In 2010 as part of my research into the history of Shanghai Rugby Football Club I approached the Hong Kong Football Club to ask them if they still had the trophy. My initial queries drew a blank but on further searching Mark Pawley found the base of the cup. I was very pleased to see and hold it in March 2011. A year later I received a welcome email that the actual rose bowl had been found in a storage cupboard and so in August 2012 I was more delighted to hold the now complete trophy.
The trophy was played for again one year later in what became the final interport fixture between the two teams. Hong Kong were succesful and Morse presented his own trophy to the winning Hong Kong Football Club Captain on 19 February 1949. A few months later the Communists arrived in Shanghai and despite trying in 1950 no further matches were played between the teams. The Shanghai Rugby Football Club itself was formally closed on 3 November 1950.
Sir Arthur Morse
During the Second world War the Saker Cup, at that time held by Hong Kong, was lost, presumably stolen during the Japanese Occupatiion of Hong Kong. The first post war match between the two teams was played in Shanghai on 10 February 1948. A new trophy was needed and so Arthur Morse, the new Taipan of HSBC donated an impressive silver rose bowl trophy for the winners of the match.
Shanghai Football Club vs. Hong Kong 10 February 1948. The fourteenth interport fixture between the teams. Played in Shanghai at the Racecourse (today’s People’s Square). Shanghai (in black) won 13 : 3
Back row: J Small, T O Morgan, F J D Clemo, T Bowman, P E Towhill, R G M Wedderburn, E Plowden, ?, ?.
Middle row: D W Leach (Referee), I V Carrell, R P Oliver, J Taylor, A W Strachan, N I Meffan, E J Brown, W VK Chadwick, M P Langley, K M Campbell, H G Proudman, W A Hue, J B Huang, E J Kidby.
Front row: G B Godfrey, D J L McWhirter, J R Henderson, F Cessford, P S Ingham (Captain), D J Boyd (Captain), S J Ward, R U Reynolds, D H Stewart, R P J Stewart
During the Second world War the Saker Cup, at that time held by Hong Kong, was lost, presumably stolen during the Japanese Occupatiion of Hong Kong. The first post war match between the two teams was played in Shanghai on 10 February 1948. A new trophy was needed and so Arthur Morse, the new Taipan of HSBC presented an impressive rose bowl trophy to the victorious Shanghai team. For more information about all the interport fixtures see here .
Hong Kong first played Shanghai in a rugby interport fixture on 2 January 1924. From this match and the next twelve until 8 February 1940 they played for the Saker Cup. the cup donor, Richard Maxwell Saker first played rugby for Shanghai in December 1904 and became its fourth President in 1935. He left Shanghai early in the Second World War and died in Durban, South Africa aged 60.
The Morse Cup in detail
Richard Maxwell Saker in 1930
Other Artifacts of the month
The Morse Cup for matches between Hong Kong Football Club and Shanghai Rugby Football Club
Artifact of the Month Number 9 - November 2014 (for previous artifacts see bottom of page)