10 April, 1891 at Castle Grounds, Deddington

Bicester Harriers (2) 4 -  Stoke Lyne (2) 2

Referee: R. Renn Linesmen: J. Rowles (Weston) T. Bennett (Deddington)

Bicester Harriers: Sergt-Major E. F. Holt C. H. Grimsley (c) F. R. Mansfield T. Clifton E. Scarrott A. Ferguson J. Egerton G. Allitt

Bicester Harriers Scorers: Unknown 1 J. Egerton 1 T. Clifton 1 Unknown 1

Stoke Lyne: A. Tanner F. Jeacock ? Nicholls T. Jeacock B. Winfield F. Winfield F. White J. Jeacock ? Hillesden J. Dickinson A. James

Stoke Lyne Scorers:  Unknown 1 Unknown 1

This final match was played on the castle grounds, Deddington, on Saturday last, April 4th, between the Bicester Harriers and Stoke Lyne. After a good game was played it ended in a victory for the Harriers by four goals to two. The Stoke team played a plucky game right through, but the strong defence of the Harriers, with the first-class competitors on the right wing, frustrated their efforts considerably. Never the less Stoke are to be commended on the manner in which they contested the game, and to speak individually of the team, J. Dickinson was probably the most conspicuous, who played with remarkable tact, and made strenuous efforts to obtain a victory. All however, proved of no avail, the Harriers backs being ready for any emergency that took place.

The back portion of stoke was rather weak, the Bicester forwards playing too fast a game for them. A. Tanner the Stoke goalkeeper, kept his citadel in excellent style, and averted several good shots, sent in by T. Clifton. For the Harriers T. Clifton, E. Scarrott, and J. Egerton were the main stay of the team, and C. H. Grimsley, A. Campin, and Botley put in some good work at back. Stoke Lyne won the toss and kicked with the wind, and in the first half of the game it was difficult to tell which would be the winners, as both teams scored two goals each. With the wind the Harriers pressed their opponents until the finish of the game, and added two more points, which were kicked by Egerton and Clifton. This is the second time Stoke Lyne have contested in the final for the “Jersey” cup and for a village of its size, they can bring out a splendid eleven.

After the match Mr W. Godwin, of round hill, Stoke Lyne (secretary of the Association) presented the cup to the winning team with a bronze medal in case to each competitor. The Bicester team on reaching the “White Hart” at Bicester had the cup filled by several gentlemen, interested in the club, and Mr C. H. Grimsley, captain of the club, said he must congratulate them upon their success. The cup was handed round to the players for each to have a drink.

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