Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy
It is predated by the Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva, which was hosted in 1908 in Turin. Also seen as an international competition, but with the noted lack of an England team, Lipton in partnership with the Italian royal family, wanted to go one further and make a more complete tournament. Of course the actual World Cup features international teams from around the world, but the Lipton Cup, an invitational, only featured a few club sides from Europe.
Italy, Germany and Switzerland sent their most prestigious club sides to the competition, but The Football Association of England refused to be associated with it and declined the offer to send a team. Not wishing to have England unrepresented in the competition, Lipton invited West Auckland FC, an amateur side from County Durham and mostly made up of coal miners, to take part. Some verbal tradition in West Auckland was that the FA intended to send Woolwich Arsenal but West Auckland were invited instead as they shared the same initials.
West Auckland won the tournament and returned to Italy in 1911 to defend their title. In this second competition, West Auckland beat the then amateur team Juventus 6-1 in the final, and were awarded the trophy outright. The development of football on other continents: Asia, Africa and the Americas was not very advanced and Europe was where the major football was happening.
In January 1994 the original trophy, which was being held in West Auckland Working Men's Club, was stolen and to date[when?] has not been recovered. An exact replica of the original trophy was commissioned and is now held by West Auckland FC.
- Torino XI (Italy) (formed from players of mainly Juventus and FC Torino)
- Stuttgarter Sportfreunde (Germany)
- West Auckland FC (England)
- FC Winterthur (Switzerland)
|Torino XI||1-2||FC Winterthur|
|F. Berardo 13||Lang 25, 55 (pen)|
|Torino XI||2-1||Stuttgarter Sportfreunde|
|De Bernardi 35, Zuffi II 75||Kipp 15|
In popular cultureEdit
Moving Adverts of Dubai has worked with video maker Rob Kilburn on an account of the story, Our Cup of Tea.
- "Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva 1908". RSSSF.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/tees/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8173000/8173881.stm BBC news article on the Trophy
- "Results of the Thomas Lipton Trophy".
- "West Auckland Web - The First World Cup".
- The Miners' Triumph: The First English World Cup Win, Martin Connolly, ISBN 978-1718085824 Oakleaf Publishing (self-published) (2014)
- West Auckland Village Website page about the first World Cup
- West Auckland Town FC History page
- West Auckland: "World Cup" winner