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Last Updated: Friday, 27 February 2004, 20:53 GMT
Profile: Challenge Cup Trophy
Wigan's Kris Radlinski lifts the new trophy
Kris Radlinski lifts the new trophy
The Challenge Cup trophy is one of the most impressive in British sport.

Not surprising then, that the current version took 800 man-hours to produce.

The original was retired in 2001, St Helens skipper Chris Joynt holding it aloft for the last time following his side's 13-6 success over Bradford.

After 100 finals - not to mention numerous public appearances - time eventually took its toll on the first trophy, which was made by Bradford Jewellers Fattorini and Co for the sum

of 60.

Sheffield-based manufacturers John Spencer Goldsmiths were responsible for making the new trophy, which was presented for the first time at Murrayfield in 2002.

It is an exact replica of the original, complete with engravings, but has a strengthened neck.





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