The FA Sunday Cup

The FA officially recognised Sunday football for the first time in 1960, amending their rules to accept Sunday Clubs as members of their Affiliated County Associations the FA Sunday Cup began four years later. The first Sunday Cup competition, held in the 1964-65 season, was only open to County Associations. 16 of them entered, of which 15 chose a representative side. The exception was London, who selected Summertown FC from South-West London. Cumberland’s home ties with West Riding and Liverpool attracted gates of more than a thousand but one match in the Midlands was watched by only seven people. The first Final was played over two legs and London beat Staffordshire 6-2 (1-1 at Walsall, 5-1 at Hounslow). Since then the competition has been open to clubs and The Final played at a neutral ground. Many former Football League players have taken part in The Sunday Cup. Kerry Dixon, the former Chelsea and England striker who played in the Mexico World Cup, featured for St Joseph’s (Luton) in two Finals. Sandor Gyalog, the son of a Hungarian immigrant, achieved an unusual “double” in 1995. He won The FA Sunday Cup with St Joseph’s (Luton) and The FA Vase with Arlesey Town, scoring the decisive goal at Wembley in the latter. Steve Astley was a Sunday Cup Finalist with Marston Sports in 1992, a year after appearing for Gresley Rovers in The Vase Final. After The Sunday Cup’s inaugural season, 1,600 requests for entry forms for the following season’s competition were received. Entries are now around the hundred mark but The Sunday Cup, now in its 43rd season, continues to serve its primary purpose. It Gives Sunday League clubs a chance to Compete outside their own locality against clubs at a similar level in a national FA competition. The magnificent Sunday Cup trophy was presented to The FA, initially as a gift to mark its centenary in 1963, by the Shahanshah of Iran. It has a unique design and is a superb example of Persian craftsmanship. The first player to receive it was London’s captain, Dave Hawkins, from the Iranian Ambassador at the end of the second leg of the 1965 Final.St Joseph’s (Luton) have appeared in a record five Sunday Cup Finals, winning in 1995 and 1996 and finishing as runners-up three times. Founded in 1970, St Joseph’s are one of only two clubs to have retained the trophy. The other is Fantail, winners in 1980 and 1981. John O’Leary, the hugely talented Everton youngster who turned his back on a professional career, starred in midfield for the Merseyside outfit. Some of the names of the clubs in the Sunday Cup often raise a smile. Over the years we have seen Bird in Hand, Boars Head Trotters, Esh Winning, Pineapple, Fareham Town Centipedes, Harris Brush, Jumbo’s XI, Krakatoa, Newbiggin Dolphin, Pelican, Torpedo, Up ‘N’Under and Wrestlers

The Leagues Involvement

The FA Sunday Cup gives the country’s leading Sunday League sides the unique chance to compete against each other in a nationally recognised competition and the chance to reach the final at a prestigious ground. The League has had various representatives in this Competition Framwellgate Moor Wmc tried for years to progress in the Competition but always Faltered by the Third round ,The League has been fairly successful in the Competition as follows, Winners of the Football Association Sunday Cup Competition Whilst Members Of the League 1976. Brandon United. 1977. Langley Park Rams Head 2006. Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 2008 Hetton Lyons Cricket Club Runners up 1973.Wear Valley Sports
1973: Carlton United 2 Wear Valley 1 at Spennymoor United FC
1976: Brandon United 2 Evergreen 1 at Spennymoor United FC
1977: Langley Park Rams Head 2 Newtown Unity 0 at Spennymoor United FC
2006: Hetton Lyons CC 5 (Stuart Brightwell 3, Gary Pearson, Adam Johnston) St Joseph's 3 at Liverpool FC
2008: Hetton Lyons CC 3 (Jamie Clarke, Stuart Irvine, Gary Pearson pen) Coundon Conservatives 2 at Liverpool FC

Wear Valley

Wear Valley Fc were Division 1 Champions in Season 1974, in the season before they were beaten in the Final at Spennymoor by Carlton United. They Beat Brandon United in the League Cup Final in the 1973 Final, the same Year Beating Metal Bridge in the Alan Smith Memorial Trophy.

