Memorabilia needed for historic charity football competition
THE Bankes charity football competition will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2014 and to this end organisers are trying to locate items which will form part of its history.
The original cup was donated in 1889 by Walter Bankes of Kingston Lacy House and the first game was played between Poole Town and Blandford. During the first five years of the competition matches were played alternately between Poole Town, Blandford and Wimborne Town.
Sadly the original cup was lost during the First World War. After the war the competition was restarted attracting more entries and Ralph Bankes - Walter's son - donated a further three cups to the competition.
The original cup was discovered in Canada and returned to Kingston Lacy House as part of the family collection.
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They have various items in the History Museum at Dorchester but would like more photographs especially any that might feature members of the Bankes family. Some clubs have already made contact regarding items of memorabilia but if anyone else has anything of interest they would be grateful for these to be loaned for a possible future exhibition.
Contact secretary Alan Dewey on 01202 624025, email: email@example.com or see www.bankedfootball.co.uk