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Wells had 'such a plucky little team' in 1898

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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The Football Association was founded in 1863 and the first FA Cup final was played between Wanderers and The Royal Engineers in 1872, which The Wanderers won 1-0.

It is not until the late 1890s that the Wells Journal begins to carry local match reports and one that stands out is for the New Somerset Knockout Cup played between Wells and Street in March 1898.

"On Saturday last these rival teams met on the new Athletic Ground.

A special train was run from Glastonbury and three hundred Street supporters came to cheer on their team.

In goal for Wells was R Laver. Evidently it was the intention of Street to win for their forwards came down with a rush and banged at the Wells goal, but it was Laver's day, shot after shot being dealt with in firm style, it seemed like child's play for him to save.

Street pressed and looked dangerous but their shooting being poor nothing resulted.

The Wells halves pressing forward, Sheldon passed to Tulk who lost no time in getting away and centring the ball neatly placed it in the mouth of the goal.

After the allowance had been made for breathing time, referee Mr Peacock blew the whistle and both teams settled down to a lively 45 minutes.

Up and down the field the ball travelled, first one side then the other. Street would look like scoring but in the nick of time Fry or Sadler cleared.

Excitement then became very great as nearing the end of the match the Street supporters stopped their shouting and watched with grave faces.

Wellsonians smiled cautiously but did not like to crow until they knew time was getting short. Then when the whistle blew they burst out in loud applause.

Wells are to be congratulated on having such a plucky little team."

Clare Blackmore

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