September 1, 1893
Great excitement was occasioned on Saturday on the Everton, Liverpool, and other football grounds, which were crowded with thousands of spectators, by rumour that the Liverpool and District Challenge Cup and Lancashire League Championship Cup, which were won last season the Liverpool Football Club, had been stolen. Improbable as this story seemed, it was found to be true.
The two cups were on view in the shop window of Mr. Charles Gibson, furniture dealer, No 8, Derby buildings, at the top of Paddington. The shop was locked up and left secure on Friday night, but when it was opened on Saturday morning it was found that it had been broken open by thieves, who had effected an entrance by forcing open the door with a jemmy. On examination it was seen that the two cups had been stolen from the window, but the thieves had left the pedestals upon which the cups had been standing.
Information was given at once to the police of the robbery. The Liverpool and District Challenge Cup is a massive silver cup, and is a capital example of the silver smith’s art. There is a ribbon in front of the cup, and a figure of a football player on the top of the cup, with his foot resting on a football. The Lancashire League Cup is also of silver, and very handsome. It has two plates in front of enameled blue, and gold line in relief on each plate. There is also engraved a view of a football field with a man in goal. On the top is the figure of a football player in the act of kicking the ball.
(Cheshire Observer: September 9, 1893)
Friday night the two silver challenge cups which were won by the Liverpool Football Club last season, viz., Liverpool & District Cup and Lancashire League Cup, were stolen by burglars from the pawnshop of Mr Charles Gibson, Paddington, Liverpool, where they were on view.
The burglars forced open the door of the shop with a jemmy, and took away the prizes, which are of considerable value. So far the police have failed to obtain a clue to the missing cups.
(Daily News: September 4, 1893)