Barnsley sculptor creates trophy for international youth football tournament

Graham Ibbeson with his latest bronze commission
Graham Ibbeson with his latest bronze commission
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Barnsley sculptor Graham Ibbeson is carving out an even bigger name for himself - with his latest piece of work to be unveiled at a star-studded sports dinner.

Graham, who created the life size Dickie Bird statue in Barnsley and the Eric Morecambe statue in Morecambe, was commissioned to design and make a trophy celebrating the world’s first ever football tournament, which was held in Sheffield.

Graham Ibbeson with his latest bronze commission

Graham Ibbeson with his latest bronze commission

The competition pre-dates the FA Cup by four years and was played only once, at Bramall Lane, in 1867.

The winners were presented with a trophy by Thomas Youdan, a self-made Victorian who came up with the idea for the tournament.

This summer sees a resurgence of the competition, with the final to be played at Bramall Lane.

Sculptor Graham’s latest masterpiece, the new Youdan Trophy, will be presented to the winner.

It is to receive its first airing at a sports dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Victoria Quays, on July 1 signalling the final countdown to the international tournament, which will see u14 youth teams from around the world taking part.

Glasgow Celtic, Glasgow Rangers, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic, Brentford, AFA Nerang Eagles (Gold Coast) and FAB Academy are set to compete.

Speakers at the dinner include Sheffield referee Keith Hackett, former Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst and referee Mark Halsey.

Tickets cost £27 per person or £26 when tables of 10 or 12 are booked.

Email info@youdantrophy.com for more details and visit www.youdantrophy.com for free tickets to the final.