Berks & Bucks FA's prestigious Senior Competition
A History of the Cup...
The first Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup competition dates back to 1878-79 season when Reading FC met Marlow FC in the Final held at Reading Cricket Ground.
Having seen off Wallingford 1-0 in the first round, Reading, still an amateur club at the time, went on to beat Maidenhead by “three to love” in the second before beating Marlow 1-0 in the Final.
The Reading Chronicle of March 27th 1879 reported on the first ever Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup, then known as the ‘Challenge Cup’, as follows:
“Neither side gained a point, it was decided to play for another half-hour. A few minutes from time, Morgan, from a magnificent corner-kick, created a scrimmage near the goal, which resulted in Reading, amid loud cheering, obtaining a goal.”
Last Seasons' Final...
Reading’s Under-23 defeated Ascot United 4-0 to win the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup.
In a historic Final, the young Royals' side secured victory against the Yellamen on Saturday 7th May 2022, at Arbour Park in Slough.
Goals before the break by Ajani Giscombe, Nahum Melvin-Lambert, and Imari Samuels had the young Royals in firm control. The fourth and final goal came in stoppage-time with Melvin-Lambert securing a brace.
Reading U23: Andresson, Sackey, Samuels, Craig, Holzman, Ashcroft, Giscombe, Leavy, Camara, Bristow, Melvin-Lambert.
Subs: Norcott, Abbey, Scott, Okine-Peters, Ehibhatiomhan.
Ascot United: Gray, Lock, Masters, Merrick, Bouwers, Bailey, McCormack, Scott, Morgan, Surpanu, Ellis.
Subs: Sykes, Care, August, Nortey, Davies.
Highlights of the 2018/19 Senior Cup Final between Reading FC v Slough Town FC can be viewed below:
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