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Excitement is building for both Beacon Knights and rivals Otterton in readiness for wednesday nights Football Express Cup final being played at St James Park. Kick off 7pm. This is the first of many local finals to come but has special significance this season because of its return to the Park.

Although history will not count towards influencing the outcome, the two clubs involved could not be more different.

This is a first ever senior cup final for Beacon Knights who have only been operating in the League since the turn of the century. The club did originate as a youth team around 1978 but not until 2000 did they join the Devon & Exeter League and in two spells have yet to enjoy the thrill and excitement of a cup final.

Contrast that with opponents Otterton who have been in existence over 100 years. Their first ever trophy was back in 1923 when they defeated Sidmouth Town 5-1 to capture the Golesworthy Cup. Scorers in that final for the Otters were Anstis 2, Letten 2 and Prew.
Moving on many years to 2003 Otterton lost in the Football Express final 6-2 against the Tap & Barrel, Simon Tuley and Pete Mclean netting their consolation goals. Their other success was winning the Bill Slee trophy in 2007 on pens after a 1-1 draw with Willand Rovers but another long wait for another final and they cannot wait.

The attraction this year is the chance to play at St James Park, and the competition is grateful to Exeter City football club for allowing this to happen. Both clubs would be delighted with everyone’s support.


Monday 29th April 2024