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THE FA CUP - A MODERN DAY TREASURE ON DISPLAY AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM & GALLERY

"How Wales Wrested The FA Cup from the English"
Newspaper cutting 1927

The FA Cup, an iconic modern day sporting treasure will be on display for a limited period in the Buried Treasure Finding our Past exhibition at the National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff from 3rd - 8th August.

FA Cup Team

The FA Cup on display during the week leading up to the Community Shield match to be held at the Millennium Stadium on 8th August, is the actual trophy which was won by Cardiff City in 1927. This trophy was withdrawn from the current FA Cup Final duty in 1991 and is now used for display purposes. Its return to Cardiff after 77 years also marks the beginning of the new football season. Rare memorabilia and film of the Bluebirds victory in the 1927 FA Cup can also be seen.

On 23rd April, 1927, Cardiff City beat Arsenal 1-0 in The FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium - the only Welsh team to ever win the Cup. The match which attracted a capacity crowd of 93,000 was also the first FA Cup Final to be broadcast on BBC radio.

Richard Brewer, Keeper of Archaeology, NMGW said: " Today we use the word treasure to describe not only valuable objects of historical importance but also people who have made a huge impact on the life of the nation.

"Cardiff City's Official Match Programme for the opening game of the 1927/8 season against Bolton at Ninian Park (27th August 1927) records that the Directors of the National Museum of Wales unfortunately declined to display the Cup in the Museum. What might appear to have been an incorrect decision then, can now be righted after 77 years."

David Temme, Chief Executive, Cardiff City F.C. said: "We are delighted that "our" FA Cup is going on show at the National Museum & Gallery. The win for Cardiff City coincided with another great moment - the official opening of the National Museum of Wales during the same week. We hope that our supporters will take full advantage of this unique opportunity to view The FA Cup and exhibition in Wales."

Buried Treasure Finding our Past - a major archaeological exhibition created in partnership with the British Museum - showcases some of Britain's most spectacular treasures, some on display for the first time in Wales. The exhibition aims to demonstrate the important public role in treasure finds and how chance discoveries by farmers, labourers and metal detector users have revolutionised our understanding of the past. Celebrating the success of the Treasure Act 1996 and the Portable Antiquities Scheme the exhibition also highlights the role of the National Museums & Galleries of Wales and the British Museum in the treasure process including research and further archaeological investigation at the location of the finds. The exhibition continues until Sunday 5th September.

Entry to the National Museum & Gallery is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

On Sunday 8th August, 12pm at the National Museum & Gallery (NMG) Kevin McCarra, Football Correspondent, The Guardian and Ron Jones, BBC 5 Live Commentator will talk with Mike Tooby, Director, NMG, about how we see trophies as national treasures.

For further information please contact:
Julie Richards, Press Officer
National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff
Direct line: 029 2057 3185
Email: julie.richards@museumwales.ac.uk