Famous trophy on a tour of the town

FA Cup at Halifax High.
FA Cup at Halifax High.
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The FA Cup did a tour of the town ahead of Sunday’s big game when FC Halifax Town host West Yorkshire rivals Bradford City.

The famous trophy visited the Shay on Tuesday morning before also stopping off at Halifax High School and the Nestle factory.

Halifax manager Neil Aspin was at the Shay to see the cup in person before it was whisked away to the Sporting Equals - Asians in Football event at Halifax High, where pupils got the chance to have their picture taken with the cup.

Workers at the Nestle factory at Albion Mills also took the opportunity to be photographed with the trophy.

Giles Mann, Nestlé Halifax Factory Manager, said: “We were really thrilled to have the FA Cup visit the Nestlé Halifax factory.

“All the employees got a real buzz from getting close to the cup.

“All of us at Nestlé Halifax wish Halifax Town the best of luck on Sunday, except maybe for a few Bradford fans who work in the factory!”

Mick Kay, from Halifax High, said: “There’s been a real buzz around Halifax since the draw for the FA Cup and the anticipation is building ahead of the FC Halifax v Bradford City match.

“Having the cup itself in our town has been absolutely fantastic and our students were thrilled to have been given such a unique opportunity to see such an iconic trophy in their school.

“We have some talented young footballers at The Halifax Academy and I’m sure the excitement around the competition will inspire more of our students to get involved in football.”

The BBC whistle-stop tour is celebrating the competition returning to BBC Television and will see the FA Cup visiting five regions in the space of five days.

The latest edition of the world-famous silverware was first used in last season’s final between Arsenal and Hull.

It stands at 61,5cm high and weighs 6.3kg of sterling silver.

More than 250 craft hours have been spent in making the trophy, which is made from sterling 925 silver, and underwent a process of casting, hand chasing, hand engraving and polishing.

The trophy is identical in design to the model first used in 1911, which was won first won by Bradford City.