Explore the evolution of the FA Community Shield from its origins as the imposing Sheriff of London Trophy in 1898 to the modern shield crafted by Thomas Lyte
This year’s FA Community Shield will be a thoroughly modern affair, with treble-winning Manchester City battling it out against Premier League runners-up Arsenal for the first bragging rights of the 2023/24 season. But the history of the competition itself is as fascinating as any in football. And the origins of the Community Shield that Thomas Lyte, the Official Trophy and Silverware Supplier to The Football Association, lovingly restores on an annual basis, carry a story all of their own.
Some trophies are imposing, others are beautiful or carry striking features. Some, put simply, are big. Just ask those who had to carry the Sheriff of London Trophy to the venue hosting the forerunner to today’s Community Shield. Or, indeed, those charged with taking it to charity matches in the years that followed.