It’s Ardingly at last in a Sixfields mudbath!  

The 1998 Boodle & Dunthorne Cup seldom appeared to be going anywhere but Ardingly as the Sussex school had clearly the best side around all season. Only their several near misses in past years offered any doubts but, assisted by a series of home draws, nobody managed to get close to defeating them. 

The Cup Final was played at Northampton Town F.C. in atrocious conditions of mud, heavy rain and high winds. Ardingly took the lead in only the first minute when Nick Holloway's shot was palmed out by Sellers and Tom Beech was on hand to score. Bolton equalised in the 21st minute when Tom Whittaker headed home Matthew Dewhurst's accurate cross to make it 1-1 at the break. Mid-way through the second half Peter Montgomery put Ardingly ahead again from a corner and in the closing moments, Beech shot home to make the game beyond doubt. Nobody deserved to lift the Cup more than Jake Farbrother, Ardingly's outstanding captain 

Ardingly captain, Jake Fairbrother (right) shows just what it means to be a Boodle & Dunthorne Cup winner. 

Ardingly: K. Monem, J. Lindsten, Y. Mihata, F. Cornwall, J. Fairbrother (capt.) D. Menzies, D. Marney, T. Beech, N. Holloway (sub: G. Rowley), P. Montgomery, T. Swann. 
Bolton: R. Sellers (capt.), R. Thompson, D. Williams, C. Jolley, R. Farnie, M. Brookes, R. Meadows, A. Myers, D. Barrett, T. Whittaker (sub: J. Chadwick), M. Dewhurst (sub: J. Ducker). 
Scorers: Ardingly: Beech 2, Montgomery: Bolton: Whittaker. 

Referee: Mr. S. Lodge (Barnsley) 
Attendance: 800 
Guest of Honour: Barry Ward (Chairman of Northampton Town F.C.) 
Venue: Sixfields Stadium, Northampton Town FC 

Plaudits went to Aldenham and Oswestry, smaller schools who both pulled off their first Boodle & Dunthorne Cup victories in the First Round. Another of the smaller schools, Wellingborough, knocked out reigning champions Lancing on penalties. Charterhouse put up a brave fight at St. Bede’s College, drawing 3-3 before going out in the shoot-out. 

The Second Round was disappointment with a number of one-sided matches and even the Third Round was similarly afflicted. However, the two semi-finals were excellent, producing 13 goals. It could have been more but for a magnificent display by QEGS goalkeeper Duncan Whalley who restricted mighty Ardingly to a 4-2 victory. 

Unquestionably the game of the year came at Repton in the other semi-final. The score was 1-1 after only 2 minutes and both sides traded goals throughout full and extra-time before Bolton came out on top 4-3 with Dan Barrett scoring a hat-trick. Repton’s matches were consistently remarkable this season – they came from 2-0 down with 15 minutes to play against Hampton to win 3-2 without extra-time and then beat Aldenham 6-1 – but only after extra-time, hammering an astonishing 5 goals in the extra 20 minutes. 


Preliminary Round: 

Eton 2 Alleyn’s 0 aet 
QEGS Blackburn 3 Highgate 0 
Wolverhampton GS 3 City of London 1 

First Round: 
Aldenham 3 Forest 2 
Ardingly 6 Victoria College, Jersey 0 
Bury GS 1 Haileybury 3 
Eton 3 Latymer Upper 1 
Hulme GS 6 John Lyon 3 
Kimbolton 0 Brentwood 3 
KES Witley 1 Shrewsbury 4 
Malvern 0 St. Edmund’s, Cantab. 0 aet (St. Edmund’s won 3-2 on pens) 
Manchester GS 2 Bolton 6 
Oswestry 2 Batley GS 2 aet (Oswestry won 4-2 on pens) 
QEGS Blackburn 3 Chigwell 1 aet 
Repton 3 Hampton 2 
St. Bede’s, Manchester 3 Charterhouse 3 aet (St. Bede’s won 4-2 on pens) 
Wellingborough 0 Lancing 0 aet (Wellingborough won 4-3 on pens) 
Westminster 3 Bradfield 1 
Wolverhampton GS 1 King’s, Chester 3 

Second Round: 
Aldenham 1 Repton 6 aet 
Ardingly 10 Westminster 1 
Bolton 10 Wellingborough 0 
Haileybury 1 Eton 3 
Hulme GS 0 QEGS Blackburn 6 
Oswestry 2 King’s, Chester 3 
St. Edmund’s, Cantab. 1 Brentwood 2 
Shrewsbury 4 St. Bede’s, Manchester 2 

Third Round: 
Ardingly 3 Shrewsbury 1 
Brentwood 0 Bolton 5 
QEGS Blackburn 5 King’s, Chester 0 
Repton 2 Eton 1 

Ardingly 4 QEGS Blackburn 2 
Repton 3 Bolton 4 aet 

Ardingly 3 Bolton 1 

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