Brentwood lift the Cup at last – but it takes penalties!
After 10 years of near misses Brentwood finally lifted the Boodle & Dunthorne Cup to give retiring coach Mr. Chris Bouckley, in charge throughout that decade, a memorable send-off. After losing four semi-finals defeats (two of them on penalties) and then defeat in the 2001 Final, few could begrudge Brentwood their victory for they have certainly been the most consistent team in the tournament's first decade, almost always reaching at least the quarter-finals.
Brentwood went ahead in the 35th minute when Peter Harlow headed home a corner see picture above but St. Bede's came back strongly and equalised 16 minutes into the second half when Phil Ireland crossed and Aiden Fetherston, unmarked at the far post, lashed the ball home from 10 yards.
There were further chances at both ends during the remainder of the match and in extra-time but neither side was able to produce a goal and it was Brentwood goalkeeper James Redwood who was the hero in the penalty shoot-out, saving St. Bede's first three kicks.
Brentwood: J.Redwood, C.Adams, J.Pryor, P.Harlow, B.Harris, D.Ward, P.Barker (capt.), A.Hodges, J.Harrison, T. Winothai, A.Worricker (sub: A.Martin).
St. Bede’s: P.Walker, C.Turnbull, M.Fetherston, M.Gandy (capt.), S.Lukes (sub: J.Clarke), P.Ireland, M.Rogers, R.Monteiro, M.Mozley, A.Stapleton (sub: L.Finnigan), A.Fetherston (sub: F.Mansaray).
Scorers: Brentwood: Harlow. St. Bede’s: Fetherston (A)
Referee: Mr. D.R. Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill)
Guest of Honour: Mr. P. Jones (F.A. Premier League and former F.I.F.A. referee).
Venue: Filbert Street, Leicester City FC.
From an early stage in the 2001-02 tournament, it became clear that there were three teams apparently ahead of the others - reigning champions QEGS Blackburn, Brentwood and St. Bede's College. QEGS were a little unfortunate to go out in the Third Round - defeated in extra-time by Wolverhampton Grammar School whilst without injured ace striker (and 2001 Cup Final matchwinner) Chris Porter. However, both Brentwood and St. Bede's were in unforgiving mood, Brentwood hitting an astonishing 23 goals in their five matches on their way to the Final and St. Bede's reaching Leicester without conceding a goal despite being drawn away in each of the first four rounds.
Other highlights of the tournament included an Eton v. Winchester quarter-final, both schools enjoying their best ever run, Eton going through to the semi-final stage. Unquestionably the most extraordinary match occurred in the second round at Hampton where the home side went out on penalties to Wolverhampton G.S. after a 0-0 draw after extra-time and then 24 penalty kicks before the tie was decided.
Aldenham1 Forest 5
Bolton 1 Shrewsbury 2
Bradfield 0 Victoria College, Jersey 0 aet (Bradfield won 5-3 on pens)
Charterhouse 0 Brentwood 4
Haileybury 2 Dover College 0
KES Witley 0 St. Bede’s, Manchester 4
King’s, Chester 3 Ardingly 1
Manchester GS 1 Repton 0
QEGS Blackburn 5 Kimbolton 0
Wolverhampton GS 2 St. Bede’s, Hailsham 1
Alleyn’s 4 John Lyon 2
Batley GS 1 Manchester GS 5
Chigwell 4 Malvern 1
City of London 0 Latymer Upper 5
Eton 3 Bradfield 1
Forest 9 Emanuel 1
Grange 2 Brentwood 9
Haileybury 2 QEGS Blackburn 5
Hampton 0 Wolverhampton GS 0 aet (WGS won 8-7 on pens)
Hulme GS 6 Wellingborough 0
Lancing 3 King’s, Chester 1
Millfield 0 St. Bede’s, Manchester 2
St. Edmund’s, Canterbury 0 Highgate 1
St. Mary’s, Crosby 3 Winchester 4 aet
Shrewsbury 4 Bury GS 1
Westminster 7 Oswestry 0
Brentwood 5 Westminster 1
Eton 4 Latymer Upper 1
Forest 4 Manchester GS 2
Highgate 0 St. Bede’s, Manchester 6
Hulme GS 1 Shrewsbury 2
Lancing 2 Chigwell 1
QEGS Blackburn 2 Wolverhampton GS 3 aet
Winchester 5 Alleyn’s 1
Brentwood 2 Shrewsbury 1
Eton 4 Winchester 0
Lancing 2 Forest 2 aet (Lancing won 4-3 on pens)
Wolverhampton GS 0 St. Bede’s, Manchester 1
Brentwood 3 Eton 0
St. Bede’s, Manchester 2 Lancing 0
Brentwood 1 St. Bede’s, Manchester 1 aet (Brentwood won 3-0 on pens)
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)