Cornish Football Heritage Reunited

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1922 heralded the dawn of a new era for Junior football in the East Cornwall area with the inauguration of the Liskeard and District Football League. The Liberal M.P. for the Bodmin Constituency at the time, Mr Isaac Foot, donated an oak shield to be used by the League.

The impressive shield stood some two feet high with a silver centre panel depicting a game in progress and surrounded by twelve miniature silver shields to carry winners’ inscriptions. The shield continued to be played for until the League disbanded following the 1964-5 season. 

The shield apparently sat idle until 1970 when the Looe & District Youth League brought it back into use. This league later merged with another and eventually evolved into the Bodmin and East Cornwall Youth League. The shield continued to be used for youth competitions until the early 1990s but then vanished until about 1996 when it was discovered by builders converting a flat above Barnecutt’s Bakery in Liskeard. It didn’t re-surface again until January 2006 when the bakery staff displayed it in their shop window.

Liskeard jeweller, Bob Muchmore (Time and Motion Jewellers) has now restored the shield to its former glory. The 1931-2 season saw the introduction of the Liskeard & District League’s Knock-Out Cup competition. Once again Mr Foot donated a trophy, a large silver cup with a footballing figure on its lid, which unfortunately has been lost in recent years. When the Liskeard & District League disbanded in 1965, the cup became the property of the Duchy League and it became the trophy for the Duchy Knock-Out Cup competition before it was put into retirement in the 2006-7 season, and replaced with a memorial trophy the John Cudlipp Cup.

Previously sitting in storage this cup has been refurbished by Mike Chipman (Bodmin Sports Trophies).

At two separate presentation ceremonies these trophies have been handed to the care of the Cornwall FA for permanent display in the County Office at Bodmin. Mr. Colin Burrell the Chairman of the League presented the Shield to Brian Conyon MBE, President of Cornwall FA at a ceremony attended by the restorer Bob Muchmore. Mr. Burrell thanked Mr. Muchmore for the restoration.

At a second presentation Mr. Burrell thanked Mike Chipman and Tracey Rundle of Bodmin Sports Trophies before handing the cup over to Mr. Conyon and Cornwall FA Chief Executive Dawn Aberdeen.

The Duchy League in association with the Cornwall FA is proud to be able to bring these two items of Cornish Football Heritage back together after more than forty years for visitors to the County Headquarters to enjoy. 

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