19 March, 1909 at Middleton Park

Ambrosden (0) 1 -  Kirtlington (0) 3

Referee: F. Parker Linesmen: unknown

Ambrosden: J.L. Hickman A.S. Ingram (c) R.S. Hickman T. East J. Stevens H.E. Turner A.E. Hepworth H.J. Taylor A. Warren E.C. Hickman H.G. Philpot

Ambrosden Scorers: A. Warren 1

Kirtlington: E.R. Norridge (c) F. Woodley R. East A. Edgington C. Castleman G. Lloyd W. Walton T. Harrison L. Kirtland E. Edgington G. Wickson

Kirtlington Scorers:  F. Woodley 1 A. Edgington 1 J.L. Hickman (og) 1

March 12th 1909

To-morrow Kirtlington and Ambrosden will engage in the final of the Jersey Cup. Ambrosden, after their stage fright of last year, are expected to give a better exhibition than when engaged in the final with Middleton stoney. Kirtlington, however, are expected to prove a surprise packet. Great interest has always been evinced in the final ties, and there is no likelihood of any diminution at Middleto Park to-morrow.
In this season's competition Ambrosden have defeated Steeple Aston 10-1, Launton 2-0, (after a drawn game), and Kidlington 5-1; whilst their opponents have beaten Stratton Audley 4-1, Heyford 3-1, and Bletchingdon 2-1.

The number of clubs increasing, the expenses also rise owing to greater number of refs., and, as they are now qualified men and perhaps more capable than those formerly employed, it is to be hoped that the collection will be a good one.

The game will be played in the front of Lord Jersey's house, and the kick-off is at three o'clock. In the absence of the Earl of Jersey, the Rev W.H. Draper will present the cup. The referee will be Mr F. Parker, of Oxford.


March 19th 1909

There were over a thousand spectators at the final of the Jersey Cup in Middleton Park on Saturday last, the competing teams being Ambrosden (last years runners up) and Kirtlington, who won the cup a decade ago. Mr F. Parker (of Oxford) was the referee.

Ambrosden won the toss, but there was little advantage playing either way. As soon as the ball had been kicked off, Kirtland was injured. The game was quickly resumed, and Kirtlington became very aggressive. The ball was sent in from the left, and the Ambrosden goal was in jeopardy, but Ingram dashed across and cleared. The Ambrosden forwards started towards the opposing goal, but Philpot centred the ball too quickly, and Wickson obtained possession, but was checked by East. Kirtlington continued to attack, and, with the exception of a few breakaways, the ball was in the Ambrosden territory for the first quarter-of -an-hour. Then for a short period the Ambrosden forwards showed a glimpse of their true form, but found the defence of Woodley and East as solid as a rock. T. East made an attempt to break through for Ambrosden, and then the Kirtlington left made a good attempt, Turner clearing at the expense of a corner. This was cleared, and Taylor had a run, but Warren took the ball away from him and spoilt the movement. Ambrosden were several times penalised for throw-ins. Then Philpot was fouled, and from the free-kick Warren headed behind. Ambrosden were now playing better, and from a centre from the left Taylor skimmed the bar with a hot shot, but he had an easy chance of scoring. Some misunderstanding between Warren and Taylor resulted in another chance being missed. At the other end Wickson made a good run and centre, and it looked any odds on a score for Kirtlington, but the players were too slow, and the opportunity was lost. The T. East made a good attempt with a long shot, and later a corner was gained. The ball was cleared, but Ingram returned, and the ball was sent behind. This ended Ambrosden's attack, and for the last few minutes Kirtlington pressed. The interval came with the score:-

Ambrosden 0, Kirtlington 0.

Directly on the resumption the ball was sent out to Philpot, who centred, and Warren scored. This reversed aroused Kirtlington, and they quickly gained a corner, Ingram heading away, and the ball was gradually worked along the right. A free kick was gained by Kirtlington, and Woodley caused J. Hickman to fist away. A corner for Kirtlington was placed behind. Then it was Ambrosden's turn to attack, and Norridge had several shots to negotiate. At this time it looked as if Ambrosden would be easy winners, but their opponents recovered from a temporary relaxation, and Hickman was tested from a corner, whilst Castleman sent just over the bar. A corner was gained by either side, and one from at the Ambrosden end Ingram cleared and dribbled the ball over the half-way line. It was, however, returned, and an exciting incident followed. J. Hickman saved from Wickson, but dropped the ball just by the touch line. Edgington brought the ball round, but Hickman threw away. The ball was cleared. Then there were hard lines for Kirtlington. Their forwards were going through nicely, when the Referee pulled them up, an Ambrosden defender having fouled. From the free-kick J. Hickman saved splendidly by tipping the sphere over the bar. The corner was placed widely, and Woodley scored with a terrific drive. J. Hickman's view being obstructed. There were about twenty minutes to go, and the game became exciting. Both goals had narrow escapes. Five minutes from the end a melee resulted near the Ambrosden goal, from which Edgington scored. Ambrosden made a good attempt to equalise, and then from a free kick close in Kirtlington gained a corner, which was beautifully placed by Wickson, and, in saving, Hickman put the ball through his own goal. The whistle went with the score:

Kirtlington 3 goals, Ambrosden 1 goal.

