1996-97 LANCING 2 BOLTON 1

Glory for Lancing in final Fulham Final 

Inspired by captain Will Rum, Lancing were deserved winners of the 1997 Boodle & Dunthorne Cup Final. Opponents Bolton were hit by injuries, with both their first choice strikers unable to play in the Final, but they put up a brave fight and took the lead in the first half when Matthew Dewhurst pulled the ball back and Andrew Coleman fired into the roof of the net. Bolton had the better of the first half but Lancing came back strongly in the second and equalised after an hour when Steve Bird outpaced the Bolton defence and beat the advancing Sellers. Fittingly, the winning goal came from Lancing captain and inspiration Will Rum who was put through by Matt Russell and rounded Sellers before stroking the ball into the empty net. Within 2 years of this Final Lancing’s Andrew Frampton had made his league debut for Crystal Palace. 

Lancing: G. Campbell, T. Maberly, T. Coulter, S. Revill, D. Wiltshire, L. Taylor, W. Rum (capt.), A. Frampton, M. Russell, S. Bird (sub: M. Stewart), G. Allen. 
Bolton: R. Sellers, R. Thompson, D. Williams, C. Jolley, S. Charles (sub: D. Prestage), T. Entwistle, C. Waith, A. Price (capt.) A. Coleman, T. Whittaker, M. Dewhurst. 
Scorers: Lancing: Bird, Rum; Bolton: Coleman. 

Referee: Mr. D.R. Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill) 
Guest of Honour: Sir Tim Rice (Oscar winning lyricist) 

With the City of London and Haileybury entering the competition for the first time and three other schools returning to the tournament, the total number of entries reached 35 and necessitated six teams playing in a preliminary round. Haileybury were the first “Lent Term Soccer School” to enter the tournament and included Freddie Ardiles, son of then Tottenham Manager and former Argentine World Cup winner, Ossie Ardiles, in their side. One of the outstanding performances of the season was Bolton’s 6-0 hammering of traditionally strong Brentwood in the First Round. 

Most of the top sides were either in the north or in Sussex and Lancing were aided so many of their leading rivals – Ardingly, Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Repton, St. Bede’s, King’s Chester, QEGS Blackburn and Bolton – all eliminating each other, leaving an injury hit Bolton side in the Final. Indeed, six of the quarter-finalists were from the north. However, that is cup football and nobody could deny that Lancing ranked up there as one of the top sides and played a quality of football that justified their cup triumph. 

There were some particularly outstanding all-northern affairs. In the first round St. Bede’s finally sneaked home over Repton in a seven goal thriller and Shrewsbury won 4-2 away against a Wolverhampton side which was to progress to the later stages of the English Schools F.A. Trophy. In the second round QEGS overcame St. Bede’s but then succumbed to King’s Chester in the third round where Manchester GS won a penalty shoot-out at Shrewsbury. However the biggest of all the northern encounters came in the semi-finals when old rivals Manchester GS and Bolton shared five goals with Bolton finally sneaking through to their first Final. 

Meanwhile Lancing emerged as major contenders when they won 1-0 away at Bury in the quarter-finals. A tight victory over King’s Chester in the semi-final gave ensured their appearance in the Final. 


Preliminary Round: 

Kimbolton 3 City of London 1 
Repton 4 John Lyon 0 
Shrewsbury 9 Oswestry 0 

First Round: 
Aldenham 1 Hampton 4 
Bolton 6 Brentwood 0 
Bury GS 4 St. Edmund’s, Cantab. 0 
Charterhouse 2 Malvern 1 
Chigwell 0 Bradfield 2 
Eton 2 Winchester 0 
Haileybury 3 Batley GS 0 
Highgate 3 Alleyn’s 4 
Hulme GS 0 QEGS Blackburn 2 
KES Witley 2 Forest 1 
King’s, Chester 4 Kimbolton 0 
Manchester GS 2 Ardingly1 aet 
St. Bede’s, Manchester 4 Repton 3 aet 
Wellingborough 2 Latymer Upper 1 
Westminster 1 Lancing 3 
Wolverhampton GS 2 Shrewsbury 4 

Second Round: 
Alleyn’s 0 Manchester GS 4 
Bolton 3 KES Witley 1 
Eton 0 Shrewsbury 2 
Hampton 1 Bury GS 2 
King’s, Chester 4 Haileybury 0 
Lancing 3 Charterhouse 0 
QEGS Blackburn 2 St. Bede’s, Manchester 1 
Wellingborough 0 Bradfield 0 aet (Bradfield won 4-1 on pens) 

Third Round: 
Bolton 2 Bradfield 0 
Bury GS 0 Lancing 1 
QEGS Blackburn 0 King’s, Chester 1 
Shrewsbury 1 Manchester 1 aet (MGS won 5-4 on pens) 

Lancing 2 King’s, Chester 1 
Manchester GS 2 Bolton 3 

Lancing 2 Bolton 1 

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