Chelsea hand back FA Cup - well rattled!

Chelsea have handed the FA Cup back - quite badly damaged - ahead of today's final.

Chelsea have handed the FA Cup back - quite badly damaged - ahead of today's final.

The Daily Mail says the FA Cup silversmith Thomas Lyte got the famous trophy into shape ready for Manchester City's clash with Wigan.

The FA allow the holders to keep the trophy for a year and last year's winners Chelsea handed it back with it needing some last-minute maintenance.

Kevin Williams, Thomas Lyte’s master silversmith explained how the maintenance process - which cost around £3,000 - takes place.

Williams said: "It was pretty well damaged - so many people wanted a piece of it.

"This year it took probably 70 to 80 hours of restoration and polishing, where you would normally allow more like 38 hours to make sure everything's all right."

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