21 March, 1913 at Middleton Park

Launton (1) 4 -  Bletchington (0) 1

Referee: G.A. Tyler Linesmen: Mr Golby T. Franks

Launton: J. Ancil G. Carter F. Austin W. Jeacock R. Hawes T. Ancil Ferdin Castle W. Massey G. Penn W. Lambourne T. Cox

Launton Scorers: W. Massey 1 Morris (og) Castle 1 G. Penn 1

Bletchington: S. Savin Morris Child Ward B. Taylor I. Savins J. Timms W. Herbert E. Taylor O. Barrett W. Barrett

Bletchington Scorers:  O. Barrett 1

Bletchington and Launton met to contest the right to possession of the Jersey Cup, in Middleton Park, on Saturday. Honours were even (1-1) at the call for time, but Launton gained the verdict by 4-1, adding three goals in the concluding "fifteen" of the extra time. The result rather flatters the victors, for after taking the lead unexpectedly, the amount of vim they mustered was an eye-opener, and thereafter they monopolised the exchanges. A boisterous wind kept off the long threatened showers of the forenoon, and prevailed throughout the game, robbing it of some of its interest. Singularly enough, the opening and second goal were scored when the respective teams were playing against the wind, which was not a disturbing factor as regards the even nature of play.

Mr G.A. Tyler was the referee, and the linesman were Messrs, Golby and T. Franks.

Bletchington won the toss, and chose to kick with the wind at their back. At the commencement, Launton were soon attacking, through Cox, who finished a dash down the left with an accurate centre. Savin ran out, but the wind caused the sphere to curl out of his reach, and he just touched the leather, offsides on the Launton right relieving the pressure. Timms receiving, got down well, and swung the ball across, Hawes extra weight stopping a dangerous rush, a corner being conceded. This was cleared by T. Ancil, and the Bletchington inside-left put wide. Carter and Austin were worked at full pressure for some time, the former having the busier time. A Bletchington movement was spoilt by Timms infringing the off-side rule, and T. Ancil was penalised for a foul just after. Carter took the ball off an opposing forward's toe, stopping a dangerous run in the nick of time. Carter cleared a rush by Herbert, and the latter player was pulled up for jumping. Bletchington forced a corner, and another was conceded, which hit the cross-bar and went over. Nothing came of an attack by Launton, and Austin conceded a fruitless corner. Timms put across, but Herbert was pulled up for offsides. Launton attacked through the agency of the right wing, and the scoring was opened from a centre by Castle. The ball hovered in the Bletchington goal-mouth for some time, eventually hitting the cross-bar, for Massey to apply his head to the rebound. Offsides against the Launton outside right spoilt another attack. Cox got through and put across the goal mouth, the leather going a yard wide, with Savin well beaten. Penn took the ball off Lambourne's toe, shooting over. Defence triumphed over attack for the rest of the half, play being even till the whistle went for half-time with:

Launton 1, Bletchington 0.

A goal in hand, and playing with the wind in their favour, Launton's chances were distinctly rosy at the commencement of the half. Bletchington attacked first and a forward put wide when well placed. Savin was called upon at the other end, to pick up and kick away. Determined play followed by Bletchington, but Ancil was not called upon, being well covered by the backs. Savin was again called upon, and subsequently a fine pot by the Launton right half-back, Jeacock, just went over the cross-bar. Timms had numerous tussles with T. Ancil, and the pair were often so mixed up that it was difficult to say which was which. Timms centred well, and from this equaliser occurred. The ball travelling well across the goal-mouth and Ancil ran out to intercept the leather, but it swerved out of his reach and O. Barrett, running up, made no mistake. On restarting Penn was pulled up for offside, and Cox was often in the picture. He showed rare dash, and on one occasion caused a humorous diversion, when going at full speed down the wing he did not check himself, but embraced a spectator and the pair rolled over and over. On the wing, F. Castle was starved, rarely receiving a pass. Lambourne worked as hard as any of his comrades, but hanging a shade too far back, he was often missing when Launton were around the Bletchington citadel. The brothers Barrett had a few runs on the right, but Jeacock had their measure throughout. Indeed, the Launton halves were a very good line, and it would be a job to single out the pick of them. Hawes ran right through on one occasion, being pulled up just in the nick of time by a defender. Offsides against Cox was the concluding item of the half, the whistle sounding with :

Launton 1, Bletchington 1.

