‘Not a chance’ Pakenham Cup will return to Mission

Fraser Valley Soccer League unhappy with Mission’s advances for historic soccer trophy

It’s said that possession is nine-tenths of the law, and that claim is one of many that the Fraser Valley Soccer League said strengthens their refusal to ever hand over the fabled Pakenham Cup to a group of Mission residents who say it belongs in its original location.

Thomas Mills, the executive director of the FVSL, which features several teams from Abbotsford, said the article about the cup in the Oct. 7 edition of the Mission City Record alarmed and insulted his league.

He said the trophy was never stored in a closet, like Coun. Jim Hinds claimed, that it was on display in their front office in Langley. But since the article came out, Mills said the trophy has been moved to a secret location.

“We have the original trophy but I’m not telling the City of Mission where it is now,” Mills said. “It’s in possession of the league. We have had it on display in the office, but as soon as the article came out we removed it because someone could come and take it. We’re now not risking exposing this trophy to be taken.”

Mills said the FVSL treats the cup with respect and have tried to keep Mission involved, but locals have not been overly enthusiastic about the league or the cup.

“Mission City was chosen as the site for the cup game but it’s changed over the years,” he said. “We’ve tried to pay respect to that and were committed to having the final game there every 10 years. We were there in 2005, and, to be honest, the City of Mission didn’t lift a finger to help us. This is where I chuckle, and wonder why they suddenly want the trophy.”

He pointed out that the league has paid for all the maintenance and upkeep of the trophy over the years, and said that he disputes the fact that Hinds referred to Mission as the cup’s hometown.

“Its true hometown is the Fraser Valley district,” he said. “We’ve tried to play the final in Mission before, like in 2005, but the protocol and facility requirements have gone far beyond what Mission can offer.”

Mills said the discussions between the two groups got off on the wrong foot when the league was threatened with legal action from the City of Mission to return the cup. He also said that any idea of a new competition in Mission to play for the cup would diminish its value.

“What they should be asking us is how they can get our league final in Mission again,” he said. “They haven’t approached us in a friendly action, from threatening legal action to making statements like we keep the trophy in a closet.”

He said there is no chance the cup will ever be kept on display in Mission, which was the dream of the group of locals attempting to bring it back to Mission.

Just Posted

Northern California man charged with aiding fugitive Brandon Teixeira

Sam Koh, 40, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to harbouring Teixeira

South Surrey couple donates $1M to hospital’s children’s centre campaign

Donation brings hospital foundation’s fundraising goal within $1 million

The Surrey Hospice Society’s Toolbox thrift store reopens in Cloverdale

Before she fell ill, Janet Child revamped second-hand tool store

Prolific offender nabbed at Surrey SkyTrain after police say he skipped paying fare

Officers arrested Reginald Simon at Scott Road SkyTrain after discovering he had 11 outstanding warrants

Cloverdale hospital could take pressure off Langley Memorial

Fraser Health says about 20 per cent of patients at LMH are from Surrey

MAP: Christmas light displays in Surrey and beyond

Send us pictures of your National Lampoon-style lit-up homes, nativity scenes or North Pole playlands

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

Up to 25 cm of snow is expected to fall in the region by Thursday

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

B.C. guide fined $2K in first conviction under new federal whale protection laws

Scott Babcock found guilty of approaching a North Pacific humpback whale at less than 100 metres

Feds urge Air Canada to fix booking problems as travel season approaches

The airline introduced the new reservation system more than three weeks ago

Most Read