AFC Bournemouth and Watford go into the final day of the season on Saturday with the two clubs battling it out to win the Sky Bet Championship title – and whichever club wins they will be presented with the trophy after the match on Saturday.
Watford complete their season by hosting Sheffield Wednesday at Vicarage Road, and take a one point lead into the weekend. The Hornets are currently on 88 points, with title rivals AFC Bournemouth in second place on 87 points. The Cherries, who all but mathematically secured promotion on Monday, travel to Charlton Athletic for their final game. Both matches kick-off at 12.15pm on Saturday.
To ensure the Champions are able to celebrate their achievement The Football League will be taking the Championship trophy and an identical replica to the final day matches at the Valley and Vicarage Road. There will also be a set of medals on hand at each stadium for the winning players.
Nicknamed ‘The Lady’, the Championship trophy is one of the oldest sporting trophies in the world. It was designed and made for the 1890/91 season by the craftsmen at family-owned Vaughton’s in Birmingham, who still make The Football League's medals to this day, with Everton being the first club to receive it. Preston North End had won the first two Football League titles but had not received a trophy.
The engraving on the front of the famous trophy details the 12 founder member clubs on The Football League committee.
On the reverse side is a depiction of a football match. Notably the scene does not feature a goal net as they were not introduced until 1891 after Liverpool engineer John Alexander Brodie designed 'a huge pocket' for the goal.