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- On this day in 1890....Luton Charity Cup.
The Cowper Arms in Cheapside later became the Mad Hatters nightclub.
The Luton Reporter of 13th September 1890 update on the Luton Charity Cup -
“the special committee of the Charity Football Cup Association met at the Cowper Arms coffee-tavern on Monday night under the presidency of Mr F. Beecroft in order to hold the draw for the first round of the competition. Amongst those present were representatives of the Luton Montrose and Maidenhead clubs. It was ascertained that there were 20 entries and the draw resulted as follows: Division 1, Luton Montrose v Luton Town; Bedford, Mountaineers and Luton Terriers, byes. Division 2, Kettering Hawks v Statonbury; Rushden, Irthlingborough and Kettering Town, byes. Division 3, Banbury v Wolverton L and N.W. ; Maidenhead, Wolverton Town and Wallingford, byes. Division 4, Millwall Athletic v City Ramblers; Vulcans, 1st Scots Guards and Windsor Phoenix, byes. It was decided that the first-named clubs should have choice of grounds, and that the first round should be played on or before Saturday, October 25th.”
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