FA Cup pays a visit to Corby pub

The Phoenix Bar, situated Beanfield Avenue, Corby, plays host to the FA Cup after it beat thousands in a nationwide Budweiser competition held at the Punch Roadshows. Pictured are regulars Scott Grant (left) and Charles O'Hare.

The Phoenix Bar, situated Beanfield Avenue, Corby, plays host to the FA Cup after it beat thousands in a nationwide Budweiser competition held at the Punch Roadshows. Pictured are regulars Scott Grant (left) and Charles O'Hare.

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An historic piece of silverware which has been lifted by Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Tony Adams among others paid a visit to the Phoenix Pub, in Beanfield Avenue, Corby, on Thursday evening.

The FA Cup was brought along after the pub entered a prize draw organised by cup sponsors Budweiser at a Punch Taverns roadshow and was one of eight to be pulled out of the hat.

Pub manager Jim Telfer said a lot of people had brought their children in to the pub to have their photos taken next to the famous trophy.

He added: “I only found out it would be brought here last week so it was a bit of a surprise.

“About 40 or 50 people came in to have a look early in the day.”

Pub regulars were also excited about seeing the trophy up close.

Scott Grant, from Corby, said: “It’s the first and only time I’ll be able to see something like this up so close.”

His friend, Steven Greig, also from Corby, added: “The greatest trophy of all has been brought to the greatest pub of all.”

The current FA Cup trophy is the fourth one to have been used. It has been presented to winning teams since 1992 after replacing the former trophy, which had been in use since 1911.

The first trophy was presented to teams from the inception of the FA Cup in the 1871/72 season, but it was stolen and never recovered in 1895. The thief admitted decades later that it had been melted down and made into counterfeit half crown coins.

A second trophy was created to replace it and was used until 1910 when jewellery business Fattorini’s of Bradford were commissioned to create a replacement.