In recognition of the 50th anniversary of 1966, a milestone in English Football when England won the FIFA World Cup, Thomas Lyte have re-built the retired Charity Shield.
The fourth edition of the Charity Shield, a unique object in its own right, has been handcrafted by an expert team of silversmiths in London to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund through an auction in October. The central roundel band with 'The Football Association Charity Shield' text, which is hand raised, forms the focus of the rebuild. This piece which was removed due to the re-naming of the shield, has been restored for many years and was played for between 1999 to 2001.
The new trophy is hand spun from 4.2kg Sterling 925 Silver. Standing an impressive 58cm squared, the trophy underwent the painstaking process of casting, hand chasing, hand engraving and polishing, with over 130 craft hours used to make this stunning piece. It is a perfect replica of the 1908 trophy which remains in The FA’s possession at Wembley.
This incredible piece of craftsmanship is not only an iconic symbol of sportsmanship and the game of football, but the purpose of creation lies in fundraising for the Bobby Moore Fund. The fourth edition of the Charity Shield will be sold with all of the money raised going to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, in doing so, replicating the original inspiration of the Charity Shield in 1908, which sought to give something back.
Over the past few months the Shield has been on a journey across the UK, appearing at some of sports most inconic events, such as The Community Shield Final. On the final leg of its journey, it is being housed at the National Football Museum in Manchester for all sports fans to enjoy until the day of the auction on 10th October.
For more information about the auction, please email BMFauction@cancer.org.uk