Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A local affair

The 2011 South Holderness Cup
Saturday 14th May - Hedon Rangers 'C'
(Round 1, away) Walkover
Thursday 19th May - Thorngumbald Trinity
(Semi-Final, home) Won 4-0

The South Holderness Cup is one of the longest-running competitions of its kind in the East Riding of Yorkshire.  It has been an annual fixture in most local clubs' calendars since 1956.  We (i.e. Easington) have been in it since the early Sixties and for thirty years our participation hardly warranted a mention.
Then, in 1991, we reached the final for the first time.  We lost.  We repeated the feat in 1993 and 1995 before completing a first ever victory in the competition in 1997, courtesy of a heart-stopping penalty shootout win over favourites (and hosts) Withernsea.  It was the dawn of a new era.
Further wins followed in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007.  Eight wins in eleven seasons - a record that stands against any in the history of the competition; even more so when remembering that the Cup's one-off switch to pre-season in 2000/01 meant the Eastenders senior squad were prevented from entering by league commitments.
The run was ended by Hedon Rangers' first round win at Low Farm in 2008, en route to a first success for the Saltend-based outfit.  Kenny Harrison's men then completed a hat-trick with wins to ensure this year's competition was a must-win one for Mack and the boys.  Thankfully, in a competition full of surprises, we managed to avoid being the victims of one.  Our ninth South Holderness Cup win was just around the corner...  

To be continued...

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