The Beer Barmy army and the Rooke family cheer the Albion to cup glory
The Devon Premier cup is back with the League after 32 long years
Beer Albion have done the Stitch2print Devon & Exeter League proud by winning the Sportslighting Devon Premier cup. It has been 32 years since a D & E side won the trophy, but finally it has been captured by one of our teams. The final at Coach road against North Molton Sports Club finished 1-1, the fishermen coming from behind to equalise from man of the match Charlie Skilton and then winning 5-4 in a dramatic penalty shoot out. North Molton of the Devon League whose Dylan Williams gave them the lead, did end the final with ten men due to a red card, but they really came second best to an Albion side cheered on by a mighty following from East Devon. No one roared louder than manager Mark Rooke’s mum in the packed grandstand, but she and the Beer ball barmy army could not have been prouder of what the side have achieved. The North Molton team managed by former Broadclyst boss Paul White made it a terrific final, but Beer celebrations are likely to go on well into the night when supporters get back to Furzebrake for a nightcap.
For the record Beer now join the elite few who have won this trophy, the first teams of Dawlish Town twice, Exmouth Town Newton St Cyres and Chelston in 1990.
It was of course the fishermens final match before they move up to the Devon League, but the D & E League share the glory of the day and will celebrate with them what is an historic achievement.
Hot favourites Lapford won the East Devon Senior cup for the first time when they beat Upottery 3-1. The Division One side gave it their best shot but lacked the overall power to really trouble the Premier champions.
Saturday 28th May 2022