Fawcett Mead created a stir on social media this week when they appeared to have scooped themselves a spot on the FA Cup’s tour of London ahead of this Saturday’s final between Arsenal and Chelsea.
A cheeky post on Twitter seemed to suggest that founding partner Graham Fawcett (below, left) and colleagues at Fawcett Mead HQ had managed to get their hands on the world’s oldest football trophy - but Metropolis has learned there was more to the story than met the eye.
The FA Cup has arrived at FM’s offices ahead of her trip to Wembley on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/lpLkY2PBOK
— Fawcett Mead (@FawcettMead) May 25, 2017
The trophy - arguably the second most-prized in football after the Property Week Cup - was in fact a replica of the original model which dates back to 1911 and is set to be handed over by Prince William at Wembley Stadium this weekend.
But that doesn’t take the shine off the silverware which Bradford City fan Fawcett was able to pick up, to somewhat make up for his team missing out to Millwall in the League One playoff final the previous Saturday (20 May).
Eagle-eyed Fawcett spied the replica trophy, which isn’t available for purchase in the UK, for sale while over in Dublin for Fawcett Mead’s annual conference and with a keen knowledge of his side’s association with the Fattorini designed cup resolved himself to make the buy at any cost.
Now the Bradford-made trophy, originally won by the Bantams over Newcastle in 1911, will finally be adorned with City’s claret and amber ribbons again as it takes pride of place at the Property Award-winning retail agency’s offices in Great Portland Street.
Fawcett told Metropolis that anyone who would like a picture with the trophy can do so at Fawcett Mead’s headquarters in exchange for a £10 donation to the Elifar Foundation.
But in many ways, Metropolis is pleased the trophy is ‘only’ a replica - as we reckon John Terry or Per Mertesacker would have a tough job prising it away from the Fawcett Mead team come the end of the Cup Final.