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West Auckland FC: The miners football team that won big

Most England football fans think of the World Cup victory in 1966 as the greatest achievement in English football history.

But in a small corner of County Durham, they will tell you something different.

In 1909, West Auckland Football Club of the Northern League, was invited to compete for the prestigious Sir Thomas Lipton trophy in Turin, considered by many to be a precursor to today's World Cup.

They went on to win the tournament.

Two years later they won it again, thrashing Italian giants Juventus 6-1 in the final.

With help from the current West Auckland team, local historian Martin Connolly told BBC News about the double victory that was almost totally ignored by the British press at the time.

West Auckland compete in the FA Vase final at Wembley, on May 10 2014.

Video journalist: Dan Curtis

Real Time is a series for the BBC News website in which ordinary people tell their own extraordinary stories.

  • 02 May 2014
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