Extra time was commenced after a brief deliberation, Bletchington having the assistance of the wind in the first "fifteen". A foul against Herbert was followed by a run and a shot by Cox, which, however, went wide, with Savin on the premises. Bletchington forced a corner, and this was followed by another, which was placed over. The Launton goal underwent a considerable amount of pressure, first one defender and then another stepping into the breach opportunely. The Launton citadel underwent a very narrow escape, when Ancil stepped out and deflected a shot across the goal-mouth, Austin promptly kicking away. The teams crossed over with the score unaltered.

For some minutes give and take play was the order and the exchanges were very even. The Launton profited through a mistake by the Bletchington defence, Morris heading a shot by Castle backwards and it went under the bar. Two stops were necessitated through injuries to a player of either side, the Bletchington centre half and Launton outside right respectively. Castle received after a determined Launton attack, the ball going across the goal-mouth, and placed wide out of Savin's reach. At the other end Carter effected a good clearance, and hereabouts Launton mustered so much "steam" that the attacks of Bletchington appeared quite feeble. A shot by Castle proved the means of Launton adding their final goal, Savin turning the ball on to the cross bar and Penn headed through from the rebound. Hawes shot straight at the goalie subsequently, bringing the latter player to the ground, but he got the ball away. Final :

Launton 4, Bletchington !.

In the absence of Lord Jersey, Lord Villiers presented the cup, accompanied by a few well chosen remarks. He was sure they all regretted that Lord Jersey was not amongst them (hear, hear). And he was glad that Launton had succeeded, after twenty years of pluck and perseverance. He sympathised with Bletchington, and then handed the cup to Mr Geo. Carter.

The Launton skipper said he was glad that they had won, but it was hard lines for Bletchington to be in the final two seasons in successions without success. He then called for three hearty cheers for the losers, which, needless to say, were heartily given.

The players afterwards sat down to tea, which was provided, through the generosity of Lord Jersey, in the pavilion.


April 11th

A very successful dinner was held at the Launton Reading room last night, in connection with the winning of the Jersey Cup. There was a large attendance, the room being well filled, and amongst those present were the Rev W.M. Miller, Mr T. Hawes, Mr Harper, Mr A. J. Hawes, Mr E. Hickman, Mr F. Ginger, Mr H. Morton, Mr A. Busby, and Mr F. A. Harrison.

After full justice had been done to the excellent spread, provided by Host Carter, the chairman (Mr R. F. Hawes) proposed the "King,Queen, and Royal Family," a verse of the national anthem being sung. Song - John Peel - Mr Miller. The Rev W. M. Miller then had great pleasure in proposing the "Health and renewed success of Launton Football Club." He said they were to be congratulated in their success. The speaker then spoke of the good of Football if it was played in the proper manner. He said for years the club had played and lost, and now they had persevered and won, and he also hoped they would hold it as long as it was to be played for. (Applause). With the toast he would couple the name of Mr G. Carter, the captain. "For he's a jolly good fellow," was then sung, and the toast was drunk with enthusiasm.

