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FA Cup trophy travels to Alvechurch Football Club

Players from Alvechurch Football Club held the FA Cup trophy. Credit: FA

The oldest trophy in English football has travelled to Alvechurch Football Club.

The FA Cup trophy was at the club ahead of its match against Hanley Town in the preliminary round of the competition on 19 August.

The club has a unique place in the competition’s historic books, winning the longest ever FA Cup fixture – an 11 hour, 6 match marathon tie in the 4th qualifying round against Oxford City, 46 years ago.

The tie was included in the Guinness Book of Records.

Derrick Davis (pictured) was part of a record breaking squad in the early 1970s. Credit: FA

Current players and staff were joined at the club by former player and member of the 1971/72 record breaking squad, Derrick Davis.

On having the famous piece of silverware at his former club, Davis, who played in 5 of the 6 fixtures said:

Having the trophy here brings back a few memories. For a little club like Alvechurch at that particular time it was a fantastic achievement, but a long drawn out episode.

It was very tiring actually, but it was an adventure. We had a fantastic time. It’s an incredible club

– Derrick Davis, former footballer

Derrick’s grandson, Harry, is now a regular for Alvechurch under 9s.

Former player Derrick Davis got a chance to hold the FA Cup trophy with his grandson. Credit: FA

Alvechurch FC and Oxford City’s record breaking tie is part of the rich history of the Emirates FA Cup.

The competition has developed and modernised over time, but it is stories like this that cement its position at the very heart of the English game.

– Andy Ambler, The FA’s Head of Professional Game Relations
Alvechurch are due to play Hanley Town over the weekend. Credit: FA