In the absence of the Earl of Jersey and the Rev W.H. Draper, the cup was presented to the Kirtlington captain by the Rev A.J. Whistler, a vice-president of the Jersey Cup Association. Mr Whistler said he felt it a great honour to be asked to present the cup. The Earl of Jersey and the Rev W.H. Draper were both sorry indeed that they could not be present, and, when they heard about the excellent game, they would be more sorry that they had been obliged to miss it. It was a capital game, played in true sportsmanlike manner, and he had enjoyed it thoroughly, he was rather sorry Ambrosden did not get a few more goals, as they did so well in the final last year. However, the best team won. (Applause), and he had great pleasure in presenting the cup to the Kirtlington captain. He should like to see Kirtlington win it next year, unless Ambrosden or Bucknell were in the final.

Mr Norridge, in reply said he could not express his pleasure at receiving the trophy. The result of the match had been a surprise to him, as his team was quite a young one, the average age being about twenty.

Cheers were then given for the losers, the winners, the Earl of Jersey, the Rev A.J. Whistler, and the referee.

The teams were afterwards entertained to a meat tea in the pavilion by the Earl of Jersey.


There was less real football in the Jersey Cup final on Saturday last than in any of the finals of the last decade, except perhaps that of 1904, when Weston -on-the-green won the cup by defeating Bletchingdon. Of course, Weston and Wendlebury people will not agree with me, but that is my humble opinion. Saturday's game was conspicuous for hard kicking, whilst combination was scarcely thought of.

At the same time, however, the game was a most interesting one, for the teams infused plenty of life into their play, and the finish was an exciting one. Nothing was scored in the first half; then directly on the resumption Ambrosden got a goal. The half was nearly over before the "Lilywhites" as the Kirtlington players were designated, equalised. The arrangements for the replay were just being talked over, and Secretary Johnson must have been congratulating himself on having a second match to help fill the depleted coffers of the Association, for the season has been a heavy one, consequent on many circumstances, when Kirtlington gained the lead, and a few minutes later piled on the agony on the Ambrosians and elated their supporters by gaining a third goal.

Immediately the whistle blew for time there was a scene of wild enthusiasm, and, after the presentation of the cup had been made, the Kirtlington captain was lifted shoulder high and carried to the pavilion.

It is wonderful how the finals of the Jersey Cup attract. Saturday's "gate" must have been a record one, for there were over a thousand people present. At these matches, too, there is always a large proportion of the fair sex, a larger percentage than I have seen at any match. And weren't some of them excited, too, last Saturday, especially those from the Kirtlington side.

In these matches there is always a great amount of repartee among the spectators; and to those disinterested in either team it is very amusing.
I was asked by Kirtlington supporters why the people of Bicester and district had such faith in Ambrosden, for Kirtlington was an unknown quantity to them. I think the opinion was based on the excellent performance shown by Ambrosden in the final last year, and the improvements noticeable throughout the season.

As the rev A.J. Whistler stated, the better team won, and Ambrosden are very ready to admit this. As I stated before, there was very little football, and the slightly superior dash of Kirtlington had its effect. Kirtlington, too, finished up the fresher, and Ambrosden are now pondering over the advisability of the mid-week match previous to Saturday's encounter.

In the match under notice there was a player on both sides who stood out prominently above his confreres, Ingram, of Ambrosden, and Woodley, of Kirtlington. The only other player to shine was the Ambrosden goalie.

The Kirtlington players were very jubilant over each goal scored for them, of course. Cathrine wheels were performed, and one player gave an acrobatic display on his head reminiscent of marionettes.

On the winners returning home, they had a good reception, almost all the village turning out to cheer them in, and for the rest part of the evening the village the village was in a very excited state, and high times took place. The children to the old-age pensioners rose to the occasion, and were highly pleased at their team's success. By winning the Cup it has topped one of the most successful seasons in all ways the club has had.

I have received the following effusion from a Kirtlington correspondant, anent the Jersey Cup final. I do not wish to harrow the feelings of the Ambrosden team, but probably they will be interested to read it. It is as follows:-

" In loving memory of dear old Ambrosden, who fell on the Middleton Football ground, on Saturday, March 13, 1909.
It was a famous victory, proclaimed by all around, How Kirtlington beat the Ambrosden men on Middleton's famous ground;
Though Ambrosden tried their very best, to everyone 'twas plain, That Kirtlington boys were to good for them, and they're numbered with the slain. R.I.P. "

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