Song - Gentle breezes blow - Mr J. Ancil. Mr G. Carter (the captain) then thanked Mr Miller for coupling his name with the toast. He spoke of good sport they had had, and how pleased he was they had won the cup. Song - Grace Darling - Mr B. Penn. Mr A. Hawes proposed the toast of the Earl of Jersey, the donor of that excellent cup, which was on view decked with ribbons. "For he's a jolly good fellow" was sung, and the toast drunk with enthusiasm. Song - Donít you think he ought to see a doctor - Mr Gatley. Song - Corner of the street - Mr Morton. Mr E. Holland then proposed a vote of thanks to the subscribers to the club. He spoke of the great kindness of the gentry, including Mr Tubb, Mr Hamersley, Lord Jersey, Mr Hoare, and Mr Kingscote. Letters of apology for non attendance were read from Mr Kingscote and Mr Hamersley, who was ill with influenza. The speaker also spoke of the kindness of Mr Hawes, who had lent them his field. Song - Tom Bowling - Rev W. M. Miller; encored and "Sally in our Ally" given. Mr A. J. Hawes returned thanks on behalf of his father, who he said, was very pleased to do what he could for the club. Song - Village Pump - Mr A. Busby; encored, and "Black Horse" given. Mr F. A. Harrison said he was very pleased to be present on such an occasion. He spoke of when the club was started 29 years ago, and touched on many incidents which occurred during that time. He had great pleasure in proposing "The officers of the club," coupling with the toast the name of Mr F. T. Jeacock, the secretary. Song - Mr Harper; encored, and "when I was a boy at school " given. Song - Genevieve - Mr B. Penn. Song - Shirts - Mr Gatley; encored, and "I used to sigh for the silvery moon" given. The chairman proposed the "Visitors" there that evening; he hoped they had an enjoyable time. With the toast he coupled the name of Mr Gatley, their able accompanist. Song - Farmer Giles - Mr R. Simons. Mr Gatley then responded, and said he was very glad they had won the cup. He was very pleased to do what he could for the club. Song - Queen of the Earth - Mr R. Hawes. Encored, and "In father's arms " given. Mr Holland proposed the "Press," which he said had done good service for their club. (Applause). Song - Stop your tiggling, Jock - Mr T. Jeacock. Encored, and "Seaweed" given. Song - He's never been there before - Mr Green. Encored, and "Is there anything else you would like" given. Song - Mr J. Ancil. Song - You do get something for your money - Mr Morton. Mr A. J. Hawes proposed the "Caterer, Mr Carter," who he said had put such a splendid spread before them. He also coupled the waiters with the toast. Mr Carter briefly responded. Song - For to-night we'll merry be - Mr W. Harper. Mr A. Busby proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman for presiding that evening, and Mr Hawes responded. During the evening the cup was filled with punch, refilled, and, of course, emptied. The accompanists during the evening were Mr F. A. Harrison and Mr Gatley. The proceedings closed with "God save the King," after a most enjoyable time.

Presentation of Jersey Cup Medals

A good company spent a pleasant evening at the Bull Inn, Launton, on Monday, it being the occasion of the presentation of the Jersey Cup medals to the village team. Mr F. A. Harrison, who occupied the chair, made the presentation, accompanied by a few remarks on sport during his stay of thirty years at Launton. He said he felt proud to have the honour to be present. When he came to Launton he started a Rugby club, but after a brief trial he found that it was impossible to get matches, so he commenced Association Football, and claimed to be the father of this code at Launton. This had been an uphill struggle, the chief drawback, as was so at present, was the difficulty in getting a suitable ground; the surrounding villages were well equipped both for football and cricket. What was really wanted for Launton was a recreation ground. This he endeavoured to bring forward at the Coronation festivities as a lasting memorial, but received no support from the committee. In the early days he said, Launton combined with Stratton Audley. Then the players never dreamt of having a conveyance walking as far as Stoke Lyne to play a game. He congratulated Launton on their gentlemanly behaviour during the matches, which showed the true spirit of the game. He noticed the slab belonging to the cup had only sufficient space for one more shield, and said how gratified they all would be if their teams name filled this, next season. He felt well repaid for all the pains and trouble he had taken with the lads in that little paddock by the team being in possession of that splendid cup and those beautiful medals. Mr R. Hawes proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr Harrison for presenting the medals, and commented on the splendid coaching they had received from him. This was carried, with acclamation. The rest of the evening was continued by the singing of several songs, which were rendered as under : Mr J. Ancil, "Josephine"; Mr B. Penn, "The song that will live forever"; Mr A. Green, "Tongs"; Mr C. Jeacock, "Molly O'Morgan"; Mr G. Gibbard, "Dreamland"; Mr T. Ancil, "Yip-I-addy". An enjoyable evening terminated with the National Anthem.

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