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Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy

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). Also as the World Cup features international teams from around the world, and this competition features club sides from only Europe, it is a misnomer. It would be more accurate to say that it was a precursor to the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

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 England 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 the then amateur team 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 1
    • Participants 1.1
    • Results 1.2
  • 1911 tournament 2
    • Participants 2.1
    • Results 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

1909 tournament



April 11, 1909
Stuttgarter Sportfreunde 0-2 West Auckland
Whittington 10, Dickenson 88 (pen)
April 11, 1909
Torino XI 1-2 FC Winterthur
F. Berardo 13 Lang 25, 55 (pen)
Third Place Match
April 12, 1909
Torino XI 2-1 Stuttgarter Sportfreunde
De Bernardi 35, Zuffi II 75 Kipp 15
April 12, 1909
West Auckland 2-0 FC Winterthur
R. Jones 6 (pen), J. Jones 8

1911 tournament



Unknown date
Juventus beat Torino
Third Place Match
Unknown date
Torino 2-1 Zürich

See also


  1. ^ "Torneo Internazionale Stampa Sportiva 1908". RSSSF. 
  • Results of the Thomas Lipton Trophy

External links

  • West Auckland Village Website which includes the famous tale of the World Cup
  • West Auckland: "World Cup" winner
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