Langley Park Rams Head

Langley Park Rams Head were based in the Public House in the Pit village of Langley Park. In the Season 1977: Langley Park Rams Head beat Newtown Unity 2-0 at Spennymoor United FC , winners of the Alan Smith Memorial Trophy in seasons 1975,1977,1978 and the League Cup in Season 1977

Brandon United

Brandon United were originally formed as a Sunday morning side called Rostrons, the name of the waste paper company where most of the founders worked. They began by playing in the Durham & District Sunday League in 1968/69, Joining the Third Division and gradually played their way up to the First Division. They were basically local lads, however the inclusion of Northern League and Wearside League players turned the club into one of the most powerful Sunday football sides in the North East. From 1968/69 until 1976/77 they were First Division champions four times, Durham County FA. Sunday Cup winners three times, then the ultimate, F.A. Sunday Cup winners in 1975/76, defeating Evergreen 2-1.

Hetton Lyons Cricket Club

Hetton Lyons C.C. was founded in 1955, playing both cricket and football for many seasons.
The team is largely made up of players from the Northern League Division One and Two

The First Final

Hettons Big Day Out Sunday 30th April 2006 Annfield Liverpool kick off 3.00pm
Stepys Coaches Durham and District Sunday League side Hetton Lyons Cricket Club came close to running up a cricket score in the final of The FA Sunday Cup at Anfield but thanks to a stubborn late surge , Leading 4-1 against fancied opponents St Joseph's (Luton) there was still 30 minutes of the match left when midfielder Stuart Brightwell rifled in to put the match way beyond the reach of their opponents. That St Joseph's were able to stem the tide and strike back twice in the last quarter was a testament to their own skill and remarkable courage. With 26 goals in six outings before the final, it wasn't entirely unexpected that Hetton Lyons would become the first side to score five times in a one-off Sunday Cup final.
And St Joseph's contribution, pulling the final score back to a respectable 5-3 ensured this blood-and-thunder contest was the highest scoring final in the competition's 42-year history. "They were simply outstanding," said a generous St Joseph's manager Mick Conneely, who had won the title twice as a player in the 1990's. "No team has ever done that to St Joseph's in all my time at the club. What can you say? They were absolutely brilliant." Conneely clearly felt that despite the defeat, his side had played their part in a special game that went way above expectation. "We stayed with them for half an hour and then they blew us away," he said. "But I was immensely proud of the way we fought back to score twice near the end. Hetton kept the ball down and moved it around superbly. And when we had it, they put us under enormous pressure. They were hunting us down in threes. It was frightening at times. "I can't be despondent about being beaten by the better team in a cracking game at one of the most fantastic grounds in the world." Hetton's manager Bradley Groves said that the final scoreline might not have been a reflection of his side's dominance but that St Joseph¹s had deserved reward for showing enormous spirit with their late surge.
"It takes two sides to make a game like this and it was a classic. Everyone who participated knew they had been involved in something very special".
It¹s not the end of the season for Groves who, with his side, is on target to win a staggering six competitions. Last season Hetton Lyons were unbeaten in the league, dropping just four points and won three competitions in all.
"Our goal, is to win both the Cup competitions outstanding and to finish the season unbeaten again in the league."
Brightwell was Carlsberg's Man-of-the Match for a thrilling hat-trick scored in a 25 minute period either side of half time.
Also on the scoresheet were Gary Pearson who bagged the opener in the 13th
minute and Adam Johnston, who belted in a 30 yard special soon after the break.
Tommy Hayes equalised Pearson's early strike in the 15th minute and then substitute Tony Fontanelle and Hitchin striker Tommy Hayes spared Luton's blushes late on.
The Road to the Final.


