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Wealdstone blog: Stones in search of cup glory

PUBLISHED: 15:47 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:47 24 October 2014

When people talk about the cup it brings up a lot of memories for both players and supporters.

While this week’s game against Hampton and Richmond isn’t as part of the biggest club competition, the FA Cup, the teams with clash in the Middlesex Senior Cup.

The club’s know each other well from being in the same division last year, but also playing each other in the final of this competition only five months ago.

Since then three Hampton players have since signed for the Stones. The match will mostly see a squad team put together, so we shouldn’t expect the heroics of such first team games such as Cambridge or Newport. Whilst the league competition should be the priority, games like this are good bonding exercises along with a good chance to earn some silverware.

Thinking of my cup experiences with Wealdstone there are two which hold good memories within my mind.

The first is against Aylesbury back in 2009/2010 which set up a game against Rotherham united. The game which had nearly been lost after the first half, was rescued by current Aldershot town midfielder Kieran Forbes scoring a sublime effort. Having watched the game again recently it summed up why all supporters watch cup games, for those times when you think you are heading out but manage to come behind and win. When all hope was lost, we found the strength to come back and win and eventually go onto the first round of the FA Cup. Whilst this was the only time we have reached this stage of the famous competition in recent years, it showed what the club and the players could do and may have served as a prelude to some successful games to come over the next few years.

The second game of notice would be against Cambridge in the FA Trophy in the 2011/2012 season which would ultimately leave us without any silverware despite having a very successful year on and off the pitch.

Coming up against Cambridge who only a decade or so before were fighting for a place in the Premier League felt like quite a weird experience.

In the week or so before the game, Cambridge has been talking us down in the press which if anything only spurred us on to winning. Going there with no expectations, this soon changed two minutes into the match when Wealdstone’s cult striker Richard Jolly hit the back of the Cambridge net.

In the end Wealdstone hung in there at 2-1 to record a victory and onto the next round within the FA trophy. The celebrations I saw at the end of the match, especially from the older fans that had been through thick and thin with us after the sale of Lower Mead in 1991 made it all worthwhile for all the years of struggle.

I’m sure over the next few years as the club performs better on and off the pitch days like the two listed above will return and give the club many more times to sit back and reminisce about.

Maybe even Saturday’s game against Hampton could be one that we look back on as well?


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