CONGRATULATIONS to the Dabbers (Nantwich Town
F.C., if you
prefer) in bringing the F.A. Vase to Nantwich. They made history on May 6 when they
beat Hillingdon Borough 3-1 in the final of 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 means the Dabbers are 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?). Goals came from Andy Kinsey
(in the 14th and 68th minutes) and Stuart Scheuber (in the 30th).
Unfortunately, Kinsey (captain for the
day) dislocated his shoulder as he threw his shirt to the crowd to
celebrate his goals.
The whole town was surely behind the Dabbers on Saturday, whether they
Above: The Dabbers celebrate their victory
(Picture by ardent Dabbers fan, Gareth
club supporters, sports fans
in general -
I must admit that I put myself in the last category - although I
always like to know how the team (and, yes, Crewe Alex) are doing.
pictures of the three young Nantwich fans - Matt Simpson, Matt Roberts and
Matt Clarke - (above) and fans, Ian and
Maureen Parker (right) were taken by Gareth Roberts. My thanks to him for
letting me use them.
picture of the FA Vase and the logo are taken - with permission - from the Football
to player-manager Steve Davis on being named manager of the month for
April in Division One of the North West Counties Football League.
TOP confectioners, Chatwins
of Nantwich, ("family bakers since 1913") were behind the Dabbers to the
extent that they introduced a range of cakes to mark the occasion.
the large cake front centre of this window display in their Pepper
Street shop - and gingerbread men wearing the Dabbers' green strip.
It was a
great gesture for the fans to get their
John Chatwin (a director of the company) is a fervent Dabbers fan - as
are many of the staff.
It was a (too) busy week for the Dabbers
THE Dabbers' success in the F.A. Vase has been marred
somewhat. They had three games to fit into five days
which club officials say has made it hard to improve their position in
Division One of the North West Counties Football League - and promotion to a
higher league. They said the three games on top of the Vase final was too
much for the players who have jobs to go to. Other clubs are not under so
much pressure, they claimed.
Needing to win all three
games to pass Alsager Town, they only managed a 1-1 draw
against Salford City on the following Monday
(Beasley scored in the fourth minute of the game) and a 0-0 draw against
Congleton Town on the Wednesday.
However, watched by 46 in an away
game on the Friday, they beat Bacup Borough 4-1 (half time, 0-2). Kinsey
scored three [3, 20, 52] and Beasley got the fourth in the 80th minute).
The Dabbers finish in fourth
place in the league table. Club officials
were hoping that the top four - it was previously the top three - could move
||Cammell Laird (-6) (C)
||Skelmersdale United (P)
||Alsager Town (P)
Table from the North West Counties Football