In 1962, Lancashire’s Burnley FC and London club Tottenham Hotspur contested the English FA Cup final. At Burnley’s home ground, Turf Moor, English Cheese maiden Pat Roberts presented a 40lb cheese to Burnley captain Jimmy Adamson.
The Cheese Maiden was selected by the English Country Cheese Council, part of the National Milk Publicity Council, established in 1923. The body aimed to promote the consumption of milk, real dairy cream and English cheese.
Having presented the huge cheese, Maiden Roberts ensured the players were seen eating the thing.
Burnley lost to Tottenham 3–1. Lancashire cheese power was not enough to defeat Spurs’ jellied eels.
Is it all a bit weird? Certainly.
But, then, the Cheese Maiden has a history of luring men with her tempting cheese.
And here’s Benny Hill ofering the Daiury Queen’s his “cream” as The English Cheese Maiden looks on.