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Venerable football cup is rediscovered in Aviemore legion bar

By Gavin Musgrove

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Strathspey & Badenoch Welfare League side Kingussie FC has breathed a collective sigh of relief with the rediscovery of the club’s Capaldi Cup.

The 71-year-old trophy was last competed for back in 2012 and when it was won by Strathspey Thistle’s Colts team in the season’s final encounter.

But with Kings returning to the welfare fold after a seven-year hiatus, the cup would once more be up for grabs as the SBWFA’s second piece of 2019’s silverware.

The only problem was nobody knew where it was.

Kingussie (in red) have returned to welfare football after a seven-year break.
Kingussie (in red) have returned to welfare football after a seven-year break.

Kings chief Ben Mitchell launched a hunt for the venerable old cup but drew a complete blank.

The club was at the point of digging deep to purchase a new one when the original trophy was unexpectedly spotted buried on a shelf behind the bar at the Aviemore Legion by the sharp eyes of Grantown Utd assistant manager Andrew Paterson.

SBWFA chairman Alasdair MacNeill, was delighted to learn of the trophy’s return.

He said: “This cup is a part of local welfare football’s history, so I’m thrilled to see it back where it belongs.

“It’s all the more poignant as this year the SBWFA celebrates its 90th birthday, and the Capaldi Cup has been hoisted aloft for a good chunk of that.

"These old trophies ooze with class their modern counterparts lack, so it’s great to see tradition maintained.”

The first round of the 2019 Capaldi Cup takes place on Friday 31 May.

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