Harry Robinson was born in Kempston where he attended the local school. When Harry left school, he went to work as an apprentice at WH Allen’s Bedford.
When war broke out, he went to serve in the Royal Navy. After the war, Harry showed an interest in Kempston Rovers serving on the committee and going on to be the club’s secretary for the next 26 years. During this period Harry and his wife Marjorie washed both first and second team kits, ensuring that they were ready for the next game. Harry went on to become president of Kempston Rovers FC for many years. He is credited by the original historian of the club as the man who saved the club’s existence in the post war period.
Harry donated a trophy to the club, asking that it was played for each year. He was fortunate enough to be able to attend the first three games to see his trophy played for and to present the trophy to the winners. Sadly, Harry passed away in 1996 suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.
Previously, the trophy has been competed for between Kempston Rovers and an invited opponent in a one-off game.
The 2021 incarnation of the tournament is to be bigger and better than ever before.