Monday, 4 January 2016

The London Junior Cup Final 1898

The Final of the London Junior Cup took place at the Crystal Palace in Sydenham, on March 12th 1898. Dulwich Hamlet FC was then in its infancy and had only been in existence for five years. 

The same year saw Dulwich win the Southern Suburban League with 'Doddy' Wight as captain.

On the long route to the Final at the Crystal Palace ground Dulwich had to get past Old Londonians, St Mary's Putney, Wimbledon Old Centrals, Townley Park and Hendon. After two scoreless drawn games the Final (second replay) was eventually won by three goals to nil by Commercial Athletic at Highview. 

However, the Hamlet went into the following season lauded as the 'London Junior Cup Team' bringing about much needed publicity. The London Junior Cup was eventually won in the 1899-1900 season, at the end of which Dulwich Hamlet became a Senior team.

The picture below is from the reverse of the match card / programme. It is currently up for auction on Ebay.