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Go West!

West Auckland is a former mining community in County Durham famous for having possibly the biggest village green in England, and also as the home of the original football world cup.
In 1909, a team of working class men, mainly miners, from the area, lifted the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy in Italy, defeating Swiss opposition Winterthur in the final, having already beaten Stuttgart in the semi. They returned heroes, and repeated the remarkable feat two years later in 1911, this time defeating Juventus 6-1. The original players overcame many hardships – selling furniture to fund the trip and sleeping rough in train stations during the tournament, many unsure whether they would have a job to return to.
Of course they were only there by mistake another WAFC (Woolwich Arsenal FC) should have received the invite.
Now the club are back in Turin to play Juventus again 100 years later, there won’t be any miners in the team this time, just local amateurs who normally play in front of 150 fans in a stadium with a capacity of 70,000.

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Neil Horner14-Aug-2009 19:30
Who'd av thunk it ! great story.....
laine04-Aug-2009 12:39
A great story, John...hope they win & get to have a nice cup of Lipton's following the game ;)
Jackdad02-Aug-2009 15:44
That match sounds like it'll be a great occasion. Interesting shot of that massive green.
Máire Uí Mhaicín01-Aug-2009 22:13
A fine anchoring image for this great story.
Sheena Woodhead01-Aug-2009 21:28
Very topical. I heard the story on the TV earlier this week.
Kevin Chester01-Aug-2009 19:35
Who the hells Juventus
Colin Storey01-Aug-2009 18:24
Fantastic story and great iamge.
J. Scott Coile01-Aug-2009 17:05
What a story! Oh the glory and sacrifice.
Patricia Kay01-Aug-2009 15:26
Great shot and an interesting history Johnny.....BV
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