What prompted modern day Football Trophies?

Since ancient times trophies have marked victories, in fact, the word “trophy” is derived from the Greek tropaion, which comes from the verb trope, meaning “to rout.” In ancient Greece, trophies reflected victory in war, and were created on the battlefield at the place where the enemy had been defeated.

At that time some sporting trophies included shields originally used in battle, thought to be the inspiration for the Wooden Shields we give today, but some contestant winners were given prized Olive oil which was naturally held in a vase or cup. This is most likely to be a forerunner to the silver cups and chalices that we use as trophies to this day.

For many years where a trophy was presented for Annual Perpetual Challenge, that is competed for every year, the Winners name was recorded on the original trophy cup, usually by engraving, however it became tradition to award a small replica of the original trophy cup so that the Winner had a memento to display at home after the main trophy had been returned. These replica cups became the fore runner of the Football Trophies that we award today.

Traditionally these cups were made from silver by skilled Silversmiths and smaller exact replicas made for the winner to keep after the original cup was handed back for presentation to it’s next winner. Mostly Sports Trophies were available from the local Jeweller’s shop but as popularity grew the specialist Sports Trophy Shop began to appear throughout the Country. With the rise of these trophy shops came an explosion of designs and ideas. Modern-day online trophy stores have made it easier than ever to access a diverse range of football trophies, including bespoke medals and humorous resin figures, at affordable prices.

As costs escalated the fledgling trophy industry began to explore new materials and production methods to ensure the continued affordability of the replica trophies.

A Sporting Trophy Cup made from solid silver is still available but commands a price in the thousands of pounds so identical items finished in silver plate, nickle plate or even chrome are more likely to be found on the shelf of your local trophy shop today. The trophy cup shown here is, amazingly, made of metallic vacuum plated plastic!

Vacuum Plated Plastic Cup

The oldest Association football trophy is the Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup (Scotland), commonly known as the Scottish Cup, which has been continuously awarded since 1874. The Cup is played for annually as the main national cup competition in Scotland. The only known football trophy older than the Scottish Cup is the Youdan Cup, which was awarded for Sheffield rules football and only once, in 1867.

As fashions and trends develop the traditional trophy cup remains popular but more regularly the replica has become a model of a footballer, a medal or even a shield.

FA Cup Runners Up Medal

The winners and runners-up of both the FA Cup and the Scottish Cup receive medals to mark their achievement and this tradition is becoming increasingly fashionable again at Football’s Grassroots level. The popularity of bespoke football medals is on the rise and increasingly affordable.

Modern production methods and materials have opened the door to a diverse Football Trophy range. The 1970’s saw the rise of American influenced plastic awards as tall as a skyscraper but as light as a butterfly wing. As the decades have passed we have seen more British design influencing the Football Awards readily available with cast resin figures dominating the Industry for some considerable time.

Humorous Hulk Football Trophy

This humorous football trophy is cast in Resin and individually hand painted and costing around £10 shows just what incredible value can be achieved.

From Ancient Greece to the 21st Century the attraction of rewarding our great achievers is as popular as it ever was and new generations of Youth Football Players are spurred on by the excitement of receiving their first ever Football Trophy some of whom, of course, will one day mount the steps at Wembley Stadium to receive their ultimate goal with no care for the history that has proceeded them.

How to order Winners and Runners Up trophies at the same time.

Our pages are laid out with all sizes of each trophy shown at the same time with a group picture at the top. This allows you to order two sizes of a trophy at the same time. This is particularly useful when you are ordering different size trophies for the Winners and Runners Up of your competition (or maybe first, second, third and fourth for example)

The COPY button to the right of the engraving box allows you to enter your engraving instructions ONCE and then copy the line into any other trophies that you are ordering from this page. (Remember to enter the amount of trophies that you need, of each size, before using the copy button.

Copy Engraving Instructions

We recommend that you always log-in before working on your order as your progress will be saved to our servers as you go. If you are not logged in anything that you have changed will be lost if you close your browser.

Have a ‘play’ with our systems to see how to get the most from them. Try a spoof Trophy order here to see how it works.

How to send your Engraving Instructions by Email

  1. Enter the quantity of trophies that you need.
  2. In the first box [Engraving Line 1 ] type the words See Email
  3. Download Excel Template here
  4. Complete Excel sheet as the example shown on the sheet
  5. Reply to your order acknowledgement email and attach the completed Excel File
How to Email Engraving Instructions
Order on-line and send engraving instructions separately by Email

How to pay by Credit or Debit Card without registering for PayPal

We offer you 3 ways to pay when ordering from Tower Trophies.

  1. Direct to our Bank Account by using Internet Banking (FPO)
  2. Credit or Debit Card
  3. PayPal

You do not need to be registered with PayPal to pay by Payment Card but some customers have been confused by the checkout process. Our cards are processed by PayPal merely as a Merchant Services Provider in the same way as many of the others (SagePay, Cardnet etc.) The first screen has a prominent LOG IN button which is for registered PayPal users.

If you are not registered with PayPal and don’t want to be then just choose the Pay by Debit or Credit Card button below the Log In button. See the image below.

Tower Trophies PayPal Log In Page

This will take you to the Card details page for you to enter details in the usual way. At the foot of the page you are asked “Why not create a PayPal Account? If you don’t want to just choose No thanks. Take a look at the image below to familiarise yourself with the checkout pages.

Tower Trophies Card Payment Page

Find out more about our Payment Methods by visiting the Information Section of our Website.

Here’s why 4 out of 5 Children love our New Golden Days Football Trophy Collection.

Childrens Painted Hands

Children take in the world around them through their eyes, and bright colours are one of the first aspects of sight that help them distinguish form. 
Tower Trophies Golden Days Collection | Boot & Ball

We asked a number of young footballers to appraise our New Golden Days Football Trophy Collection and 4 out of 5 said they preferred the brightness of this Golden collection than equivalent versions in antiqued finishes. It seems that there is a Scientific explanation in addition to just youthful preference.

Whilst the bronzed and antique finishes continue to appeal to the more sophisticated pallets of the adults young players are predisposed to bright and cheerful colours.

At about 5-months old, children can see colours with their still-developing vision, though distinguishing bright colours comes easier to them. As children age, they continue to be drawn to brighter colours. Colour has also been known to affect their moods and behaviour.

Tower Trophies Golden Days Collection Brochure
The all new Tower Trophies Golden Days Collection is designed to appeal to the younger winners.

Our Golden Collection is deliberately coated with a Rich and Shiny Metallic Plating to catch the light and offer a prestigious trophy to mark the Golden Days of Youth.

The Football Trophy designs are robust and weighty and includes, as a matter of course, the team emblem so is proving scarily popular as a Football Squad award. All of our trophies include 90 letters of engraving so there’s plenty of room for the team name and the individual child’s name. The range consists of ten designs in 3 sizes so every budget, no matter how small, is catered for. We expect to sell out quickly so I suggest you reserve stock.