First Round
Hetton Lyons 4 v Seaton Sluice 1
Hetton were pleased to have their first home draw in two seasons in the competition and in front of 200 strong crowd dispatched Seaton with goals from Stuart Brightwell, Patrick Little and a double from Sub Roy Allen in an eventful second half.
Second Round
Shankhouse United 1 – Hetton Lyons 8
Having been drawn against Shankhouse the year before the Lyons knew they were in for a tough game, an Adam Johnston hat-trick supported by strikes from Darren Roulston, Gary Pearson, Steven Leadbitter, Paul Hinton and Stuart Brightwell saw off the Northumberland side.
Third Round
Queensbury 0 – Hetton Lyons 5
The Lyons travelled to Bradford for this game knowing little of their opponents, but produced a solid display to progress into the last 16. Steven Leadbitter scored a hat-trick with further goals from Roy Allen and Leon Ryan
Fourth Round
Nicosia 2 – Hetton Lyons 5
Playing against the former two-time winners was to prove to be a real test of character for the Lyons, one that they surpassed with flying colours, Roy Allen scored 4 as the Durham side made it to the Quarter-final for the second season in succession, Steven Leadbitter was also on the score sheet.
Fifth Round
Seymour KFCA 0 – Hetton Lyons 2
On a severely weathered pitch Hetton won through to the Semi- Finals for the first time in their history, the Lyons overcame an early onslaught from the home side to deliver a goal in each half from Ben Ryan and Stuart Brightwell to send the travelling support into raptures.
Semi-Final (Durham City FC)
Hetton Lyons C.C. 2 - 1 Birstall Stamford
A pulsating match at Durham City saw the Lyons make to their first National Final at Anfield, Stamford's Stephen Weafer opened the scoring but Lyon's front-man Roy Allen hit the equalizer before the break, a great 2nd half saw the Lyons hit both Post and Bar before Adam Johnston scored the winner with 6 minutes to go.
The Squad that got them there:


Craig Sheilds (Goalkeeper)
This is Craig`s first season with the club, a great goalkeeper who absolutely loves his mobile phone.
John Caffrey (Goalkeeper)
“Spiderman” was absolutely outstanding last season got injured half way through this season and went AWOL, but we found him in “Witherspoons” and he’s back now.
Andy Bowes (Defender)
Andy’s in his 4th season with the club he’s an outstanding defender with a crappy haircut…He had a 6 month break in 2003/04 when he was in “Cherry Knowle”.
Leon Ryan (Defender)
The best player, the best looking and the best lad in the whole world………what more can I say…….in his first season with the club.
Ian Dixon (Defender)
In his second spell at the club, one of the two “rat boys”….a great songwriter who loves telling people he has won The FA Vase.
Martin Bowes (Defender)
In his third season at the club, came as a forward, last season played in midfield, this at the back, next season he’ll be in goal. He also has crappy haircut like his brother
Matty Hyson (Defender): In his 6th season with the club, one of the Teeside boys who is always smiling and a quality singer…..Not a bad player either
Graham Liddle (Defender)
Liddsiano in his 3rd season with the club had a stop start season with work commitments injury and suspensions…….Great lad who loves a tackle
Matty Taylor (Defender)
In his 7th season with the club, when he is fit and switched on there is nobody better…….but the problem being over the last two years he’s never been fit or switched on
Paddy Little (Defender)
PC Paddy in his second season with the club, Mr. Consistent never has a bad game……….Pity he’s a copper
Jason Ainsley (Midfielder)
Team Captain and Assistant Manager, been outstanding in the 6 years he has been here, the leader of the Teesiders, who rivals Dicka as top songwriter….P.S. Jase was a pro with Hartlepool who played at HIGHBURY
