2013 FA Vase Final

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2013 FA Vase Final
Event 2012–13 FA Vase
Date 4 May 2013 (2013-05-04)
Venue Wembley Stadium, London

The 2013 FA Vase Final was the final match of the 2012–13 FA Vase competition, a football competition for teams below level 8 of the English football league system. It was the 30th FA Vase Final. It was contested by Northern Football League team Spennymoor Town and Kent League team Tunbridge Wells. The match was played at Wembley Stadium in London[1] on 4 May 2013.[2]

Route to the Final[edit]

Spennymoor Town started in the first round against Bridlington Town, winning 5–1.[3] In the second round, they were drawn at home to Newcastle Benfield and winning 5–1.[4] In the third round Spennymoor played fellow Northern Football League team, Billingham Synthonia winning 2–0.[5] They were then drawn against Lordswood in the fourth round, winning 3–1.[6] In the fifth round, they played Bemerton Heath Harlequins winning 4–2. In the quarter finals, Spennymoor drew Gornal Athletic where they won 3–1.[7] In the semi-finals, Spennymoor were drawn against Guernsey. They won 3–1 in the first leg at Footes Lane in Guernsey[8] and won 1–0 in the second leg for a 4–1 win on aggregate.[9]

Tunbridge Wells started in the second round after receiving a bye in the first round, due to having reached the fifth round the previous year,[10] by defeating Hellenic League Premier Division team Wantage Town 2-0 at their Culverden Stadium.[11][12] In the third round, they were drawn away to Binfield, where they won 2–1 after extra time (aet).[13] In the fourth round, Tunbridge Wells were drawn against the FA Vase holders, Dunston UTS. After the match was postponed four times,[14] Tunbridge Wells won 1–0 at the Culverden Stadium.[15] In the fifth round, they were drawn away to Larkhall Athletic, where they won 4–3 aet[16] In the quarter finals, they played Hadleigh United. In front of a record home crowd, Tunbridge Wells won 2–0.[17] In the semi-finals, Tunbridge Wells defeated Shildon 4–3 on aggregate after a 2–0 win at the Culverden Stadium in the first leg and a 3–2 aet loss in the second leg.[18] This made Tunbridge Wells the second Kent League team to reach the FA Vase final in its history.[19]

Build up[edit]

After a meeting at Wembley Stadium the week after the semi-finals, where both teams met with The Football Association to decide the choice of dressing rooms and the kit selections,[20] tickets for the final were released on sale on 2 April 2013, with Tunbridge Wells selling over 2,600 tickets within the first 24 hours[21] comparing with an average home crowd of 138.[22]

Both teams set up shops in their respective towns. On 12 April 2013, Spennymoor Town opened a shop under Spennymoor Town Hall after the space was loaned to them by the Mayor of Spennymoor.[23] On 16 April, Tunbridge Wells opened a temporary shop in the offices of the Kent and Sussex Courier newspaper in Royal Tunbridge Wells.[24] On 27 April 2013, Tunbridge Wells opened a second temporary shop in the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre.[25]

Match Details[edit]

1 England Robert Dean
2 England Kallum Griffiths
3 England Chris Mason
4 England Lewis Dodds
5 England Leon Ryan
6 Republic of Ireland Stephen Capper
7 England Joe Walten
8 Republic of Ireland Keith Graydon
9 England Mark Davison
10 England Gary Cogdon
11 England Wayne Phillips
12 England Michael Rae
14 England Andrew Stephenson
15 England Anthony Peacock
16 England Steven Richardson
17 England David Knight
England Jason Ainsley
1 England Chris Oladogba
2 England Jason Bourne
3 England Lewis Mingle
4 England Joe Fuller
5 England Scott Wibley
6 England Perry Sprackman
7 England Jon Pilbeam
8 Northern Ireland Andy McMath
9 England Andy Irvine
10 England Carl Cornell
11 England Josh Stanford
12 England Jack Harris
13 England Andy Boyle
14 England Tom Davey
15 England Richard Sinden
16 Slovakia Michal Czanner
England Martin Larkin


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