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Bass Charity Vase was founded in Burton-on-Trent in 1889 as a football competition to be competed for annually by major teams, particularly football league clubs. The proceeds from the games would be donated mainly to medical-related and hospital charities. Its Patrons were Lord Burton and Hamar Alfred Bass who presented a magnificent inscribed silver Rose Bowl (reputed to be one of the most valuable trophies in British football) to be held by the competition winners. Many famous clubs and players have taken part since the competition started in 1889. Innovation has been a key to its continuing success: even during the difficult times of the two World Wars, the competition took place. Coalville Munitions Girls won during the Great War and a Royal Artillery team was successful during the 2nd World War. Other past winners include Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Coventry City, Derby County, Leicester City, Liverpool, Notts County, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion. 1989 saw Bass Charity Vase celebrate its Centenary, when with extra efforts and additional events over £25,000 was donated to charities. Some of these other ventures remain to supplement the current football matches' contributions.

This is the oldest known photograph of a Bass Charity Vase Final Tie (probably 1896) on Peel Croft, Burton-on-Trent.


This is a photograph of the BCV Trophy with a former base and two rows of Winners' Shields (c. 1936)