Veterans Football in Cumberland

Veteran's Trophy Final Preview

With all the local Cumberland leagues underway, the Veteran’s (Over 35s) season is now reaching its conclusion.

With all three divisions of the Coleridge Stores Cumbria Veterans League now decided, the County Cup Final brings together three-in-a-row winners, Harraby Catholic Club Veterans FC, and Wheatsheaf Wetheral Veterans FC in their first Cup Final appearance.

Cumberland FA County Veterans Trophy Final 2018

Wheatsheaf Wetheral Veterans FC v Harraby Catholic Club Veterans FC
Date: Friday 14 September 2018
Kick Off: 7.00pm
Venue: D Marks Carpets Stadium (Gillford Park), Petteril Bank Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 3AF


Referee: Ryan Woods
Assistant Referees: John Burns and Les Pattinson
4th Official: Graham Turner

Harraby Catholic Club Veterans FC were confirmed as Division 1 Champions after going through the league unbeaten. The team, now in their fourth season, are going for an unprecedented quadruple having won the League and County Cup double for the past three seasons. Predominantly made up of former Harraby Catholic Club FC Northern Alliance players, the team has already secured one part of the double and will be looking to add to their collection tomorrow evening.

Andrew Hewson, manager of Harraby Catholic Club Veterans, gave his thoughts on the Final: “Every final we have played in so far has not been easy and we expect nothing but the same against Wetheral. I think it will be tight with the first goal being so important to either team.”

Now in their sixth season, Wetheral Wheatsheaf Veterans FC were formally known as Howard FC and made the switch following a new sponsor in 2015. With a number of players retiring last season, 10 new recruits have helped to secure their first ever County Cup Final.

In Division 2, Wheatsheaf Wetheral Veterans FC finished the league season in third place. Manager Richard James commented on this season: “The highlight this season has been the Cup run having knocked out two teams higher in the league. The team are very excited and looking forward to the Final but we’re aware of the big challenge against huge favourites Harraby Catholic.” 


Wheatsheaf Wetheral Veterans FC: Lewis Taylor (age 6) and Lucas Morgan (age 9)
Harraby Catholic Club Veterans FC: Jack Hewson and Harry Moynan

Route to the Final: Harraby Catholic Club Veterans FC

Semi-Final: Salterbeck Veterans FC 0-3 Harraby Catholic Club Veterans FC
Quarter Final: Blue Bell Veterans FC 1-4 Harraby Catholic Club Veterans FC
2nd Round:  Harraby Catholic Club Veterans FC 5-2 Cleator Moor Celtic Veterans FC

Route to the Final: Wheatsheaf Wetheral Veterans FC

Semi-Final: Grasslot Club Veterans FC 4-4  (3-4 on penalties) Wheatsheaf Wetheral Veterans FC
Quarter Final: Creighton Rangers Veterans FC 2-3  Wheatsheaf Wetheral Veterans FC
2nd Round:  Wheatsheaf Wetheral Veterans FC 12-4 Bush Wanderers Veterans FC

The Donaldson Cup sees Carlisle City Navy Veterans FC face Carlisle City Veterans FC - date to be confirmed.

Cumberland FA would like to thank Carlisle City for hosting the Veterans Trophy Final and wish both teams the best of luck!

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