Sheffield United players’ daughters mark centenary of Khaki Cup final

Dora Winter (left) and Margaret Ellis MBE  (right) . Photo: Blades Sports Photography
Dora Winter (left) and Margaret Ellis MBE (right) . Photo: Blades Sports Photography
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The daughters of two Blades stars who played in an iconic match 100 years ago have visited a display to mark the centenary.

Dora Winter and Margaret Ellis were Sheffield United’s special guests in the club’s Legends of the Lane museum at Bramall Lane.

The Blades beat Chelsea 3–0 at Old Trafford in Manchester 100 years ago today in the only FA Cup final played during a world war.

The match has become known as the Khaki Cup due to the large number of uniformed soldiers in the 50,000-strong crowd.

At the museum, Dora – daughter of full-back Bill Cook – and Margaret – daughter of Bolsover-born winger Jimmy Sissons – were shown medals, the ball from the final, international caps awarded to the Sheffield United players, the programme and rare photos taken on the day.

John Garrett, Sheffield United historian, said: “The ladies were fascinated by the memorabilia.

“It was a great opportunity for them to share memories of their fathers from a different era of football to what we know today.”

The Khaki Cup match was switched from London’s Crystal Palace because the venue was being used as a troop recruitment camp.

At the time, many said, as a mark of respect, the cup should have been suspended.

In fact, it proved a great distraction from the war as the Blades lifted the cup for the third time.

Celebrations, however, were muted.

On police advice, the trophy was brought back to Sheffield at night and anyone who turned up to cheer the players was moved on.

The victory celebration took place some five years later, in 1920.