Seeing double: Medal-making for a final matchday decider

Lifting the lid on medal-making when a title race couldn’t be any closer

Like the supporters who will be nervously filing into Anfield and the Etihad on Sunday, football is in our blood here at Thomas Lyte. It’s part of our DNA. It’s why we’re so proud of our long-time association with the FA, and it’s why we’ll be following the final day of the Premier League season as closely as the rest of you this weekend.

Whether Manchester City or Liverpool lift the trophy, only time will tell. Our work, though, is already done – and has covered both potential title eventualities. But more of that shortly.



It’s not the first time that the title has gone down to the wire, as Manchester City fans will know only too well. Earlier this week, a statue was unveiled marking Sergio Aguero’s famous last-second strike against QPR at the Etihad in May 2012.

In the final act of the season, the Argentinian not only delivered the club’s first league title since 1968, but also ended the title dreams of their great rivals from across the city. Manchester United’s powerless players watched the events unfold at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Then, as now, everything was already in place for whichever team ended the final day as champions. There were two identical trophies, two presentation parties despatched to the Etihad and the Stadium of Light, and two sets of medals, each with screen-printed ribbons in the colours of both Manchester clubs. Here at Thomas Lyte, we’ve worked hand-in-hand with the Premier League to ensure that the final day of an enthralling 2021/22 season goes similarly smoothly.

Designing and making the Premier League Medal

We’re proud to be associated with the world’s most exciting league. It’s a partnership dating back to 2016, when we were commissioned by the Premier League to design and make new medals for the 2016/17 season. The commission was part of a brand refresh, which incorporated a reimagining of the Premier League’s now iconic and instantly recognisable Lion logo.

The first recipient of the brand-new winners’ medals were Chelsea, who finished that 2016/17 season seven points clear of second-place Spurs. No last-day drama that time around. This year, however, things are very different.

This is why we’ve prepared two sets of medals, each screen-printed and bespoke to the winning team’s colours. The work that goes into each one, a reflection of our passion for both our trade and the sport itself.

Made from sterling silver, and featuring the Lion logo, the medals are plated in 24 carat gold. Each medal comes in its own custom-made Premier League presentation box – a presentation case that has found its way into the homes of some of the greatest players to have performed in the English top flight.

As well as winners’ medals, we also design and make medals for a range of other competitions under the Premier League umbrella. These include winners and runners-up medals for all the Premier League’s domestic and international competitions, as well as its myriad of youth development tournaments.

Preparing for every outcome…

Every year, 40 medals leave the Thomas Lyte workshop in London, bound for stadiums that are interwoven not just into the fabric of English football, but of English life and culture.

When the title race is as close as this one, though, we have to do things rather differently, which is why 80 have been produced to cover the possibility of either Manchester City or Liverpool winning the title.

Clearly, given the immediacy of the trophy and medal presentation after the final whistle, there’s no time for medals to be shipped between Merseyside and Manchester, or vice-versa. The silverware for the winners must already be on site. With that in mind, it’s little wonder that we’ll be following the action as closely as anyone when the matches kick off at four o’clock on Sunday.


Who is eligible for a Premier League medal?

So, who receives the medals once the action is completed? Well, as well as the players who have played at least five matches over the course of the season, and the managers and coaching staff, it’s then up to the clubs themselves to decide which other members of club personnel receive them.

As anyone involved in football will tell you, any title tilt is a team effort in every sense. As it is here, too, with so many of our craftsmen and design team involved in ensuring that, at the end of each season, the medals reflect the hard work, toil, and eventual glory of lifting one of the most famous trophies in global sport.

Thomas Lyte and ATP sign five-year tennis trophy and silverware partnership

The Queen’s Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Thomas Lyte have entered into an exclusive five-year partnership with the ATP, global governing body of men’s professional tennis.

As Official Trophy and Silverware Supplier to the Nitto ATP Finals, the bespoke luxury and sporting trophies company will design, create, restore and maintain trophies and silverware for the ATP, including crafting new replicas and awards for players. The partnership cements and extends Thomas Lyte’s affiliation with the ATP, which began in 2009 when the company was commissioned to produce a series of contemporary new trophies in sterling silver.

