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

 

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: premierleague.com

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.

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

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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.

 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thomas-lyte

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.

Designer & Makers of The ICC Bat & Ball 2017 Awards | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are honoured to be the Designers & Makers of The ICC Bat & Ball 2017 Awards. Played every four years, The International Cricket Council Champions Trophy took place in England and Wales in 2017. With rivals India and Pakistan battling head to head in the final of the tournament, it was Pakisatn, the lowest ranking club in the tournament that would be victorious. 

Handcrafted from the finest materials at the hands of our master artisans, the Golden Bat and Golden Ball were presented after the winner of the tournament was announced.  Skillfully shaped like a cricket bat, the Golden Bat went to the Highest Scorer of the Tournament, Shikhar Dhawan from the Indian Cricket team who scored 338 runs.  Set on top of a wooden plinth, the Golden Ball, handcrafted to represent a cricket ball, was presented to the highest wicket Taker in the Tournament.  This was presented to Hasan Ali of Pakisatan for taking 13 wickets in five matches.

Designers & Makers of The Farmfoods European Senior Masters Trophy | Thomas Lyte

A fantastic event, we are proud to be the Designers and Makers of The Farmfoods European Senior Masters Trophy. An inaugural tournament, it offers amateurs the opportunity to play, partner and watch some of the finest senior European Golf Players.

With a clean design, this trophy features an elongated body with elegant tapered handles.  Handcrafted using traditional techniques in our London workshop, this 70cm trophy sits atop of a wooden plinth.  Finished with a golf ball resting on the lid, this trophy commands the attention it deserves.

To find out more on the competition, please visit: The European Senior Masters Website

LMA – The Manager Magazine Autumn 2017 | Thomas Lyte

As Proud Designers and Makers of The LMA Sir Alex Ferguson, Thomas Lyte was featured in the LMA Manager Magazine Autumn 2017 issue.  With a double page spread, Thomas Lyte retold the momentous day that Sir Alex Ferguson visited our London workshop to cast his eye onto the trophy that would bear his name.  With the continued partnership between the League Managers Assoistation and Thomas Lyte, we look to the future as Masters of Sport working together.

Designers & Makers of The Nigerian Federation Cup | Thomas Lyte

Thomas Lyte are thrilled to be the Designers & Makers of the Nigerian Federation Cup. First established in 1945 by the Nigerian Football Federation, it has been played under different names over the years but is still remains a favourite among the hearts of Nigerian football fans.  

Handcrafted in our London workshop, it was funded by the 2012 President of the Lagos State Football Association in Nigerian.  Exqusitely mastered from Sterling Silver, this trophy features squared handles and an engraved body.  A dominating size, this trophy reflects the strength of the eagle featured on the NFF logo.