Darren Roulston (Midfielder)
Another one of the Teeside boys, in his 5th season the other “rat boy” little Daz loves covering every blade of grass and tackling anything that moves
Steven Leadbitter (Midfielder)
In his 1st season with the club has had an outstanding season, a great lad who has hair like wire wool
Gary Pearson (Midfielder)
Returned to the club after 4 years in the pro game with Darlington and York, “Chesney” is a tremendous player who plays exactly like his older brother Reg except, doesn’t get sent off as much
Jon Cullen (Midfielder)
Jon has been a pro with Hartlepool and Sheffield Utd…Now he’s just working his way down the league’s……Joined us halfway through this season because we were still in All England Cup
Ben Ryan (Midfielder)
Ginger Ben is in his 6th season with us, a flying wide man who is only second to Canna with the sick notes
Stuart Brightwell (Midfielder)
In his 4TH season with the club tricky winger who is re-discovering his form after an absolute nightmare season last season where he nearly got his P45
Alan Pearson (Midfielder): Longest serving player, who just plays the odd league game because of a serious knee injury which kept him out for 3 years, he started this season but had a five month suspension, because of a violent assault-fantastic….The club captain “Reggie Hotdog” is the life a soul of the club along with his side kick Stuey Buckshot
Adam Johnston (Forward)
“Knashers” is in his 2nd season with the club, another one who is always smiling except when he has to pay his fine for always being late…..Adam is pure quality
Roy Allen (Forward): “Tracy Chapman” is in his third season with the club, but missed all last season through injury, a great goalscorer who can catch pigeons, everybody loves Royston
Paul “HE`S BLUFFING”Hinton (Forward)
In his 5th season with the club, when he’s not modeling or playing poker he does a great job for the club
George Woodhouse (Forward)
Georgie is in his 3rd season with the club and the 4th member of the Teeside boys…..George is the oldest man in the world but has got tremendous goals per game ratio
Michael Canavan (Forward)
The “Can Man” when fit is great player at the back or up front, but he is always injured, been here 5 years and played about 20 games
BRADLEY GROVES (Manager): “Roman A”BRAD”ovitch as we like to call him, Brad has worked wonders with the club since it was reformed 8 seasons ago……But thank god he doesn’t put his boots on too often now
Stuart Gooden (Assistant Manager) Buckshot has been Assistant Manager for past three seasons after two seasons as a player……Everybody knows he’s “the real manager” except Brad, and along with his best pal Reggie Hotdog he is the life and sole of the club
Colin Shanks (Management Team)
Shanko Baresi retired as a player four seasons ago, but has rejoined the club this season on the management team…..Shanka is also a great river dancer
Sean Carr (Committee)
Sean “Cudgey” Carr has been with the club since it was reformed; only this year has stepped down from the management team because of work commitments
John Defty (Physio/Committee)
“Chicken Dipper”, Little Jonny is the physio and entertainments manager, who is a white soul man
Kenny Wade (Kit Man)
Leitchy`s little helper, Kenny has been with the club for two seasons, although nobody knows because he says nowt until he’s drunk……One half of Max and Paddy.
David Leitch (Secretary)
Leitchy has been with the club since it was reformed first as kit man and the last couple of years as secretary, Davie eats, drinks, sleeps and breathes for the Lyons………….The other half of Max and Paddy who everybody loves even though he’s Scottish

