THE 1906 JERSEY CUP FINAL
30 March, 1906 at Middleton Park
Middleton Park (0) 0 - Deddington (0) 0
Referee: T.J. Horn Linesmen: F. R. Mansfield R. Collett
Middleton Park: T. Buckland C. Shouler A. Varney E. Lapper J. Varney G. Elliott A. M. Johnson Arthur Whetton Albert Whetton W. Page W. Renn.
Middleton Park Scorers:
Deddington: G. Keen L. Callow F. Valentine T. Beesley A. Hancox J. Castle J. Warren W. Hancox R. W. Bywater W. Beesley B. Sykes
Of late years an increasing amount of interest has been manifested in the Jersey
Cup competition, and on Saturday practically every village in the neighbourhood
was well represented at the final tie between Middleton Park and Deddington on
neutral ground in Middleton Park; in fact, so many had braved the unkindly elements
that it was evident that, given fine weather, there would have been a record
Originally there had been eight clubs competing. In the first round Middleton defeated Stoke, Deddington beat Launton, Steeple Aston vanquished Bucknell, and Bletchingdon conquered Fritwell after a drawn game. The semi-final saw Deddington win Steeple Aston, and Bletchingdon lose to Middleton.
The game was timed to commence at three o' clock, but owing to the belated arrival of the appointed referee, Mr T.J. Horn, of Oxford, a start was not made till 3.30,
Deddington won the toss, but there was little benefit accruing from this, as the wind blew across the ground. The opening exchanges were in favour of Middleton, who early forced a corner, and shortly afterwards looked like scoring when Renn got in a shot at the corner of the goal; Keen, however, brought off a fine save. Later, however, the goalkeeper made three attempts before he could kick the ball away from a long shot by Shouler. Deddington then pressed for a time, but their efforts were nullified through faulty passing, and Sykes especially was off colour in this respect. The Deddington team gained a corner, and the ball rolled along the goal-line. Buckland, however, got the leather away, but in doing so, in the opinion of many, he carried the ball over the line.
For the last twenty minutes of the first half, Middleton had the better of the play, the Deddington defence being very weak. Several corners were gained by the homesters, but none were turned to account. At the interval neither side had scored.
The second half was slightly in favour of Middleton, but the Deddington forwards, led by Warren and Bywater, were often dangerous. Once, Warren put in a shot which A. Varney headed into goal; Buckland, however, cleared at the expense of a corner. Corner kicking on Saturday was very abortive, most of the attempts going behind goal. At the Deddington end, Johnson got in some good centres, which were not turned to account. Now and again, the game raised the excitement of the spectators, as there was such incidents as three Middleton players missing their kicks in the mouth of goal, a splendid save by Keen from J. Varney, and an open goal missed in the last minute of the game. Time was called with the match having been left drawn.
It has been the custom for the teams to play an extra half-an-hour, but there
is nothing in the rules governing the competition to this effect. Deddington
refused to play any longer, as it was evident they could not have stayed so
long as their opponents. The teams will thus have to fight another day.
After the match the teams were entertained to tea by the Earl of Jersey, who was an interested spectator throughout the game.
Play in Saturday's match was of very mediocre description. I do not know if
the Deddington team had an attack of "stage fright", for I am well
aware they are capable of giving a better exhibition than that on Saturday.
Probably the absence of Carvill, who was hurt on the previous Saturday at King's
Sutton, had something to do with the matter. In the Middleton team there were
some noted cup-fighters. The defence was very good, but all the forwards, with
the exception of Johnson, played below form.