What a claim – to have drunk champagne from the FA Cup.
It represented a golden memory for Marion Muncey, for whom there will be a one minute silence before the annual Sam Bartram Trophy match between Boldon Villa and South Shields at the Welfare Ground, Boldon, this Saturday.
Teams and spectators will honour Marion, legendary player footballer Sam Bartram’s niece, who passed away, aged 80, earlier in the year.
Marion, who was born and bred in Boldon Colliery, was present when Charlton Athletic, with two former Boldon Villa players - her uncle, goalkeeper Sam Bartram and full-back Jack Shreeve – won the FA Cup in 1947.
She remembered drinking champagne from the trophy, “just a thimble-full,” during the post-match celebrations.
She also recalled the occasion in December 1947 when the Charlton team coach made a special trip to Boldon after the club’s match with Sunderland, when former Boldon miner Sam proudly paraded the FA Cup to friends and family near the colliery gates.
It was Marion’s story of that special event that inspired the introduction of the Sam Bartram Trophy, in the shape of the FA Cup, in 2008.
Since then it has provided a popular meeting of South Tyneside rivals Boldon Villa and South Shields, usually attracting Boldon’s biggest attendance of the season.
The annual match remembers the remarkable Sam, born at Simonside in 1914, who as a teenager represented Boldon Villa at half-back, centre-forward and goalkeeper, before moving to Charlton in 1934.
He made 800 appearances in the goalkeeper’s jersey for the London club and was runner-up in the voting for Footballer of the Year in 1954.
His niece, Marion, was a great fan of her uncle and although moving south many years ago, still kept in touch with Boldon and presented trophies at the Sam Bartram match in 2009.
Kick-off on Saturday is 2pm.
The picture here goes back to 2009 and is of Sam’s daughter Moira and Marion at Boldon with the Junior Sam Bartram Cup.