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The statue is made up of two one-and-a-quarter scale bronze figures, one a footballer and one a coal miner, set on a round plinth made with stone from the local quarry, Dunhouse. It is designed to mean different things when viewed in different places. Both figures, one standing, his leg raised to boot the ball, the other lying prone at his feet, share the same face, modelled on the man in the front of the 1909 team photo (thought be the captain, David Ticer Thomas of West Auckland). The horizontal figure is modelled to look both like a miner, chipping away at the coal seam, and a goalkeeper diving for the ball. Both would have worn flat caps and shorts. The standing figure’s raised foot connecting with the ball is at the same height as the roof of the coal seam in the West Auckland Colliery pit.
The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy
H 250 x W (?) x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 400 x W (?) x D (?) cm
acquired through the Friends of West Auckland, Arts Council, West Auckland Parish Council & private sector companies
Durham County Council
Durham County Council
12th October 2013
at all times
around the circular stone plinth are two plaques at opposite sides with two carved inscriptions in between, also on opposite sides: The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy - The Original World Cup / unveiled by Sir John Hall, David 'Ticer' Thomas and Tim Healy on 12th October / 2013 / Final Played in Turin on 12th April 1909 / West Auckland 2-0 Winterhour (Switzerland) / West Auckland Team: / Jimmy Dickinson, Rob Gill, Jack Greenwell, Bob Jones, Tom Gill, Charlie "Dirty" Hogg. / Ben Whittingham, Douglas Crawford, Bob Guthrie, Alf "Tot" Gubbins, Jack Jones. / David "Ticer" Thomas, Tucker Gill / M S C (Sidney) Barron - Secretary; on the opposite plaque: The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy - The Original World Cup / unveiled by Sir John Hall, David 'Ticer' Thomas and Tim Healy on 12th October / 2013 / Final Played in Turin on 17th April 1911 / Juventos (Italy) 1-6 West Auckland / West Auckland Team: / J Robinson, Tom Wilson, Charlie Cassidy, Andy "Chips" Appleby, Michael Alderson, / Bob "Drol" Moore, Fred Dunn, Joe Rewcastle, Bob Jones, Bob Guthrie, / Charlie "Dirty" Hogg, T Riley, John Warick; carved into plinth on opposite sides: SIR THOMAS LIPTON TROPHY 1909 AND 1911 / WEST AUCKLAND FC FIRST WORLD CUP WINNERS