THE Dabbers - or Nantwich Town F.C., if you prefer
- brought home the F.A. Vase to Nantwich in 2006.
They made history on May 6 when they
beat Hillingdon Borough 3-1 in the 32nd F.A. Vase final at Birmingham F.C.'s
ground, St Andrew's.
A total of 3,286 saw the game which was described as "the biggest game in the club's 122-year history
by the Nantwich Chronicle. The success meant the Dabbers were the first Cheshire side to
trophy to the county.
Despite its name, the Vase is a
cup of reasonable size. Not quite as big as the F.A. Cup, maybe, but
something well worth having in the Dabbers' trophy cabinet.
To say they reached the final
was to understate their achievement - the competition began with 493 teams
in contention for the title, and finally it was down to just two.
Fortunately there was no need for
a penalty shoot-out - which I always think is an unsatisfactory way of
deciding a match (but what else can you do?).
came from Andy Kinsey (in the 14th and 68th minutes) and Stuart Scheuber (in the 30th).
Kinsey (captain for the day) dislocated his shoulder as he threw his shirt
to the crowd to celebrate his goals.
Quoted in the national paper, the Mail on Sunday,
Player-Manager Steve Davis said: "I've never seen anything like that
before. He could get a club fine." I doubt if that is going to knock
the shine off Andy's day too much.
Well done to club manager Steve Davis and his men for bringing glory to the town.
The whole town was surely behind
the Dabbers whether they are club supporters, sports fans in general -
or not. I must admit that I put myself in the last
category - although I always like to know how local teams are
doing. All sports.
ON a personaI note, I was rubbish in the compulsory football
and cricket at school, and my lack of enthusiasm and skill showed in my
junior reporter days on the Nantwich Guardian when I had to cover Dabbers'
games. What a nightmare that was - fine if there were goals to record, but
I really struggled if it was 0-0 at the end of the game. The subtleties of
the players' skills went over my head. And standing on a open pitch on a freezing winter's afternoon was not my idea
Luckily for me, when I moved to
The Chronicle, the sport was ably covered by Alan