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TONY'S TRIVIA: BASS CHARITY VASE

24 July 2023

Club News

TONY'S TRIVIA: BASS CHARITY VASE

24 July 2023

FACTS and figures relating to our Bass Charity Vase game against Stoke City by Tony Bentley.

The Bass Charity Vase was first contested in 1890, with Derby County being the inaugural winners of the competition beating Stoke City 3-1. In fact, the Rams won the first three competitions as they defeated the now defunct Burton Swifts in the next two seasons.

Derby County have won the Bass Charity Vase the most, winning it on 20 occasions. Burton Albion have won it 13 times, whilst Stoke City have won it five times and West Bromwich Albion four times.

Some of the more obscure winners include Wilmorton and Alvaston in 1960, Whitwick Colliery in 1951, Coalville Munitions Girls in 1918 and Burton Workers Union in 1915 (both during the First World War). Then during the Second World War the 1st RFR Royal Artillery won the Vase in both 1941 and 1942

Premier League giants Liverpool, have played in the Bass Charity Vase, and won the 1897 competition by beating another defunct Burton side - Burton Swifts 1-0.

In the early 1990s West Bromwich Albion played in five successive Bass Charity Vase finals, but won none of them. In 1991 they drew 3-3 with Stoke City, but lost 5-4 on penalties. In 1992 they lost 2-4 to Stoke City. In 1993 they lost 1-3 to Derby County. In 1994 they lost 0-2 to Notts County, and in 1995 they lost again to Stoke City this time 0-1.

Back in the 1980s the Bass Charity Vase used to be a multi team competition with matches played at multiple local venues such as Bass Meadows in Burton, Edge Hill Stapenhill and the Moat Ground Gresley, before the final was played at Burton Albion’s Eton Park ground.

Those were the days before Football League clubs jetted off on exotic foreign pre-season tours, and were often the first chance for fans to see new signings. A particular memory of mine was in 1986 when Graham Turner unveiled a raft of new signings in the 1986 competition. Lining up against the Brewers were Martin Keown a £200,00 signing from Arsenal, and Neale Cooper signed from Aberdeen. Other experienced players that night included Nigel Spink, Tony Dorigo, Paul Elliott, Paul Birch and Tony Daley. The match finished 3-3 at Bass Meadows as darkness started to fall, with Albion eventually winning on sudden death penalties after the initial five kicks a side had finished 3-3.

Thirty-six years ago – 22nd July 1987 Burton Albion and West Bromwich Albion faced each other in the Bass Charity Vase at Bass Meadows. Ron Atkinson’s side that night again contained a host of established players. Their side was Steve Naylor, Gary Robson, Barry Cowdrill, Martin Bennett, Kevin Steggles, Tony Kelly, Robert Hawkins, Don Goodman, George Reilly, Carlton Palmer and Darren Bradley. The Brewers side for that game was Darren Bamford, Alan Kamara, Nigel Simms, Paul Turner, Steve Essex, Paul Groves, Ian Straw, Clive Patterson, Keith Hutchinson, Dave Redfern and Steve Thompson.


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