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Wanderers and Royal Engineers set for 1872 FA Cup final remake

Wanderers and Royal Engineers set for FA Cup final remake… 140 years after original showdown



00:27 GMT, 7 November 2012

The very first FA Cup final was contested 140 years ago – but the two teams involved will rekindle a rivalry in their first match for more than a century in a replay of that tie on Wednesday.

On March 16, 1872 at the Kennington Oval, now more commonly associated with cricket and known as the Kia Oval, Wanderers and the Royal Engineers contested the Challenge Cup final – the original FA Cup. Wanderers won by a single goal from Morton Betts.

That was after one of the Royal Engineers players broke his collarbone but insisted on staying on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.

In black and white: The Royal Engineers lost 1-0 to the Wanderers in 1872

In black and white: The Royal Engineers lost 1-0 to the Wanderers in 1872

The two clubs still exist but have not faced each other for 120 years until when they meet at The Oval again on Wednesday.

Wanderers disbanded in the 1880s but were reformed back in 2009 and the Engineers, founded in 1863 and made up of serving soldiers of the British Army, have been playing all these 140 years.

Bobby Gould, who is one of only four people to win the FA Cup as a player and manager, will take charge of Wanderers for the day.

Watching on: Bernstein (left) will be present at Wednesday's game

Watching on: Bernstein (left) will be present at Wednesday's game

And the winners will lift the original FA Cup that is now owned by co-chairman of West Ham David Gold who is allowing it to be taken from its home at the National Football Museum in Manchester. He will be in attendance with FA chairman David Bernstein.

The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers and help to perform Abide With Me before the teams line up to sing the national anthem.

But it will not all be entirely true to that day 140 years ago – that day Wanderers lined up with eight strikers and the Engineers started with seven.

And the rules of the game have changed significantly. Throw-ins used to be taken by the first team to get the ball, teams changed ends after every goal and there were no nets in the goals.

The game back in 1872 was contested in front of a 2,000-strong crowd and the organisers are confident they will surpass that number.

Judd Trump slams Peter Ebdon"s slow play after five-hour win over Ding Junhui

Your slow play is a joke! Trump slams Ebdon after he takes nearly five hours to claim victory



18:24 GMT, 12 July 2012

Judd Trump has hit out at Peter Ebdon after the former world champion took almost five hours to grind his way to victory over Ding Junhui at the Australian Open.

Ebdon beat the Chinese player 5-4 in Bendigo, with each frame taking an average time of 32 minutes, leading to an outburst afterwards from snooker's newest superstar.

'How Peter Ebdon is allowed to play that slow is a joke,' Trump said on Twitter.

Outspoken: Judd Trump was not short of an opinion

Outspoken: Judd Trump was not short of an opinion

Trump, who told Sportsmail last year that he wouldn't object to a shot clock being used at the Masters or UK Championship, is one of a number of top stars not to be playing in this week's tournament. That hasn't stopped him commenting on events from afar however.

Ebdon has come under fire for supposed slow play in the past, most famously when he saw off a visibly upset Ronnie O'Sullivan in a World Championship quarter-final at the Crucible in 2005.

The 2002 world champion, who clinched victory over Ding with a break of 70 in the deciding frame, will next play Shaun Murphy.

Under fire: Peter Ebdon has been derided for his measured play

Under fire: Peter Ebdon has been derided for his measured play

Ebdon certainly didn't seem to do another former world champion Neil Robertson any favours. The Australian's match against Mark Davis was badly delayed, and he was never at the races, losing 5-1.

'Overall, I'm really disappointed, but Mark handled the late start better than I did. It is always difficult starting at 9.30pm or 10pm,' Robertson said afterwards.

Davis will next play Martin Gould, after the Englishman beat Chinese qualifier Cao Yupeng 5-4.

Barry Hawkins beat Matthew Stevens 5-2, and he will play Matthew Selt in the last eight. Selt continued his fine run with a 5-3 win over Ryan Day. Marco Fu beat Jamie Burnett 5-1, and he will play Stephen Lee in the quarter-finals.

Judd Trump set for first-round clash with Jimmy White at China Open

Trump set for first-round clash with White at the China Open



12:59 GMT, 20 March 2012

Judd Trump and Jimmy White could be set for a first-round meeting at the China Open later this month.

Trump, the game's new flagbearer, will meet White, formerly the people's champion, if the veteran can overcome Omar Alkojah in a qualifier.

In the balls: Trump could face Jimmy White

In the balls: Trump could face Jimmy White

Ronnie O'Sullivan has been paired with Marcus Campbell, although the three-time World Champion's participation could be in doubt after his manager last week revealed his ongoing struggles with glandular fever.

O`Sullivan, who has often threatened to quit the sport for a number of reasons, withdrew from the final of the Players Tour Championship as a result of the illness.

PTC winner Stephen Lee faces Tom Ford, while other notable ties see Mark Selby against the winner of Michael Holt and Li Hang, and Martin Gould against Stephen Hendry.

Mark Allen through to the quarter-finals of UK Championships

Silence is golden: Allen refuses to add to Hearn dispute as he goes through to last eight

Mark Allen arrived at his post-match press conference with sticky tape over his mouth after a day in which his row with Barry Hearn escalated and he cruised into the quarter-finals of the williamhill.com UK Championship.

Allen beat Ali Carter 6-2 to book his place in the last eight, after which he drew a laugh from journalists by sitting in silence for 15 seconds before again waxing lyrical about his row with the World Snooker chairman.

Gagged: Mark Allen refuses to answer questions about Barry Hearn

Gagged: Mark Allen refuses to answer questions about Barry Hearn

Referring to his previous comments about Hearn, in which he accused him of reneging on promises and lookingto “make money for himself”, Allen said: “I don”t think I said too muchout of line. Obviously I swore, which is bang out of order and I apologise again for that, but I still stand by the rest of the things I said.

Letting the snooker do the talking: Allen is through to the quarter fianls

Letting the snooker do the talking: Allen is through to the quarter fianls

“I think there”s a lot of truth in the comments that I made. I”ve had lots of criticism over the years and I”m not going to change that now just because I”m outspoken and speak mymind. Other players just don”t have the balls to do it.”

The row had escalated as Hearn told BBC Sport he was “far too busy to worry about silly little boys making silly little comments”.

Allen, however, refused to be distracted and eased past Carter at York”s Barbican Centre to set up a meeting with Hong Kong”s Marco Fu after he inflicted a shock 6-3 defeat on world No 1 and favourite Mark Selby.

Earlier, Ricky Walden continued his improvement as he moved into the quarter-finals with a surprise 6-3 success over Mark Williams.

“I knew I was playing well. He scrapped a few frames out and I knew how good he was,” said Walden after his victory.

“I trusted my game and got my chance.” Walden now plays 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy, who beat Martin Gould 6-4.