A tale from a Captain

It seems like everyone is talking about the Women’s World Cup Football Final today, but it isn’t the first world cup.

Ask a football fan when the first world cup was held and they will probably tell you it was in Uruguay in 1930.

But if you go back to 1909, you’ll find teams competing for the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy the real first world cup.

The winners were a plucky team from a town called West Auckland in County Durham, England. They returned two years later in 1911 to win once again and gave them the right to keep the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy. Sadly, the trophy was stolen in January 1994 from West Auckland Working Men’s Club where it had been on display.

In 1982, a TV programme telling the story of the journey the club took to win was made. There’s a video of that programme below.


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