Designed with 8 sides to represent the number of players in the tournament and standing at 60cm tall, the Nitto ATP Finals Singles Trophy dazzles under the arena lights. The trophy has been lifted by some of the greats of men’s tennis including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and, most recently, 2020 champion Daniil Medvedev, with the Doubles Trophy being lifted by the world’s best teams, such as the Bryan Brothers.

In addition, Thomas Lyte designed and produced the prestigious ATP Year-End World Number One trophies, which are awarded to the best singles player and doubles team of the season during the Nitto ATP Finals.

The Nitto ATP Finals Trophies & ATP Year-End World Number One Trophies in the Thomas Lyte Workshop

The Nitto ATP Finals Trophies & ATP Year-End World Number One Trophies in the Thomas Lyte Workshop

“Known across the globe for creating iconic sporting trophies, Thomas Lyte is a perfect fit for the ATP. We are excited to build on our relationship as we continue to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the world’s best tennis players,” said Massimo Calvelli, ATP CEO.

Thomas Lyte, a Royal Warrant Holder as Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen, is renowned as one of the world’s greatest trophy makers. The London-based company specialises in the bespoke design and manufacture of elite silverware and is responsible for some of the world’s most iconic sporting trophies, including The FA Cup, Rugby World Cup’s Webb Ellis Cup, the AFC Asian Cup trophy, and the Summoner’s Cup for Riot Games’ League of Legends.

“We are proud of our reputation within the sporting world and our affiliation with tennis, so it was a huge honour for our designers and makers to create the ATP Year-End World Number One Trophies alongside the Nitto ATP Finals silverware. This long-term partnership with the ATP means our team will carry on playing a central role as the ATP recognises the achievements and hard work put in by the players over a full year ahead of the thrilling climax to the ATP Tour season,” said Kevin Baker, CEO and Founder of Thomas Lyte.

This year’s Nitto ATP Finals will be held at Turin’s Pala Alpitour stadium, Italy’s largest indoor sporting arena, from November 14 to 21.

Auld Alliance Trophy: Two trophies at stake in the Six Nations showdown in Paris

The Guinness Six Nations Rugby tournament draws to a close this evening, with the fate of not one, but two trophies to be decided.

France defeated Grand-Slam chasing Wales on Saturday thanks to a last-gasp try in what many have described as one of the greatest Championship matches of all-time, keeping their title hopes alive. They host Scotland at the Stade de France tonight, needing a bonus-point victory and a winning margin of at least 21 points to become champions for the first time since 2010.

Scotland too have a great deal to play for, with an eight-point victory enough to secure second spot in the tournament.

To add to the excitement, there is another historic title to be decided, with both sides also playing for the Auld Alliance Trophy.

The Auld Alliance Trophy

The Auld Alliance trophy was commissioned in 2018 by Scottish Rugby and the French Rugby Federation (FFR) in tribute to the courageous rugby players from the two nations who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War, and to celebrate the historic relationship between Scotland and France.

It specifically commemorates the captains of the two nations in the last matches played before the First World War – Eric Milroy (Scotland) and Marcel Burgun (France), both of whom perished in the conflict.

It is also a tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. In all, 22 French and 30 Scottish internationals were killed in action, along with countless other club players from both nations.

The driving force for the creation of the trophy was Patrick Caublot from Amiens Rugby Club in France, who worked alongside David Anderson QC, a great-great nephew of Eric Milroy, in promoting the concept to both the FFR and Scottish Rugby.

The trophy is to be contested once more on Friday, 26th March at the Stade de France as Scotland take on France in the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Tournament.

The two nations first met on the rugby pitch in 1910, when the two teams played against each other in Edinburgh. Scotland won the match 27–0. Since then there have been a total of 97 games played, resulting in 56 wins for France, 38 wins for Scotland and 3 draws.

