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TROPHY BACK HOME - AFTER 20 YEARS

Date: 02/06/1990
Words: 241
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: Sport
Page: 90
THE Rugby League World Cup, unearthed on a rubbish dump 20 years after it was stolen, was returned on Friday to the game's headquarters at Leeds.

"It is like the return of the Holy Grail. No-one knows what its value is, but in rugby league terms it is priceless," spokesman David Howes said.

The trophy was stolen from the Midland Hotel, Bradford, in 1970 when it was put on display by the holders, Australia.

There was no trace of it until an unemployed father-of-four, Stephen Uttley(40) stumbled on it in a ditch just a few yards from the Bradford and Bingley Rugby League Club, Bingley, six weeks ago.

Uttley, of Highthorne Avenue, Bradford, handed over the 61cm high silver-plated and tarnished trophy to officials of the English Rugby League in Bradford.

They were willing to offer him a reward.

"He can have anything except a place in the team," Howes said.

But all he wanted was a few tickets to some games.

 
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