When cancer charity Haven held its tenth annual football match, it was a historic occasion in more ways than one. The players were antiques professionals, more used to selling Victorian dining chairs than kicking a ball around a muddy pitch
In Lancashire, antique cabinets have little in common with football matches – apart from displaying the trophies. However, the Haven breast cancer charity takes a more dynamic approach, with an annual football match that pits fine art auctioneers against antique dealers. The event, which draws teams of players from across the country, was the brainchild of Antiques Roadshow expert Lennox Cato, who organised it to raise funds for the charity.
The tenth Haven Antique Dealers Vs Auctioneers Football Match took place at Wandle Park, Wandsworth, on Saturday 8th September. The 21 teams were drawn from all corners of the antiques industry and for once, the action was outside the sale room as dealers fought for the prized Lennox Cato Trophy. The family-friendly format was distinctly different to the ‘serious’ football of previous years, with a 5-a-side tournament, live family entertainment and a free vintage shuttle bus to the post-match barbeque party. This was held at Criterion Auctions, so foot-weary players had plenty of Victorian dining chairs to collapse onto.
With numerous football teams, Lancashire lives and breathes football. If you’re hunting for an antique dining table or Victorian balloon backed dining chair , visit an established antique dealer in Preston today.
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