One of the most remarkable matches in the history of international rugby took place between the two sides in Paris on 1st January 1920. This was not only the first official international played after the First World War, it was also the first time back in country colours for a number of players on both sides after serving during the conflict.

French sources have christened this meeting “Le match des borgnes”, as it is believed that five of the 30 players on the field lost an eye in the war. The match was played in mud and driving rain, with Scotland winning 5-0.

Since the creation of the Auld Alliance Trophy, there have been three meetings of the two teams, with Scotland winning twice and France once, with a total of 70 points scored by each side, so expectations are high for a competitive and exciting match.

The Auld Alliance Trophy was designed and made by world-renowned trophy makers Thomas Lyte. Using traditional silversmithing and goldsmithing skills combined with leading-edge modern methods, the team at Thomas Lyte are experts in the fields of custom trophy design and manufacture, and is responsible for some of the world’s most iconic sporting trophies, including the Rugby World Cup’s Webb Ellis trophy, the Emirates FA Cup, the Davis Cup trophy and the Guinness Six Nations trophy.

The Auld Alliance Trophy in Thomas Lyte’s silver workshops

The trophy stands at an impressive 60cm in height and was hand spun from hallmarked Sterling Silver, requiring a total of 110 craft hours to create. The contemporary sweeping form of the trophy rises up in remembrance, while the clipped edge refers to lives so tragically cut short. Around the trophy is a band of poppies and cornflowers, exquisitely engraved in line form to encourage a closer look, while the bright mirror finish applied patiently to the sterling silver surface allows for personal reflection as we remember all those who fell.

“The Auld Alliance Trophy is a very significant commission for Thomas Lyte, commemorating an immensely sad time in our history, while celebrating one of rugby’s great contests” said Thomas Lyte Founder and CEO Kevin Baker.

“This trophy is a magnificent symbol of considered craft. I have no doubt the whole Thomas Lyte team will be watching with pride tonight, with the incredible opportunity to see this wonderful trophy lifted alongside perhaps one of our most famous trophy commissions, the Guinness Six Nations trophy itself”.

Read more on the Thomas Lyte website.

Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship: BBC explores the symbolism of iconic trophies as live sports continue to inspire during the pandemic

Wales still have one hand on the Guinness Six Nations trophy, but France snatched away the chance of a grand slam last weekend in dramatic fashion, keeping their own hopes of winning the tournament alive. And what a trophy it is; a six-sided objet d’art that was designed and made by none other than the Queen’s goldsmiths and silversmiths, Thomas Lyte.

“It is made from seven kilograms of Sterling silver and an enormous amount of passion and art and desire as more than 200 hours of work go into it,” said Kevin Baker, CEO, Thomas Lyte in an interview with the BBC’s World Business Report, who have explored what it takes to design and make such an iconic sporting symbol.

Makers of iconic sporting trophies such as the one on show in Paris this Friday have always been about much more than merely business, though there is obviously a money side to it all.

Trophies can cost anything from a few thousand pounds to more than a million, though a significant piece of silver such as the Six Nations trophy will cost tens of thousands of pounds to design and make, Baker explained in the interview with the BBC World Service radio, though he declined to be more specific due to client confidentiality.

“It is a significant investment,” he acknowledged, albeit an obviously important one for the sports and the tournaments, given that they play such important roles in our lives.

“It is ultimately the event symbol,” Mr Baker said, and as such a trophy will also be a symbol of hope for us all as we face difficult times due to the global Covid pandemic.

“Sport has been an enormously resilient asset that has supported all of us, or many of us, in terms of both mental health and entertainment,” Baker said.



A redesigned trophy for an expanded tournament…

The Six Nations trophy is a prime example of a powerful symbol of both inclusiveness and unity; values that are truly important during times such as these.

The six-sided trophy was made as recently as in 2016 to reflect the facts that there are now six nations playing in the championship.

“It was only the second time a trophy was made in almost 140 years since the 1883 tournament started,” said Baker.

The bespoke trophy was handmade by expert British silversmiths in Thomas Lyte’s London workshops, and was presented to the winners on 21st March, 2016. The 1993 edition of the trophy was retired as it only represented the Five Nations Championship before Italy joined the tournament.

