Forest win inaugural Final on penalties – but brave Charterhouse run them so close
A memorable first ever Boodle & Dunthorne Cup Final was played at Fulham's Craven Cottage on 16th March 1993 in front of a sizeable 1,600 crowd which demonstrated the immediate interest that the tournament had created. Forest School had been hot favourites throughout the tournament, including in their side Quinton Fortune (later to play for Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers and in two World Cups for South Africa), David Pratt (son of ex Tottenham star John Pratt) and ISFA representative players Chris Hossain, Jamie Banks and Tony Lawlor.
On the day, however, Charterhouse were to give Forest a tremendous battle despite the loss of key player Leigh Webb to German Measles on the morning of the final. Carthusian coach Malcolm Bailey had done his homework and organised a magnificent defensive performance with Guy Tassell performing a superb marking role on Fortune. When coupled with the constant menace of prolific goalscorer Anton McCourtie (see pic above), the masterplan came near to upsetting Forest.
McCourtie gave Charterhouse a shock lead after an hour but David Pratt equalised for Forest from a free-kick to take the game into extra-time. Quinton Fortune appeared to give Forest victory in extra-time but amazingly brave Charterhouse fought back and Jamie Jarvis scored an equaliser in the final minute.
Sadly, for Charterhouse, their heroics during the match proved too much for them and they failed with all their first three spot-kicks in the penalty shoot-out to give Forest the cup. Although arguably a little fortunate in the Final, Forest were nevertheless deserved champions as they were certainly the outstanding independent school side of the season. Forest captain Chris Hossein received the Boodle & Dunthorne Cup from Jimmy Hill (right), watched by ISFA Chairman Chris Saunders.
Forest: M. Butler, N. Keaveney, A. Smith, C. Hossein (capt.), J. Banks, S. Farmer, D. Pratt, S. Smith, Q. Fortune, T. Lawlor, P. Hooper.
Charterhouse: B. Akker (capt.), M. Pate, D. Sadler, G. Tassell, T. Walker, J. Jarvis, R. Green, B. Wakeham, B. Wiegand, A. McCourtie, R. Cunningham-Brown (sub.: A. Younie).
Scorers: Forest: Pratt, Fortune; Charterhouse: McCourtie, Jarvis.
Referee: Mr. D. Elleray (Harrow).
Guest of Honour: Jimmy Hill (Chairman of Fulham F.C., BBC tv personality)
Venue: Craven Cottage, Fulham FC
The first ever Boodle & Dunthorne Cup match had taken place on 5th September 1992 at Chester between the King's School and Hulme G.S. After much discussion, independent schools football finally had it's first 11-a-side competitive tournament. In this first year, for the only time, the first round was on a regional north and south basis and most, but not all, schools entered, there being 28 competing teams.
From the first, there were some typically exciting matches, a taste of excitement to come - Shrewsbury came back from 2-0 with 6 minutes to play at Manchester G.S. to win in extra-time, Westminster won 4-3 away at Alleyn's, Bradfield achieved a momentous away win at Bolton, and both the semi-finals were high-scoring ding-dong battles. Most importantly of all, however, the tournament was underway and a 1,600 crowd for the Final showed how it had captured the imagination of the schools involved.
Alleyn’s 3 Westminster 4
Ardingly 6 Wellingborough 1
Brentwood 4 Kimbolton 1
Bury GS 1 Wolverhampton GS 3
Chigwell 1 Bradfield 3
Forest 7 KES Witley 1
John Lyon 1 Charterhouse 5
King’s, Chester 1 Hulme GS 3 aet
Malvern 0 Highgate 2
Manchester GS 2 Shrewsbury 3 aet
QEGS Blackburn 0 Bolton 2
Winchester 0 Latymer Upper 10
Byes: St. Bede’s (Manchester), Repton, Lancing, Aldenham
Ardingly 1 St. Bede’s (Manchester) 2
Bolton 0 Bradfield 1
Charterhouse 5 Westminster 1
Forest 3 Repton 0
Highgate 1 Aldenham 0
Hulme GS 2 Lancing 3
Shrewsbury 2 Latymer Upper 0
Wolverhampton GS 0 Brentwood 7
Bradfield 1 Charterhouse 2
Brentwood 0 St. Bede’s (Manchester) 2
Forest 6 Lancing 3
Highgate 0 Shrewsbury 3
Forest 3 St. Bede’s (Manchester) 2
Shrewsbury 2 Charterhouse 3 aet
Forest 2 Charterhouse 2 aet (Forest won 3-0 on pens)
Sun 12th Mar
ISFA U16 v. Millwall
(City of London School
Playing Fields, 11.00)
Mon 20th Mar
Boodles ISFA Cup Final
Millfield v. Royal Russell
(MK Dons FC, 7.00)
ISFA U18 & U16 Tour
ISFA U15 & U14 Tour
Thurs 27th Apr
ISFA U16 Shield Final
(St. George's Park, 6.00)
Sun 30th Apr
ISFA U17 v.
Scotland Independent Schools
(Altrincham FC, 2.00)