Both teams will be playing in memory of former club members on Wednesday night as Harrow Bhoys and NPL Reserves go head-to-head in the Middlesex FA Geoff Harrison Junior Trophy Final.
Harrow Bhoys v NPL Reserves
Date: Wednesday 21st March 2018
Venue: Hanwell Town FC. The Powerday Stadium, Perivale Lane, Greenford UB6 8TL
The Middlesex Junior Trophy was formed in 1986 and involves teams involved in regular Saturday football. In the 2013/14 season the trophy was named after Geoff Harrison who had sadly passed away just a year earlier in 2012. Geoff was a huge fan of non-league football and gave up much of his time to boyhood club, Southall FC, working as Club Secretary until his death in 2012. During his time with Southall, he also became a councillor at Middlesex FA and represented the County at a number of matches throughout the years.
As well as remembering Geoff, Wednesday’s match will also be a chance for both teams to remember two very important people from their own clubs. Harrow Bhoys will be paying tribute to Honorary President, Frank Matthews, who sadly passed away on 7th March and NPL Reserves will be remembering former player, Harry July, who sadly died following a battle with cancer.
Whilst times have been difficult for both teams off the pitch, on the pitch they have enjoyed successful cup runs. Harrow Bhoys have scored an impressive 20 goals en route to the final, including five in an impressive 5-0 win over Hillingdon Reserves in the Semi-Final. NPL have also overcome some tricky ties to book their cup final place, but Manager, Like O'Neill, highlights their win over Lampton Park as the highlight of their run.
‘Our biggest and hard fought games came early on in the cup run but without doubt our win at Lampton Park Reserves who were unbeaten and 1-0 down at half time the boys battled back to win the game 2-1.
He added: 'The club has won countless honours over the years, however a County trophy is still missing from our trophy cabinet, that said tonight is more for a special man who I know will be cheering us on from his throne upstairs.'
In contrast to their opposition, Harrow Bhoys are inexperienced when it comes to playing in County Cup finals. Having only been formed in 2016, the team will be going for their first County Cup title in just their second season:
Manager, David Monahan said:
'This is our biggest game since formation, so it would mean everything to us. From the Quarter Final stage we knew that we had a chance and now this chance has become a reality. It would be a great way to pay back the London NWCSC and our club sponsor; Frosty’s Bar in Kenton, for all of their support.'
'I know this will sound like a cliche when I say that I’ll be telling the lads to go out and do their very best but also to enjoy the occasion, but this is exactly what the message will be. This is a very prestigious event to be playing in, and the highlight of our season and of our short history. We just can’t wait to get out there and play it now.'
Harrow Bhoys – one to watch:
Jake Boggins - Last season’s top goal scorer, Jake is the Bhoys’ talisman. Very skilful player who can also operate on the right or left. The perfect front man.
NPL Reserves – one to watch:
Dan Strong - Technically the most gifted player at the club, Dan has superb ability on the ball and a range of passing capable of splitting defences open.
Entry prices for the final are as follows:
There will be a collection at the gate for our chosen charity, London Air Ambulance.
For more information on this match or any of the other Middlesex FA finals, please see our Cups and Competitions.