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Oldest FA Cup presented to museum
The oldest FA Cup
The trophy was the first FA Cup won by Manchester United
The oldest surviving FA Cup trophy, made for the 1896 final, is to be handed to the National Football Museum in Preston on Thursday.

The cup is being presented to the museum by its owner David Gold, chairman of Birmingham City.

Mr Gold bought the trophy at an auction in 2005 for 478,000.

The trophy replaced the original cup, stolen in 1895 from the window of sports shop owner William Shillcock in Birmingham after Aston Villa won it.

Museum Director Kevin Moore said: "We are delighted that Mr Gold purchased this incredible piece of football heritage to save it for the nation.

"The Cup had been presented to Lord Kinnaird, Secretary of the Football Association, in 1910. It remained in his family, hidden from view, for a staggering 95 years until they put it up for auction last year," he added.

The trophy was the focus of several momentous finals.

Highest margin

In 1901 it was presented to Tottenham Hotspur who beat Sheffield United 3-1 after a replay to become the last non-league team to win the cup.

Two years later it was won by Bury who beat Derby County 6-0 in the final's highest winning margin.

It was also the first FA Cup won by Manchester United when they beat Bristol City in 1909.

The trophy will be the centrepiece of an special exhibition on the FA Cup which opens on 9 May.

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