The FA obliged, and the FA Silver Cup was donated - known as The Emporer's Cup it was presented to the winners of the All-Japan Association Football Championship Tournament .
The donation of a prestigious trophy also contributed to the foundation of the Greater Japan Football Association in September 1921.
William Haigh, a graduate of Cambridge University, went to Japan in 1913 at the age of 22. He worked for the British diplomatic service, initially as a translator in Tokyo, becoming Vice-Consul in Yokohama in 1920. Haigh was a keen footballer. He played for the British Embassy XI and in 1918 established the British Embassy Cup Challenge League. This included local sides such as Tokyo Football Club, and Tokyo Normal Higher School.
06.04.18- Tokyo v. Yokohama, Association Football League Challenge Cup
06.04.18 British Embassy Tokyo 2 Yokohama 1
On 1st September 1923 Haigh was killed in an earthquake. He was 32 years old. A football tournament was held in his memory in December 1923, and the Haigh Memorial Cup was held the following year.
He was inducted into the Japan Football Hall of Fame in 2008.