THE TENTH anniversary of Leamington FC reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup is set to be celebrated.
During the 2005/06 football season ‘The Brakes’ went on the most successful cup run of their modern incarnation, defeating five teams before eventually losing 9-1 to Colchester United – a professional team six leagues above them – on November 5, 2005.
Their run was even charted with BBC One’s Match of the Day programme featuring highlights of the game.
And to mark the milestone a decade on, Leamington Art Gallery is set to host a display of memorabilia from the game.
A bottle of ‘Brakes Fluid’ – brewed specially by Warwickshire Beer Company at the time – and match-day shirt are among the items that former manager, Jason Cadden has donated to the display.
These will be displayed alongside items including a signed match football and programme from the day in the exhibition, which will run until Sunday, December 6.
And those who wish to relive the football matches can watch a film documenting the cup run on the TV screen in the museum while there will also be a place for people to share their memories of the day.
Senior Curator Vicki Slade said: “It was a fantastic achievement for Leamington Football Club to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup, and a wonderful occasion for the town. It’s only fitting ten years on we celebrate this.
“We’re very grateful to Jason Cadden for lending items from his personal collection, which has helped make this display possible.”