Hand spun from hallmarked sterling silver, the 75cm high Trophy underwent the process of casting, spinning, hand engraving and polishing. Crafted from one single sheet of silver for the body and more than fifty individual pieces, the six-sided Trophy represents each competing nation with each nation’s crest engraved on the plinth.

“There are many trade secrets to it,” said Baker. “When you look at some of these iconic pieces, made from many traditional crafts techniques, some that go back to Roman times, such as hammers and chisels. But then we add in leading edge technology, such as 3D scanning and 3D printing, so there are many processes going on.”

But perhaps the most important part of a sports trophy such as this one is the way it encompasses both the distinctive history of the tournament and its exciting future.

“There’s been no crowds during matches recently, but live sports have indeed continued,” Baker said.

Listen to Thomas Lyte CEO Kevin Baker on BBC World Service Radio’s World Business Report. The interview starts at 17m20s.




The Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship

The Guinness Six Nations Rugby Trophy

Thomas Lyte donates surgical gowns to carehomes in coronavirus response.

Thomas Lyte turns luxury bag lining into surgical gowns in coronavirus response.

Thomas Lyte is a luxury goods business. When times are good, we make high-quality sustainable leather and beautiful silver. But now is not a time for luxury.

During crisis, focus has to change as individuals, and as a society. This is a time for us all to do what we can to help beat COVID-19. So we have temporarily halted our production.

Our colourful and beautifully patterned bag lining material will now instead be used to make surgical gowns for the care home sector.

Over the Easter weekend, some 325 metres was delivered, and the seamstresses have already started creating gowns for a large care home that employs 160 Nurses and Care staff. Our initial goal is to make 2 washable gowns each within days.

This is just an example of how we can all make a contribution, as active members of society. It is but a small step, but if we all do our bit, the overall impact will be huge.

Our own initiative came about because one of our colleagues came up with the idea, and everyone latched onto it with enthusiasm. The idea was then spurred on by one of our non-executive directors, Nick Farrow, who is also the Chairman of the Royal Warrant Holder’s Charity Fund. His partner, Sally Stubbs, is running a large care home that needs more PPE, so contact was established and off we went.

It is heartening to see how many similar initiatives have emerged across the nations and regions of our United Kingdom. From community groups that help the elderly do their shopping or mow their lawns, to large corporates that step in to creatively serve the people, we are witnessing the emergence of a powerful sense of shared purpose and responsibility.

We are discovering that together, we can move mountains. Now, and in the future. This newfound resilience will put us in good stead as we embark on a long and hard process of healing from this punishing pandemic. But first, let’s all do what we can to knock it back.

All the best,

Kevin Baker
CEO of Thomas Lyte


Please find below, a video we uploaded of a BBC interview that I recently contributed to:

The Doddie Weir Foundation | MND | Competition | Thomas Lyte

The Doddie Weir Foundation

Through the support of Barbarians sponsor Killik & Co. Thomas Lyte are delighted to be able to support the Doddie Weir Foundation.

Doddie Weir is one of rugby’s most recognised faces and personalities, a championship winner at club level for Melrose and Newcastle Falcons, and on the international stage for Scotland and the British Lions.  Capped 61 times for Scotland, Doddie toured with the Lions to South Africa in 1997, and continues to represent the most famous touring team in the game across the world at dinners, lunches and functions.

In June 2017 Doddie revealed he was suffering with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and immediately set about raising awareness of the disease and supporting fellow sufferers. He timed his announcement to coincide with Global MND Awareness Day and continues to support MND charities and research.

We at Thomas Lyte were touched by the amazing scenes at Murrayfield when Doddie Weir strolled out with the ball for Scotland’s Autumn International against The All Blacks with his sons.  An inspiration to many people, we are delighted to be able to support Doddie’s foundation with a draw for a signed barbarians shirt from their Autumn fixture against The All Blacks. 

Simply follow the link to donate and be in with a chance to win the signed Killik Baribians Shirt.

