Submitted by Paul Gilmour
Royal Holloway Old Boys are celebrating after winning the Surrey FA Intermediate County Cup final for the first time in their 25-year history.
Striker Daniel Mitchell scored the only goal of the game after 35 minutes, prodding home from close range after the Battersea goalkeeper had tipped a superb 25-yard strike from Adam Norwood onto the bar.
It was fitting that Norwood, who claimed the ball was over the line initially, was involved in the goal. His dad Gary is groundsman at Royal Holloway’s Sports Centre and was part of the group who set up the club in 1994.
Manager Stuart Elliott, who has led the team to a league title and two cup finals in three seasons, was effusive in his praise of all involved:
“I was really pleased that we got to the cup final, that in itself was quite an achievement. There are a lot of teams playing in the competition with much bigger set-ups than us. Clubs who run 20 or more youth teams through to adults and teams who are using stadiums in order to try to get promotion to the next step on the non-league pyramid. So for us, a team set up by a group of students who left Holloway 25 years ago, with just two men’s teams to get there was great.”
“This season we have had over a dozen former students play for the club and we have representation on the committee as well. In the final we had Olly Patterson and Elliott Morsia playing and Si Peat and James France (currently a post-doc research scientist in the earth sciences department) who are part of the coaching set up.”
“We love having the students at the club. We’d like to have more! The great thing about the students is that they already have an affinity for Holloway and we see ourselves as an extension of Holloway. We also have ex-students who still play travelling form the north-west of England and a number of ex-players who were students who still keep in touch with all that is going on. I hope it’s a good club to join for those who are leaving uni and want to play some decent football.”
“At the start of the season we had 3 students who graduated in 2018 playing in the first team James Craddock and Adam Hamilton both returned home and Peter Udida went back to Royal Holloway for his masters.”
Si Peat, an undergraduate from 1993-1996, said: “It was a great occasion in the club’s 25th year, arguably our highest ever achievement, and it was great that we had former players there, two of whom played in our first ever season.”
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