2023 FA Disability Cup: NE & Yorkshire, Aspire and St John's win on day two

Sunday 25 Jun 2023

After an action-packed first day, Sunday saw the return of the 2023 FA Disability Cup with another three finals at St. George Park.

With BT Sport airing the matches live and it being streamed for free on YouTube (watch below), you can watch the Cerebral Palsy Cup Final at 10.30am, Powerchair Cup Final at 12.40pm and Deaf Cup Final from 2.40pm.

See all of the action from day two below and read match reports from the first day here.

Cerebral Palsy Cup Final

North East and Yorkshire CP 4-0 Norwich City CSF

North East and Yorkshire CP made it three consecutive FA Disability Cup titles with an impressive 4-0 win over league champions Norwich City.

NE & Yorkshire took the lead on 12 minutes when Jack Fox Hockney cut inside onto his left foot and found the bottom corner.

Fox Hockney was arguably having the biggest impact on the first half and had a few efforts towards goal, with England international Ethan Day also flashing a shot wide.

And it was Fox Hockney who created NE & Yorkshire’s second goal when he laid the ball off to captain Dan Dalby and his powerful shot beat Norwich goalkeeper Max Waters.

It was then 3-0 in the second half when a well-worked set-piece routine saw Sheridan Linley send a low drive goalwards and Edward Dyson produced a classy back-heel flick to score from close range.

Dalby was having an increasing impact on the match and he would have grabbed a second goal had it not been for a superb save by Waters.

Norwich, who only launched their CP team two years ago after seeing the FA Disability Cup, searched for a way back into the match, with Ben Armstrong having a goal-bound shot blocked.

But in the final moments, NE & Yorkshire made it 4-0 when Harry Harland crossed for Gwilyum Elliot Hobson and he produced another excellent back-heel to score, to make it four FA Disability Cup titles in five years for NE & Yorkshire.

Captain Dalby said: “When we were younger, there was nothing like this to push us into CP football.

“I hope there will be a lot of young lads watching today who will see this and aim to push themselves through the pathway.

“We have North East & Yorkshire level but then you have the England level and you can get paid for playing cerebral palsy football now.”

North East and Yorkshire CP: 1 Sam Carr, 4 James Williams, 6 Jack Fox Hockney, 8 Owen Doodson, 9 Daniel Dalby, 10 Sheridan Linley, 11 Ethan Day

Substitutes: 1 Stephen Brown, 3 Karl Hauxwell, 7 Edward Dyson, 12 Harry Harland, 13 Gwilyum Elliot Hobson, 14 Ryan Rodwell, 15 Joe McKechnie, 16 Fraiser Clarke

Norwich City: 1 Max Waters, 4 Owen Woodrow, 5 Bailey Fleming, 7 William Clarke, 9 Joshua Wilde, 10 Bradley Taylor-Buglione, 14 Willoughby Ellson

Substitutes: 1 Ben Coe, 8 Samuel Whearty, 11 Max Cummins, 12 Ben Armstrong, 15 Samuel Hutson

EE Player of the Match: Jack Fox Hockney


Powerchair Cup Final

Aspire 2-0 Newcastle United Foundation

An emotional Jon Bolding dedicated Aspire’s fourth FA Disability Cup title to his deceased father John Snr after he scored both goals during the 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.

Newcastle defended resolutely for the opening half an hour as Aspire struggled to find a way through some impressive defending.

Newcastle teenager Oli Crawshaw battled well with Bolding in midfield, against a player who has been playing powerchair football longer than he has been alive.
But it was to be powerchair star Bolding who would be the match-winner as he grabbed both goals.

England internationals Dan McLellan and Jon Bolding both had a string of efforts saved or blocked in the first half before the breakthrough finally came midway through the second period.

The opener arrived after Ethan Fisher accidentally backed into Brad Bates in the penalty area, leaving Bolding to convert the spot-kick.

