On 23rd August 2011 the FA Chairman David Bernstein presented Mr Junji Ogura, President of the Japanese FA, with a replica of The Emperor’s Cup trophy originally given to Japan by the FA in 1919.
The cup, originally given as a token of friendship, led to the formation of the Japanese Football Association in 1921 although the trophy disappeared during World War II. The ceremony, which took place at Wembley Stadium, marked the 90th anniversary of the Japanese Football Association and was attended by the Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP, the then Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Sir Trevor Brooking, The FA’s Director of Football Development, Japanese Ambassador Keiichi Hayashi and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
The cup, which was designed and made by Thomas Lyte in our London workshop, symbolises the strong friendship between the two football associations.