Im not 100% sure when the Eve of Final Rally's first started (maybe someone with the knowledge can advise) but they've certainly been held annually since before the 2nd world war.
They are held the night before the FA Cup Final in central London (or Cardiff during the non Wembley years) and the honoured guests are the following day's officials.
Back in the day they used to be a massive event with hundreds and hundreds of officials traveling from all the associations across the country for the evening and the night included a meal and plenty of entertainment.
Nowadays it is still attended by 150/200 officials & guests and is a little more low-key with just a few speeches and a guest speaker, who this year was David Davies.
A programme is always produced and sometimes are signed by the ref and linesman so its starting to become a nice collectable.
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