Makita Trophy[edit | edit source]

The Makita Trophy saw a couple of English and a couple of Italian teams meet in soporific matches at Wembley to get their pre-season signings injured in time for the season proper.

It always ended up being Arsenal against Sampdoria. There was no point to this, and they put a stop to it.

However, the spectre of the four-team ‘pre-season tournament’ continues to loom every couple of years. A spokesman for Umbro, who sponsored one in 2005, said: ‘we think this is a great opportunity for fans to warm up for the season, and we’re not discouraged by the fact that everyone alive hates this sort of shit.’

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.