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The Loving Cup....

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The Loving Cup was commissioned by the then Stoke City chairman, Sir Francis Joseph, to commemorate the coronation of King George VI. Of the 30 cast, 22 were given to English League clubs that finished the 1936/37 season( of which Sheffield Wednesday were one, think we got relegated that season), 2 were given to the clubs who gained promotion that year, one to the SFA on the occasion of the Britain v Rest of Europe match at Hampden Park, the English FA, the English Football League,the King himself and Glasgow Rangers.

 

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Rangers were gifted Stoke's cup after travelling to Stokes City’s stadium which was then the Victoria Ground. 30,000 fans saw a the teams play out a 0-0 draw. The match was to raise funds for the dependants of the victims of the tragic Holditch Colliery disaster, near Stoke. 30 miners were killed and 8 were injured due to a fire and subsequent explosions on the 2nd July, 1937. After the match had finished, as a token of appreciation, Stoke City chairman Sir Francis Joseph gave Rangers their Loving Cup. He had 1 request being that it should be used to toast the health of the reigning monarch prior to the clubs first home match of every New Year.

 

It is thought that there are only 5 Loving Cups’ left in circulation. Chelsea’s cup is in their museum, Stoke City got a replacement for the one they gifted to Rangers and Grimsby Town, Everton and Rangers still have theirs. Out of the 5 clubs, Rangers, Stoke City, Everton & Grimsby Town still to this day, toast the health of the reigning Monarch before the first home game of the new season.

 

What happened to Sheffield Wednesdays "Loving Cup" ? does anyone have anything about ours ?

 

Edited by steveger

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i believe it was tradition for the players to drink from it on the return for pre season training unfortunately in 2004 ola tidman dropped it and it is no more …... 

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