Bolding, who has more than 440 goals to his name already, then scored a second with four minutes remaining when he fired in from the halfway line.

Bolding, who was wearing a vest with a picture of his father on it, said: “I lost my dad last year and he followed me everywhere, so this is for him and the whole season was for him.

“Also the fans behind us, and our family and friends. We couldn’t be here without them so a massive thank you to them as they continue to support us wherever we go.

“The event gets bigger every year because more people are buying into the sport and buying into the teams. 

“There are parents and careers of other teams here and that means a lot to us. Hopefully, we put on a bit of a show for them today.”

Aspire starting IV: 7 Dan McLellan, 8 Jon Bolding, 19 Brad Bates, 20 Tom Kelly

Substitutes: 2 Sally McNeill, 10 Jordan Williams.

Newcastle United starting IV: 2 Aran Guthrie, 4 Oli Crawshaw, 9 Sam Smith, 10 Ethan Fisher

Substitutes: 5 Alby Morris, 8 Lee Armstrong

EE Player of the Match: Jon Bolding

Deaf Cup Final

Farsley Celtic 0-3 St. John’s

St John’s became national deaf champions after securing revenge against Farsley Celtic following the agonising defeat they suffered 12 months ago.

Last year’s Deaf final at the FA Disability Cup was won by Farsley Celtic through a last-minute winner but St John’s left little to chance on the 3G pitch at St. George’s Park this afternoon with a dominant display.

St John’s took the lead on 12 minutes when Abdou Jobe latched on to Oliver Manoochehri’s headed pass and volleyed into the bottom corner.

The London club, the oldest Deaf team in the world, then doubled their advantage just before the half-hour mark when Manoochehri laid the ball off to Matthew McQueeney but rather than take the shot on himself, he gave it back to Manoochehri to smash the ball into the roof of the net.

St John’s had dominated the first half but England international Will Palmer fired a warning shot just before the break.

However, in injury-time, St John’s all but ensured the trophy would be theirs with a third goal. Again, Manoochehri was involved, as he brought the ball down and passed to Rylan Casey, who arrowed a low drive into the bottom corner.

Farsley Celtic enjoyed more possession in the second half but still struggled to create many clear-cut chances.

They were offered a glimmer of hope with six minutes remaining when Wales captain Sam Evans tripped on the ball and then pulled down England international Cavell Donaldson for a penalty.

But his Para Lions team-mate Joe Dixon’s spot-kick was saved by Andrew Reay – who is not normally a goalkeeper and had yet to touch the ball with his hands after coming on as an injury replacement.

In an interesting sub-plot, both teams will now be on the same flight out to the Deaf Champions League in Warsaw tomorrow.

Farsley Celtic starting line-up: 1 Charlie Parker-Fairbairn, 2 Harry Boorman, 3 Gareth Dolan, 5 Kevin Oladimeji, 8 Cavell Donaldson, 9 Will Palmer, 10 Kieran Carey, 12 Joe Dixon, 15 Stuart Cameron, 18 Henry Bowe, 21 John Atkinson

Substitutes: Kemahti Anderson, Jephta Asamoah, Oliver Harrison, Hashim Mahmood, Indie Poole

St John’s starting line-up: 1 Tommy Hobson, 2 Samuel Evans, 3 Matthew Oaten, 4 Drew Rowley, 8 Kimahrie Lee, 11 Abdou Jobe, 15 Daniel Mace, 21 Jeremy Millenstead, 23 Matthew McQueeney, 28 Rylan Casey, 99 Oliver Mannochehri

Substitutes: 7 Byron Down, 9 Jamie Clarke, 17 Darren Dunne, 18 Eze Oju, 19 Matthew Byfield, 25 Daniel Hogan, 54 Andrew Reay

EE Player of the Match: Oliver Manoochehri

You can read match reports and watch the action from day one of the FA Disability Cup here.

By Frank Smith