Remember to leave your name and email when you have donated!

Sporting Wine Club

Also supporting the Doddie Weir Foundation are our friends at the Sporting Wine Club.  

The Sporting Wine Club is the brian child of former England Rugby International Simon Halliday and Chris Mariner.  The wines on sale through The Sporting Wine Club all have a link to the world of sport, either is owned or produced by sporting personalities or individuals with a strong, authentic relationship with sport. With a healthy number of well-known sporting personalities already on board, they are always looking to expand their portfolio. Two rules: all of the wines are produced by sporting personalities and every wine they sell is an estate wine, bottled at source.

Together with the help of European Rugby, Sporting Wine Club have already raised £25,000, for the Doddie Weir Foundation.

To continue to support Doddie, Sporting Wine Club are making donations to The Doddie Wier Foundation when you purchase cases of three of their wines. £5 per case for the Meerkat Sauvignon Blanc, Meerkat Burrow Blend and £10 per case on the Mon René Sparking Wine. They have a target in mind to raise another £2,500 through these sales and also to raise awareness of MND.

So you can buy some great winend also support the Doddie Weir Foundation. To buy your Wine from the Sporting Wine Club, click here.

Makers of the FIH WC Women’s Trophy | Hockey Trophy | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte was commissioned by the International Hockey Federation to modify and restore the Women’s Hockey World Cup. The brief was simple, to use the existing bowl that was the Hockey Women’s World Cup, affectionately known as “The Salad Bowl”, and to add to it, creating a trophy following a very specific design (attached) that would give the women’s trophy the same look and stature as the men’s trophy.

The existing bowl had to be re-made as the metal was too thin, but we retained the original handles giving the new trophy a link with the old. We then hand-made and assembled the new elements, including the plinth, to create the new trophy.

The new Hockey Women’s World Cup was unveiled for the first time in New Zealand in November.

For more information, please visit: FIH WC Hockey

Women’s England Hockey Team and the World Cup captured by The Evening Standard

Designers and Makers of the Kauto Star Trophy | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are humbled to be the Designers and Makers of the Kauto Star Trophy. Working alongside The Jockey Club, this trophy has been created to pay tribute to National hunt hero Kauto Star’s incredible achievement as the only horse to have won the £1 million Chase Triple Crown.

Any horse that can replicate Kauto Star’s 2007 achievement in one season will take home the £1 million bonus and this specially commissioned triple sided trophy.  The horse must win The Betfair Chase, 32 Red King George VI Chase and the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The trophy has been handcrafted by our team of Master Silversmiths in our workshop in London.  Using a single sheet of brass, measuring 1.6mm in width, it was scorned and folded to create the triangle shape.  Finished with engraving, this trophy is fitting tribute to Kauto Star.  

For more information, please visit The Jockey Club Website.

Designers & Makers of Premier League Milestone Awards | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are humbled to continue their assoication with the Premier League as the Designer and Makers of the Player’s Milestone Awards.  In assocation with Cadbury, Players within the Premier League are awarded this achievement for making a mark within the competition.

Designed by our team in London, the recipient player is award a medallion and plaque commemorating the player’s milestone comprised in a presentation box.

For more information on this award, please visit:

The Auld Alliance Trophy | Scotland vs France Rugby | Thomas Lyte

Auld Alliance Trophy unveiled


A trophy honouring the war dead from the rugby communities of Scotland and France is unveiled today (Friday 9 February) at BT Murrayfield.

The Auld Alliance Trophy will be contested for the first time at Sunday’s NatWest 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and France, which falls in the centenary year of Armistice.

It specifically commemorates the captains of the two nations in the last matches played before the First World War – Eric Milroy (Scotland) and Marcel Burgun (France), both of whom perished in the conflict.

But it is also a tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. In all, 22 French and 30 Scottish internationalists were killed in action, along with countless other club players from both nations.

The driving force for the creation of the trophy was Patrick Caublot from the Amiens club in the north of France, who promoted it with David Anderson, a great-great nephew of Eric Milroy.

