Who was John Savage?
John Savage was a stalwart of Norfolk football and, in recognition of his dedication to football in the County, the trophy was named after him. He is currently one of only two individuals to have this honour bestowed upon him, along with the Stuart Dracup Cup.
The John Savage Cup was first competed for back in the 1978-79 season when Gorleston United beat Attleborough Juniors 5-2 to ensure that they became the first name to be engraved upon the trophy. John, or Jack as he was known, hailed from King’s Lynn and was an office manager of a company called Lavertys, who supplied fun fairs for fetes and other events. He was a one Club man and spent all of his playing days at Lynn St Nicholas FC, who played in the King’s Lynn & District League. Having played the game he loved John also qualified as a referee and became Chairman and President of the King’s Lynn branch of the Referees Association, positions he held for many years.
In addition to his other roles, John was elected onto the Council of the Norfolk County Football Association in 1919 and served for over 60 years, receiving The Football Associations Gold Medal for serving 50 years on a County Football Association Council in 1969. John was Chairman of Norfolk County FA from 1947 to 1948 and served as President of the Association from 1976 to 1980. John always loved youth football and it was for this reason that this trophy was named after him. Having lived his life to the full, John passed away aged 95.
- 2016-17 Firside Athletic beat Reffley Youth 5-0
- 2015-16 Attleborough Town beat Dereham Town Youth 3-2
- 2014-15 Thetford Town beat Lakeford Rangers Juniors 4-2
- 2013-14 Reffley Youth beat Dereham Town Youth 4-3
- 2012-13 Great Yarmouth Town beat Downham Town 2-1
To view the 2016-17 John Savage Cup fixtures and results click here.