President’s Cup a huge success
April 25, 2008
FC Bracknell hosted their second annual President’s Cup match at Farley Wood Centre on Saturday.
The competition was introduced last year as a celebration of 30 years of FC Bracknell, and the friendly exhibition match is played between FC Bracknell veterans, comprising mainly of coaches and parents of players at the club, and a President’s XI, a team of former players who started their playing careers as juniors at the club.
Last season, it was the President’s XI that emerged victorious with a 2-0 win, but the Veterans gained their revenge this time around as they won 4-2.
Club president Len Clarke, who founded the club back in 1977, was the manager of the President’s XI, with Keith Thomas as his coach.
However, as the game wore on, it became clear that none of the players had taken any notice of Thomas’ in-depth tactical instructions as they soon found themselves 4-1 down.
Ian Lewis scored the goal of the game with a scorching 30-yard strike to pull the President’s XI back into it, but it proved merely a consolation as the Veterans held on for the win.
Defender Colin Arnett was the man of the match for the President’s XI, while midfield workhorse ‘Mastic’ Matt was the Veterans’ star man.
Event organiser and club vice president Gary Grant praised the enthusiasm of those who took part, and hopes they will return again next year.
“It was a hard game but played in the right spirit, although there were plenty of mis-timed tackles,” joked Grant.
“Everyone enjoyed themselves and that is what it was all about. A good day was had by all.”
* FC Bracknell are on the lookout for five year olds to take part in their soccer school. Anyone interested should contact Gary Grant on 01344 450022.