When the FA Cup Came Home

As this year’s FA Cup competition nears its completion, fans of Bradford City Football Club will know that a special milestone is reached. This weekend will be the 110th anniversary of City winning the cup, overcoming Newcastle United 1-0 at Old Trafford, Manchester, following a 0-0 drawn final at Crystal Palace.

The ‘Coming Home’ bit refers to the trophy itself, which was designed and made by Antonio Fattorini of Bradford. It’s also the tenth anniversary of a special exhibition held at Bradford Industrial Museum in 2011, to celebrate the centenary of this historic victory. It was a huge project, involving a large number of museum staff, volunteers, representatives of the club itself and football fans near and far.

Six Winning Medals

Many of the players’ family members attended the exhibition, which was filled with photographs and memorabilia. Perhaps the highlight was the bringing together and displaying of no fewer than six of the players’ winning medals.

A tragic and poignant footnote to this story is that several Bradford City players from this era lost their lives in the First World War which began just three years after the cup final victory. Captain and winning goalscorer, Jimmy Speirs, for example, was killed during the notorious battle of Passchendaele on 10th August, 1917. He is buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, near Ypres in Belgium.