3:30pm Thursday 10th May 2012
THE Evesham Hospital Cup celebrates its 100th anniversary this season with four finals contested this month.
The competition has been running since 1912 and in that time has raised money for the town’s hospital as well as charities, including the County Air Ambulance.
Tomorrow (Friday) sees the final of the Saturday Minor Cup between Bretforton Old Boys and Droitwich Spa Res at Littleton FC (6pm).
Red Horse and Black Bear will do battle for the Sunday Junior Cup on Sunday, also at Pebworth Road (6pm), while Littleton will have home advantage in the Saturday Junior Cup final against Bromsgrove Sporting on Saturday, May 19 (3pm).
The Sunday Minor Cup, also known as the Barry Bostock Cup, is between WMK and Bredon on Sunday, May 20, at Broadway United (6pm).
Looking back at the competition’s history, the first Evesham Hospital Cup final was played on the Crown Meadow, Evesham, in 1912 and was won by Badsey Rangers, watched by over 2,000 people.
Played to raise funds for Evesham Cottage Hospital, the cup was regarded as the most coveted trophy in the district with the first three finals being watched by a total of over 7,000 spectators.
In the early years Badsey Rangers, Evesham and Bretforton were regular winners but Littleton’s triumph in 1932 was their first of 17.
Evesham Hospital Cup secretary Peter Jelfs said: “I would like to give a big thank you to the late honorary secretary Don Fryer who, at the age of 85, had organised the Evesham Hospital Cup for some 43 years.”
Referees from across the two counties will mark a major milestone later this year.
The Worcestershire and Hereford Referees Association will mark their 75th anniversary at Worcestershire County Cricket Club at 7pm on September 22.
Former Premier League official David Elleray, president of the Referees Association, will be guest speaker alongside comedian Billy Flywheel. Tickets are £17.50, for more details call Florence Wise on (01684) 310561.
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