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William Westwood: Cup Mystery, Part Four!

Westwood pictured back row second from right

23 May 2018

Thanks to those who responded for information regarding the game between Aston Villa and Bristol Rovers played back in April 1910.

Eliot Jackson sent in this extract from a newspaper report of the match:

'Played for the benefit of the home club, there was an attendance of about 8,000.

'The Rovers, to the delight of their supporters, were above form and the Villa below.

'The crowd cheered wildly when Corbett scored in the first half and again after the interval.

'Towards the close, the Villa were awarded a penalty and Wallace scored.

The game was very fast and exciting.'

"Well," says Eliot, "that's it and it doesn't say precisely why the game was played other than to benefit the home club."

In a tweet from @billmilburn2 we are told that; 'The match was reported in the next day's edition of the WDP.

'Rovers were going through a bad financial situation and the Villa sent a team to play Rovers.

'Each player was awarded a silver cup on a wooden plinth from Villa.

'Eleven cups by Kemps of Union Street, Bristol.

'Hallmark, London.'

Thanks to all who have taken an interest in this article; it would be interesting to know if any of the other 11 cups have survived the intervening 108 years, though, so if anyone out knows the whereabouts of any of the other ten, please get in touch!

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