Underdogs King’s surprise all-conquering Ardingly.
The King's School, Chester, sprang a major surprise when they defeated all-conquering Ardingly in the second Boodle & Dunthorne Cup Final. The Sussex side had enjoyed an outstanding season and few predicted a King's victory, especially since they had survived two penalty shoot-outs in their run to the final, including an astonishing victory at Eton which took 20 spot kicks before King's won through. Then, in the semi-final, King's equalised in the final minute of extra-time against Brentwood and then won the shoot-out again, Brentwood's Frank Lampard (later of West Ham, Chelsea and England) missing the crucial kick.
Ardingly were hot favourites to win the final but the match was memorable for a virtuoso performance by Martin McGrath of King's who scored two goals, one a superb effort in which he beat the Ardingly offside trap with a superb piece of individual skill, running half the length of the field to score. His was unquestionably a "man of the match" performance and deservedly won the cup for King's.
King's: I. Tatt, B. Whatling, J. D'Enrico, N. Franklin, A. Harradine (capt.), C. Prior, P. Brotherhood, M. McGrath, D. Hudson, L. Guest (sub: T.Mwangbingu), M. Powell (sub.: A. Douglas).
Ardingly: J. Hubbard, M. Oshitola, J. Virgo, F. Fafoutis, D. Smith, J. Zang (capt.), P. Carvalho, W. Jones, G. Best, W. Sykes, B. Macrae (sub.: T. Andrew).
Scorers: King's: McGrath 2, Brotherhood (pen); Ardingly: Jones.
Referee: Mr. M. Bodenham (Looe, Cornwall)
Guest of Honour: David Elleray (F.A. Cup Final referee)
Venue: Craven Cottage, Fulham FC
Philip Brotherhood scores from the penalty spot for King's (left).
1993-94 saw Eton and Batley G.S. enter the tournament for the first time, the Etonians marking their debut by achieving an excellent 2-1 away win at QEGS Blackburn. Indeed this second season of Boodle & Dunthorne Cup football saw a remarkable number of extraordinary matches. In the First Round St. Bede’s College thrashed Wolverhampton GS 6-0 away in the first round, while Lancing came back from 2-0 down to defeat Manchester GS 3-2.
In the Second Round, St. Bede’s played out a thrilling match with Shrewsbury, winning 1-0 with a goal in the last minute of extra-time. However, one of the most extraordinary Boodle & Dunthorne match ever played came at Eton who drew 1-1 with King’s School, Chester, whereupon the penalty shoot-out lasted for an astonishing 20 kicks before King’s finally ran out 7-6 winners to complete a contest that took over 2 1/2 hours to complete and finished in near darkness.
Strongly fancied St. Bede’s surprisingly came unstuck at windswept Bradfield in the quarter-finals, losing a penalty shoot-out 7-6 after a 2-2 draw. Bradfield went on to put up a superb defensive display at Ardingly in the semi-final before going down to the only goal of the game in extra-time. Meanwhile there was further drama for King’s who needed penalties once again to defeat Brentwood in the other semi-final. Goalless at full-time, an extra-time goal looked to be sufficient to put Brentwood in the Final until, in a storybook finish, Andrew ‘Jock’ Douglas, playing in his first 1st XI game of the season, headed a dramatic last minute equaliser and King’s came up trumps once again in the shoot-out after Frank Lampard (later of West Ham, Chelsea and England) missed from the spot.
Aldenham 1 King’s, Chester 3
Alleyn’s 0 Bolton 4
Bury GS 1 Brentwood 4
Chigwell 4 Highgate 2 aet
Hulme GS 3 Batley GS 2
John Lyon 2 Bradfield 4
Kimbolton 1 Charterhouse 4
Lancing 3 Manchester GS 2
Malvern 2 Latymer Upper 1
QEGS Blackburn 1 Eton 2 aet
Shrewsbury 5 KES Witley 0
Wellingborough 2 Westminster 1 aet
Wolverhampton GS 0 St. Bede’s (Manchester) 6
Byes – Ardingly, Forest, Repton
Ardingly 6 Bolton 0
Bradfield 6 Wellingborough 0
Chigwell 1 Brentwood 2
Eton 1 King’s, Chester 1 aet (King’s won 7-6 on pens)
Lancing 0 Hulme GS 1
Malvern 2 Forest 0
Repton 1 Charterhouse 0
St. Bede’s (Manchester) 1 Shrewsbury 0 aet
Bradfield 2 St. Bede’s (Manchester) 2 aet (Bradfield won ??? on pens)
Brentwood 2 Malvern 0
Charterhouse 0 Ardingly 3
King’s, Chester 4 Hulme GS 2
Ardingly 1 Bradfield 0 aet
King’s, Chester 1 Brentwood 1 aet (King’s won ??? one pens)
King’s, Chester 3 Ardingly 1
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