The Second Final

Hetton Lyons CC and Coundon Conservative, FA Sunday Cup winners in 2006 and 2007 respectively, are both just one victory away from another Final appearance at world-famous Anfield.
Today's Semi-Final draw at Soho Square kept them apart, with Hetton playing Merseyside outfit Paddock and Coundon taking on Brantham Athletic from Suffolk
Hetton Lyons made the long trip down from Sunderland to beat St Andrews 4-0 at Edgware yesterday. Hat-trick hero Gavin Cogdon has said he would dedicate winning The Cup to his son Jude Anthony.
Andy Thompson scored the decisive goal as Durham side Coundon edged five-time finalists St Josephs (Luton) 2-1 at Crook.

The Route to the Second Final Sunday 27 April 2008 Anfield, Liverpool FC
The FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup Semi-Final 2pm, Sunday 16 March 2008 Arriva
Stadium, Marine FC

Former champions Hetton Lyons travelled down from the north-east to Liverpool to defeat ten men Paddock FC by 2-0 in the Semi-Final of The FA Sunday Cup.

Adam Johnston was the hero of the tie, as his brace before half-time put the game beyond the hosts in a tempestuous affair that saw a Paddock man ejected after the interval for two bookable offences. Current north-east champions Hetton, who won The FA Sunday Cup in 2006, were defeated on penalties in the Second Round last year to eventual winners Coundon Conserva tive and with Coundon defeating Brantham Athletic in the other Semi-Final, they will have the chance to gain revenge in an all north-east affair in the Final at Anfield. A delighted Hetton manager, Bradley Groves, said: "It was scrappy game. We didn't play particularly well, but we were very worthy winners. Our goalkeeper only had one save to make - and that was in the 75th minute. They had a lot of possession without ever really threatening."
Johnston's first goal came about after 10 minutes, from a 20 yard shot that whistled its way into the Paddock net. The striker then stuck again just before the break, giving the visitors a psychological edge over their opponents. "We had a really good move for the second goal," continued Groves. "Gavin Cogdon beat his man, and went on a run, beating a couple of people. He then found our left-winger Stephen Capper with a really good ball. He got to the by-line, pulled it back and Johnston scored his second
"We have a very experienced squad and we dealt with their intimidation tactics. Now we are playing Coundon (left) in the Final.’ We respect and rate them as a side, but when they beat us in the Second Round last year we had an under-strength side. What better place to get our revenge than Anfield?" Meanwhile Paddock FC manager, Billy Owens, insisted his team would return next year. "They scored a soft goal after only five minutes and then got the killer goal just before half time," he said. "We were struggling to get back into the game after that. They held out strong but we will be back. "This is the second time we have entered the tournament. We got to the last 16 last season and to the Semi-Final this year. So really next year will be our year - we will be back to win it!"

Hetton Lyons CC sealed their place in the Final at Anfield after victory over Paddock FC.

The FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup The Final 2pm, Sunday 27 April 2008 Anfield, Liverpool FC.
Hetton Lyons twice came from behind to claim The FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup at the expense of the holders Coundon Conservative

Coundon Conservative 2-3 Hetton Lyons CC
Gary Pearson's 84th minute penalty ensured that Bradley Grove's side recorded a remarkable 3-2 victory at Anfield and gained revenge for their Second Round exit at the hands of the same opposition last season.
Coundon got off the perfect start, when after just two minutes Andrew Thompson struck a sweet free kick which took a slight deflection and left Hetton's goalkeeper with no chance. But the underdogs hit back ten minutes later through the head of substitute Jamie Clarke who capitalised on a slip from the opposition goalkeeper.
Parity lasted barely 12 minutes however as Martin Houlahan, who scored both goals in the Semi-Final victory against Brantham Athletic, fired home from the edge of the area to restore Coundon's advantage. Unabashed, Hetton clawed themselves back into contention ten minutes after the restart when Stuart Irvine expertly located the bottom corner with a fizzing drive from 25-yards. Pearson then crashed home his spot-kick to complete the comeback and help the north-east side lift The Cup for the second time in three seasons. afterwards, delighted Hetton Secretary David Leitch praised his side's mental strength and paid tribute to their penalty hero Pearson, who he likened to Chelsea's Michael Ballack, after the German international scored an equally late penalty the day before to keep alive the Premier League title race. He said: "It's been an absolutely fantastic experience winning here at Anfield again. We had to dig deep after going behind twice but I'm absolutely delighted He said: "It's been an absolutely fantastic experience winning here at Anfield again. We had to dig deep after going behind twice but I'm absolutely delighted
"It was memorable the first time around but perhaps this is even better because of the way we did it coming from behind like that and getting a late win.
I had no doubt Gary was going to score when he walked up to take the penalty. He obviously had been watching Ballack yesterday.He's got nerves of steel that boy. I don't think we have anybody who strikes the ball as cleanly as him and I was just so happy when it hit the back of the net.
Coundon Conservative Club: Bell, Lowe, Ankers, Brumwell, Foster, Key (Heckley 80mins), Bromley (Ellison 86), Richmond, Houlahan, Thompson, Owen (Shoulder 86). Subs (not used): Poskett, Warburton
Hetton Lyons Cricket Club: Finch, Ryan, Mason, Walklate, Dixon, Capper, Ainsley, Pearson, Cogdon, Johnston (Clarke 9mins), Irvine. Subs (not used): Shields, Roulston, Allen, Ryan
Coundon Conservative Goals: Andrew Thompson 2, Martin Houlahan 24

Hetton Lyons CC Goals: Jamie Clarke 12, Stuart Irvine 55, Gary Pearson (pen)84Mins