Chapman’s stunning strike gives Shrewsbury a night to remember. 

The 2000 Boodle & Dunthorne Cup Final was the biggest yet, with a then record crowd of 1,702 attending and creating a special atmosphere in the Filbert Street Main Stand. In addition, Charterhouse were coached and captained by members of the same family, coach Malcolm Bailey and his son and captain, Matt. 

Charterhouse looked set to rip Shrewsbury apart in the opening 15 minutes but, once Shrewsbury had survived the onslaught, their defence became increasingly dominant and Ben Chapman scored a wonderful winning goal six minutes into the second half, picking up the ball around 40 yards from goal and then beating two defenders before hitting a scorching drive from 25 yards which went in off the left hand post. Charlie Marlow, Richard Bainbridge and Ross Gardner were magnificent at the back for Shrewsbury while Matthew Jones kept Matt Bailey quiet. 

Shrewsbury: L. Briggs, S. Kemp, R. Champion, C. Marlow (capt.), R. Bainbridge, R. Gardner, J. Elcock, A. McLaren (sub: T. Wainright-Lee), B. Chapman, T. Evans, M. Jones (sub: C. Stockbridge). 
Charterhouse: D. Heaton-Watson, A. Mezzetti, M. Bailey (capt.), J. Byrne, S. Spinks (sub: T. Goodrich), C. Shelton, I. MacAuslan (sub: T. Blake), W. Clark, M. Smith, J. Jackson, J. Toller. 
Scorer: Shrewsbury: Chapman. 

Referee: Mr. S. Lodge (Barnsley). 
Attendance: 1,702 
Guest of Honour: Mr. Geoff Thompson (Chairman of the Football Association). 
Venue: Filbert Street, Leicester City FC 

Charterhouse had reached the Final the hard way – it doesn’t come any more difficult that winning away at QEGS Blackburn, Bury GS and Brentwood! These matches provided the competition’s main talking points, notably a thrilling penalty shoot-out at Blackburn, complete with retaken kicks at crucial moments. Perhaps the Carthusians’ finest result came in snow, mud and biting winds at Bury where they came from behind to record a magnificent victory. Shrewsbury were more fortunate with three out of four home draws but they did defeat the reigning English Schools F.A. Trophy winners Ardingly in the quarter-finals, despite Adam Virgo (later to play for Brighton & Hove Albion and Glasgow Celtic) scoring a goal from the half-way line for Ardingly. Shrewsbury were fortunate in the semi-finals, however, when King’s Chester had enough chances to wrap the game up in the first half before Tom Evans scored twice in the second half to give Shrewsbury victory. 

Another fine result was achieved by King’s Chester who won away at reigning champions Hampton and there was drama at Brentwood when the referee threatened to abandon their penalty shoot-out with Latymer Upper because of bad light before both sides persuaded him to continue! 

The 1999-2000 season saw Millfield enter the Boodle & Dunthorne Cup for the first time and, although they went out in the Third Round at Latymer Upper, they seemed likely to be strong contenders in future years. 


First Round: 

Aldenham 3 Victoria College, Jersey 1 
Batley GS 0 Eton 6 
Hulme GS 1 John Lyon 1 aet (Hulme won 4-3 on pens) 
Malvern 3 Wellingborough 1 
Repton 4 Wolverhampton GS 0 
QEGS Blackburn 3 St. Bede’s, Manchester 0 

Second Round: 
Ardingly 4 Alleyn’s 1 
Bradfield 4 Aldenham 0 
Brentwood 4 Eton 1 
Bury GS 2 Repton 0 
Charterhouse 2 Winchester 0 
Chigwell 0 Shrewsbury 2 
Hampton 6 Grange 2 
Hulme GS 4 Highgate 2 
Kimbolton 1 Forest 0 
KES Witley 0 Haileybury 0 aet (KES won 4-2 on pens) 
King’s, Chester 3 Bolton 2 
Latymer Upper 6 Westminster 2 
Malvern 0 Millfield 4 
Manchester GS 2 City of London 0 
QEGS Blackburn 9 Oswestry 1 
St. Edmund’s, Cantab. 2 Lancing 0 

Third Round: 
Ardingly 6 Kimbolton 1 
Brentwood 4 Manchester GS 0 
Bury GS 8 KES Witley 0 
Hampton 0 King’s, Chester 1 
Hulme GS 0 Bradfield 1 
Latymer Upper 3 Millfield 2 aet 
QEGS Blackburn 2 Charterhouse 2 aet (Charterhouse won 5-4 on pens) 
Shrewsbury 2 St. Edmund’s, Cantab 0 

Fourth Round: 
Brentwood 1 Latymer Upper 1 aet (Brentwood won 5-4on pens) 
Bury GS 1 Charterhouse 2 
King’s, Chester 3 Bradfield 1 
Shrewsbury 3 Ardingly 1 

Brentwood 0 Charterhouse 2 
Shrewsbury 2 King’s, Chester 1 

Shrewsbury 1 Charterhouse 0 

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