it's celebrating Nazism or something, when in reality it's just carrying the flag of one team (Germany) alongside that of the other (the Republic of Ireland). Kind of like any other football programme for any other international match...

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The Neutral Irish Republic, some of us in Britain have long memories.

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They also assisted the Nazis in WW2!!

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Eire was always closer to Germany than Britain in the run up to and during the Second World War.

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"........German footballers did Nazi salutes as they listened to national anthem....." >>> Well, they would do, wouldn't they ... it WAS the National salute , after all !

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Eamon de Valera, Ireland's president in 1945, sent Germany a message of condolence after Hitler committed suicide. Whom he preferred to Churchill. Like the Swedes, he assumed that if the Nazis had won they would have left his country alone. As if.

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