Oving & District Villages Cup
 
 
11 October, 2011 20:29
History

Founded 1889
Affiliated Berks. & Bucks. F.A.

The Oving and District Villages' Cup Competition is one of the oldest cup competition's in the whole of the country. We believe it is not the oldest but we are trying to confirm whether it is the second or third oldest. The origin of how the competition started is described below from an extract of the 1928 Cup Final Programme.

ORIGIN OF THE OVING VILLAGES CUP

Quote…… O V C Programme 1928 Final

“The Oving Villages Cup was formed by subscribes of the villages within a 12 miles of Oving in the year 1889, Mr James Evans of Oving being the Chief Organiser and acting Hon. Secretary. The first president was the Late Rev. I Hill, the Rector of Oving.”

The worthy Rector was obviously a football fan, for research by Hal Mason of Sudbury, Suffolk reveals that he appeared for the Pilgrims when they lost 3 – 1 to Foresters in the F.A. cup in 1881.

The founder members of the competition were the following villages:               

WADDESDON  GRANBOROUGH
QUAINTON   OVING
LONG CRENDON  NORTH MARSTON

The first final played in 1890 was at Waddesdon resulted as follows:   

 LONG CRENDON  OVING   0

         In 1891, the final was also played at Waddesdon, the result being:

NORTH MARSTON 2 LONG CRENDON 1

All other finals, except War Years, have been played at Oving.

Below is a picture of the gravestone of Reverand Hill,

which was restored by the Competition in 2004.

 

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