LONDON: The winning captain in today’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium will be presented with a brand new trophy, the Football Association revealed yesterday.
A new version of the famous trophy, awarded to the winners of the world’s oldest knockout competition, has been made by silversmiths Thomas Lyte of London.
The trophy has been replaced only twice before, in 1911 and 1992. The new model is an exact replica of the 1911 version.
“This is an historic moment in the proud 143-year history of the FA Cup,” said FA general secretary Alex Horne in a press release.
“The current trophy is fragile and is too delicate to continue to repair, so must be retired for these reasons.
“However, it will remain cherished and will forever be an integral part of the FA Cup’s rich history, having been lifted by the likes of Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard and Tony Adams.”
The 1992 trophy is due to remain in the FA’s possession at Wembley. Meawnhile, Australian defender Curtis Good said yesterday he was close to full fitness after a hip injury and aiming to play in the World Cup warm-up match against South Africa this month. Good, 21, made his international debut in the friendly against Ecuador in London in March before limping off in the 68th minute of the 4-3 defeat with a hip flexor strain. AGENCIES