It is the competition which now bears his name following his passing last year.

And Fred Conway was remembered with a poignant tribute at this week’s county senior cup final.

The hugely respected and admired former Cumberland FA chairman, Mr Conway died last November aged 59.

The county football association were quick to rename their historic showpiece competition after him – meaning it is now known as the Fred Conway Cumberland Cup.

News and Star: Officials and players prepare for the minute's applauseOfficials and players prepare for the minute's applause (Image: Barbara Abbott)

Tuesday’s final between Workington Reds and Penrith AFC at Carlisle United’s Brunton Park ground saw some of Mr Conway’s family, including his partner Vicky, at the game as guests of honour.

News and Star: Penrith's players gather for the minute's applausePenrith's players gather for the minute's applause (Image: Barbara Abbott)

They were introduced to the teams before a minute’s applause was held in Mr Conway’s memory.

"All those who knew Fred knew how much he did for football in Cumberland, and how much he cared for this competition," an announcement over the public address system told the 676-strong attendance.

Fans were told that, such was Mr Conway's devotion to the Cumberland Cup, it was regarded as "his" competition.