AFC Fylde were the winners of the Doodson Sport Cup in the 2013/14 season, It was one of the clubs last acts before promotion to the Conference North.
However not everybody has an interest in the cup and a fair few of the clubs, and fans seem to dismiss the competition despite the prestige of winning silverware and prize-money. I’ve got to be honest, after last season’s final I was having second thoughts myself. Fylde beat Skelmersdale United 1-0 in what was a fairly uninteresting game and void of any real excitement.
I was stood at the back of the Edgeley Park stand as Swampy from FCUM Radio commentated on the game with New Mills manager Roy Soule, and along with fellow NPL Group admin James Heyes we all wondered what could be done to get more interest in the competition.
The game was played on a Sunday and at Edgeley Park home of Stockport County, which despite a fantastic stage for the competition not really convienient for two teams travelling from the other side of Lancashire on a Sunday afternoon. Despite this, a decent crowd turned out to see The Coasters pick up the trophy thanks to a Harry Winter header.
After the game I got to thinking that it really couldn’t be that bad, and that the next season I was going to do a #RoadToTheDoodsonCupFinal. Well it’s now next season and this past week we’ve just had the first round of the 2014/15 cup, and yes it’s still that bad. The game I picked was Curzon Ashton v FC United, a certainty for a decent game? Nope, a 0-0 draw ensued (which Curzon ended up winning 4-3 on penalties) and I’m hoping the second round can re-ignite the magic of the Cup.
Follow the #RoadToTheDoodsonCupFinal here: https://nonleaguereview.co.uk/road-to-the-doodson-cup/
with the review of Round 1 here: https://nonleaguereview.co.uk/road-to-the-doodson-cup/round-one-curzon-ashton-v-fc-united/