BURTON Albion and Leicester City will play for the Bass Vase when they meet in a pre-season game at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday, July 24 (kick off 3pm).
It will be the first Bass Vase charity game since 2019 when the Brewers lost 5-2 to Derby County. Last year there was no fixture due to the pandemic.
Leicester City have a long history of competing for the Bass Vase but haven’t held the historic trophy since 1982 when they beat the Brewers 3-2.
A donation from the proceeds of this year’s game will enable the Bass Charity Vase committee to continue its support of local good causes.
Ben Robinson, Burton Albion Chairman, said: “We are delighted that Leicester City have agreed to making our pre-season game this year’s Bass Vase fixture.
“After not being able to host a Bass Vase match last year due to Covid, we are pleased to be able to help revive a long-standing tradition that has benefited a host of good causes since Victorian times.
“We hope to be able to welcome as many fans as possible from both clubs to what I’m sure will be a great afternoon of football.”
Dave Mellor President of the Bass Vase said: “It’s fantastic that after all the disruption that has been caused to football by the Covid-19 pandemic that we will once again be able to see two teams with strong associations with the Bass Vase competing for it again this summer.
“I want to thank Burton Albion and Leicester City for agreeing to play for the Bass Vase and Ben Robinson for his continued support of this charity which has such a strong heritage in the town and which the Brewers have played such a strong part in keeping alive.
“We can now look forward to another entertaining, keenly contested game with the Bass Vase going to the winners.”
The Bass Charity Vase was founded in Burton in 1889. Its patrons were Lord Burton and Hamar Alfred Bass, who presented a magnificent, inscribed silver Rose Bowl (reputed to be one of the most valuable trophies in British football) to be held by the competition winners.
Many famous clubs and players have taken part since the competition started.
Other past winners include Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Coventry City, Liverpool, Notts County, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.
The charity continues to support good causes every year.
Admission prices and ticket details for this game will be announced soon.