Wageningen has retrieved a valued trophy that was presumed lost: the oldest silver football cup in the Netherlands.
The cup was unveiled last year in De Bongerd sports centre. The cup not only has historical value, but it also memorializes a time when Wageningen was a force to be reckoned with in the football world. Victoria football club won the trophy after being champion in the eastern Netherlands three years in a row (1900, 1901 and 1902).
Some of Victoria’s players got into the national eleven, while others played a role in setting up Inter Milan football club and the American football union. In 1903, Victoria merged with the other Wageningen club Go Ahead to form GVC, which is still going today. The solid silver cup had been collecting dust in a linen cupboard. It turned up again just last year.
Photo's: Guy Ackermans