The ‘Arthur Dunn Cup’ has been played since 1902-03, its trophy is one of football’s oldest, and I saw my first Final in the sunshine at Imperial College Sports Ground in Teddington on Saturday.
It’s a competition for Old Boys teams and Old Carthusians won it for the 24th time, beating Old Wykehamists 4-0 in front of more than 200 spectators.
Arthur Tempest Blakiston Dunn was capped four times for England, scoring twice on his debut against Ireland in 1883, and played in two FA Cup Finals for Old Etonians. He was described as “a good centre, rather light, but has plenty of pluck and is a sure shot at goal”. He was a schoolmaster, founding Ludgrove School, and passed away unexpectedly at the early age of 41 in 1902.
Cunliffe Gosling, another Old Etonian and England international, donated the ‘Arthur Dunn Cup’ in his memory. Old Carthusians, the Old Boys of Charterhouse School, won The FA Cup back in 1881 and had lifted the Arthur Dunn Cup as recently as 2011. Old Wykehamists, the Old Boys of Winchester, were appearing in their first Final for more than half a century.
The OCs won 4-0 on Saturday and skipper Matt Bailey, playing in his seventh Final, received the trophy from Jane Sawyer, who was said to be Arthur Dunn’s granddaughter but looked far too young to be that. An earlier match had started at 1pm on another pitch, featuring Old Carthusians’ third team and Lancing Old Boys in the Arthurian League Cup Final. It was three minutes away from going to extra time.
My other games in the last week have been Southall 3-0 Stony Stratford Town, Sporting Bengal United 1-0 Clapton, Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool (FA Youth Cup) and Carshalton Athletic Ladies 2-2 Battersea Ironsides.
I had a nice meal in the ‘Executive Club’ at Stamford Bridge before Friday night’s Semi-Final second leg – a ravioli-type main dish and a lemon meringue tart – before sitting in the East Stand with some friends from the Surrey FA to see the Young Blues go through 4-1 on aggregate.
I was with Mum in Purley yesterday and took the 127 bus from outside the library to Carshalton for Carshalton Ladies’ London & SE Regional League fixture with Battersea at the main ground at Colston Avenue. The reserves were simultaneously playing Bromleians on the pitch behind the covered side. The bus was late and I walked in about a minute before the kick-off. I counted 26 in the crowd.
It was 2-2, a scoreline that I believe is called a ‘Desmond’, and Robins’ No.14 was rewarded for some brave challenges in midfield and enterprising forward play with an excellent headed goal that put them 2-1 ahead. The swings and roundabouts behind the far goal were where I used to play long before I knew that football existed.
Games this season = 155
Games in total = 6,450