24 March, 1905 at Middleton Park

Bletchington (2) 3 -  King's Sutton (0) 0

Referee: F. W. Cooper Linesmen: A. S. Ferguson J. Varney

Bletchington: S. Savin R. Collett S. Rainbow D. Baker E. M. Potter G. C. Bartlett H. Kirtland W. Savin L. V. Shuttleworth C. Collett E. Baker.

Bletchington Scorers: Shuttleworth 2 C. Collett 1

King's Sutton: H. Sykes W. Wyatt R. Twynham D. Mobley H. Wyatt E. Dancer E. O. Harper G. Wyatt W. Meadows F. Harper W. Baker.

King's Sutton Scorers: 

The magnificent weather, following on a very showery period, doubtless had the effect of making the attendance's on the Middleton Park Ground on Saturday a record one, some six or seven hundred being present; and all had the satisfaction of witnessing a fine encounter. The majority of the crowd were anxious for Bletchington to win, for the club has lately been twice in the final without lifting the cup; while King's Sutton have won it on many occasions. Of course, all Bletchingdon were present; and King's Sutton also had a large following, though I missed Mr O. Compton, who I was sorry to hear, was indisposed. Mr Johnson the secretary of the association was present, and he was evidently delighted with the success that had attended his efforts, in making the competition so popular. Punctually at three o' clock the teams lined out.

R. Collett, by winning the toss, gained a great advantage for Bletchington, for they had the wind and sun at their backs. King's Sutton, however, started off as if they meant winning. The Bletchington defence usually so sure also seemed shaky. King's Sutton gained several corners, and once S. Savin brought off a brilliant save. At this period of the game, Potter and H. Wyatt, the respective centre-halves, were very conspicuous. The game at this point was fairly even, though Bletchington were not making as much headway as they ought to have done, considering the advantage in their favour. A free kick against Sutton took the game to their end, and R. Collett sent beautifully into goal, but his brother failed to get to the ball, and the opportunity was lost. Immediately afterwards, the Bletchington forwards surrounded the goal, but their passing was very slow, with the result that Twynham easily cleared. Suuton then attacked, and H. Wyatt put in a good shot, which just missed its mark. W. Baker also sent in well, and a corner was conceded. Eventually, Bletchington got down the field, and the ball dropped between the Sutton backs; Shyttleworth pounced on the ball, dodged the defenders, and sent in a shot. Sykes shaped well to save, but allowed the ball to go between his hands. It is, however, only fair to the goalkeeper to state that he had a glaring sun and a spinning ball to contend with.

King's Sutton, aroused by this reverse, attacked strongly, but the ball went behind, and gave relief to Bletchington. From this point the Oxfordshire team played much better, and Bartlett and C. Collett just missed scoring for them. Shuttleworth was tripped about 25 yards from goal, and R. Collett put the ball just over the bar. The game which was fast and interesting, was now in favour of Bletchington. Just on half-time the last named team gained a free kick. R. Collett placed beautifully into goal, and one or two of the Sutton team tried to head away at the same time. The goalkeeper also joined in, but fisted the ball against a confrere's cranium, with the result that it rebounded towards goal, and C. Collett steered the leather into the net. Before the teams could again line out, the referee's whistle blew for "lemon-time"

King's Sutton had fairly held their own in the first portion, with the sun and wind against them; and it was difficult to predict what would happen in the second part. Sutton attacked very strongly at the start, and Collett and Rainbow had plenty of work to do. They were obliged to give away several corners, which were all cleared. Mobley and Dancer were responsible for some good shots, and W. Baker put in some splendid work on the left. After about a quarter-of-an-hour's play the game opened out, the Bletchington right often taking the ball to the other end; and once Shuttleworth got past the backs, but Sykes came out and cleared. Then W. Baker got through on his own and the ball was cleared at the expense of a corner. A misfortune now befell Sutton, for G. Wyatt badly sprained his ankle, and had to be carried off the field, after being attended by Sergt. Adams and P. C. Skitmore. After this, Bletchingdon more than held their own. Shuttleworth got clear again, but shot wide; and another attack by Bletchington was repelled by Sykes. With about five minutes to go, E. Baker, with a splendid effort, tricked several opponents, and centred with precision. Shuttleworth obtained possession, and banged the ball into the net. King's Sutton after this got dangerous on one occasion, but time was called with Bletchington having won a splendid game by three goals to none.

King's Sutton may, as a rule, be a better team than their opponents, but, on the day's play, Bletchington won on their merits. All the winners played well, and some of the members seemed to play the game of their life. Savin was good in goal, though he made one risky save. The backs after an unsteady start, did splendidly; the halves were very hard working, and the inclusion of Potter greatly strengthened the line. Shuttleworth was a capable centre. There was little to choose between the wings. On the Sutton side, Sykes made a fatal mistake when the first goal was scored, and did not afterwards have many opportunities of showing his true form. Twynham was the better back. The halves were an even and hardworking lot; while the extreme wingers were the best of the forwards.

After the match the cup was presented by the Earl of Jersey to R. Collett, captain of the winning team. His Lordship said he was pleased to see Bletchington win the cup after so many trials. He hoped many would follow the example Bletchington had set them that day. They were also generous, and would not forget King's Sutton, who had, however, tasted the sweets of victory, as they at Middleton knew well. They would be sure, be the first to congratulate Bletchington on their victory.

The Bletchington captain, in reply, said he thought the best team had won. That was the fifteenth year they had tried for the cup, and they had been in the final three times in the last four years. He called for three cheers for the Earl of Jersey, the Rev W. H. Draper, and Mr Johnson. These were heartily given.
Lord Jersey having replied, thanked Mr Cooper, the referee, who had done everything a referee could do, so the game should be played in a proper spirit. (Applause).

The teams and officials afterwards sat down to a meat tea, kindly provided by the Earl of Jersey. The injured player was taken to the Earl of Jersey's residence, and his Lordship, with his usual kindness and consideration, caused him to be conveyed to Heyford station and thence home.

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