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Tottenham Hotspur and Glasgow Rangers compete for Walter Tull Memorial Cup

Tottenham Hotspur have won the Walter Tull Memorial Cup after beating Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox Stadium.

The trophy was named after the pioneering ex-serviceman who played for both teams prior to his death during the First World War.

He was Rangers' first black player to appear for the team.

In 1914, at the start of the war, he signed up for the 17th (1st Football) Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment as a Lance Corporal.

During his military career, he fought at the Battle of the Somme as he rose to the rank of lieutenant – despite Army regulations at the time prohibiting a 'person of colour' from being commissioned as an officer.

He is widely considered the first man of African-Caribbean mixed heritage to be commissioned as an infantry officer in the British Army and is also believed to be the Army's first black officer to command white troops.

Tull was killed in action leading his men into battle on the Western Front in 1918.

In the pre-season match in Glasgow, Tottenham secured a 2-1 win thanks to a double from England captain Harry Kane, who became an ambassador for a veteran's charity in 2020.