Anderson said: “Eric Milroy and Marcel Burgun, Scotland and France captains in 1914, are named on the trophy.  They represent the never-forgotten sacrifices made by rugby players of both nations and embody the Auld Alliance that was renewed in the Great War.”

Caublot, who led a party from the Amiens region on a visit to Scottish Rugby’s war memorial today, said: “The trophy underlines that the spirt of the Auld Alliance will live on.”

Caublot and Anderson contacted both the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and Scottish Rugby last June to seek to commission a trophy to mark the 100th anniversary of end of the First World War.

Scottish Rugby President Rob Flockhart, said: “The sacrifice made by so many from the rugby family in the First World War is never forgotten.

“Our annual armistice service at our war memorial arch at BT Murrayfield is a poignant reflection of that loss felt in so many communities around the world.

“When we received the proposal for the trophy we knew of the scale of the loss.  Yet the personal story of both Milroy and Burgun made the case for the trophy totally compelling.”

Milroy was described as “the most modest and generous of souls. The boyish smile, with which he would emerge from the feet of opposing forwards, was an open sesame to a wide circle of friendship, and never could it be said of him that success had in the least turned his head.  He was ever, sunny, modest and gentle.”

Brought up in Edinburgh, Milroy, a scrum-half, became an advocate of running rugby, with which Watsonians won the unofficial Scottish championship four times before the war.

He toured South Africa with the British Lions in 1910 and was capped 12 times, including against Burgun’s France in 1913.

He was killed at the age of 29 on the Somme in 1916, fighting as a machine-gun officer with the Black Watch.

On the eve of battle, Milroy wrote home to his mother, Walteria, who frequently instructed him to “keep well back” and out of harm’s way on the rugby field. In his final letter Milroy wrote: “We are in for some slight trouble tomorrow.  So, I am just warning you that there is to be no ‘keeping well back’ then.”

Born in St Petersburg, the son of a French clock-maker who worked for the Tsar, Marcel Burgun, won his first French caps playing for Racing Club in Paris before switching to Castres Olympique.  He went on to win 11 caps from his debut against Ireland in 1909 and four of those caps were gained against Scotland.

He played in France’s first-ever Championship victory – against Scotland in January 1911. Burgun learned that his elder brother was killed in action in the early battles of World War 1.  He became an artillery observer and a pilot but he too died in action, shot down and killed in the summer of 1915.

He won the Croix de Guerre and Palm and subsequently had a street in Castres named after him.

Bernard Laporte, President of the FFR, said: “With the Auld Alliance Trophy, the FFR and Scottish Rugby will celebrate the strong relationship between France and Scotland at each Tournament.


“It is a strong symbol for our two nations and an important tribute to the victims of the First World War. As of Sunday, the XV of France will have the honor to dispute this new trophy.”


The trophy has been manufactured by silversmiths Thomas Lyte, whose craftsmen have created some of the most iconic sporting trophies, including the FA Cup, the 6 Nations Trophy and the ATP World Champions Trophy.

The trophy is a magnificent symbol of considered craft being hand spun from hallmarked Sterling Silver.  It stands at an impressive 60cm in height and took a total of 110 craft hours to create.

Tim Munton, Commercial Director at Thomas Lyte said: “The Auld Alliance Trophy is a very significant commission for Thomas Lyte, commemorating an immensely sad time in our history, while celebrating a very significant sporting occasion.

“It is a great honour to be involved in this unique trophy, which for the first time celebrates the close alliance of Scotland and France and will be played for the first time when the teams meet on Sunday.”

The trophy will be contested annually between the countries in the Six Nations Championship.

On Sunday it will be presented by the two Union Presidents: Bernard Laporte (FFR) and Rob Flockhart (Scottish Rugby).

At the start of the match, the trophy will be unveiled to the crowd by the latest generations of the Milroy and Burgun families – 11-year-olds Lachlan Ross and Romain Cabanis – who are both keen to follow their famous relatives and perhaps contest the trophy in their name in the future.

For more information, please do visit the Scottish Rugby Website or the French Rugby Website