The Stuart Dracup Cup Final 2021-22
Wymondham Town United or Blofield United will lift the Stuart Dracup Cup this season.
The Stuart Dracup Cup was first competed for in the 2014-15 season following the sad passing of Stuart Dracup who devoted many years to youth football. The competition, which was formerly known as the Norfolk Minor Cup, is steeped in history and was first competed for in the 1927-28 season when Norwich ILP defeated Rudham 5-0. The competition is currently run for Under 14 teams in Norfolk.
Wymondham Town United compete in the Norfolk Combined Youth Football League, Premier League and currently sit fifth after winning 8 of their 16 matches, with two games to play before their League season is complete. They have played their opposition twice so far this season, losing both games 3-1 and 4-1 respectively. After receiving a walkover in the first round, Wymondham hosted Reffley Youth and progressed thanks to a 4-2 victory. Third and fourth round wins against Watlington Sports & Social Club and Cringleford respectively, meant a difficult local-derby in the semi-finals against Thorpe St Andrew. After 80 minutes the two sides could not be separated, drawing 1-1 but it was Town United that kept their cool from the spot and won the tie on penalties 7-6.
When asked about the final, Wymondham Town United’s Steve Hickey said: “Reaching the Final is very important and making a final is rewarding to everyone involved in running the club. The lads have been fantastic this season snapping at the heels of the teams ahead of us. Hopefully for next season the team can keep progressing and increase in squad size to put us in that mix. Winning the cup would be a huge achievement and would show the progress that the club has made.”
Blofield United also play in the Norfolk Combined Youth Football League, Premier League and are currently second, six points behind top spot but have a game in hand and four matches to go. Blofield started their cup run with a convincing 11-0 home win against Dersingham Rovers and followed it up with a 4-0 victory against Fakenham Town in the second round. Another clean sheet followed in the third round, this time a 5-0 scoreline at home to Caister. United conceded their first goals of the competition in the quarter-finals when they travelled west to Terrington Tigers, a game in which that won 4-2. Another long trip west followed in the semi-finals, this time to Heacham Minors and they kept another clean sheet in a 3-0 result, meaning they enter this week’s final.
When asked about the final, Blofield United Youth Manager, Martyn Llewellyn said: “It’s a huge achievement for Blofield United Youth. Being a relatively small village side, this really puts the Club on the map and shows our achievements. It’s been an outstanding season, this being our second Cup Final of the season. With the team still being at the top end of the league table, I can’t ask any more of the players who have worked hard to be where they are now, as we all know in football you can’t take anything for granted. Next season will present new challenges!”
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Referee: Jaden Lister
Assistant Referees: James Barber & James Newman
Fourth Official: Vincent Were
Wymondham Town United v Blofield United
Harrod Sport Arena, The FDC, Bowthorpe
Kick Off 2:30pm
Tickets: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Under 12s Free