Hampton show their class with classic passing game.
Leicester City became hosts of the Boodle & Dunthorne Cup Final for the first time in 1999 and thus the final was played on a Premier League ground for the first time. Hampton proved deserved winners. They enjoyed the luck of a series of home draws but played some excellent passing football with the likes of Ben Naidu, Andrew Stone and Alex Nasrallah to the fore and captain Matt Waldron a rock in defence. Wolverhampton G.S. were their somewhat surprise opponents on the day, since they had endured a mixed season, only coming fully to life for cup matches.
Hampton were two ahead inside the first 16 minutes, first Nasrallah driving a shot past Lancaster and then Stone heading in a cross by Dan Sims. Andy Turner pulled a goal back for Wolverhampton before half-time following an error in the Hampton defence but they seldom looked like denying the Londoners the cup.
Hampton: J. Comber, R. Dixon, M. Waldron (capt.), Chun Y-C, D. Sims, B. Naidu, A. Stone, K. Warren, A. Nasrallah (sub: T. Jackson), A. Fleming, M. Sexton.
Wolverhampton G.S.: C. Lancaster, A. Bate, J. Collins, T. Smyth, A. Skedgel (sub: R. Bolton), J. Carter, J. Skedgel, T. Baker, B. Bond (sub: S. Drury), A. Turner, A. Benbow.
Scorers: Hampton: Nasrallah, Stone. Wolverhampton G.S.: Turner.
Referee: Mr. D.R. Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill).
Guest of Honour: Mr. John Elsom (Chairman of Leicester City).
Venue: Filbert Street, Leicester City FC
Wolverhampton GS were involved were involved in many of the best matches of the tournament, including an excellent 4-0 away win at Lancing and a surprise 2-1 away win at fancied Shrewsbury, where they had lost heavily only 3 weeks earlier. Most dramatic of all, however, was the semi-final at Repton which proved a see-saw encounter, both sides exchanging goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw before Wolverhampton won the shoot-out to condemn Repton to a second successive close semi-final defeat.
Although Hampton were drawn at home in every round, they had some tough teams to defeat in QEGS Blackburn, King’s Chester and Bradfield, all of whom had strong sides that season. However, their finest performance came in the semi-final when they defeated reigning champions Ardingly 2-0 – Ardingly’s strength becoming all too apparent later in the season when they lifted the English Schools F.A. Trophy.
Grange School, from Hartford in Cheshire, and Victoria College of Jersey were the two new entrants into the tournament, the Channel Islanders agreeing to play all their matches away from home.
Aldenham 2 Alleyn’s 3
Ardingly 6 Batley GS 0
Forest 4 Oswestry 1
QEGS Blackburn 3 Winchester 1
Wellingborough 4 St. Edmund’s, Cantab. 0
Ardingly 7 Kimbolton )
Bolton 4 KES Witley 0
Bradfield 4 Alleyn’s 2 aet
Charterhouse 2 Latymer Upper 3
Chigwell 0 Lancing 3
City of London 1 Victoria College, Jersey 2
Eton 5 Forest 1
Grange 1 Shrewsbury 3
Haileybury 1 St. Bede’s, Manchester 5
Hampton 2 QEGS Blackburn 1
Highgate 2 Manchester GS 3
Hulme GS 1 Bury GS 0
King’s, Chester 5 John Lyon 0
Repton 2 Brentwood 2 aet (Repton won ?? on penalties)
Wellingborough 1 Westminster 2
Wolverhampton GS 3 Malvern 2
Eton 1 Ardingly 1 aet (Ardingly won 4-2 on pens)
Hampton 2 King’s, Chester 1
Hulme GS 2 Manchester GS 1 aet
Lancing 0 Wolverhampton GS 4
Latymer Upper 2 Bradfield 2 aet (Bradfield won 5-4 on pens)
Repton 5 St. Bede’s, Manchester 1
Shrewsbury 9 Victoria College, Jersey 2
Westminster 1 Bolton 1 aet (Bolton won 5-4 on pens)
Ardingly 1 Hulme GS 0
Hampton 1 Bradfield 0
Repton 1 Bolton 0
Shrewsbury 1 Wolverhampton GS 2
Hampton 2 Ardingly 0
Repton 3 Wolverhampton GS 3 aet (WGS won on pens)
Hampton 2 Wolverhampton GS 1
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)