A rare winner's medal from the inaugural Anglo-Italian Cup is going under the hammer next week. 

The small piece of Swindon Town Football Club's history from the 1970s is being auctioned by Dominic Winter auctioneers on Wednesday, June 15. 

The auction website listing the medal estimates that it will fetch somewhere between £1,500 and £2,000 with the club's memorabilia collectors expected to jump at the chance to get such a rare item. 

The description of the medal on the webpage says: "Very rare Swindon Town winner's medal from the inaugural Anglo-Italian Cup competition of 1970.

"The Anglo-Italian Cup was a European competition between English and Italian clubs, and came about when the winners of the Football League Cup from 1967 received a place in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, but UEFA rules excluded Third Division winners of the League Cup - Swindon Town in 1969.

"As a way of compensating League Cup winners Swindon's exclusion from the Fairs Cup, the Anglo-Italian Cup was inaugurated the following year, with six English and six Italian clubs in the competition, with the teams with the highest points from each country contesting the final, which was played on 28 May 1970 in Naples between Napoli and Swindon."

It is in great condition, with some wearing on the back, and comes in its original fitted box, which is stamped 'Faraone, Milano'.

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To make it to the final Swindon had to play four matches - two against Juventus, winning both, and two against Napoli with the sides trading wins. 

Swindon then took on Napoli in the final as the best performing English and Italian teams and were declared winners after going 3-0 up, before crowd violence and pitch invasions saw the match abandoned after 79 minutes. 

Among the players who took part in the match were Swindon icons Don Rogers and John Trollope, alongside Roy Jones, Rod Thomas, Joseph Butler, Frank Burrows, Captain Stanley Harland, Roger Smart, Arthur Horsefield, John Smith and Peter Noble. 

Only these players and one substitute, which aren't listed, will have received one of the 12 18-ct gold 38mm winner's medals, but it is not known who the one up for auction may have belonged to.

With designs for a museum in the club's future stadium plans, some have called for Swindon Town itself to purchase the medal. 

Potential bidders can view the medal, which is lot 246, from Monday & Tuesday June 13/14 9.30am-5.30pm and on the morning of sale from 9am. 

The auction starts at 10am.