Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy

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The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy was an association football competition that took place twice, in Turin, Italy, in 1909 and 1911. It is sometimes referred to as The First World Cup. However it is predated by the Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva, which was hosted in 1908 also in Turin, as the first international competition[1] and football tournaments at the Olympic Games, since 1900 (officially).

Italy, Germany and Switzerland sent their most prestigious professional 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 Britain 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. West Auckland won the tournament and returned to Italy in 1911 to defend their title. In this second competition, West Auckland beat Juventus 6-1 in the final, and were awarded the trophy outright. In January 1994 the trophy, which was being held in West Auckland Workingmen's Club, was stolen and never recovered. An exact replica of the original trophy was commissioned and is now held by West Auckland FC.

Tyne Tees Television produced a TV dramatisation of the story in 1982, The World Cup: A Captain's Tale

1909 tournament[edit]

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Semi-finals
April 11, 1909
Stuttgarter Sportfreunde Germany 0-2 England West Auckland
Whittington 10, Dickenson 88 (pen)

April 11, 1909
Torino XI Italy 1-2 Switzerland FC Winterthur
F. Berardo 13 Lang 25, 55 (pen)

Third Place Match
April 12, 1909
Torino XI Italy 2-1 Germany Stuttgarter Sportfreunde
De Bernardi 35, Zuffi II 75 Kipp 15

Final
April 12, 1909
West Auckland England 2-0 Switzerland FC Winterthur
R. Jones 6 (pen), J. Jones 8

1911 tournament[edit]

Participants[edit]

Results[edit]

Semi-finals
Unknown date
Zürich Switzerland 0-2 England West Auckland

Unknown date
Juventus Italy beat Italy Torino

Third Place Match
Unknown date
Torino Italy 2-1 Switzerland Zürich

Final
April 17, 1911
Juventus Italy 1-6 England West Auckland FC

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