Didsbury win the Manchester and Cheshire Cup

  • AFC Didsbury, the amateur football Sunday league team, has won the Cheshire and Manchester Cup.
  • In front of over 200 Spectators, AFC Didsbury earn their reward by beating Romiley 2-0 in the final at Wythenshawe Town
  • Jac Evans win’s the man of the match award after dispatching two penalties.

AFC Didsbury, the amateur football Sunday league team, has won the Cheshire and Manchester Cup. After a tough football season, AFC Didsbury earns their reward by beating Romiley 2-0 in the final at Wythenshawe Town.

13 years after the club was founded in 2010, the club now has two teams, with over 50 members.

Jac Evans, the team’s social secretary and match winner said: “The trophy is, of course, a great reward for a long season of football.

“However, the club is about much more than winning trophies. It is about friendship, camaraderie, togetherness. We try to be as inclusive as possible, allowing opportunities for people to come and play the game of football that we love, all whilst trying to have a laugh.”

The AFC Didsbury logo- Source: Twitter

About the game

In front of over 200 spectators, Didsbury played a strong Romiley side, putting in a real back-to-the-wall performance. Romiley applied a fair bit of pressure on Didsbury’s goal, but their defence held firm. After the referee rewarded Didsbury with two penalties, Evans dispatched them with confidence and efficiency, booting the ball twice into the same corner.

Jac said, “I will never forget the feeling of jubilation and relief on hearing the final whistle. Having picked up the man of the match trophy, it was a great feeling to celebrate lifting the Cup with the team. The post-match night out was even better!”

Jac Evans

Jac, a 29-year-old lawyer, moved to Manchester without knowing anyone amid the Covid Pandemic. Wanting to expand his social network in the city he believed joining a football team would be his best bet. Fast-forward three years, and he is still playing week-in-week-out with the club. He also acts as the team’s Twitter admin / social secretary.

Jac said, ” We are always on the lookout for new recruits, be they players that want to play completely on the weekend or would just like to have a social kick about at training on a Tuesday night. Details of our pre-season will be announced on all of our social media channels and all abilities are welcome.”

We train and play our home games at Hough End. We have a great track record of students and recent graduates coming to play. If you read this article and want to get involved, please do not hesitate to send us a message. We would love to hear from you!”

Jac Evans winning the man of the match reward- Source: AFC Didsbury / Twitter

AFC Didsbury and the local Community

AFC Didsbury is sponsored by The Railway Pub on Burton Road, Didsbury, who will be adorning their matchday shirts from next season onwards. The Railway is also a friendly place for the team to relax and watch the Sunday football whilst enjoying the post-match refreshments.

The team also try to help out and support as many local communities as possible, having previously arranged collections from the squad for a local food bank and having sent volunteers from the squad to help out.

Jac said, “We will be undertaking more charitable initiatives this season. Watch this space!”