It has been a successful season for the Army FA with a busy schedule in which it has commemorated its 125th Anniversary.
The schedule was concluded with a re-enactment of the inaugural 1889 Army FA Cup Final, which featured the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who defeated the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment 2-0 at the Kennington Oval.
The re-enactment game was played at The Aldershot Military Stadium yesterday.
As both Regiments of the original match have been amalgamated, players were selected from The Royal Regiment of Scotland (in green) and the MERCIANS to give the game an England v Scotland feel.
Capturing the spirit of the occasion, traditional rules were followed for the first half, which included:
- The players wore the traditional kits from the 1888/89 season supplied by the Army FA
- The goalkeeper wore the same shirt as the outfield players. He was distinguished by a cap.
- The match was 45 minutes each way.
- The goals included cross bars but no nets.
- There were no penalty kicks. (This was not introduced until 1901).
- The offside rule is applicable but the player is offside if he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the third last opponent.
- There were two handed throw ins and corner kicks. The player has to run up for the throw but they are delivered at right angles. The ball has to hit the ground first before being played.
- A goal cannot be scored direct from a corner.
The second half of the game reverted to the current day rules and The Royal Regiment of Scotland played in the same style as the 1889 game, winning the match 3-2.
Captain Dougie McCutcheon of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), the SCOTS Team Manager, said: “The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were glad that they were able to preserve the footballing reputation of the Regiment. In the first half we played with boots ‘combat-high’ with a traditional leather ball complete with laces.
“It was 2-2 at half-time with Lance Corporal Simpson of 4 SCOTS scoring our goals. In the second half we reverted to the modern boots that our players are a bit more used to and Fusilier Heron of 2 SCOTS was able to knock in the winner.”
Original article written by and sourced from – army.mod.uk