Reg Davis Memorial Trophy
                                                     REG DAVIS MEMORIAL CUP

FINAL 2011

Wednesday, 28th September, 2011

                                                     Tuffley Rovers, Gloucester

                                                              Kick-Off 7.30 pm

                  GALA WILTON FC                                v
Star Football Club


This year’s Reg Davis Memorial Cup Final pairs together Gala Wilton and Star FC, two clubs that are very familiar to each other but who have rarely featured in the latter stages of the region’s local cup competitions.

For Gala Wilton, it will be their first Gloucestershire Northern Senior League final since winning The Diamond Jubilee Trophy finals of 1986 and 1990 when the league cup was contested every four years. Gala Wilton’s current secretary, Terry Onions, played in both games, the first of which was won by the club under its original name, Wilton Rovers. Gala Wilton became the last team to win the Diamond Jubilee Trophy in 1990, a year before it was replaced by the Forest Green Rovers Supporters Club Trophy, which was won for the first time by Smiths Athletic. The League Cup has been played on an annual basis ever since.

This year, the club reached the final by beating Morton Rangers, 4-0 at home, in the first round, current League Champions Brockworth Albion, 6-0 at home in the second round, and then Cam Bulldogs, 4-3 away, in the Quarter-Finals. The Semi-Final against Shortwood United Reserves was switched to Gala Wilton’s home ground at Fairmile Gardens because of the FA Cup commitments of Shortwood United’s First team, and, once again, Gala Wilton emerged victorious without conceding a goal, scoring the winner in the 70th minute to take the tie 1-0

Wilton’s current manager is 31 year old Jay KELLY. Jay was on Southampton’s books as a young man but has had problems with his knees. He is a skilful midfielder who still plays, often coming on in the latter part of game as a substitute. Jay has been the manager for approx. 18 months and this season has made some shrewd signings. Dorian Colling , a fast and powerful front runner who was with the club at the very beginning of last season before going on to Ledbury Town and Malvern Town, has returned and Lee Allen, a prolific scorer with Longlevens for many seasons, has also signed and hence goals are being scored more freely. This, coupled with the maturing of former Gala Wilton U18 players, Joel White, Josh Holford and Greg Artus, has lead to them having an unbeaten, 100% start to the season.

Meanwhile, Star FC’s new manager this season, Steve Conway, is hoping to lead the team to its first success in a knockout competition for 30 years. It was back in 1981 that Eagle Star FC’s 1st team won the Cheltenham League Junior Charities Cup and this will be their first appearance in a Northern Senior League Final. Their path to the final saw them dispose of Smiths Athletic, 3-2 at home, in the first round, Ramblers, 1-0, again at home in the second round and then get through on penalties, 5-4, away to current League Leaders, Frampton United, in the Quarter Final after the game had originally ended in a 1-1 draw. Cheltenham Civil Service were then overcome, 3-2, in a home Semi-Final to assure the team of its first cup final since 2001.

Conway, 28, took up the reins at the beginning of the season, after Star had secured their 3rd successive 7th place finish in Division One under the caretaker managership of Andy Herbert and Mike Thompson at the end of last season. This followed the resignation, in March, of Mark Jacobsen, who had taken the club back into the Northern Senior League in 2006, when they succeeded Gala Wilton as Cheltenham League Champions. Conway finished last season as the club’s leading scorer in the Northern Senior League and he has made a good start in front of goal to this campaign, too. Star’s success so far this season has been built on team work and Conway will be hoping that this will be to the fore in the Cup Final on September 28th.

The Reg Davis Memorial Cup Final, named after a former Vice-Chairman, Chairman and President of the League who served the competition, in his various offices, for nearly 30 years, will be held at Tuffley Rovers ground on Wednesday, 28th September, 2011, kick-off 7.30. Admission to the ground is £3, with concessions allowed entry at £1.50. If the game is a draw at the end of 90 minutes, extra time will be played and if the two sides still cannot be separated, penalties will decide the winner.


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