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Did you know that the first winners of the World Cup – sort of – were West Auckland not Uruguay? In 1910 Sir Thomas Lipton of the tea family asked the Football League for permission to recruit a professional team to play in a tournament he had arranged in Italy. He was refused, and for obscure reasons turned to West Auckland, a team made up of miners. They defeated Stuttgart and Red Star Zurich on the way to the final, where they beat Juventus 2-0 to take the Lipton World Football Trophy. At the time they were third from bottom of the Northern League. Amazingly they returned to defend the cup in 1911 and beat Juventus again in the final.

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