The Lederer Trophy was presented in 1946 as a tribute to Richard Lederer, and was originally a challenge event between the London's Bridge Clubs. Richard Lederer was a leading international player who ran his own club and contributed greatly to the development of English bridge in its formative years. He won the Gold Cup three times in the 1930s.
During the 1970's, teams from outside the capital were often invited to play as guests and in 1977 a Glasgow quartet (including Victor Silverstone and Willie Coyle) won the competition. Over the following years an international flavour was introduced and overseas teams have included Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, North America, Norway, Poland and Sweden.
The Lederer Memorial Trophy is one of the strongest tournaments held in England and a list of the winners is displayed at the venue. It is hard to think of a single star of English bridge since the second World War whose name does not appear on it.
A VuGraph room was introduced in 1990 and has become a regular feature. This year the selected VuGraph match will also be shown live on the Internet through Bridge Base Online.
The 2004 edition of this prestigious teams tournament was played in London in October 2004 and was featured by BBO. The first round was not covered. Only the open room bid&play is available.
Note that you can also find the same data along with commentary in the BBO archive.
Update, December 6, 2004: Thanks to Simon Cocheme and Denis O Kane we now have added the first match (not transmitted by BBO) and also the "other room" bidding and (most of) play for all the matches!