for the cups
THE Canaries can thank Preston
North End for the magnificent trophy they will received
at City Hall.
|The Football League championship
trophy, made in 1890, will soon be added to Citys
collection of silverware at Carrow Road.
But its not down to
the fact that the Lilywhites went down 3-2 in the final
Nationwide League Division One match of the season at
Carrow Road nine days ago, a result that just about
wrapped up the title for Nigel Worthingtons side.
The reasons are rooted deep in history all the
way back to 1890.
It was then that Preston won the Football League title
for the second successive year, having won the inaugural
championship the season before.
In fact, 1888/89 had seen North End complete the League
and FA Cup double. They won the championship without
losing a match and won the cup without conceding a goal.
But The Invincibles had to lobby the Football
League to get a trophy made after their second championship
Prestons manager and benefactor, William Sudell,
described as an astute businessman and a flexible
tactician, had developed a taste for silverware
after his teams FA Cup triumph the year before,
and he was less than impressed at the Leagues
offer of a flag to fly to mark their second title win.
So it was proposed and agreed at the League annual meeting
in 1890 that a trophy should be made at a cost
of no more than 50 guineas.
Ironically, Preston have never won the trophy since.
The trophy was designed and manufactured by Vaughtons
Known sometimes as The Lady because the
lid bears the figure of a woman, the 114-year-old trophy
has been presented to some of English footballs
legendary teams. They include the great Huddersfield
triple title winners of the 1920s and the Arsenal teams
that won five titles in eight seasons in the 1930s.
Manchester Uniteds Busby Babes carried off the
trophy in 1956 and 1957 before the Munich air tragedy,
and Liverpool collected the trophy 10 times in 18 seasons
between 1972/73 and 1989/90.
Since the creation of the Premier League in 1992/93,
the trophy has been presented to the winners of Football
League Division One.
It will certainly be the most glamorous silverware ever
presented to the Canaries.
They won the Football League Cup in 1962, the Division
Two championship trophy in 1972, the Milk Cup in 1985
and the Canon League Division Two trophy in 1986.
The Milk Cup replica remains in the trophy cabinet at
Carrow Road, along with other notable pieces of silverware
in the clubs history.
These include the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy, presented
annually to the Player of the Season; the Hospital Cup,
played for in past years by the Canaries and Ipswich;
the Northern Ireland Milk Cup, won in the past by Citys
youth team; the Bobby Moore Fair Play trophy won by
City in 1992/93; and the Friendship Trophy contested
by City and Sunderland each time they meet.
The most valuable of all, however, is reputedly the
Lowestoft Fishermens Widows and Orphans
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