Original FA Cup heading to Everton FC for first time since 1906
THE FA Cup is coming back to Goodison Park – after an absence of more than a century.
Everton, who failed at the final hurdle to land the most iconic silverware in British football in May, have now landed the original trophy – last seen on Merseyside in 1906!
The FA Cup will be on display in the Marquee at Goodison Park from Thursday June 25 as a centrepiece to the Everton Collection's FA Cup exhibition – along with the current trophy, won by Chelsea at Wembley.
Everton shareholder Tony Tighe has helped secure the prestigious trophy for the four day exhibition.
The present FA Cup trophy is actually the fourth piece of silverware commissioned by the FA.
The first, the 'little tin idol', was stolen from a Birmingham shoe shop window in 1895 and was never seen again.
The FA fined Aston Villa, the holders, £25 to pay for a replacement.
The second trophy was a replica of the first, and was last used in 1910 before being presented to the FA's long-serving president Lord Kinnaird.
It was sold at Christie's four years ago for £420,000 (£478,400 including auction fees and taxes) to David Gold, the chairman of Birmingham City.
Gold has since loaned this trophy to the National Football Museum in Preston North End's Deepdale Stadium
A new, larger, trophy was bought by the FA in 1911 designed and manufactured by Fattorini's of Bradford and won by Bradford City in its first outing, the only time a team from Bradford has reached the final. This trophy still exists but is now too fragile to be used, so an exact replica was made by Toye, Kenning and Spencer and has been in use since the 1992 final.
Everton's FA Cup exhibition kicks off on Thursday 25 June from 9.30am, as a precursor to the opening of the club's newly refurbished store “Everton One” for the first time.
The store opens at 9am on Saturday 27 June, when Blues fans will be able to buy the new home kit for the first time.
The exhibition in the Marquee will be the first time that any Premier League Football Club has been able to show so much memorabilia surrounding the world's premier football cup competition.
Artefacts on display will include the ball from the 1933 Cup Final, Duncan Ferguson's tartan inlay football boots from the 1995 final and, of course, the oldest and the latest FA Cups.
Turkish club Besiktas, meanwhile, claim to have made contact with Everton over striker Louis Saha.
“We have contact with Saha,” Besiktas' general secretary Kenan Oner told the Turkish press.
“We’ve taken steps forward on this issue. There’s been good developments.”
Only last week, however, Saha said: “I have not been contacted by any team. I want to repay David Moyes for taking a chance on me.” THE ECHO